I know a lot of people like to make up NHL trade rumours. It’s one of the main reasons fans follow teams.
No matter which team you support, you always believe they can be better. Maybe a certain superstar is available. Or maybe you have a top prospect in the system that another team covets.
But if you’re going to debate trade rumours, at least make them feasible for all teams. There’s nothing worse than reading unrealistic trade rumours.
If you make up a trade, and everyone on a certain side says to do the trade, it’s generally a bad trade.
For example, Christos at Christo’s Corner, came up with a three-team deal involving the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks.
To Montreal: Patrick Marleau, Ott 2nd round pick 2010, Ottawa 5th round pick 2011
When he posted on a Montreal Canadiens’ Facebook group, most of the Habs’ fans said it was great. But that usually means the deal was one-sided. Of course, the Habs’ fans are going to say it was great. They get a top-line centre, and a second round draft pick, and only has to give up a young underachieving centre that will be a free agent next summer, a backup goalie that will be a free agent next summer and a good young defenceman.
But what happens if you’re a Sens fan? Why would Ottawa want Cheechoo (a player whose goals and points have declined every single year for the past four years, to the point he had 12 goals and 29 points last year)?
Why would Ottawa want Plekanec, a guy who will be a free agent next summer and had 39 points last year?
And why would the Sens wants Erhoff, a defenceman, when they already have eight defencemen on the roster?
While it would be nice to have Marleau in Montreal, the Sens would never make this deal. They would have to give up a 50-goal scorer in Heatley, a second rounder and a fifth rounder for two players that wouldn’t be able to crack their first two lines and a defenceman they don’t have room for. No way they make that trade.
If you’re going to make up trades, try to make them plausible.
(Note: Christos has since updated his trade to it make it more even, but it still doesn’t make sense from an Ottawa point of view. His new trade is:
To Ottawa:Cheechoo, Plekanec, Ehrhoff, Montreal’s 3rd round pick in 2010
To Montreal:Marleau, San Jose’s 2nd round pick in 2010
To San Jose:Heatley, Halak, Jason Smith, Montreal’s 4th round pick in 2010 and 5th round pick in 2011)