Tonight is a lot like Christmas Eve for many hockey fans. Sleep does not come easily, you cannot help but dream about all the gifts your franchise will buy just for you and there are visions of silver chalices dancing in your head.
With this wonderful hockey holiday nearly upon us, here are a few things to remember for the armchair GMs out there.
All contracts are not created equal
The standings matter
This is obvious to most, but if you’re hoping for your cellar dwelling team to land a superstar you’re probably wasting your time. Also, with increased parity comes a decrease in the number of sellers. Simply put, if a team thinks it has a shot at making a playoff run it will be less likely to trade pros for prospects.
Feel free to dream up all kinds of wacky trade ideas tonight and tomorrow. Imagining what you would do if you were in charge is a one of the best things about being a fan. Just keep in mind that it’s a little more complicated than it might seem.