Fans can be fun to watch, read and listen to at times. Other times, they can be annoying and obnoxious. But when they become General Managers is when the comedy act reaches its peak. Sitting in their basement in their underwear, as we like to picture them, they truly think that trades are easy to make: heck, they do it all the time on EA Sports and they win their league every time they play, often with the difficulty level adjusted to their skills’ level.
But when you want to inform yourself, when you want to know how things really work, you have to listen to the people who work in the field, the professionals who do the wheeling and dealing. It also doesn’t hurt to listen to the true insiders. Not the ones pretending to be, you know the ones making things up for their five minutes of fame, but the true ones, the ones making a good living working for legitimate outfits.
There are a few more, but the most notable NHL Insiders are Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dregger, Elliott Friedman and from time to time, Nick Kypreos. Or if you can’t be bothered to try following them all, you can always follow the articles of Lyle Richardson on his site, Spector’s Hockey, as he gathers for us all of the daily rumours from reputable sources around the NHL, amongst other things.
At the intermission of the Canadiens and Blue Jackets’ game this past Tuesday, McKenzie said that talks have heated up since the Matt Duchene trade, and he mentioned that the Habs, amongst other teams, were looking to add a scoring forward. He went further by mentioning a list of 10 teams looking for the same thing.
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) November 14, 2017
If you understand marketing, you will recognize that the demand is much higher than the supply. It won’t be easy finding scoring and the prices will be sky-high… McKenzie and LeBrun pointed out, rightfully so, that there are simply not enough quality forwards available to satisfy those teams. It makes it a seller’s market.
Still, you will see some people who will tell you that it’s the GM’s job to make trades, no matter what, and they will use the “excuses” escape route to convince you. Those people, most of whom have an axe to grind for one reason or another, will use every irrational way that they can manufacture to pretend that trades are easy to make, a claim they will be making as they take their pants off and return to their basement… Just be smart in who you believe folks. If you’re going to wager, stick with the pros, not the drama queens.