Behind the scenes details about the recent NHL trades

February 2nd, 2010 by Burgundy Leave a reply »

The hockey world has been buzzing with all the recent trade activity involving the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and other teams since last weekend. The buzz is expected to continue in preparation for the Olympic trade freeze and the actual NHL trade deadline in March.

We all know a number of trades will happen between now and the March 3rd deadline. What we don’t know are some of the behind the scenes things that happen when a trade is made. Here’s a few behind the scenes details you may not know about the trades that occurred over the last few days.

  • It is common practice for nearly every NHL club to inform all media outlets of a trade 24-48 hours before their next game. It’s expected that the traded players announced play one final game with their existing club and try not to get injured. Doing this builds added suspense/buzz/positive PR that the NHL loves. Of course, the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers are two of the few teams who don’t do this.
  • Most NHL organizations and their PR teams give players a checklist of things to do after being traded. The list includes:
    • Trade cliché quotes like “If Wayne Gretzky can be traded, anyone can” and “I’m just going to keep things simple and play my game”.
    • Details of the transaction and a reminder that the trade is non-reversible. That is, unless you’ve been dealt to Edmonton. In which case, the player can reject the deal at any time – even if press conferences have been set up.
    • Interview talking points if traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s suggested required that you say “I’m looking forward to being a Maple Leaf” a minimum of of 31 one times per interview.
  • Upon learning about the trade involving Matt Stajan, Ian White, Jamal Mayers, and Nick Hagman, Jason Blake quickly said to each of them “glad you were traded and not me”. I think there’s a lesson to be learned about speaking too quickly or something there…
  • The Phoenix Coyotes have actually been trying to trade “the rights to be bought and moved by Jim Ballsillie” to Atlanta for some time now. No idea if the Thrashers are biting on this.

Stay classy, NHL trades.

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  1. Don’t forget the part about new Leaf players saying it is an honour to put on the Maple Leaf jersey…not sure if you Sens fans ever get to hear that kind of thing ;)


  2. Burgundy says:

    Haha, probably not. Don’t the Sens just sign guys and then trade them an hour later ? :P

  3. Tambland says:

    Burgundy, it was way less than an hour. Hossa was gone faster than you could say “And Heatley misses the hit.”

  4. MasterOfPuppets says:

    “I’m excited to be here and looking forward to winning some hockey games.” I guess if you win 2 between now and end of season that is “some” hockey games.

    After watching that I now see that Dion and Ron Wilson were made for each other. How did this take so long to materialize?

    I was hoping to here Dion’s Sutter impression, too.

    Pissed. I think he must be downright enraged by the trade.

  5. Pat says:

    Leafs Fans look at your offense HAHAHA
    Dion looked like he was gonna cry on TSN as he was realizing he is going to have to play and live in Toronto.

    You have no 1st rnd draft picks in the next 2 years and your prospect class is one of the worst in the league. How can you leafs fans be so confident wake up and see that your the joke of the league!

  6. Champ says:

    Jimmer showed us all that anybody, even a trading card, can be dealt. The sad sad reality of professional sports.

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