2021 NHL Commercial Season Ratings for All 31 Teams
The 2021 NHL trade deadline was this week. “Death” being the key word.
There were only 17 deals closed on April 12, involving 26 players. Compare that with last season’s deadline, which resulted in 32 deals involving 55 players. But the 2020 NHL trade deadline happened “in the olden days.” Obviously, a lot has changed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the economic landscape of the NHL. The fixed salary cap of $ 81.5 million this season, and seasons thereafter, has left teams unable to trade high-paying players or face them without some creative maneuvering, such as having a third team shoulder part of the ceiling in a parallel chord. . The lack of ticket revenue around the league has left some teams wary of adding players with high base salaries or with a term on their contracts beyond this season. It also has an impact on futures trading: Seattle’s expansion draft takes place this summer, as teams are limited in the number of players they can shield from the tentacles of the Kraken.
There were other issues related to the pandemic as well, such as the quarantine required for players crossing the Canadian border. Then there were the factors common at any timeframe: demand for a trade being too high, and teams that would have to hand out standing paws to players because they are in a playoff run (or close enough to believe they are in it).
Which teams did the best on a less-than-busy trade deadline? Here is our NHL Business Report Card, where there were many more winners than losers.