This trade is different. Nothing stimulates discussion in the hockey world like a big trade, especially when the deal is one-for-one, mano a mano, a key player from one team assumes a key role with a new team.
There is no hiding room behind draft picks, prospects or secondary players. The results of the trade are clearly visible in a short period of time. Because of this immediacy, fans, media people and NHL employees are usually more than eager to share their thoughts on the particular transaction as soon as they hear of it.
I am usually deluged with opinions, often contrary, about which GM is a genius and which one just got fleeced. In the past couple of years, I think of the reaction to P.K. Subban-Shea Weber, Taylor Hall-Adam Larsson and Ryan Johansen-Seth Jones. However, the react...
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