Last summer’s NHL trade winds delivered a multitude of attention-getting deals, two of which had a common human interest thread.
At the 2012 draft almost exactly nine months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes made a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins to unite the brother combination of Eric Staal and Jordan Staal. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers imported Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs, thus letting the defenseman join forces with brother Brayden Schenn.
Those two moves constitute one brand of an intriguing type of transaction that is bound to bolster publicity for the team in question and the league.
Unless you are a fan of the team giving up the player at hand, who does not love that kind of a move? The kind that literally brings a family together or the kind that matches a big-name player with a big-name market or the kind that percolates nostalgia for a given fanbase?
A trade of any of those types is perfectly plausible in advance of the 2013 deadline on April 3. Based on recent happenings, who has been mentioned in the mill and who can be deemed the likeliest buyers and sellers, here are four dream deadline deals that stand at least a fighting chance.