Nor should anybody have expected precisely every asset a given team had to be placed on the 2013 trade block.
None of that matters much in the aftermath of the deadline coming and going. For the fans of teams who came up short of adding what they need or exported excessively without much coming back in return, it is going to sting to its natural extent.
It not much different than seeing one's team formally zapped from playoff contention or dislodged from the bracket in a given round. In fact, it may be taken as foreshadowing a premature end to the season.
The more rational notion that the more loaded and fulfilled teams are guaranteed nothing until they gel and earn it may or may not sink in over the coming days.
But for now, the NHL fanbases most entitled to a bout of trade-related frustration are as follows.