Tobias Enstrom, Sidney Crosby, Jason Spezza: NHL Injuries Drive and Kill Trades

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Tobias Enstrom, Sidney Crosby, Jason Spezza: NHL Injuries Drive and Kill Trades
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Injuries to key members of potential playoff teams have them scrambling to fill gaps. Unfortunately guys who aren't on the long term injured reserve list still count against the cap.

Players like Crosby and Enstrom aren't providing their teams with any cap space to pay for players to replace them in the line-up. Teams have spent salary for the first 60% of the season so they have less flexibility when it comes time to make a trade.

Conversely teams that are out of the playoff race are finding that some of the players they would like to move are hurt. A team in need of help right now is reluctant to make a move for an injured or fragile player. Ask the LA Kings how they're feeling about Marco Sturm right now.   

It is hard enough to make meaningful trades in the NHL but the injuries prevalent now are just making it that much worse. This is happening while some injuries are making it imperative for teams to make a deal and make the playoffs.

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