As the NHL Trade Deadline came to a grinding halt today at 3 PM Eastern, one thing can be said about it. Well, that was a huge waste of time!
The largest impact deal came around 2:00 today, one hour short of the deadline, when the Edmonton Oilers completed a deal with the Los Angeles Kings sending hulking 6'4", 245-pound Dustin Penner to Hollywood in exchange for defensive prospect Colton Teubert, a 2011 first-round pick, and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2012.
But other than that, the most hyped up hockey event since the Olympics in Canada flew by without very much recognition whatsoever.
Why the lack of trades? Are there too many big time stars in the NHL with no trade clauses? Is the salary cap still wreaking havoc on GM's?
In my opinion, there is way too many teams right now in the NHL with a good chance to still make the playoffs. Around eight teams or so do not have a shot at seeing hockey in mid-April, but most of the league still has that chance. Could they just not want to mortgage the future for a shot at the cup? Do they want to mess with chemistry?
Who really knows, but here is a list of the top 10 players who we didn't see dealt this trade deadline.