Mutually beneficial one-for-one trades are becoming a rarity in pro sports. Nowadays the asking price for star players is usually a package of draft picks, mid- or top-tier prospects, and perhaps one or a few NHL-caliber players if the star in question warrants them.
The problem with even trades is that one team will most likely always feel they are getting the short end of the stick, and that is exactly how I want the reader to feel here. If you come across a name from your favorite team, you are instinctively going to reject the offer. However, if you take a step back and look at it from an outsider’s perspective you’ll notice that the deal works in the long run for teams looking to rebuild or those with a five- to ten-year plan. The deal is also going to pay off in the short-term for those players who are sitting on the edge of free agency—veterans who can join a club and instantly increase their new team’s chance of winning a Cup as soon as the same season.