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02-14-2013, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by 210 View Post
Remember, a team really has to have a need and a spot for a player to claim him.

Just think of the number of player that clear waivers each season...some of them are absolutely good enough to play in the NHL, but if there isn't a team with a need for his skill set and a place to play him he goes unclaimed.
Most years, players aren't moved before Thanksgiving, about 2 months into the season. Roughly the quarter pole. And, the teams that move early have desperate needs because of injury or are absolutely underperforming projections. That excludes perpetual bottom feeders. The after Thanksgiving movement is extremely limited. We are about at the quarter mark, but the GMs are also looking at the cap issues for next year which is sure to make trading/moving players that much more difficult. This year may be a blip on the radar for the trend to increased movement.

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