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03-20-2013, 09:37 AM
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Over the years, I've learned a thing or two about the deadline in the modern NHL.

1. Rental vets almost always underperform or have a minimum impact. New team. New system. Hard to get the emotions up for the players. The two exceptions are where the rental plays well, but the team implodes, making his effort wasted, or the team is already on fire and the rental just like of goes along with the flow, which I guess is the best of the realistic scenarios. What I rarely see is a vet rental that gets the team "to another level" or fills in a hole perfectly.

2. Teams that go far in the playoffs always, always have rookies or young players who overperform. Yes, many teams have younger players who hit a wall in the playoffs, but the good ones always walk in with a few young players and 1 or 2 of them step it up.

Edit - What I am saying is that playing a young player is less risky and has a higher upside than trading for a vet rental.

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