Whenever you think you are getting top return or close to it.
Lets say right now Moreau can get us a 4th rounder, maybe come the deadline he gets us a 3rd. Is that one pick really worth the risk of him getting injuried during that time?
Someone like Souray you may want to wait and try get top return for. It's not like if he is here next year that he will hurt the team.
All I say is play it smart Tambo, if there are guys you want to dump for peanuts don't hold out for cashews. But if there are guys you don't care if you keep them or not, then try get the best you can for them.
Exactly agree when it comes to high end players you wait till the deadline GMs usually overpay if they think theyre making a playoff push,however other pieces that may help another team that you know isnt a part of the teams future you unload when you get a bite.
It all depends on what you're trading, and what you're looking for in return.
If you're looking to get roster players and are willing to move draft picks, the draft is probably the best time to do it, as that's when you'll generally get the most for your picks. Teams are thinking long into the future and who'll be the next big star or diamond in the rough. If you've got draft picks you're willing to give up, they'll never be more valuable than on draft day.
If you're looking for things like draft picks and prospects, the best time to get them is at the deadline when teams are looking toward the playoffs, and not 2-5 years down the road.
If you're trading someone with a big cap hit and years left on his deal, the only real time you'll be able to get anything for him is in the offseason before teams fill their rosters. Ditto for anyone who's either RFA or has multiple years left on their contract. You'll get the most for these types of guys in the offseason because more teams are thinking about making the playoffs, and have room to fit them under the cap.
If you've got expiring contracts, and you don't mind not getting roster players back, then the deadline is when you'll get the most for them. Most of their salary is already paid, and teams in a playoff position are more likely to give up picks and prospects they wouldn't give up during the offseason or earlier in the year.
Trade them when you think you have the best deal possible
Agreed. With the little to no movement nowadays via trades, you pull the trigger when you get a good offer regardless of when it is in my opinion. If you wait until the deadline when it's a buyers market, you may not get rid of what you want to.
It seems like draft day is another great time to trade guys as well or in the days after the draft before free agency, but again, since the cap came in, even these good hunting times have dwindled compared to pre-cap days.
Usually the closer you get to the trade deadline the better deal other teams are going to offer you. If they have to move other contracts around first to make room however, you shouldn't wait to the last.
Right now I don't see a whole lot of sellers on the market. The 13th placed Tampa Bay Lightning are only 2 points out of a playoff spot with only Toronto and Carolina left to be sellers in the east.
The west on the other hand isn't as close. I think that with Detroit holding down the 8th playoff spot the teams behind them could be in big trouble competing with them. Having said that I think that Calgary is still very much in the running. After that their is a small clump of teams that I doubt would give up being only 5 points back of a playoff spot.
That leaves Toronto, Carolina, Columbus and Edmonton as sellers at this point.
The only defencemen that come even close to matching what Edmonton has is Thomas Kaberle and Joni Pitkanen. I would take Souray and Visnovsky over Kaberle and Pitkanen anyday.