Islanders: When Will The Trade Embargo End?
By Matt O'Leary
It’s been over a month since the last trade in the NHL. I’m not talking about just the New York Islanders here, actually, their last trade was on July 17 when Lou Lamoriello traded Andrew Ladd to the Arizona Coyotes.
It was Spencer Martin going from Tampa Bay to Vancouver on July 31 that was the last time an NHL player was traded.
Do NHL GM’s just have a nonspoken agreement that the month of August is for the cottage and no trades get done? Or is the market just cold right now? I’d like to believe it’s the nonspoken agreement but it’s more than likely just what the market is dictating at the moment.
While we’ve now reached a full month since a trade of any kind has come across the desk, the question becomes how much longer does that go on?
How much longer will the trade embargo last?
With the preseason set to get underway at the end of September, we’re likely to see teams report to training camp around the middle of September. Roughly two weeks from now, teams will be getting to their facilities to get their season underway.
When GM’s start to try to put together a roster, movement will begin again. At most, I think we’re looking at two weeks before the next move is made. Somebody will have to lose the game of chicken and lower their asking price or finally bite the bullet and pay a premium for a player.
When trying to guess who the next player is to get moved, it’s hard not to think of some of the big names. Jack Eichel just changed his agent, does that mean a trade is in the near future there? Vladimir Tarasenko has to be moved eventually right?
While a blockbuster would be ideal, for all NHL fans to have some excitement, in all likelihood the next trade will be a depth player swap to try to help out some team’s AHL team. It’s not sexy, but that’s my guess.
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Fret not hockey fans, September is less than 24 hours away and hopefully, it’ll get more exciting soon.