I mentioned on Twitter the other day that this will be my first NHL trade deadline as a casual observer since 2013. In recent years, I had the privilege of covering the annual gong show as “work”; this year I’ll be at my home office, performing my current duties while obviously keeping an eye on the proceedings (although I did write something for Daily Hive already).
In my experience, these are 5 simple NHL trade deadline rules you need to follow:
- Don’t expect anything to happen before lunch – If you tune into the trade deadline shows in the morning, you’re basically watching a hockey version of The View.
- Don’t fall for breaking news from fake insiders and team accounts.
- Remember that not every report or rumour is fact until it’s announced by the teams, even if it’s coming from the most trusted hockey people.
- Don’t immediately judge a trade. Sometimes these things take years to gestate. (Exception: Anything resembling Erat for Forsberg).
- I originally have “everyone have fun out there!” here, but Ashley (who rules and you should all be following on Twitter) wisely came through with a good and important one here: Don’t @ your team.
Finally, don’t forget there are actual human beings with feelings and families involved in these decisions:
Seriously, this is too much.
What say you? Did I miss anything?