Which of the NHL’s current trades has the biggest impact on the future?
The NHL has a long history of trading players.
And, if you think the trade deadline has become more frenetic than usual this year, you’re not alone.
Last year, for example, teams made roughly 70% of their transactions during the season, according to NHL Trade Rumors.
This year, it’s closer to 75%, according to a new report from Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.
It’s the second straight year that trades have been made with a smaller percentage of transactions.
The NHL trade deadline is Tuesday, March 22.
As Spector writes, teams can’t negotiate trade offers until after that date, which can make it more difficult for teams to lock down a player.
For that reason, it can be difficult to gauge how effective the NHL trade period has been in terms of trading deals.
The latest numbers for the NHL Trade Deadline come from SportsNuggets, which aggregates NHL data.
According to the company, the league trades over 5,000 transactions every year.
For 2016-17, the trade season saw an average of 5,500 trades a day.
But that’s only about half of the league’s transactions.
Spector notes that the trade period is one of the busiest in recent memory, with over 1,500 players traded between January 1 and March 31.
That means it can take some time for teams and players to work out deals.
“A good player can take a long time to make a deal, and that’s just how it is,” Spector wrote.
“The player who has to go and try to work it out with the [team] president might not even be a part of the deal.”
In addition to the NHL trades, Spector points out that there are also a variety of other ways that teams can make moves, from the NFL’s draft to the NBA’s trade deadline.
Specter noted that, as a result of the trade deadlines, the NHL is adding to its TV deal, adding new games and new broadcast partners.
As a result, it has to cut back on the number of games and TV spots it runs on the games it does.
That, in turn, means that the NHL has fewer opportunities to create and showcase new, unique content for its viewers.
Spectator also points out the NHL might be losing its “brand” as fans turn away from the sport, which is why the league will likely be losing money on each season.
In addition, the NBA is also seeing its viewership decrease in the wake of the Trade Deadline.
In the first half of this year alone, the number dropped from 18.2 million to 13.5 million.
The numbers aren’t quite as dramatic for the NBA this season, as viewership has increased slightly.
“If the NHL can find a way to increase the number and variety of games they do on the networks, they’ll probably make some money,” Specter wrote.
And the league can do that by cutting costs.
“With an average cost per game of $10,000, the [NBA] has to figure out a way around this and the salary cap is not the problem.
It is the money,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of how much can the league afford to keep a player or two.
It really doesn’t matter if it’s [the salary cap] being raised, or if it has already been raised.
The cost of playing hockey is just so much higher than what we were used to paying.”
The NHL Trade deadline is coming up at 11:59 p.m.
ET on Monday.