The trading deadline is nigh, and it’s cynical and easy to call it part of hockey’s “crazy season” when there are a good number of stories written by terrific reporters that offer an accountable glimpse into the fluctuating market of player movement. There are also reports on potential moves that probably won’t come into fruition, and occasionally information circulated that simply doesn’t make sense at all.
Does Darryl Sutter stay on top of every last report? Is he glued to the television in the lead-up to the March 5 deadline?
“No, because most of it’s [road apples*],” the Kings’ coach said.
“I wish I got paid to lie or make stuff up. That’d be great. That’d be unbelievable.”
Darryl Sutter, on why so much attention is paid to the trading deadline:
Don’t ask me. Ask them. You guys pay the same dues. I don’t. [Reporter: It just comes on Direct TV. I can’t get rid of the damn thing.] Oh, I know. All summer, you go back to Canada, all these experts, they talk about – because it’s easy to get the math and figure it out. Just do it. Just add four million plus five million, a hundred and sixty thousand. Just add it up. So a lot of teams aren’t doing anything. So now all of these teams are doing something? So what happened? Did they just change the rules? [Reporter: Brian Burke always said that the two times out of the year you get your fans the most interested in your team are the trading deadline and the first day of free agency.] I guess if you’re a bad team. [Reporter: I think that’s kind of why all the hype is around this time of the year.] So, that’s good. You answered his question.…It’s easy to say…’Well, he’s going to be unrestricted July 1st,’ or ‘He’s 40 years old,’ or ‘He’s not playing,’ or ‘He’s overpaid,’ or ‘He doesn’t make enough.’ Give me a break…Quite honest, there are guys that think it’s a big day because they get interviewed more. It’s a big day for some guys. They get cameras. You just have to remember who’s saying all those things always.
*For context, the use of the [road apples] bracket first originated in this story last season.