Sunday 6:30 PST. No trade. No news. Not the no news is good news type. Just no news. Every hour that passes means it is less likely a major deal is going down. Absent one side caving in at the last minute (it could happen), the psychology of negotiations tells me opposing team(s) are still asking for X (Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, something Dean Lombardi is unwilling to surrender) and our general manager is still saying no. Unlike negotiations that begin and end with money, where the two sides can often meet in the middle, there is rarely a “middle” with assets. There is need, present value (based on past performance and the present condition / health of that asset) and future value (based on past performance and future promise).

Lombardi intends to fill a present need. He is willing to give up a certain measure of present value or that of future. He is likely unwilling to give up both (an important roster player) or the greatest of future value (Schenn) the LA Kings have for that present need. The sole exception to that will be equal present and future value for another. That would be a very special player coming this way. Those are called true “hockey” trades like you have seen between the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche and, to a lesser extent, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Is there a player out there of that magnitude? Absolutely. At the 11th hour before the trade deadline? Heh heh. Let’s pick up this discussion in July my brothers and sisters of puck.