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The NHL Trade deadline is just days away, forcing teams to make decisions on what their future looks like. Front offices around the league will make any number of hard decisions, mostly between re-working the team for next season or adding pieces to make a run at the Cup this season.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, the deadline this season appears to be a buyers’ market. A slight majority of NHL fans would rather have their favorite team act as a seller at the deadline.
According to fans, more than three-fourths of fans think the flat cap will play a role in teams’ decisions to make a push for the playoffs.
Closer to home, 86 percent of Coyotes fans believe the team should be a seller at the deadline. In line with that thinking, only 29 percent of Coyotes fans believe the team is headed in the right direction.
The prospect of being “sellers” presents an interesting situation for Arizona Coyotes fans.
On the one hand, the team is still deep in the playoff spot, they are in fourth place in the West Division and are three points ahead of the St. Louis Blues having played one more game.
And if you were just looking at the standings, you would think the Coyotes should add at the deadline. But their struggles with consistency all season and minimal chance of surviving the first round against the Colorado Avalanche don’t inspire a lot of confidence moving forward.
That is in part due to the unique rules around this season. The NHL has installed a flat cap on the season, preventing teams from adding big contracts.
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