The other night, I was driving out to a restaurant for dinner and the talk of trades came up in the car. This topic, as I have pointed out many times, tends to give me a headache. There are so many factors, unknown variables, etc. that go into it. None of us are the General Manager of any hockey team, so all that can be done is speculate the "what if's" and that can go one and one until faces turn blue. But, it was a game night so it was relevant conversation.
Then a radio commercial for a game show came on and it got me thinking; what if trades were done more like a game of Wheel of Fortune?
|"I'm thinking....I'm thinking.....I'm thinking......"|
On the other side, if the slots were colors that represented groups of players, the GM would be able to chose a player from within that group to fill the need of what he was looking for. So again, for example, say the color grouping of blue had Kevin Shattenkirk, Dougie Hamilton, Tyson Barrie and Brent Burns in it and GMJR spun the wheel and landed on blue, he would get the choice of one of those four defensemen.
It makes it even more interesting when you think about the upcoming expansion draft and whether or not re-evaluation will need to take place on who to protect.
Admittedly, there are other factors to be taken into account such as the aforementioned no movement agreements, how a team can make adjustments in regards to their minor league affiliates and all that mathematical jazz. There are also little open ended details that will take too much time to go into, but the overall idea is as simple as it comes; one spin can change the outlook and course of a team and it's season.
It is just like in life. One decision, one roll of the dice, one "spin of the wheel" can change the entire outlook of what is to come. You have to roll with what comes at you. It may be what you hoped for, then again, it may not. It is all in how you handle it and if you have faith in the ability of those around you to get things done for the betterment of the team and the organization.
This format would make the idea of trades more exciting. It would also do away with the rumor mills or fake social media posts that seem to pop up more the closer the trade deadline gets. While this idea is on the more farfetched side and may not hold water, it is a lot more fun to think about than the usual style of dealing players.