Originally written March 17, 2013 on Buffalo Wins:
Rental players are basically why the trade deadline has become such a big event to follow on a yearly basis. Contenders around the NHL spend the day acquiring players with expiring deals for their playoff runs while non-playoff teams attempt to acquire pieces to use as a foundation for their inevitable rebuild. You might say that Joe Corvo is the perfect example of a rental. The mobile, puck moving defenseman has worn six different uniforms during his career – including three separate stints in Carolina – and has been twice traded at the deadline and once more in the summer. Corvo has the type of marketable traits that playoff teams often seek at the deadline. He can contribute offensively and can provide help to a team’s powerplay as well. Other players often sought at the deadline include stay-at-home defensemen and anyone that might qualify as secondary scorers. The deadline has become all about finding that spare part that will get a team running at full steam and renta...
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