The best NHL teams will mortgage some of their future to improve their chances of winning now. But even those teams are a little gun shy. The NHL salary landscape may change dramatically this summer. There's also nothing even close to a guarantee of a Stanley Cup title that would make weakening your future worth it. Meanwhile, there just aren't that many teams willing to pull the plug on their season, believing they still have a chance.
The Senators have the 9th best winning percentage in the East right now, in a virtual tie with Toronto and Washington for 7th. What should they do? In today's Top 12 Twitter Forum, unless they can move Gonchar or Kuba, fans mostly endorse a quiet trade deadline for the Sens.