Deadline deals not always key to Cup

If history is any value, few teams make blockbuster trades at the deadline before winning the Stanley Cup. ESPN.com's Brian A. Shactman looks back 10 years to justify that statement.

Updated: March 14, 2001, 10:46 AM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

Every year, it seems there's more and more pressure on elite NHL teams to make major trades before the deadline to mobilize for a run at the Stanley Cup. Sometimes, the hype and pressure never materialize in deals. Other times, when significant trades do occur, they don't yield the desired results -- like Colorado's acquisition of Theo Fleury two seasons ago, for example.

"I think the big thing with making a change near the end of the year is that it freshens the dressing room a little bit," ...

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