One of the more intriguing parts of the days following the trade deadline involves the related tidbits that trickle out.
Darren Dreger had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Toronto’s TSN 1050.
The Insider was asked if there was an explanation as to why the Western Conference teams were more active than their counterparts in the East.
“No, not really,” replied Dreger. “Other than the fact that you’ve got two key components - well, let’s include Wayne Simmonds as three - Simmonds, Hayes, and Mark Stone all hailing from the East.
“I don’t know. I’m not saying that Pierre Dorion wouldn’t have traded Mark Stone to either the Boston Bruins or New York Islanders, who were very, very keen, but I think he’d have preferred to not have to look at Mark Stone for the next eight years playing with an Eastern Conference rival.
“And maybe the New York Rangers feel the same way, although I don’t know that Winnipeg is going to have a strong appetite to re-sign Kevin Hayes, because they’ve got a boatload of contracts to wrestle with. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Hayes go back to the New York Rangers as an unrestricted free agent.
“So sometimes it’s just that competitive balance, and where the key targets - the players - hail from initially.”
Stone was dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights, and he and the team have agreed to terms on an eight-year extension. The winger would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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