Look, we're all entering today with the lowest of expectations. Unlike in years past, the biggest names that were going to serve as trade bait have been dealt, and a slew of moves have been made in the past 48 hours. Who's left? Well, if you're into second and third tier players and a slew of draft picks trading hands then you're going to love today!
It's going to be a long eight hours. If you're waking up at 8 a.m. ET and watching the coverage until 3 p.m. ET, then you're going to need a little help to keep you interested as TSN and Sportsnet's panels which could make up a small city sit around and look at each other hoping a major trade occurs.
With that, your friends at Puck Daddy are back with our annual Trade Deadline Day drinking game. We hope this helps and please do add your own submissions in the comments. We suspect that'll be more fun than these next seven hours.
Take One Drink When ...
• Any trade is announced.
• Anyone on the TSN or Sportsnet panels looks down at their Blackberrys for more than a 5-second count.
• A player acquired is called "the last piece of the championship puzzle."
• The phrase "what we're hearing" or "according to sources" is uttered.
• They throw to reporter on location in a Canadian city.
• Jay Feaster, Peter Chiarelli, Dave Nonis or Joe Nieuwendyk are mentioned.
• The phrases "Buyers" and/or "Sellers" are used.
• A draft pick in a trade is conditional.
Take Two Drinks When ...
• A fake Twitter account dupes a member of the MSM.
• You fall victim to a fake Twitter account of a MSM personality.
• A captain, like Mark Streit or Jason Pominville, is traded.
• A player says he found out he was traded through social media or TV.
• Sportsnet brings on a surprise panelist that doesn't have a tie to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
• Doug MacLean dogs any move made by the Blue Jackets.
• Any deal is held up by a trade call.
Take Three Drinks If ...
• The Boston Bruins believe they have a deal done and the player instead goes to another team.
• The total number of trades for the trade deadline falls below Bovada's over/under of 16.5.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets are determined Trade Deadline Day winners.
• Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo or Miikka Kiprusoff are traded. Take another if they're dealt for one another.
• Two teams share the financial burden of a contract.
CHUG IF ...
• One network refutes a trade reported by the other.
• There are more bodies on the TSN and Sportsnet sets than there are trades.
• A player cries after learning he's been traded.
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