NHL trade deadline: Slow day makes for unhappy hockey fans

A full day of NHL trade deadline coverage is inevitable, but that doesn't mean the NHL teams at the forefront of it all are going to give fans the exciting, hectic day they might want and expect.

Trade bait like Canucks' Hamhuis, Vrbata stay put

Both Daniel Hamhuis (left) and Radium Vrbata (right) were considered great trade bait for the Vancouver Canucks. Neither player was dealt before the deadline, to the dismay of most of the Canucks fanbase.

The NHL trade deadline came and went, but it definitely wasn't the entertaining day of blockbuster deals some had hoped for.

Even so, with 14 trades, 26 players and 11 picks in play today (at time of writing), the 2016 edition falls somewhere on the spectrum between the lowest (one trade in 1983) and highest (55 trades in 2010) of all time.

But that didn't stop NHL fans everywhere from taking to Twitter to voice their discontent.

Some used gifs to release some pent-up frustration.

Others simply tried to make light of a 'slow' situation.

But by far the most unhappy fanbase was that of the Vancouver Canucks, largely because defenceman Dan Hamhuis and forward Radim Vrbata were both dubbed huge trade bait and both found themselves still in a Canucks jersey when the deadline was done.

Vancouver has about a 3.6 per cent chance of making the playoffs.

Sometimes, the only way to really express how you're feeling is real, down-to-earth, heartfelt bluntness.

Here's a round of up today's Twitter reaction to the biggest movers and shakers.


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