The trade deadline represents an opportunity for every team in the MLL to either trade away assets to rebuild for the future, or stock up on talent in preparation for a postseason run. Either way, the trade deadline has the potential to completely change the dynamic of a team.
The 2013 deadline got started Monday when the Hounds and Boston Cannons executed a trade which sent defenseman Ricky Pages and goalie Kyle Feeney to the Hounds in exchange for a second round pick in next year's supplemental draft.
Deadline Day began on Tuesday with more movement by Charlotte. The Hounds sent a first round pick in next year's Collegiate Draft to Hamilton along with midfielder Josh Amidon, and received rookie middie Josh Hawkins. Charlotte then found another trade partner in Ohio; the Machine sent their fifth round supplemental draft pick to the Hounds and received midfielder Gerry Reilly.
As is common in most professional sports leagues, the drama that comes with the trade deadline often comes down to the last few moments. With just a few minutes remaining before the deadline, two big deals went down sending impact players to Boston, New York and Chesapeake. The Lizards sent newly acquired face-off specialist Matt Dolente to the Bayhawks before trading a fourth round supplemental draft pick to Charlotte in exchange for Attackman Max Van Bourgondien and defensman Dan DiMaria. Soon after that trade was finalized, New York sent Berger to Boston and acquired Steve Mock.
A full list of Deadline Day trades can be found below:
- BOS trades a 2014 second round supplemental draft pick to CHA for (D) Ricky Pages and (G)Kyle Feeney
- CHA trades (M) Josh Amidon and a 2014 first round Collegiate Draft pick to HAM for (M) Josh Hawkins
- OH trades 2014 fifth round supplemental draft pick to CHA for (M) Gerry Reilly
- NY trades (FO) Matt Dolente to CHE for a fourth round Collegiate Draft pick
- CHA trades (A) Max Van Bourgondien and (D) Dan DiMaria to NY for a 2015 fourth round supplemental draft pick
- BOS trades (A) Steve Mock and a 2014 first round Collegiate Draft pick to NY for (M)Stephen Berger and a 2015 second and sixth round Collegiate Draft selection. (If Mock plays in 10 or more games during the 2013/2014 MLL regular seasons the sixth round pick becomes a fourth round selection)