It's my Parting Shot to give an example of why it was the right thing to do for the Blades to make the Trade Deadline moves that they did...
Back in 1996, Saskatoon stumbled along with a record just below .500 when the Trade Deadline hit. The Bridge City Bunch had eventual scoring champion Mark Deyell, 83-goal man Frank Banham, another Top 10 scorer in Clarke Wilm, 20-year-old forward Paul Buczkowski and elite defencemen Chad Allan and Wade Belak. G-M Daryl Lubienecki was convinced that overage goaltender Ian Gordon and defenceman Rhett Warrener were coming back from the pro ranks to bolster the Blue and Gold for the stretch run.
They never returned!
By the time, Lubie was made aware of that, the only deal he was able to make was to bring in goaltender Craig Hordal from Prince Albert to try to shore up that weakness. That Blades team could score, but they couldn't stop the other team from doing so!
At the time of the deadline, back then it was early February, Saskatoon was battling for seventh place in the Conference standings and an easier opening round playoff series against Central Division-leading Swift Current. That season was similar to this one where the East was far superior to the Central. But, by not dealing some of those elite players to get some future assets, the Bridge City Bunch sunk like a stone, winning just two of their last 15 games...finished eight and were swept out of the first round of the playoffs by first place Brandon. Deyell, Banham, Wilm, Buczkowski, Allan and Belak never played again for the Blades and they went on to three successive below .500 seasons...missing the playoffs on two occasions and losing in the first round of the post-season in 1998!
That was the scenario facing this year's Blades...unless they made the deals they did this week. Sure, they sent two top players to the team close to them in the standings. But, if they didn't do it...and get a return that helps this season and the future...then someone else would've. After seeing what transpired prior to the deadline, a stand-pat Saskatoon squad would've faced a quick first round elimination in all likelihood...and wouldn't have been very good next season!
It remains to be seen how this plays out, but history tells me that Colin Priestner and the Blades made the right moves!