Silly season is over and now it's time to see who can become a team after a mind-boggling WHL trade deadline.
Since the first salvo was fired by Regina with the November 13th acquisition of Cale Fleury from Kootenay, there were 58 trades involving 110 players and 77 draft picks leading up to the deadline.
Not only does the volume product mine numbing migraines, the prices paid were reached heights that would have had Superman leaping two tall building stacked on top of each other with a single bound.
And it's no wonder. Underachieving Regina had to stock up to try to prevent a Memorial Cup hosting disaster. Moose Jaw and Swift Current also went all in while Everett, Portland, Kelowna and Vancouver are also inward-looking contenders, although the Rockets resisted the furious feeding frenzy.
Winners or losers in the tumultuous trade tizzy that was Wednesday's deadline will be determined by the duration of the so-called contenders in the playoffs, and a few seasons down the road when it comes to the sellers like Saskatoon.
But as my friend Greg Drinnan, who is much smarter and more experienced than I pointed out, the real winners may be the NCAA.