There once was a time when a struggling team could be counted on to make a trade in an attempt to change it's fate. There was a time when teams would swap key players in an attempt to shake up their roster and kick-start them onto the path of success.
That time is gone.
With the end of the lockout fans were promised more player movement along with more parity in the league thanks in part to the salary cap and the new CBA.
As it turns out, this newfound parity has actually ceased trades as we know them. With so many teams located so close in the standings, nobody wants to make a move lest it harms their team or they give an advantage to an opponent. While this has always been the case, it has reached an extreme this season as we have seen the likes of Ilya Bryzgalov and Mark Recchi placed on waivers because seemingly noone is willing to make a trade.
While the continuity is great and players don't have to worry too much about their future with the team, one has to wonder if this is actually hurting the NHL in the long run.
Every team this year has it's strengths and it's weaknesses but until at least one team starts to drop significantly no teams are going to be able to address those needs.
Bottom line is trades will eventually happen... the standings are just far too close at the moment for anyone to take any risks yet.