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SB Nation Reacts: 2021 NHL Trade Deadline a buyer’s market?

More hockey fans are hoping their teams ship out players.

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Alex Iafallo #19 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at STAPLES Center on April 7, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

This is SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, SB Nation sends out questions to the most plugged in Los Angeles Kings fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

The NHL Trade deadline is just days away, forcing teams to make decisions on what their future looks like. Front offices around the league will make any number of hard decisions, mostly between re-working the team for next season or adding pieces to make a run at the Cup this season.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, the deadline this season appears to be a buyers’ market. A slight majority of NHL fans would rather have their favorite team act as a seller at the deadline.

That is in part due to the unique rules around this season. The NHL has installed a flat cap on the season, preventing teams from adding big contracts.

According to fans, more than three-fourths of fans think the flat cap will play a role in teams’ decisions to make a push for the playoffs.

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