NAPLES, Fla. -- Trade rumors overshadowed the real business of the NHL general managers meeting on Monday -- evaluating potential rule changes that have been tested in the American Hockey League.
The actual agenda of the meetings was secondary to potential trade rumors prior to the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 26.
"Our group makes more mistakes at trade deadline than we do the rest of the year," Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke said on Monday morning after the conclusion of four group sessions at the Ritz-Carlton.
Burke, along with most of the general managers, is not a fan of no-trade clauses.
"I think they're coach-killers," Burke said. "If a coach wants to kick a player in the butt, the player can turn and say: 'I'm going to be here next year ... I don't know about you.'"
But Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said no-trade doesn't always mean no-trade.
"A no-trade player has control where he's going ... if you don't want him, he probably doesn't want to be with you, either," Holland said.