What does it mean to be traded for “a bag of pucks”?

Matt Larkin
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“They traded him? What did they get for him?”

“Nothing. A bag of pucks.”

“This is the worst, you guys.”

We trade mongers are highly familiar with the expression, “a bag of pucks,” but what does it really mean? What is a bag of pucks worth in the context of a hockey trade?

A top manufacturer’s puck bag retails for $13.99 and is described to “hold up to 40 pucks.” A standard-issue puck costs $0.98. Stuffing the bag to capacity and doing the math (40 pucks x $0.98, plus $13.99 for the bag itself) reveals a bag of pucks is worth $53.19 before tax. So we can’t call any player “a” bag of pucks, can we? No player makes $53.19 per season.

Let’s look at Monday’s swap of Raphael Diaz for Dale Weise, for example. Though I expected Montreal to get more for Diaz, my intent isn’t to knock Weise here. He’s simply a fine bag-of-pucks guinea pig because of his relatively low $750,000 cap hit.

Divide Weise’s cap hit by our calculated price ($750,000/$53.19) and you get the true(ish) answer to the famous question.

“Montreal traded Diaz? What did they get for him?”

“14,100 bags of pucks.”

Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blogFor more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazineFollow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin