It takes time to fit in with a new team. How that manifests itself with players acquired at the deadline is different for each player.
For Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey, acquired in a deadline deal with the Hurricanes, the adjustment came on the penalty kill. He’d unconsciously lapse into Carolina’s PK, doing it the way he’d done it for years.
The results weren’t great.
“If you do it, something bad can happen,” Hainsey said. “It happened twice, I was like ‘There’s supposed to be a guy there.’ And they’re like, ‘No, there’s really not.’”
It can be an adjustment. On the ice, off the ice. Moving families, missing kids, learning systems.
Because of the small window of regular-season games after the trade deadline, sometimes the comfort level isn’t reached until just about right now.
“Marty was a beast,” Boudreau said after the Game 4 win, according to the Pioneer Press.
Ducks forward Patrick Eaves scored his first goal of the playoffs to open the scoring in Game 4 for Anaheim, helping the Ducks sweep the Flames.
The reality is that, if teams can just find a way to stay alive in the postseason, those trade deadline additions are just going to get more and more comfortable.
“Circumstances are different for everyone,” said Penguins coach Mike Sullivan. “It depends on the role a guy plays, how significant a role he plays ... there are common themes throughout the league as far as how teams are playing. There might be some differences. I don’t think it’s a huge adjustment.”
Some have gone better than others, here’s a look at how it’s gone in the playoffs for some of the biggest names moved at the trade deadline: