“You’re on the clock,” says NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. There has been one early surprise in the top four of the NHL draft and teams now are scrambling to get to number five. However, the fifth slot is held by the home team, the team hosting the draft, and the crowd of 18,0000 is getting excited. Chants start, cheering is becoming cacophonous and the in-house music is getting louder and louder.
The anticipation and excitement, however, is not helping the home team right now. They are looking to trade out of the fifth pick. There is a lot of demand for that pick, some great offers on the table. With the clock ticking, the GM picks up the phone to get the deal done with a team just two tables over. He cannot hear the other GM on the other line. It’s just too damn loud. If only he could pull a move like every home team quarterback on Sunday afternoon to quiet the crowd. But he cannot. He must tip his hand and walk to the table to hold the discussion.