Joined: May 2019
CapFriendly’s history of trades seem to cover most active players and cover most of cap era. But there are very few from mid-2000s and earlier.
A few things that I think would be very interesting for putting together trade ideas (and likely lead many of us to spend more time here than we should):
1. A longer, fuller history of trades, especially for draft picks to be linked in details in earlier years in the draft tool. I know this is likely a huge effort in man-hours, but perhaps some users would be willing to collect data.
2. More detailed search filters for finding historical trade comps. Maybe the ability to search by biographical information, contracts, stats. For instance, if my team wanted to sell a RHD in his late twenties, who has two years on contract and plays 18 minutes a night…I could find comps that suggest what the market would likely pay for such a player. Or if I wanted to look up the last dman to return three 1st round picks, I could find it with longer history and deeper search tools (I think the answer was Glen Wesley).
3. Some sort of filter for prospects that show how they were valued in a certain year. For instance, if you wanted to search top-10 or top-25 prospects from previous years, one could use the Hockey News historical prospects lists (not always the best lists, but they have historical record that goes back decades). Or if there are rights issues, could use composite ranking from earlier years.
One of the biggest faults of many ACGM users is basing trade valuations of trade returns based on nothing (myself included). I think a deeper history of trades in CapFriendly’s library and some detailed ways to sort them would better educate users and improve our experience here.