The trade deadline in both the NBA and NHL has passed, with several big name players changing homes. In the NBA, elite PG Deron Williams was shipped off to New Jersey from Denver for Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. While a surprise, the Nets prices are actually down since the trade, as they remain a franchise in limbo. Across the river, the Knicks further reinforced their relevance in the basketball universe by acquiring superstar forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. With prospects of a legitimate playoff run at hand, buyers drove up the average ticket price by 89%, from $206 before the trade to $386 yesterday. As for the Nuggets and Jazz, ticket prices have stayed fairly level since these trades occurred. However, it is worth noting that Nuggets prices are up 7%. Perhaps with the Melodrama behind them, and a new core of your players in Gallinari and Felton, Nuggets to anchor a playoff run, fans are excited to get out and see the new team.
As for the NHL, several significant trades occurred as well, most notably the New Jersey Devils sending center Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals. The biggest moves were made by the Boston Bruins traded for Toronto Maple Leafs winger Tomas Kaberle, as well as Jeff Penner. Since the trade, Bruins prices are up 20%, as fans are excited by the 3rd seeded Bruins effort to bring the Cup back to Boston for the 1st time since the 1971-1972 season.