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Frozen Fantasy: The Lemming Effect

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

One trade - it all seemed so innocent. Now 48 hours later, 30 players and 21 draft picks have been moved in 11 deals. All in the same league.

I need a scorecard just to keep up.

I'll admit - I was tempted to jump in, too. It's like a goalie run on draft day. It starts. There's panic.

Moths fly toward a light bulb.

This phenomenon isn't restricted to just this league - there's activity ramping up in one of my other leagues, too. So what gives? The trade deadline is a long way away for most of us. Why now?

I have no clue.

Things like this often defy explanation. I could say it's because of the upcoming Olympic Games, but how do I possibly verify that?

The lemming effect has a remarkable pull.

I missed out on all those trades. I was out on a snow excursion and had no smartphone reception. In hindsight, I'm glad that happened.

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