It won't be easy for Brian Burke to sell a show about nothing.
Or at least a trade deadline about nothing.
Certainly, Burke and his front office colleagues with the Leafs are trying to make something happen, from Rick Nash to a goalie to any number of things.
But the kind of trades Burke wants to make - players for players, not just taking futures for players - may just not fit the kind of moves that will occur today.
There's also logic behind doing nothing if you're Burke.
Look, there's always the theory that you're never as good as you seem to be when all is rolling along, and not as bad as you seem when the losses are piling up. Applied to the Leafs, they weren't the best team in the NHL when they sat first overall last autumn, and Burke now believes the team is better than it has shown over the last miserable three weeks.
Starting Tuesday night against Florida, the Leafs can hope the team will start getting back to where it was last month.
Meanwhile, around the league not a great deal is happening, with Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville the only deal of the day. Montreal received a second rounder and a conditional pick for Kostitsyn, who will be reunited with brother Sergei in Tennessee. The deal brings to an end one of the most disappointing runs for a talented player with the Habs. The Habs kept hoping Kostitsyn would turn into a big-time, consistent points producer, and he never did.
Outside of that deal, deathly quiet is how some have described it so far.
If there's nothing to make happen, there may be no sense in trying to force it.
Not that this is the message Leaf Nation wants to hear. . .