If you ever get mad because you cant trade for players like sakic or blake during a regular season, rejoice!
You can trade for them before you even start season then at the main title screen go to advanced options and go to season play.
Next you want to set your options. after you do that dont get your knickers in a knot and press start just yet.
Go down to ROSTERS and then go to TRADE PLAYERS.
Go to the team you want and then select the team of the player you want and go crazy. you can trade any player for any player. You can get all the players with ratings 90 and above!!! yeppers you can have a team with all 99 stats. After you do your trading simpay press start.
Then press start to start your season select your team.(note:this cheat will make the other teams weaker in turn you could make the computer a higher skill level.