NHL Trade Rumors: 7 Players Left for the Taking

Joe Russomanno@@jriding4evrCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2012

NHL Trade Rumors: 7 Players Left for the Taking

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    With a week remaining until the NHL trade deadline, general managers will be embroiled in do or die trade talks.

    None of the big names like Shea Weber or Rick Nash have been moved—and probably won't—but some key moves like Hal Gill and Pavel Kubina have been dealt.

    The NHL playoff picture is getting clearer every day and teams will look to either make a push for the cup or start rebuilding for next year.

    In any event here are seven players that could be there for the taking to put a team over the top and recoup pieces for their former team's future.

Nikolai Khabibulin

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    Nikolai Khabibulin would be a great addition to a team like the Chicago Blackhawks, which could use just a little stability in net. Corey Crawford is young and maybe adding a veteran like Khabibulin would allow him to stop looking over his back at Ray Emery.

    By adding a veteran like Khabibulin to a team with a young struggling goalie, it tells him you're still the guy but right now we need a safety valve.

    Edmonton is 15 points out of the eight seed and really needs to look at retooling for next year.

Teemu Selanne

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    Teemu Selanne is still a potent scorer. The question is will he waive his no-trade clause?

    Should the 41-year-old future Hall-of-fame player decide to help his team by waiving his no-trade clause, he will reap some considerable picks or prospects.

Paul Gaustad

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    Barring a miracle the Buffalo Sabres are cooked this year.

    Their best bet is to move hefty salaries like those of Paul Gaustad's to teams willing to pay dividends.

Jeff Carter

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    The Internet has probably almost crashed with the trade buzz around Jeff Carter's teammate Rick Nash possibly being dealt. However, Nash's enormous $7.8 million cap-hit probably has teams eying Carter instead.

    Carter is a onetime 40-goal-scorer that when healthy easily hits the 30-goal mark. He's a cheaper, less  durable version of Nash, but in the right situation would be a great addition.

Luke Schenn

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    Luke Schenn is one of the few deadline moves where I see a player going from one playoff team to another playoff team. Some have him going to Philadelphia, however that doesn't mean he couldn't go elsewhere.

    Toronto's one need is goal-tending and Schenn could be the bargaining chip Brian Burke needs to shore up the Maple Leafs struggling net.

Bryan Allen

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    Bryan Allen is still available and teams are believed to have interest. As the deadline approaches, it appears Carolina is weighing offers otherwise they would have re-signed Allen in the manner they did with Tim Gleason.

Alexander Semin

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    While everyone's attention is turned towards Rick Nash, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, the rumors concerning Alexander Semin have flown under the radar.

    The Capitals were heavy favorites to win the eastern conference going into this season. However, things have been in a tail-spin since the firing of Bruce Boudreau.

    Semin is a gifted player that could find a rebirth to his career in a new situation. The Capitals could also get some pieces to help their struggling defensive effort which puts them at -9 in goal differential.

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