NHL Trade Speculation: 1 Player Each Team Would Still Like to Get Rid of

Jason Sapunka@moreSapunkaCorrespondent IIFebruary 29, 2012

NHL Trade Speculation: 1 Player Each Team Would Still Like to Get Rid of

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    Some teams found what they wanted before the 2012 NHL trade deadline. Others got rid of what they wanted to.

    Some teams are stuck in the helpless abyss of failing to execute their goals for the February 27th freeze on trades.

    Here is a player each team would do well to be without after the recent circus of moves.

Anaheim Ducks: Jason Blake

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    The 38-year-old Blake is an upcoming free agent. With 10 points in 27 games, he was not the biggest deadline bait, but a productive player nonetheless.

    Anaheim will probably not make the playoffs, giving up the veteran to another team for picks could've been of benefit to them.

Boston Bruins: Marc Savard

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    There is no chance anyone would take Savard in a trade, considering the outlook on the rest of his career.

    However, there is no doubt Boston would enjoy ridding themselves of Savard's $4 million cap hit to a team hopeful that the 34-year-old playmaker can make some miracle comeback.

Buffalo Sabres: Derek Roy

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    Roy gained a lot of attention heading up to the deadline, but ended up staying in Buffalo.

    The non-playoff Sabres could have gotten a good return on the top-six forward, who has just one more year on his contract.

Calgary Flames: Blake Comeau

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    Calgary is three points out of a playoff spot. Veteran Jarome Iginla is committed to the Flames, and deserves a Stanley Cup victory before his career is over.

    In order for that to happen, Calgary needed to add more to their team than trading Rene Bourque for Mike Cammaleri.

    Trading young, underperforming Blake Comeau could have brought in helpful assets. Comeau will not come close to his 46-point total of last season, but could draw interest due to his potential.

Carolina Hurricanes: Bryan Allen

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    If Carolina does not re-sign defenseman Bryan Allen, they will regret not trading him to a contender.

Chicago Blackhawks: Sean O'Donnell

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    Not that O'Donnell is ruining the Blackhawks, but they don't need him with the recent addition of Johnny Oduya.

    O'Donnell showed signs of wear during last season's playoffs with the Philadelphia Flyers. He may not last again this year.

Colorado Avalanche: Paul Stastny

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    The Avs are close to a playoff spot and Paul Stastny is a core member of the team.

    But are they really going to be able to re-sign hotshot young stars Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly or any of their other 14 free agents and still pay Stastny's $6.6 million salary?

Columbus Blue Jackets: Rick Nash

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    Rick Nash requested a trade out of Columbus.

    The most popular source of deadline hoopla and ridiculous speculation was not traded by Monday's trade deadline.

    That's awkward.

    Nash is sure to be dealt in the upcoming offseason, but Columbus could have capitalized on a desperate trade deadline offer.

Dallas Stars: Steve Ott

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    TSN's Pierre Lebrun said the Philadelphia Flyers (and probably other teams) had interest in Steve Ott.

    Ott could've gotten a good return from Broad Street, as long as an awkward introduction between Ott and coach Peter Laviolette went okay.

    Ott is an excellent faceoff-taker and fits into the "every other team hates playing against me" mentality that Flyers are often stamped with.

Detroit Red Wings: Jonathan Ericsson

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    Not that any team would enjoy taking on a $3.25 million cap hit for Ericsson, but the defenseman has not exactly been the man they hoped this season.

    (Think: $250,000 less and they could have Ryan Suter.)

Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky

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    Instead of trading Hemsky, the Oilers re-signed the 28-year-old to a two-year, $10 million deal.

    This means Edmonton is either hoping to contend as early as next season (unlikely), or re-sign a 30-year-old Hemsky in two years for their next playoff run.

    Maybe getting younger assets to go along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would've been a better idea.

Florida Panthers: Wojtek Wolski

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    Wolski is now on his fourth team in the past three seasons. Florida should not have picked up the lazy forward.

    He is not worth a roster spot, much less the $4 million per season salary the team needs to pay him for the remainder of the season.

    To this point, Wolski's career performance peaked at age 23. He'll need to show a lot to make the trade worth justifying for the Panthers.

Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Bernier

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    The Kings attempted to add much-needed offense by trading for Jeff Carter near the trade deadline.

    However, the team has an extremely valuable asset in backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

    The team's starter, Jonathan Quick, is a Vezina-caliber netminder who is sure to maintain the starting spot in L.A. for years to come.

    Trading Bernier could bring in additional offense and propel the team's status as a serious playoff contender.

Minnesota Wild: Josh Harding

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    The upcoming free agent and backup goalie Harding could've been more valuable to a playoff-bound team without the security of a proven backup or third-string option.

    With Niklas Backstrom holding down the starting position, it's hard to believe Harding will have a greater role than his current one in Minnesota.

Montreal Canadiens: Travis Moen

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    The upcoming free agent could have brought in a return for any team looking for a gritty lower-line penalty-killing forward.

Nashville Predators: Ryan Suter

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    What are the odds Ryan Suter plays in Nashville next year?

    Very low.

    Nashville made some key acquisitions this deadline by adding Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad, but could have taken advantage of their situation with their All-Star upcoming free-agent defenseman.

    Had they traded Suter, they could have acquired valuable assets that could help them not only down the stretch, but in future seasons as well.

New Jersey Devils: Zach Parise

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    With New Jersey on track to lose $20 million this season, the team's $250,000 debt is not getting better.

    Will they have any chance at re-signing Zach Parise?

    That is doubtful.

    Though Parise will be essential in any playoff situation, the Devils are in a similar position to Nashville with Suter; their long-term success could have been better with a trade.

New York Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov

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    The Islanders are hard at work with negotiating Evgeni Nabokov's new contract.

    But why?

    Rick DiPietro, though a disaster, is signed practically forever.

    Additionally, the younger Al Montoya is also an upcoming free agent. The Islanders have a plethora of options in net. They could have gotten something valuable for Nabokov instead.

New York Rangers: Brandon Dubinsky

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    One of the major pieces of a potential Rick Nash deal was the underperforming Brandon Dubinsky.

    Dubinsky is seen as a weak spot on an otherwise stellar Rangers roster.

Ottawa Senators: Matt Carkner

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    Tough guy Carkner is easily the second-best fighter in the NHL behind Brian McGrattan.

    However, he has been scratched eight on the last nine Senators games. The trade deadline saw 6'8" pugilist John Scott go to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick.

    It is not much, but more than the Sens would get than scratching Carkner.

Philadelphia Flyers: Matt Carle

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    The Flyers have several free agents to deal with this upcoming offseason, including Jaromir Jagr, Jake Voracek, Matt Carle, Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman.

    The team does not have much cash to spread around, and Carle is likely to draw more attention on the free-agent market than any of the other unrestricted players.

    If he leaves without return, the Flyers will be shaking their heads.

Phoenix Coyotes: Michal Rozsival

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    Not that Phoenix needs to sell or would be able to find anyone willing to take on upcoming free agent Roszival's $5 million cap hit, but he's not a sought-after asset who the Coyotes should be too thrilled about keeping.

Pittsburgh Penguins:

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    Recently-injured Brent Johnson may no longer be necessary in Pittsburgh.

    The backup to Marc-Andre Fleury was replaced by 25-year-old Brad Thiessen.

    Thiessen made his first-ever NHL start on Sunday, giving up two goals on 24 shots in a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The former Northeastern Huskies netminder could find himself backing up Fleury in the long-term if his play continues.

San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture

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    ...for Rick Nash, of course.

St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak

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    The Blues have two sufficient starting goaltenders.

    They only need one.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Dwayne Roloson

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    The selling-minded Tampa Bay Lightning do not have any stellar trade assets left, but a player they probably want to get rid of is elderly goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Mikhail Grabovski

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    As B/R Featured Columnist Nicholas Goss pointed out, Toronto has not extended Grabovski's contract and did not deal him at the deadline.

    That's not exactly looking ahead for GM Brian Burke, as Grabovski will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Vancouver Canucks: A Goalie

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    Roberto Luongo proved last year that he can help a team get to hockey's biggest stage, but then fail when it matters the most.

    Backup Cory Schneider has yet to have that opportunity, but cannot exactly do worse.

    It may seem wild for the Canucks to trade Luongo, but Schneider might be better for the long-term future of the franchise.

    The upcoming free agent could, however, cost a superb amount in the offseason. One of the two will have to go.

Washington Capitals: Alex Semin

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    The Capitals may or may not be a playoff team in 2011-12.

    However, Mike Green, John Carlson and Alex Semin are most certainly free agents this summer.

    Green and Carlson should be priorities, meaning Semin may not get signed...meaning the Capitals lose on a lot of potential assets by not trading him on this deadline.

Winnipeg Jets: Chris Mason

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    The Jets are in a peculiar position after the deadline.

    They should neither have been sellers or buyers, though they did trade upcoming free agent Johnny Oduya away.

    If they do not believe in making the playoffs this season, backup goalie and upcoming free agent Chris Mason could have drawn some minor interest from certain teams.



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