NHL Trade Deadline Less Than 24 Hours Away

Scott SnyderContributor IMarch 3, 2009

Unfortunately, not many people are like me. They don't consider the NHL Trading Deadline a holiday. Not even in Canada? What's up with that?

Anyways, what will tomorrow bring?  Will the 2009 deadline day see more than 40 players switch teams (as was the case last season)?  To be honest, it's hard to say.  

There are so many teams in both conferences that need to bolster their lineups, and several teams, such as the Maple Leafs, Senators, and Avalanche, which need a turnover of players to move forward in the years to come.

Of course, you have your Atlanta's of the league.  Sure, there's no chance of them making the playoffs this season, but with so much cap room, maybe they can afford to bolster their lineup and hope for a change of fate next season.  

Ilya Kovalchuk has one year left on his current contract, as does Phoenix's Olli Jokinen.  If I remember correctly, Atlanta has had major problems finding a center to play with No. 17.  With Jokinen's name in the rumor mill, why not bring him in, hope that there's some chemistry between the two, and move forward from there?

How does this sound for a No. 1 line—Brian Little-Jokinen-Kovalchuk?  

If I had to guess, I'd say the Columbus Blue Jackets will make a splash tomorrow, looking for a No. one center as well. It could be Buffalo's Tim Connolly, as Columbus attempts to get into the postseason for the first time in franchise history.

Expect the Maple Leafs to rid themselves of 6'6" Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Dominic Moore.  With Tomas Kaberle not returning for the third period of tonight's game against the Devils, might the defenseman have played his last game in a Toronto uniform?

Check in tomorrow throughout the day, as I'll be up early awaiting the trades to come in. I'll be here with analysis of each trade, the winners and losers, and what each team should expect from their newly-acquired player(s).

Enjoy! I know I will...