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NHL: Buying or Selling the Most Discussed Potential Deals Post-Lockout

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor ISeptember 6, 2016

NHL: Buying or Selling the Most Discussed Potential Deals Post-Lockout

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    The NHL lockout currently has the entire league in a holding pattern as both the NHLPA and the league attempt to strike a new CBA

    This lockout has also stopped teams from finalizing their rosters for the upcoming season. Once the lockout is over, what rumored and speculated deals could happen or fall apart?

    There are a few players who have either asked for a trade, were rumored to be traded before the lockout or there are players who teams were interested in acquiring before the lockout.

    These rumors and speculations should be taken at face value, because they are something that could be a major talking point before the eventual NHL trade deadline.

    Here is a Bleacher Report version of "buy or sell," NHL lockout edition.

P.K. Subban to the Philadelphia Flyers

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    Before the NHL lockout, it was reported on RDS, and translated on Yahoo! Sports, that the Philadelphia Flyers were interested in acquiring P.K. Subban.

    At the time, the deal made sense given the Flyers' situation on defense, but as the lockout continues, an eventual deal appears to be less likely.

     

    Verdict: Sell

    If the Flyers are in the market for a big-name defenseman, they likely will hold off for the interim and reassess their situation during the summer of 2013.  


Boston Bruins to Trade David Krejci

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    Throughout the summer, David Krejci's name popped up a lot during trade rumors. A few days before the lockout started, ESPN Boston asked Krejci about the rampant rumors.

    “I heard even if I don’t read papers because people talk and you’re going to know,” Krejci said of the trade chatter. “But I didn’t pay too much attention because at the end of the season we had meetings with the coach and with Peter (Chiarelli). So I know what those guys think about me and I know they want me here. I didn’t pay too much attention to it.”

    With that in mind, it would have made sense for Krejci's name to come up when Bobby Ryan was on the market, because the Anaheim Ducks were looking for a center.

    After the lockout ends, will Krejci be on the block?

     

    Verdict: Sell

    If Boston was going to move Krejci, they would have done it before the lockout. The Bruins' roster has remained intact from last season, and that is something that will give them an edge over teams that made major additions this summer.

    The Bruins will be able to step onto the ice like nothing changed, but teams like the New York Rangers may have some chemistry issues at first.

Roberto Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs

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    After the Vancouver Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs, it was rumored that Roberto Luongo was going to be finally dealt after losing the starter's role to Cory Schneider. 

    Reports even suggested at first that Luongo would be headed to Toronto, and then it emerged that he wouldn't move his no-trade clause   to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    There seems to have been a lot of flipping and flopping on Luongo's part, but will he reconsider joining Toronto after the lockout?

     

    Verdict: Sell

    Chock up another sell on the whiteboard, because it is unlikely that Luongo would go to Toronto. The team just hired Rick St. Croix to be their new goalie coach, and it appears that the team still has faith in James Reimer.

    If Luongo is moved, it will be to another team.

Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers

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    Verdict: Buy

    The last slide broke down the ongoing talks of Roberto Luongo potentially joining the Toronto Maple Leafs, but all rumors suggest that Luongo's likely landing spot is the Florida Panthers.

    Luongo is a former Panther, he trains in Florida during the offseason and according to the Sporting News, Florida remains the "preferred destination" of the Canucks netminder.

Johan Franzen the Key Piece for a No. 4 Defender

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    Before the lockout, it was suggested that Johan Franzen could be a key piece in acquiring a No. 4 defenseman.

    After the lockout ends, could the Detroit Red Wings consider moving Franzen to add some defensive depth?

     

    Verdict: Sell

    At this time, although the Wings need depth, trading Franzen doesn't appear likely. The Wings did sign Carlo Colaiacovo before the lockout, and he should be able to eat up a lot of minutes on the Detroit blue line.

Anaheim Ducks to Trade Corey Perry?

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    Lyle Richardson is a writer for The Hockey News, and he pondered if the Anaheim Ducks would consider splitting up the big three in an attempt to add young pieces to round out the team.

    He suggested that impending UFA Corey Perry is a player who is likely to hit free agency, and he could draw a mega offer on the open market, an offer that would be too pricey for the Ducks. 

    With that in mind, would Anaheim consider trading him sometime after the lockout and before the trade deadline?

     

    Verdict: Sell

    I agree with Richardson and his assertion that, although the Ducks could consider it, it makes more sense to keep the former Hart Trophy winner around for the long haul. Moving Perry would not make sense for Anaheim unless they were attempting to complete a mega rebuild.

Anaheim Ducks to Move Ryan Getzlaf?

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    Lyle Richardson also pondered if the Anaheim Ducks would consider dealing Ryan Getzlaf in a THN editorial published a week after the lockout started.

    Richardson wrote,

    Getzlaf and Perry are another matter. Both will earn $5.325 million this season and would be the best available talents in next summer's UFA market, where they would certainly command top dollar from a number of suitors.

    If it appears both intend to test the free agent market, Murray would have to shop them at the trade deadline and retain Ryan.

    Getzlaf appears to be the more likely one to be dealt. Though still ranked among the league's best centers, his numbers have been in decline since his career-best 91 points in 2008-09. 

    The problem with moving Getzlaf is it would significantly reduce the Ducks’ already painfully thin depth at center. 

    There was a rumor that part of the asking price from the Philadelphia Flyers for Ryan was either Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn in a package deal, two young centers the Flyers were justifiably reluctant to move. 

    That suggests Murray wanted to bolster his depth at center, either to take some of the pressure off Getzlaf, or in anticipation of his potential departure.

     

    Verdict: Buy

    Richardson made the right assertion in suggesting Getzlaf is a more likely departure. With Brian Burke knowing the Toronto Maple Leafs' biggest need is a No. 1 center, you almost have to predict that after missing out during the last few seasons, the former Ducks GM will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Getzlaf.

    When you think about it, it will be hard for the Ducks' No. 1 center to turn down a sizable offer, the opportunity to play for an Original Six franchise and the opportunity to play with Phil Kessel or Joffrey Lupul.

Jonathan Bernier

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    Jonathan Bernier requested a trade during the summer after his fate was sealed in Los Angeles (h/t CBS Sports).

    When Jonathan Quick was signed to a 10-year-deal, it signaled the end of Bernier's potential as a starter in L.A.

    Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs were interested in Bernier, according to the Toronto Sun, but will he be traded after the lockout?

     

    Verdict: Buy

    Bernier no longer fits in his role in Los Angeles because it is clear he wants to be a starter. It would make more sense for the Toronto Maple Leafs to trade for him instead of Roberto Luongo, because adding Bernier would create competition for James Reimer.

    The likelihood of Bernier being traded after the lockout has to be pretty high, because Los Angeles could get a favorable return for their backup netminder.

Jay Bouwmeester

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    It was reported in early August by Brendan Savage of Mlive.com that the Detroit Red Wings were interested in Jay Bouwmeester. Even though the Wings did add Carlo Colaiacovo, is it still a possibility that Detroit would consider adding the Calgary Flames' offensive defenseman?

     

    Verdict: Sell

    Simply put, Detroit was wise to steer clear of Bouwmeester in early August, and they will likely do the same after the lockout.

    He is an overpaid defenseman whose career is on the decline. He is no longer the efficient offensive defender he was in Florida, so there is likely no way that Ken Holland will bloat his books with this horrendous contract.

Shea Weber to Be Traded to Philadelphia Flyers During Summer 2013?

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    Bleacher Report's Steve Silverman made a good point when he noted that the lack of a no-trade clause for Shea Weber means that the Broad St. Bullies are likely in his future.

    Shea Weber did want to become a member of the Flyers, and that was evident when he signed a massive 13-year offer sheet. Given the fact that the Nashville Predators matched the offer sheet, he is obligated to remain with the team for one year.

    Even though the NHL is in the middle of a lockout, Weber made $13 million without stepping on the ice for the 2012-13 season. Salary aside, Weber is guaranteed another $55 million in signing bonuses no matter what.

    To put that in perspective, that amount is only $5 million less than Brad Richards' entire nine-year contract with the New York Rangers.

    Given the fact that Nashville is a franchise that struggles financially when compared to the rest of the league, will Nashville trade him after this season?

     

    Verdict: Buy

    The Nashville Predators could single-handedly reshape their franchise in one move. Weber's value is so high that a deep-pocketed Flyers team would likely have no qualms dealing a top forward, a second mid-level forward, a defenseman and a draft pick to add Weber to replace Chris Pronger.

    Although Weber is the face of the franchise, it is a move that would make the most sense financially for the future of the Nashville Predators.

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