NHL Rumors: Trade Buzz on Nik Antropov, Paul Postma and More
A quarter of the NHL season is over, leaving most teams with around 36 games to make their playoff push. While some clubs will feel comfortable carrying on with the roster they already have in place, others will feel the need to make moves.
So far, the trade market has stayed pretty quiet. General managers didn't want to get overzealous in the early portion of a shortened season, but now that things are starting to settle down on the ice, the action should begin to pick up off of it.
With that in mind, let's explore some of the latest buzz making the rounds. Although none of these players would be a blockbuster addition, they could provide good depth for a playoff-hopeful team.
Which player would have the most trade value?
Antropov isn't producing early on. The center has just three points in 12 games for the Winnipeg Jets. But he's a reliable veteran that did net 24 goals just three years ago, which could make him an attractive option.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal lists Antropov as one of the players being discussed as a trade target. The fact his contract runs out at season's end would make him a low-risk rental for a team looking for a boost up the middle.
He's the type of player who can get placed on a third line and handle multiple roles. He's a solid two-way player, with a career plus-50 rating, meaning he won't be a liability even if he isn't putting up huge point totals.
Another member of the Jets being bantered about is Postma. Winnipeg has some depth along the blue line and it's easy to see why teams would have interest in the 23-year-old defenseman. He's got a lot of upside despite having just 16 NHL games under his belt.
The Jets have been talking trade with multiple teams and he's one player that keeps getting brought up, according to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press. His small salary also leaves more options available if the team wants to move him.
Winnipeg needs to decide whether it believes the playoffs are a realistic goal this season. If the Jets think they can make it, then moving Postma to add a little scoring punch would be a smart move. If not, they are better off keeping him.
The Buffalo Sabres have been one of the league's biggest disappointments so far. They sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and several players continue to underperform. One such player is Gerbe, who's watched his playing time dwindle.
Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com reports the Sabres could move the forward, who's often been stuck on the fourth line in Buffalo. Gerbe doesn't have the skill set to survive on the bottom line, so it's no shock he isn't producing.
The Sabres could definitely use a shake-up and Gerbe needs an opportunity where he would play more often in order to thrive, so the basis of the idea makes sense. Whether or not Buffalo will be able to find a trading partner is yet to be seen.
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