As the 2013 NHL season continues, the April 3 trade deadline will creep up on teams before they know it.
Since the season is so short, general managers aren't offered the usual kind of time to decide whether or not to make a move. Hesitating too long could result in putting the team in too dire a situation on the ice that no move would possibly be able to right the ship in time.
With a little over a month left to make trades, the window is still open for GMs to start wheeling and dealing, and the rumors are only going to heat up. Here are three potential roster moves that will be interesting to follow.
Daniel Alfredsson on the Move?
As or right now, the Ottawa Senators are firmly in the playoff picture. They're in seventh place, four points ahead of the New York Rangers. It's a rather uneasy lead, though, as the Senators have played two more games than both the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, who are just on the fringe.
If things start going wrong in Ottawa, you can expect some personnel changes. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported on Twitter that Daniel Alfredsson could be on the move if the postseason gets out of reach for the Senators:
Bruce Garrioch @SunGarrioch
As reported by the Sun Saturday, Alfredsson will be targetted by the Bruins and Penguins is Sens fall out of playoff race. #Sens2/21/2013, 4:08:12 PM
According to Cap Geek, Alfredsson doesn't have a no-trade clause, so the Senators could trade him without getting his approval. With Alfredsson having spent his entire career in Ottawa, it's unlikely he would be moved against his wishes, though.
Rick DiPietro Not Going Anywhere
As many outlets have reported, the New York Islanders have put Rick DiPietro on waivers. The 15-year deal he signed back in 2006 always looked a bit crazy, but nobody could have predicted how ineffective DiPietro would become. Once a very promising goaltender, he's only played in 50 games since the 2008-09 season.
Katie Strang of ESPN reported there doesn't look to be an end for DiPietro in Uniondale, as the Islanders won't be buying him out:
Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
#Isles GM Garth Snow on potential buyout of DP: "We haven't given that any consideration at this point."2/22/2013, 6:25:42 PM
No team will be willing to take the kind of risk that DiPietro carries, especially considering the length of his contract.
With the organization near the salary-cap floor, the Islanders can't exactly part with DiPietro's contract at this time. As a result, the goaltender will be sent down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL.
Mark Streit Wants a 3-Year Deal
Sticking with the Islanders, defenseman Mark Streit has made it clear what he'll be looking for in his next contract. The 35-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and has laid out the guidelines should New York want to extend him beyond this season.
The story also quoted Streit saying that he is looking for a three year, $10 million deal with the Islanders. Streit mentioned that he would be interested in a fourth year. A four-year deal would expire when he is 39.
Schultz was pulling from a report by Swiss outlet 20 Minuten Online. He also wrote that Streit has been playing with a knee injury while managing to play in all of the Islanders' games this season. Even with the injury, Streit's managed to score three goals while adding another five assists.