The NHL trade deadline is just over two weeks away, which means it shouldn't be long before the market finally begins to heat up. The remaining time will be used by teams to determine whether they should be buyers or sellers.
It's taken a little longer than usual for that to happen due to the lockout. The condensed schedule against conference opponents only has kept the standings close, but things are starting to spread out and that should lead to more trade talk.
Let's analyze some of the latest trade fodder from around the league. There are several big names being floated around, meaning there should be plenty of intrigue as deadline day inches closer.
Iginla has scored over 500 goals in his NHL career, including seven in 26 games this season. He's the type of reliable veteran that any team can place on one of their scoring lines and expect him to produce down the stretch and into the playoffs.
He's spent his entire career with the Calgary Flames. While the team hasn't decided what to do as the deadline approaches, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports there's definitely teams already showing interest. The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins lead the pack.
Right now, the Flames currently sit four points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. If they remain in contention for the eighth spot, it's hard to imagine them moving Iginla. Should they fall out of the race, however, then things will get interesting.
Which of these players is most likely to get moved?
It's time for the Buffalo Sabres to make some changes. They have been one of the league's biggest disappointments over the past two seasons. Although Miller isn't a main reason for those struggles, he's an asset that could attract interest.
Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports the Sabres are considering moving the goaltender, who's been the No. 1 in Buffalo for the past eight seasons. His lackluster numbers this season are more due to a poor defensive unit rather than a drop off in play.
If the Sabres are indeed looking to move Miller, doing it this season would be the right way to go. He's a free agent after next season. Teams aren't going to give up nearly as much for a rental player as they would for a player of his caliber right now.
The New York Rangers are three points out of a playoff spot after a three-game losing streak. The lack of production from Gaborik, who has 17 points in 27 games and sports a minus-five rating, is a key factor in that unfavorable position.
Now, there are "whispers" that the Rangers are testing to market to see what they could get in return for the talented, but underperforming, winger, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record. He says Gaborik isn't on the same page as coach John Tortorella.
A change of scenery would probably do wonders for Gaborik, but it remains unclear if another team would be willing to take a chance on him given his sizable contract. If a team is going all-in on this season, though, he could put them over the top.