The Anaheim Ducks have solved their Corey Perry dilemma, taking him off the list of soon-to-be free agents with an eight-year contract extension on Monday. The man of the hour himself was apt to note that the deal neutralizes any trade talk and debate over whether to live fast for one season or make a sacrificial investment for the future.
Other teams, though, are still subject to that internal conflict of debating whether to keep a pending free agent while they still can or cut him loose early when a return package is still assured.
Besides that annual ritual, though, 2013’s bridge between now and next season also presents the need to brace for a salary cap reduction. The trade deadline could be an optimum time to release a hefty cap hit and take on a less weighty one that will nonetheless bolster one’s on-ice product.
Several NHL general managers have been apt to cite the unusual circumstances of a shortened season as the cause of an inevitably sparse trade market. Chicago’s Stan Bowman told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen on Wednesday, “I don’t think guys are going to want to trade players away until they’re out of the race, and as it is now, certainly in the West, you could make an argument that almost every team is still in it.”
Although a case can be made for playoff contenders to hold back, some of those teams have players that they ought to put on the block if it means addressing an immediate need through the return package.
Here are the players whose employers either do not appear to be "sellers" or who have otherwise not generated reckonable trade talk, but would nonetheless make for a sensible export.