Predicting the Landing Spot for the Top Targets at 2013 NHL Trade Deadline
The trade deadline is nearly here and key players started moving last week.
It seems like the Pittsburgh Penguins have already gotten the best of the rest of the league, having acquired Jarome Iginla, Brendan Morrow and hard-hitting defenseman Douglas Murray.
But there are still a number of key players who are available. The Blackhawks picked up Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks for a fourth-round draft pick April 1, while the Los Angeles Kings acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues traded for Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester.
Here's a look at where we think many of the other top candidates will end up on April 3.
Jaromir Jagr, Dallas Stars
Jaromir Jagr can still get it done and could make a solid contribution to a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
Jagr has scored 14 goals and added 12 assists in 34 games.
Reports indicate that Jagr is going to the Boston Bruins (source: Boston.com)
Jagr should be able to give the offensively challenged Bruins the kind of savvy offensive play that has been missing much of the last month. Jagr's offensive talent and wicked shot could provide their inconsistent power play a boost.
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
The Flames are now in full-sell mode, with Jarome Iginla going to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jay Bouwmeester moving to the St. Louis Blues.
Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is likely going to be next. While reports indicate that Kiprusoff does not want to leave Calgary due to a family situation, the Toronto Maple Leafs are his likely landing spot.
The Toronto goaltending has been better than expected this year, but the Leafs could use a solid veteran like Kiprusoff to improve their playoff chances and give them a shot at potentially winning a first-round series.
Mike Ribeiro, Washington Capitals
Mike Ribeiro appears to be something of a gambler.
The Washington Capitals like Ribeiro and gave him a three-year contract offer because he is playing so well this season. Ribeiro has scored 35 points in 35 games and leads the team in scoring.
But Ribeiro turned down the deal because he wants to sign a five-year contract.
Look for general manager George McPhee to make the hard choice and trade Ribeiro. The contenders are the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks, while CBSSports.com also included the Columbus Blue Jackets in the mix.
Look for the Ducks to end up with Ribeiro.
Derek Roy, Dallas Stars
Derek Roy was supposed to give the Dallas Stars more offensive finesse after they traded ruffian Steve Ott to the Buffalo Sabres last summer to acquire his services.
Roy (four goals, 18 assists) is a smooth skater and a creative player, but he is not known for going into the dirty areas and scoring tough goals.
The Stars are probably going to move Roy to a contender. The New York Rangers seem to have an affinity for acquiring forwards who struggle to score when the team needs goals, so Roy would seem to fit right in.
However, Bob McKenzie of TSN recently reported that the Stars have traded Roy to the Vancouver Canucks for Kevin Connauton and a draft pick.
Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks
It's hard to believe that a player who has not scored a goal is receiving significant interest from six teams.
That's just the case for Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks. Clowe could be going to the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild or Chicago Blackhawks.
Clowe has taken 65 shots this season and none have found the back of the net. He has 11 assists and 79 penalty minutes.
Look for the Bruins to end up with the hard-luck and hard-nosed Clowe.
Steve Sullivan, Phoenix Coyotes
It seems likely that the Phoenix Coyotes will not be playing postseason hockey this season.
They are in 13th place in the Western Conference and have won just two of their last 10 games. Veteran forward Steve Sullivan would be an attractive player for several contenders. Sullivan is not having a great year—five goals and seven assists—but he has been a decent power-play performer in the past.
He should be on the radar for the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets.
Look for Sullivan to end up in Winnipeg, where he can help that team win the Southeast Division and take the third seed in the Eastern Conference.
Ben Bishop, Ottawa Senators
Once Craig Anderson returns to active duty, the Senators will have three high-quality goaltenders on their roster.
That's an abundance of riches that the team does not need.
They could trade one of them and get draft picks or veteran talent in return. The prediction here is that the Senators hold on to Robin Lehner and Anderson and decide to trade the talented Ben Bishop.
The Senators won't trade him to an Eastern Conference contender where he could burn them, but they will move him to the last-place Florida Panthers. Bishop should be able to turn that team's goaltending fortunes around next year.
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