The NHL trade deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. Teams hoping to make some last-minute moves to bolster their playoff hopes or start stocking up for the future are running out of time. So far, it's been a quiet day around the league.
That could mean two things. Either teams already have a good feel for the market and don't feel it's providing quality value, or there are so many teams involved that the sellers are going to hold out as long as possible for the best offer.
It should make for an interesting handful of hours before the clock strikes three and the dust settles. Let's take a look at some of the latest updates on players that are rumored as potential targets before things should start to heat up.
Goalies For Sale
There's no doubt which position features the most market depth. Any team looking for an upgrade between the pipes has multiple options, which cover different ranges of experience, talent level and amount of investment that would need to get made.
Kevin Allen of USA Today reports Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff and Ben Bishop are all being discussed as the deadline nears. Unfortunately for the teams shopping those netminders, Allen believes the over-under for goalie deals is only one.
Miller and Luongo would be the top choices based on talent but would also command a high price. Kiprusoff is enduring a down season, impacting his value. Bishop is another step down but would likely come with the most reasonable price tag.
It all comes down to how teams want to attack the deep market.
A fresh name to emerge on deadline day is Kulikov. The Florida Panthers defenseman was selected in the first round back in 2009 and quickly made the jump to the NHL. He features plenty of offensive skill and would provide a major boost to a power play.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN states there are definitely teams talking with the Panthers about the 22-year-old rising star. While Florida hasn't taken him completely off the table, he thinks it would basically take an irresistible offer for him to move.
The Panthers are in serious need of some depth, which means a deal that includes multiple players ready to help the team right away or in the immediate future (next season) could put Kulikov in play. It sounds like a long shot, though.
Jokinen is a player who would benefit from a change of scenery. The winger showed what he's capable of during the 2009-10 season when he racked up 30 goals and 35 assists but hasn't been able to match those numbers since.
The Carolina Hurricanes are shopping him with hopes another team will take a chance based on that prior success, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. It's not a surprise given his lack of success during the lockout-shortened season.
Any team in need of another scoring winger that fails to land its top target would be wise to at least consider Jokinen. The price tag shouldn't be anything of serious value since the Hurricanes appear ready to move him, and he could bounce back with a new team.
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