NHL trade rumors are entering full bore mode in December as the season heats up.
Among the names that have been linked to trade rumors, the one that might have piqued the most interest is Jarome Iginla. Iginla is once again being a trooper through a tough season in Calgary, but it's hard for him not to get frustrated with the way things are going once again in Cowtown.
Of course, with how tightly packed the West is, one good run could bring Iginla right back into the mix. The same might not be said of Tomas Kaberle, who could very well be the center of another lost winter in Toronto.
Here are some of the landing spots of the other players who could be moving.
Landing Spots: Los Angeles
The talk around Iginla has cooled to some extent since the Flames have said they won't trade him this year. But if the Flames fall out of contention, the upper management might not have a choice other than to at least listen. It's highly doubtful, but Los Angeles might still be looking for a forward and could take his cap hit.
Landing Spots: Columbus
Like Iginla, the reports are that Brian Burke won't ask Kaberle to waive his no-trade clause. I tend to believe him when it comes to that, but the Kaberle-Burke-NTC drama has been lingering for so long that it's hard to believe it will ever end. If he does decide to finally move him, Columbus would be a possible destination since the Jackets desperately need a power-play quarterback.
Landing Spots: Montreal, St. Louis
The enigmatic Kovalev is back on the second line once again, but it doesn't mean the results are there again. He's quit on Ottawa just like he's quit everywhere else. That being said, the skills are still there and St. Louis needs anyone who can score. Montreal could use a big body on the second line and he's still beloved there.
Landing Spots: Columbus, San Jose, Dallas, Colorado
Wisniewski brings toughness and a two-way game to a defensive corps, so look for him to possibly be dealt to a team with defensive issues. Columbus could use the offense, while San Jose and Dallas could use the defense. Colorado could use the defense to stabilize a major weak point as well
Landing Spots: Tampa Bay, Washington
Tampa Bay will be in on any goaltender available, since anything will be an upgrade over Mike Smith and Dan Ellis, especially a goaltender with a pedigree like Roloson. Washington seems determined to go with the tandem of Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov, but if the Capitals felt like they wanted a veteran goalie, Roloson could be the guy.
Landing Spots: Tampa Bay
The Panthers would have to ask Vokoun to waive his no-trade clause to accept a move, but I would think he'll be available at some point. Tampa Bay would be willing to take him on in a snap, because he'd be a big upgrade. Also, watch for San Jose. The Sharks would much rather go after a defenseman, but if they wanted an insurance policy for Antero Niittymaki, they could make a play for him.
Landing Spots: Montreal, St. Louis, Phoenix
Cole is a veteran power forward who can bring an offensive spark and some grit and toughness. The problem is that he's always felt more comfortable in Carolina and the ill-fated, short-lived Edmonton experiment might be proof to that. Montreal and Phoenix could use that big body and a left-wing that would fit on the second line and not cost much.
Landing Spots: Toronto, New York Rangers
The Rangers might be hurting for offense now, especially with Ryan Callahan possibly out for up to six weeks with a broken hand. But for a team that's surprisingly fifth in the East and playing very well, would they want to risk breaking that team up, especially knowing what it might take. Toronto will just take anyone to feed Phil Kessel the puck, but the Maple Leafs have nothing to send in return.
Landing Spots: Montreal, Toronto
Penner to Montreal has been an interesting rumor, since he would definitely fit the build of what the Canadiens are looking for and in a left-winger. But would Penner want to leave Edmonton and will the Oilers move him or any other team bite with his cap hit? Toronto has also been linked, though the prospects in return issue might come up again, as well as Brian Burke's strained relationship with the Oiler brass.
Landing Spots: Anaheim, Dallas, San Jose
Beauchemin brings offense and defense and a somewhat manageable cap hit. San Jose is in the market for a defenseman and would be willing to at least send a couple of veterans back the other way. Dallas could use some help on the back end, especially if the Stars believe they can be a playoff team this season. Beauchemin spent a couple of good seasons in Anaheim and the Ducks could use some depth.