NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Forwards Most Likely To Be Traded
The NHL trade deadline is February 28. As the deadline approaches, teams still in the hunt for a playoff berth will look to make moves to further help their position.
Teams that are out of the race may look to dump salary, get younger or completely change the direction of a team. Between now and then, as team decide if they are in or out of the playoff chase, the phone lines will heat up.
The following is a list of forwards who may be on the move.
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Brian Rolston—New Jersey only has 24 points and is going nowhere this season. Rolston, age 37, has already cleared waivers. Although having a down year, he did score 20 goals and 37 points last season.
Ottawa Is Willing To Deal
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Ottawa—Ottawa sits out of a playoff spot with only 38 points, 11 behind the eighth spot. GM Bryan Murray is willing to move just about anyone on the team.
With Jarkko Ruutu, Daniel Alfredsson and Alexi Kovalev all 35 or older, Ottawa would be wise to move any of them in a youth movement. Alfredsson and Kovalev could intrigue some teams. Kovalev and Ruutu will be free agents at the end of the season.
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Kris Vertseeg—Toronto has 36 points, 13 out of a playoff spot. Versteeg has been on a roll with 11 points in 11 games. It does not appear that Toronto is actively shopping him, but the team has reportedly received at least one offer. If some team brings an offer tempting enough, the Leafs may make a move.
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Clarke MacArthur—Another Toronto player makes the list, this time their leading point scorer. He is a free agent after the season; it is hard to imagine the Leafs letting him get away without getting something in return.
Would the Panthers Part With Booth?
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David Booth—Good talent on a not-so-good team. Florida has 38 points, nine off of a playoff spot. The Panthers may not be looking to move him yet, but look for hungry playoff teams to come shopping.
Is Parise Happy?
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Zach Parise—New Jersey is a mess right now, having only 24 points, which is the lowest in the league. They have already traded away their captain Jamie Langenbrunner.
There have been reports that Parise is unhappy in New Jersey, but he has denied making any trade demands. He is a restricted free agent after the season; however, his current injury prevents an immediate trade.
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Nicklas Bergfors—At 23, he is young and has lots of potential. For whatever reason, he does not seem to fit in well with the Thrashers system. They should be able to find several teams interested in his talent.
Is It Time for a Change in Calgary?
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Jerome Iginla—New management, a bad record and a team in need of rebuilding could spell the end for Iginla in Calgary. Publically, the Flames are stating that they have no intentions to trade him; however, the rumors are everywhere. A team needing depth or a spark for a playoff run could greatly use Iginla, and it's hard to image the Flames will not listen to offers.
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Devin Setoguchi—Reports have it that there have already been talks between the Sharks and Leafs. Such talks are being denied by GM Brian Burke. Is this a case of where there is smoke, there is fire?
Will a Contract Come in Time?
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Brad Richards—Dallas has no desire to trade Richards, but he is a free agent after the season. Contract talks are currently under way. If these talks don't go as hoped, the Stars may be forced to trade him, rather then let him walk away without getting something in return.