With the trade deadline just a few short weeks away, it is not uncommon to hear all kinds of crazy rumors and trade possibilities.
Some NHL Clubs will be getting ready for the playoff stretch, looking to add one more piece to the puzzle, and others will become sellers in preparation for next season.
In this slideshow, I'm going to single out one player from each of the 30 NHL Clubs that have either been linked to various trade rumors, or are most likely on the trading block due to salary or contracts being close to an end.
Please keep in mind that not all the people listed in this slideshow will be traded, as some of these players will most likely stick with their teams for the playoffs, or be given a contract extension at some point.
I hope you enjoy the read, and I hope whatever team you're rooting for makes that big trade you're looking for!
Aaron Voros made his way to Anaheim in a trade last summer with the New York Rangers. He was part of a package deal, sending Voros and Hillier to the Ducks in exchange for defensemen Steve Eminger.
Aaron is in a contract season, and becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1.
The Ducks will most likely hang onto Aaron, but he could be part of a deal if the Ducks decide to pull the trigger on a top defensemen, like rumors have indicated all season.
Aaron makes $1 Million this season, and since he's been on the IR with the Ducks, he could be expendable. He was just recently activated from the IR just last week, so it may not be long before he is packing his bags.
Ideally, I can see the Ducks holding onto Aaron as long as they keep a playoff spot, but like I said, he could always be part of a package if they find the right deal with another NHL Club.
Trading Andrew Ladd would most likely be a long shot, but when it comes to the Atlanta Thrashers, I think we have all learned that anything is possible.
Andrew currently is in his final year of his contract which pays him $2,350,000 this year. For a guy that has put up 16 goals and 23 assists, that isn't that bad of a deal.
However, Ladd will most likely command a higher salary next season, and it remains to be seen which players Atlanta will keep and which players they will let walk, as they have a number of players on their roster to consider.
Most likely, Ladd will stay with the Thrashers. He becomes a Restricted Free Agent as of July 1, so Atlanta does have a bit of an upper hand in contract talks if they choose to keep him around.
The only way I could see Atlanta dealing Andrew Ladd is if they fell out of the playoff race. They might decide to become sellers, in which case it might make some sense for them to move him.
If Atlanta does indeed slip out of the playoff race, look for Ladd's name to come up in some crazy rumors, but don't turn a blind eye, either.
The Boston Bruins are in a sticky situation right now.
They dealt away Marco Sturm in order to bring back Marc Savard from IR, only to see Marc fall victim to another concussion, which will most likely put his hockey career to an end.
That being said, the Bruins are most certainly in the market for another forward, as they are in a good spot in the standings and want to make it further in the playoffs this year.
Michael Ryder has come up in various trade rumors and proposals, and it might make some sense for the Bruins to shop him.
Michael is on the final year of his contract which is paying him $4 Million this year. As of July 1, he becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent and can sign with any team of his choosing.
Ryder has 14 goals and 14 assists on the season, which isn't too bad, but since he is making $4 Million, most people tend to see him as overpaid.
Michael Ryder may attract some interest from teams looking to add some scoring touch, that also have some money to blow.
The Buffalo Sabres are a mess right now, and they need to make some big changes if they want to keep their fans in the stands.
One of those big changes could be making a big splash at the deadline, since it doesn't look like they'll be making the playoffs this year.
Drew Stafford has come up in possible trade scenarios for the Sabres, but it remains to be seen what Buffalo is planning on doing with the young forward.
Drew is on the final year of his contract, in which he gets paid $1.9 Million this season. Not too bad for a guy with 15 goals and 9 assists on an already struggling club.
Stafford becomes a Restricted Free Agent on July 1, so the Sabres could most likely hang onto him if they wanted to. It would all be a matter of whether or not Drew is in their future plans.
Most likely, Drew will command a raise next season, and Buffalo has a record of being a bit tight with their money, especially since they already have guys like Vanek and Pominville with hefty contracts for a few more years.
Look for Drew's name to continue to surface in trade rumors, and possibly be part of a package deal if the Sabres decide to shop him.
The Carolina Hurricanes aren't exactly in a position to trade away one of their best players, as they are still in the playoff hunt. However, if the right deal came along for the 'Canes, they might look to unload some talent.
Erik Cole has been the subject of recent trade rumors, most notably in a deal that would see Cole getting sent to Philadelphia.
Erik is in the final year of his contract which pays him $2.9 Million this season. He boasts 13 goals and 17 assists for Carolina, which makes him an attractive asset for teams looking to solidify their offense.
Cole becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1, so if the Hurricanes weren't planning on offering him a contract extension anytime soon, they may be wise to trade him before he walks away for literally nothing.
That being said, Carolina is still in a playoff position, and trading a guy like Erik Cole at the deadline could really screw up team chemistry.
If the 'Canes fall out of a playoff position, look for Erik Cole to be traded at the deadline, as he would bring back a great return for Carolina no matter where he was traded to.
As it stands right now, the Calgary Flames are not in a playoff position. However, the playoff race is so tight in the West right now, with Calgary currently only being 2 points shy of a playoff seed.
Robyn Regehr has come up in a number of trade rumors, with some suggesting he may wind up in Montreal if the deal is right.
Regehr still has a few years left on his contract, and is under contract until the end of the 2013-14 season, when he becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent.
Robyn currently makes $4,020,000 a season, but is worth just about every penny.
There are big changes coming to Calgary within the next few seasons, and trading away a guy like Robyn Regehr would almost certainly bring back an awesome return for the Flames and be just the shake-up the Organization needs to get the ball rolling.
It's tough to let a player of Regehr's caliber go, but if the Flames aren't going to make the playoffs, look for Robyn Regehr to be one of the first guys they trade away.
I think it's safe to say that Marty Turco hasn't exactly lived up to the expectations that the Chicago Blackhawks were expecting of him when they signed him to a one-year, $1.3 Million deal last summer.
Marty's stats haven't exactly been stunning this season (11-10-2, .897 SV%, 3.06 GAA), and if the Blackhawks are serious about making another lengthy playoff run, they might want to solidify the goaltender position a bit better.
Even though Turco's stats aren't all that great, there are still some NHL Clubs out there that have and will continue to monitor his play, and possibly make an offer to Chicago.
For now, I think it's safe to say that Turco will most likely run his course with the 'Hawks, and sign with another team come July 1, but anything is possible.
The Colorado Avalanche are not currently in a playoff position, but the race is so tight in the Western Conference right now, anything could happen.
The Avalanche are serious about making a playoff run this year, so they will most likely be active at the trade deadline no matter what.
Although it's a long shot, Milan Hejduk could be on the trading block if the Avalanche were to find the right deal.
Hejduk is an attractive option for any team looking to bolster their offensive production. He has 15 goals and 27 assists on the season, so putting him on any team would be an instant upgrade.
Hejduk is in the final year of his contract. He makes $3 Million this year, and for a guy of Milan's caliber, thats a really good deal.
Milan is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1, and if the Avalanche aren't planning to offer him an extension, this could very well be his last year in Colorado, as many teams will be looking to nab him.
If Colorado doesn't have Hejduk in their plans, or vise versa, the Avalanche would be wise to trade him now while they can still get a good return for him. Otherwise, he will most likely sign with another team in the off-season and they will have gotten nothing for him at all.
Look for Milan Hejduk to pop up in rumors in the coming weeks if the Avalanche start to slip away from a playoff spot.
As it stands right now, the Columbus Blue Jackets don't look like they will make the playoffs this year.
The Western Conference is a very tight race right now, but Columbus is second to last in the Conference, leading only the Edmonton Oilers.
Although Ethan Moreau is currently injured, he is projected to be back in the line-up within the next few weeks. Moreau could be an attractive chip for the right team if he was part of a package deal.
Ethan makes $2 Million this year, and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1.
There's no doubt that if the Blue Jackets don't make the playoffs this year, there will be some big changes coming.
If Columbus can't find the right trade partner for Moreau, there's a good chance they could let him walk in the off-season, leading me to believe that they will most likely push to trade him at the deadline - as long as he is healthy - even if it's just for a draft pick.
If Moreau returns to the line-up soon, look for his name to come up in potential trades.
The Dallas Stars are in a very good position in the Western Conference right now, so it's hard to believe they would move their best forward right before a playoff push.
However, the Stars have been unable to reach a contract extension with Richards thus far, and he has been one of the hottest names when it comes to NHL rumors for the past few months.
Brad has 20 goals and 38 assists on the season, which is nothing to sneeze at. He's in the final year of his contract, which is already seeing him get paid $7.8 Million this year.
Richards becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent at seasons end, which is scary for the Dallas Stars, as I'm sure they would love to keep him.
Brad will most likely command a raise since there is such a buzz surrounding him, and who could blame him? Dallas may not be willing to offer much more than they are already paying him, since he is already one of the highest paid players in the League.
It's crunch time for the Stars.
Does Dallas hang onto him for the playoff push and hope that they can sign him in the off-season? Or do they trade Richards in a huge deadline deal?
We should know in the coming weeks what the future holds for Brad Richards.
The Detroit Red Wings are in a very good spot right now in the West. It looks as though they will once again make the playoffs.
That being said, the Red Wings might be looking to acquire another player in a deadline deal in order to improve their chances of making a strong playoff push.
Patrick Eaves may be expendable to the Red Wings if they could find a suitable trade partner.
Eaves is on the last year of his contract in which he is only getting paid a lowly $750,000.
With 13 goals and 5 assists, you have to expect that Patrick will command a raise. That may or may not be something the Red Wings are willing to give him.
Either way, Eaves is a great addition to any team looking to add some scoring touch, even if it's for a third or fourth line.
Patrick Eaves becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1, so it remains to be seen what the future holds for Eaves. It may be wise for the Red Wings to hold onto him for their playoff push, but if they find the right deal, look for Patrick to be shipping off elsewhere.
With the chances of the Edmonton Oilers making the playoffs looking very grim, one can only assume that the Oilers will most likely be sellers come the trade deadline.
One name that has come up in recent trade rumors is that of Andrew Cogliano.
Andrew is on the final year of his contract, and is set to become a Restricted Free Agent come July 1.
Cogliano currently makes $1 Million this season, and may be due for a bit of a raise. Then again, I'm not so sure that's something the Oilers feel he deserves.
There need to be some big changes in Edmonton if they are ever to be taken serious again, and Andrew Cogliano would most certainly bring back a decent return if the Oilers were to trade him.
Look for Andrew's name to continue to pop up in trade rumors, and don't be shocked if you see him moved sooner rather than later.
The Florida Panthers are currently out of the playoff race, but they still have a chance to catch a lower seed if they can pick up the pace.
If the Panthers continue to fall in the rankings within the next few weeks, Florida will most likely become sellers at the deadline.
Stephen Weiss is a name that has come up in recent rumors, with suggestions that he could end up in Boston or elsewhere.
Weiss isn't set to become a Free Agent until the end of the 2013-14 season, so there isn't a great urgency to move him unless they find the right deal.
With that said, other NHL Clubs are taking a hard look at Stephen, and Florida could get an offer that they simply can't refuse.
Weiss makes $3.1 Million a season, so his salary isn't incredibly large. Teams that are serious about making a long playoff run could more than likely afford to fit him under the cap.
With 15 goals and 21 assists on the season, he makes for a very attractive addition for anybody looking to add some scoring prowess.
Look for Stephen's name to continue to pop up in trade rumors int he coming weeks, and don't be the least bit surprised if he is moved.
If there was ever a time for the Los Angeles Kings to make a big splash, the time is now.
The L.A. Kings have been serious about making a lengthy playoff run for a while now, but they keep falling up short.
In other words, if the Kings want to keep their fans interested, they're going to need to make a big move as soon as possible, as many Kings fans are ready to tear their hair out.
Kings fans want a winger for Kopitar, and so far they haven't really gotten one.
There isn't a doubt in my mind that the Kings will make some sort of splash come the trade deadline, but what could the Kings give up?
Michal Handzus is on the final year of his contract, and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1.
Handzus hasn't exactly lived up to his contract this season, recording 7 goals and 12 assists on the season.
For a guy that is making $4 Million, I'd say that's a bit of an overpayment.
Look for the Kings to shop Handzus, even if you don't hear much about it. The only problem will be finding somebody to take on the remainder of his salary for the season, but if they can find the right partner, look for Michal to be on a new team come March.
As I've mentioned a few times, the Western Conference is a very tight race. The Minnesota Wild do not currently hold a playoff seed, but are only out of the race by one or two wins.
If the Wild can pick up their game and secure a playoff spot in the coming weeks, they may stay pat during the trade deadline.
However, if the Wild drop a few places and aren't looking like they will make the playoffs, I'm almost certain they will be sellers at the deadline.
One name that has come up in recent trade rumors was that of John Madden.
John won a Stanley Cup last year with the Blackhawks, and is an essential part of any teams Penalty Killing unit.
John currently makes $1,250,000 this year and would be an awesome addition to any Club that may be able to pry him away from Minnesota.
He becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1, so if Minnesota can't come to terms with him soon, they would be wise to trade him while he still has lots of value. Otherwise he may walk at seasons end, and the Wild may be kicking themselves later on.
Look for Madden's name to pop up in more rumors as we get closer to the trade deadline.
It's no secret the Montreal Canadiens have been in the market to acquire somebody at the deadline. For what exactly, remains to be seen.
Earlier speculation was that the Montreal Canadiens were looking to add another top defensemen to their already talented core, but more recent rumors have surfaced that they may be in the market for a forward.
Either way, the Canadiens will most likely make some sort of trade.
It may be wise for Montreal to move Hal Gill.
Hal currently makes $2,250,000 this season, and with the emergence of P.K. Subban and recently acquired James Wisniewski, Hal Gill may be an expendable asset that could bring the Canadiens a nice return.
Gill is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1, so if Montreal isn't planning to re-sign him, they might be better off trading him while he has some value.
Not only would they most likely get a good return, but they would shave off a good portion in cap space to make room for a minor acquisition if they chose to do so.
The Nashville Predators current hold a playoff spot in the West, but they can't afford to have any fluke games or they will fall out of the playoff race very quickly.
Although Steve Sullivan has been injured recently, he seems to be recovering fairly well. He skated with his team on Monday and looks to be back before the end of the month.
Since Nashville has been doing just fine without him, it makes sense that they would try and move him at the deadline.
Steve makes $3,750,000 and is on the final year of his contract. He is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1, and if he can't be traded, he probably will.
It would make sense for the Predators to make an attempt to move him. He has 10 goals and 10 assists on the season. His numbers would certainly be better if he wasn't injured, but that sadly isn't the case.
If Nashville could move him, they would free up a bunch of space and may be able to acquire a big name forward or defensemen.
It remains to be seen if Sullivan has a future with the Predators, but this season certainly hasn't done any justice for him if he was expecting a raise next season.
Look for his name to pop up much more once he is healthy again.
Even thought the New Jersey Devils have played better as of late, this season is pretty much a wash.
Barring a miracle, the Devils will not make the playoffs, and with some Cap problems of their own, the Devils will most likely be sellers come the trade deadline.
The Devils already had to trade away their captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, last month.
With all kinds of rumors swirling around the Devils, Jason Arnott is a name that has come up quite frequently in trade speculation.
Jason Arnott is on a contract season, and is currently making $4.5 Million.
Arnott carries a hefty price tag for somebody who has only scored 12 goals and 10 assists on the season. Still, give Jason some credit, he hasn't exactly played on the best team this year.
The Devils are trying to unload some more players to gain more cap space, and if they could find a taker for Jason, it would help them out immensely in having some cap space for the off-season.
Look for Arnott to be traded at the deadline, possibly to Toronto or another team that has some room to fit him under.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize at this point that the Islanders will not be making the playoffs.
The Islanders have already started downsizing by trading away some of their better players like James Wisniewski and Dwayne Roloson for draft picks and future considerations.
The Islanders are in total rebuild mode now, and are gaining as much cap space as they can get at this point.
Blake currently makes a very affordable $650,000, but is on the final year of his contract.
Comeau boasts 13 goals and 17 assists on a team that isn't exactly doing all that well, so chances are Blake is going to command a much higher salary next season.
Although the Islanders are in a position to give him pretty much whatever he wants, they may choose not to keep him around if there are more attractive options in the off-season.
Blake becomes a Restricted Free Agent on July 1, so the Islanders have a bit of an upper hand in contract talks if they chose to keep him around.
With that said, if the Islanders chose not to keep him, they could probably get some decent draft picks for him at the deadline and have even more cap space to sign a big name player.
Although it is unlikely that Blake will be traded, it's hard to say one way or another. The Islanders have already traded better guys away, so anything is possible.
The New York Rangers currently hold a playoff seed, but they cannot afford to slip up at all or they will be out of the playoff race very fast.
The Rangers will most certainly make a move at the trade deadline, whether it be offense or defense, but the question is, who do they give up?
My suggestion would be Vinny Prospal.
Vinny hasn't played a game all season with nagging injuries, but seems to be healthy again and is even looking to make his season debut sometime this week.
When Vinny is healthy, he can be a force.
Vinny makes $2,480,000 this season, probably more than he deserves, and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1.
Most likely, the Rangers will let him walk unless he takes a substantial pay cut, but I'm not so sure that will happen.
Now that he is healthy, the Rangers will most likely showcase his talents and shop him to other teams, while they wait for the return of Ruslan Fedotenko.
It remains to be seen if Vinny will stay with the Rangers, but in my opinion, they probably won't keep him around.
They would be wise to trade Vinny in a deadline deal even if it was for some picks, because there is no guaruntee he will be back next season at all.
There is something seriously wrong in Ottawa right now, and the only thing that is going to fix it is major change.
Ottawa looked like a promising team in the beginning of the season when they signed Sergei Gonchar in the free agency, but that looks to be a bust as well as the whole team in general right now.
Chris Phillips has come up in recent trade rumors, suggesting that the defensemen may be traded at the deadline to teams struggling on defense.
It might be best for the Senators to trade him at this point, as well as it may be in the best interest of Chris Phillips.
Phillips is on a contract year and is currently making $3.5 Million. He is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1, and may want out of Ottawa after this shocking collapse.
It may be wise for the Senators to trade him if he is willing to waive his NTC. They would most certainly get some decent picks for him, or even another impact player.
One thing is for sure, Ottawa has to do something, and fast.
Look for Chris' name to continue to show up in trade rumors as things heat up in the next few weeks.
The Philadelphia Flyers are sitting in second place in the League right now.
The need for some change isn't something the Flyers necessarily need, but if they want to beat teams like Vancouver and Tampa Bay in the playoffs, it might be wise for them to make a trade.
There has been plenty of speculation in Philadelphia that the Flyers are in the market for a big name forward. Names like Erik Cole and John Madden have surfaced, but in the past few weeks, rumors in Philly have seemed to diminish.
The Flyers already have some room to work with, so they don't really need to trade a roster player if they don't want to, but it would make sense, otherwise they might have too much depth.
Chances are, Nikolay Zherdev will not be returning to the Flyers line-up next season. Even with his 15 goals and 4 assists this season, the Flyers have seemed to turn a blind eye.
Nikolay Zherdev makes $2 Million this season and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1.
It would be in the Flyers best interest to trade Nikolay if they aren't planning on bringing him back.
Not only would it make sense, but it would free up even more cap space for the Flyers to make a huge splash come the trade deadline.
Nikolay could really thrive on another team, as he would most likely play on a first or second line, where he belongs, in my opinion.
Look for Zherdev's name to continue to surface in trade rumors as we head into the final weeks of the deadline.
The Phoenix Coyotes are currently sitting in a playoff position, and they would like to keep it that way.
With teams like Los Angeles and Minnesota right under their noses, they can ill afford to lose any games that are a given.
Phoenix would most certainly love to make a lengthy playoff run this year, so they could be in the market for a forward or defensemen if they find the right deal.
Scottie Upshall is on the final year of his contract, and currently makes $2,250,000.
Upshall is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1, and something is telling me he may want to test the Free Agency waters this year unless he gets traded to the right team.
If that is indeed the case, the Coyotes would be wise to move him at the deadline.
Scottie has 15 goals and 10 assists this season with the Coyotes, and could be an attractive option to some teams. I know people in Philadelphia would love to have him back.
Scottie may not get much of a pay raise, but I don't think he'll get much of a pay cut if at all, either.
In moving Upshall, the Coyotes could free up some cap space or acquire another young talent.
Although his name hasn't been mentioned much yet in rumors, look for his name to pop up if the 'Yotes fall out of a playoff spot.
The Penguins will make the playoffs again this year, even with the recent injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Pittsburgh is hungry for another Stanley Cup, especially after being knocked out of the playoffs last season by Montreal.
The Pens will most likely be active at the trade deadline, but it's tough to determine who will stay and who will go if they make a trade.
Maxime Talbot has been a name thrown around in recent trade rumors, and it might make sense for the Penguins. The Penguins have a ton of players set to become Unrestricted Free Agents this year, and Maxime is one of them.
Out of all the players slated to become Free Agents, Maxime Talbot might bring in the best return for the Pens if they were to trade him.
Maxime makes $1,050,000, and has 6 goals and 7 assists on the season.
There hasn't been a heck of a lot of trade talk in regards to Pittsburgh, but I wouldn't fault the Penguins for moving him at the trade deadline if they could acquire some draft picks for him.
The San Jose Sharks are currently in a playoff position, but if they want to make it far in the playoffs this year, they might want to consider making a big trade if at all possible.
Although it doesn't seem likely that the Sharks would trade Eager, since they just traded for him just weeks ago, it might make some sense.
Eager makes an affordable $965,000, and probably won't command much of a raise next season.
Ben is slated to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1, so if the Sharks were to make a deal, he would most likely be part of a package deal.
Ben has 4 goals and 8 assists on the season, but can play an effective role on a third or fourth line.
The Sharks have a few guys like Devin Setoguchi and Kyle Wellwood that also could become Free Agents this summer, so it's tough to say who the Sharks will keep and who they are willing to let walk at this point.
Look for Ben Eager's name to come up as part of a proposed package deal in the coming weeks.
The St. Louis Blues don't seem like they are going to make the playoffs as it stands right now, but the Western Conference is very tight, so anything can happen in the next two months.
It's not that the Blues are a bad team by any means, they just haven't been able to catch a break this season. The team has been riddled with injuries all season, and has gotten screwed twice on the waiver wire when they tried to bring in Mark Svatos and Kyle Wellwood.
Brad Winchester makes $700,000 this season and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1.
Brad could make for a good trade, but probably wouldn't be the centerpiece of any deal. He would most likely be part of a package deal for a bigger name forward or defensemen.
The Blues may be wise to unload him and one or two other roster players, as they don't seem to be making the playoffs this year.
The extra cap space could give them more options in the off-season and finally put them over the hump that they have been trying to climb for the past few years.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are a team transformed this year.
They are a team that nobody has paid much attention to, yet this season they seem to have all the makings of a Stanley Cup Contender.
Tampa Bay does have some cap space to work with, so a trade isn't exactly necessary for them, but it wouldn't hurt them either.
Sean Bergenheim makes $700,000 this year and is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1.
Like Brad Winchester and Ben Eager, Bergenheim most likely wouldn't be the centerpiece to a trade, but rather a package type deal in which the Lightning would most likely acquire draft picks or a bigger name player.
Sean has 8 goals and 11 assists on the season, so he could play an effective third or fourth line role for a team looking for some scoring help.
I personally don't see the Lightning trading Sean, but like I said, he could be on the block if a package deal was made.
As the rumors heat up, look for his name to pop up a few times in trade speculation.
Ah, Tomas Kaberle. It wouldn't quite be trade deadline talk without him
Once again, the Maple Leafs find themselves underachieving and not really doing a heck of a lot about it, but this time Kaberle might really be on the move.
News just broke out this week that Tomas Kaberle has considered waiving his NTC, but isn't sure if Burke wants to trade him at this point.
Yes, the drama continues.
A Tomas Kaberle trade may actually be possible this time, as Kaberle is on the final year of his contract. He is set to become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1, and I'm pretty sure he won't be coming back to Toronto.
If Burke had any brains, he would trade Kaberle, as long as he is willing to waive his NTC. The return would be immense at this point, with all of the drama and hype surrounding him.
Kaberle makes $4,250,000 this season, and any club that might need some defense help would be wise to add him to their roster. The only problem would be fitting him under.
I'm not going to sit here and hype up the Kaberle rumors any more than I already have, but if he gets moved it could be the biggest trade we've seen in a long time.
The Vancouver Canucks are no joke this year. They are currently sitting in first place in the League right now, and they are out to prove that they are here to win it all.
The need for a trade at this point isn't something the Canucks need to do, however one name continues to pop up in trade rumors and has been all season.
For a long while, it was rumored that the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks were interested in Kevin, and are still believed to be.
At this point, I don't see the Canucks moving one of their better defensemen unless they are going to get another defensemen and a power forward in return.
Kevin makes $3,750,000 this year and is on the final year of his contract. He's slated to become an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1.
If Bieksa was to be traded, I think the only reason would be because the Canucks were unable to come to terms with the defensemen. Otherwise, I think he will stay in Vancouver.
If the Canucks feel as though they cannot keep him around, they would be wise to pull the trigger on a trade sooner rather than later, as teams are starting to get desperate for help and may have already started talks with other teams.
The Washington Capitals have struggled this season, but they are still a clutch team and will still be in the playoffs.
There have been rumors surrounding Alexander Semin for months now, and whether or not he has much of a future with the Capitals.
The Capitals just signed Semin to a one-year extension, where he will see a slight increase in pay. This year he makes $6 Million. Next year he will make $6.7 Million.
Although it seems as though the Capitals would like to keep him around, at least for one more year, there are many people in the "rumor world" that believe there is more than meets the eye when it comes to his one-year extension.
Some have speculated that there may already be a deal in place to trade Semin, and that the contract extension was just a means of insurance that he wouldn't be walking away at the end of the season as a Free Agent.
Take it for what you will, but Semin's name continues to be heard in trade rumors, even with the contract extension.
One thing is certain, if Semin was to be traded, one NHL Club is about to get one hell of a player.