The 2010-11 NHL season has been filled with impressive play from surprising stars. At the same time, league leading teams from last season are struggling to find that continued success and may be looking to shake up things on their rosters to bolster their production.
Guys like Tomas Kaberle have been in numerous trade talks withs several teams and as the season progresses it always shocks people to see where different players can land due to trades. Shuffling players around can lead to increased winning for some or, for others, add no extra value, but without attempting to deal you never know.
Hemsky is the young gun player the Oilers rely on many nights and for that he may be one of the guys shipped off to somewhere else as the trade deadline approaches. Hemsky has the ability to score big time goals but at times lets the play die on his stick by trying to do to much.
If Hemsky is moved, the Oilers will lose one of their top offensive players, but for his new team he will be another weapon opposing teams will have the tough task of dealing with.
After already being traded once this season, Ian White is another guy that likely will be on the move shortly. According to reports, White did not attend practice in New Jersey and a pending deal is in the works to take place within the next 24 hours.
White has had a solid season but nothing of star quality. He is the type of player that can be a strong power play defender and his reliability may be what teams are looking for from him. Keep you eyes out for a trade very shortly involving his name.
Pittsburgh in is the market to add another top player to their lineup without giving up much and just for the remainder of this season. Kovalev isn't drawing much interest from any other teams, therefore the Penguins hope they could score him from something along the lines of a fifth-round draft pick.
Kovalev was a Penguin from '99-'03 and it would be an interesting sight to see him return to Pittsburgh and play alongside Sidney Crosby. Could that be enough to get them back to another Stanley Cup?
Bogosian has made it clear he is not happy in Atlanta and would like to be somewhere else by next season at the latest but would welcome a trade as early as possible. Bogosian has the tools and ability to be a star after being drafted in 2008 by the Thrashers.
Unfortunately for Bogosian, the Thrashers added some top players in the offseason and it has led to the backseat role he has had to play this season. With a change of scenery he might be able to shine like scouts say he is capable of.
The Boston Bruins made it clear they are in the market for a top defensemen to add to their star studded roster. One guy they seem fairly interested in is Joni Pitkanen of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Pitkanen is high caliber player that could be exactly what the Bruins need in their lineup. At 6'3", 210 pounds, he is strong defender that has the ability to stop anyone.
Brewer is one of the many defensemen on the trade rumor lists but sadly for him, his value and future destination depends on the status of Chris Phillips and if he decides to be traded. Brewer provides an offensive threat as well as being a defensive specialist.
Brewer can be a much needed power play defender that teams who are on the bubble and want to get into the playoffs need. With him, teams will able to feel comfortable sending out their players during a tense power play.
Chris Phillips has been in countless trade talks recently regarding his trade status. For the Senators, they are headed nowhere this season and are in the mix of deciding whether this offseason will be a rebuilding year via the draft.
If Phillips is available for trade, he will be at the top of many of the GM's board for players of interest. Phillips could be a key player for many teams looking to make a strong playoff push from here on out, but if not he will be the first guy dealt this offseason.
Bieska is one those guys that a team would rather not get rid of, but in the Canucks case at this point, they have too many players on the depth chart which lead to limited time for a guy like Bieksa.
Fortunately for him, if he is moved, he will have that chance to be a top defensive scorer with his tremendous shooting ability. Another advantageous quality is his ability to fight and fight well.
Although McCabe is up there in age (unfortunate for his stock on the trading block) McCabe is the kind of the guy that can add much needed leadership in the locker room to a young team trying to become more discipline and well organized.
McCabe also has the ability to add a strong power play shot from the blue line, which is one of his major upsides. In the last year of a contract, McCabe will not be a long term player for any team, but can be a quick helper for lots of clubs.
Kaberle is one of the most talked about players on the trading market as the deadline draws near this season. Kaberle is considered one of the top passing and play generating defensemen, which is why many teams would welcome his service.
Kaberle has a solid shot from the point, but fellow teammates and coaches have noted that he tends to choose not to shoot enough of the time. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and if he doesn't sign his no trade clause, it might be an indication he wants to stay in Toronto unfortunately for other teams wanting him.