The NHL Trade Deadline is almost upon us, and some big-time trades have already taken place.
Two things can come out all of these trades. There will be no more trades because the dust has settled and all the pieces that were supposed to move have moved; or there will be several more moves brought on by the recent activity.
Of course, we all hope it’s the latter and the trade deadline is a madhouse of player movement.
People can try to predict the playoff races, but you can’t see the whole picture until the player movement has been seized.
The following list is of the player on each team that is most available via trade. Enjoy.
Luca Sbisa is a young defender that came to Anaheim from Philadelphia via the Chris Pronger trade and has played solid in his short career.
Sbisa has a ton of upside, and a trade for a more veteran defender might help their playoff push this season.
Whatever position the Ducks want to acquire, Sbisa would be a key piece to any big trade.
The Atlanta Thrashers are in a position of building a franchise for the future, and I don’t know how Nik Antropov would fit into the new scheme.
Antropov is a solid player who would be a good addition to a team that is looking to add depth at forward.
His 28 points this season would be a welcome addition to any playoff-bound team.
The Thrashers could get some solid prospects and picks back for Antropov and for a team building for the future, which would be great.
The Boston Bruins are obvious buyers at the trade deadline, and they might be looking to use the contract of Marc Savard as a trade chip.
Marc Savard is a top 10 center when he is healthy, and he could be worth another solid defender on the open market.
Savard would be a good addition to a team where the pressure would be off of him, and he could concentrate on keeping healthy as much as playing the game.
The Buffalo Sabres captain has been a disappointment for the team, and a new place to hang his hat would be the best thing for both parties.
Rivet would be a good addition to a team looking for a fifth or sixth defender who has playoff experience and is a good locker-room presence.
While his production and play in general has slowed, he can still be a shutdown defender and play on the penalty kill.
Now that Tomas Kaberle is off the market, Jarome Iginla is now the biggest name in the trade rumor mill. He is also the longest tenured member of the trade rumor circle with the movement of Kaberle.
The Flames are making one last surge towards the playoffs, but if they start to tank, a move for the veteran winger may be on the horizon.
With 56 points this season, his scoring abilities would put a team close to winning the cup over the edge.
The Carolina Hurricanes are fighting for their playoff lives, and a move to stay in contention might be on the horizon.
One of the biggest draft busts of the last 10 years, Jiri Tlusty has never lived up to the hype that surrounded him.
But maybe a team with a plethora of defensive players would want to take a flyer on this once-hyped prospect who has some offensive potential.
Although I don’t believe the Blackhawks will be making any more trades before the deadline, the most likely to be moved in my opinion would be forward Tomas Kopecky.
He is having one of his best years offensively, and he could be a chip in a big-time trade.
Kopecky could draw in some veteran forwards or something along those lines, but the Blackhawks would be smart to hang on to him and ride out the season with their current lineup.
The Colorado Avalanche look like they’re selling the team off, and I don’t think they will be making any more moves.
If they do make a move for the near future, they would probably package Brandon Yip with some prospects for a veteran forward.
I don’t think that would be a good move, and the Avalanche should stick with the players they have now.
The Blue Jackets should be looking to add depth at defense, and moving a forward like Kristian Huselius for a veteran defender would make the Blue Jackets dangerous.
The team needs more help at forward, but Huselius has underperformed and Nash needs a big-time helper.
My idea is for the Blue Jackets to get ready to bid for Brad Richards so that Nash has a legitimate center with amazing passing skills for the first time in his career.
The Dallas Stars have a legitimate shot at a good playoff run in the Western Conference with their depth at forward and their solid defense.
While Jamie Benn has been good all year for the Stars, he is currently on the IR, and moving him to a losing team for a solid offensive threat would be a smart move.
The move may be drastic, but with the injury to Brad Richards, the team needs to keep their foot on the throttle to head into the playoffs on a hot streak.
The Detroit Red Wings have to be disappointed by the production of Jiri Hudler this season.
Word out of Detroit was that Hudler was going to be a big piece to the success of the team and that he would be a big offensive threat.
For the Red Wings, 26 points in 53 games won’t get it done.
With Edmonton in last place in the Western Conference, they look to be obvious sellers at the trade deadline this season.
The Oilers will keep their young stars, but a player like Andrew Cogliano might have value to a team looking for another forward.
With only 24 points in 59 games, he has suffered on the Oilers, and an escape would be great for him.
As Florida falls further out of contention in the Eastern Conference, the unrestricted free agents in their lineup become more available.
This was a tough one because Panther goaltender Thomas Vokoun is just as available as McCabe and may be as sought after.
McCabe would bring a lot on the defensive end for a team, and his leadership abilities and shot from the point would look so dangerous in the playoffs.
The Kings are very young, and dealing away any of their young players would be foolish.
They may not be playing amazing hockey right now, but they are still in seventh place in the Western Conference.
A team like Los Angeles could get hot fast and make a big splash with a deep playoff run if the team stays intact for the most part.
If the Kings had to trade one piece for veteran leader/role player it would probably be Wayne Simmonds.
I don’t think it would be the right way to go, but we saw the Avalanche deal away some young talent.
Believe it or not, the Minnesota Wild are playing their way into contention in the Western Conference.
John Madden is the ultimate utility man and can do anything a team like the Wild will ask him. Madden is a great forechecker and he doesn’t mind getting dirty in the corners.
That’s why I don’t think the Wild will make changes, but if one player goes, Madden will demand the most from a team on the cusp of a Cup.
As the Montreal Canadiens continue to lose key defenders to injuries, the team might try to test the water with a deal involving Andrei Markov.
The often-injured defender is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and if the Montreal Canadiens don’t plan on signing him long-term, a move might be possible.
The value for Markov is unknown but if an agreement, can be worked out to sign an extension before a trade, it may open up the market.
The Nashville Predators will probably not make a move. That’s just how they work.
If they do make a move, it would have to be a forward, and Sullivan seems the most likely.
The team is playing solidly, and Nashville has never been known for blockbuster deals midseason.
The New Jersey Devils are playing great right now, but the truth is they still won’t make the playoffs.
If they start looking ahead, Zubrus and his $3.5 million a year salary would look better elsewhere.
Zubrus is a solid player, but he is not worth that money, and you can go out and get another big name to complement Ilya Kovalchuk (Brad Richards).
The Islanders are very young, and their season was stifled early by key injuries.
If anyone had to be traded, I’m sure the Islanders would want it to be Rick DiPietro, but more than likely they will be silent as the deadline approaches.
If the team would let anyone go to get some picks and prospects in return, it would be Schremp. He would be a good fit on a veteran team, and he would play hard wherever he went.
Steve Eminger is not the answer for the New York Rangers, and they know that. He is like a human pylon out there.
If New York can find a team that doesn’t know any better and is looking to add defensive depth (Montreal), it might be a smart move.
Eminger doesn’t fit the young player theme of the Rangers, and he will taint all of the young players. On second thought, keep him, New York.
The Ottawa Senators made a big move acquiring Craig Anderson, and there may be more moves in store for the people of Ottawa.
Veteran forward Alexei Kovalev looks to be on his way out at the end of the season, so the team would be wise to try to make a move.
Sending him to a team in contention with scoring deficiencies and good prospects could yield some key pieces for the future of the Senators.
The Philadelphia Flyers are deep at every position, and they are getting close to the salary cap.
Zherdev has played well at times this season but hasn’t fit into the defensive-minded scheme of head coach Peter Laviollete.
The Flyers have traded away a lot of their picks, and sending Zherdev away for a few draft picks might help replenish the farm system.
As the playoffs approach, the Phoenix Coyotes are in a good position in the Western Conference.
If anyone gets moved, it could be forward Scottie Upshall, but I doubt anyone will be moved.
The Coyotes are content with what they have, and as long as they stay healthy, they will have a good chance to go deep into the playoffs this season.
Matt Cooke may have worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh after his last suspension.
The Penguins will be in the market for a big offensive threat with the loss of Evgeni Malkin.
Cooke may be a chip that sweetens the pot for another team to ship a player to Pittsburgh.
One rumor I heard was Alex Kovalev to the Penguins, but I don’t know how that would work.
The San Jose Sharks got their new tough guy in Ben Eager, and it may spell the end for Jamal Mayers.
He could go to a team like Chicago, who could use the grit and attitude to help them back into playoff contention.
Wherever he goes, the Sharks will be hunting for more defensive help.
The St. Louis Blues have made one of the biggest moves this season, sending first overall pick Erik Johnson to Colorado for Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk.
It looks like the Blues have made their big deal and will probably remain quiet for the remainder of the training periods.
Andy McDonald is the most likely to be traded, but I still don’t think anyone will be moved.
Simon Gagne has come on more recently, but I don’t think the Tamp Bay Lightning will make any more moves this season.
The Lightning have made the moves they thought they needed, and it doesn’t appear they will make any more.
If anyone does go, Gagne will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and he would be the prime suspect.
With the departure of Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kaberle, it is obvious that the Toronto Maple Leafs are sellers at the deadline.
Colby Armstrong might be the next to be shipped out of Toronto in order to make space for free agents this offseason.
Armstrong is a solid forward who would be a good for a team looking for some scoring depth and grit.
The Vancouver Canucks will not make any more moves unless it’s a move for a top-tier defender.
Raffi Torres is one of the best two-way forwards in the league and would be a great trade chip if they were hunting for a veteran defender.
I don’t believe they will make any moves, but I think the injuries will catch up with the team in the playoffs.
The Washington Capitals need to find a spark, and they need it to come from the offensive end of the ice.
Matt Bradley is a solid defensive forward who could help add depth and even penalty-killing abilities to a team that is lacking in that area.
The Capitals need scoring or playmaking, so Bradley for a younger, more offensive-minded player would be a good move.