Carmelo Anthony Trade: 6 NHL Superstars Who Should Force a Move

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2011

Carmelo Anthony Trade: 6 NHL Superstars Who Should Force a Move

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks and the Eastern Conference stands with Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets and the Western Conference after the Western Conference won 148-143 victory in the 2011 NBA All-Sta
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    On Monday night, Carmelo Anthony got his wish as the Denver Nuggets dealt their superstar forward to the New York Knicks in an epic, three-team trade.

    The deal certainly shifts the balance of power in the NBA, changes the future of the Nuggets and Knicks, and makes us wonder what other superstars should ask out of their current situation.

    With that in mind, here are 10 NHL superstars that should demand a trade out of their current location.

Shane Doan

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 09:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center on February 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Doan has played all 1,097 games of his great NHL career with the now-Phoenix organization, and deserves a shot at a championship before hanging up his skates.

    He's posted 288 goals and 429 assists on largely mediocre rosters in the desert, and could be be a strong leader for a team looking to make a run.

Tuukka Rask

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    UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 17:  Goalie Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins watches during a faceoff timeout in an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on February 17, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/G
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    With a healthy Tim Thomas putting up Vezina numbers in Boston, Rask's value has dropped. Still only 23, Rask might be a player a team looking for stability between the pipes would pay dearly to acquire.

    For Rask, the top of the depth chart is looking further and further away with every great start from Thomas. Like Dominik Hasek behind Ed Belfour in Chicago, a move out of Boston could launch a great career for Rask.

Daniel Alfredsson

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 01:  Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators skates in an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 1, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    At 39, Alfie doesn't figure into a rebuilding situation in Ottawa. He's averaged nearly one point per game over a remarkable career (1,023 points in 1,056 games), but isn't likely going to get to the promised land with the team the Sens are putting together.

    As much as it would hurt the heart of Sens fans for their captain to ask out, it's likely best for all parties involved if he moved on. If he wasn't injured, this might be a possibility, too.

Martin Brodeur

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 01:  Goalie Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save during an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center on February 1, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    Yes, he's expensive and old. But if Jean-Sebastian Giguere can find a new home in Toronto, then certainly a team looking for a missing piece would pick up the phone if (arguably) the best goaltender ever was on the other line.

    Brodeur has struggled this year, but his contract isn't something the Devils can keep and compete moving forward. It would be in the best interests for Brodeur and the Devils for him to ask out.

Rick Nash

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 13:  Right wing Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center on February 13, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Nash, the captain of the Blue Jackets, has given that franchise 574 games and 475 points (254 goals, 221 assists). He has not, however, given them postseason success.

    In the ultimate team game, more times than not it comes down to depth, and Columbus hasn't found the right formula to surround Nash with a winning roster yet. Getting out of Ohio might be Nash's best chance for a ring and, ultimately, the Jackets' best chance to build a winner.

Jarome Iginla

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    DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14:  Jerome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 14, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    After 1,085 games in Calgary, Iginla has yet to win any jewelry. He is one of the hardest working, most respected players in the game, possessing a Hall of Fame resume: 977 points (466 goals, 511 assists) and an incredible 74 game-winning goals.

    But Iginla will be 34 when the 2011-12 season begins, and the Flames aren't anywhere near the top of the Western Conference. As was the case when the Blackhawks traded Steve Larmer to the Rangers, it might be time for the Flames to deal Iginla to a winner out of respect for their long-time leader.