NHL Trade Scenarios: 5 Veterans Who'll Need to Move to Get Their Stanley Cups

Freddy Doll@Air_RaidersContributor IApril 6, 2011

NHL Trade Scenarios: 5 Veterans Who'll Need to Move to Get Their Stanley Cups

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 09: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks carry the Stanley Cup Championship banner across the ice past the Stanley Cup in a ceremony before the Blackhawks season home opening game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Octobe
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    As is the case every year, some teams will be left on the outside of the playoff picture. Also, not every team can win the Stanley Cup. With those teams are some players who have been around for a while and have yet to win the championshio. These veterans play their heart out and yet can't seem to win the big one.

    Let's take a look at 10 veterans who will most likely need a trade this offseason in order to win that elusive cup.

1. Daniel Alfredsson

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 01:  Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a faceoff 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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    Daniel Alfredsson has been with the Ottawa Senators for his entire career. 1,056 games as of this writing to be exact. Drafted in 1994, Alfreddson has played 15 years in Ottawa. However, with the Senators finishing out of the playoffs again, Alfredsson may need to move in order to win the Stanley Cup.

    The Senators did make it to the Stanley Cup Final against Anaheim, but they were on the losing end of that encounter. Alfredsson could be valuable to a contending team that's looking for a veteran leader type with a scoring touch. Also, the Senators are looking at a rebuild right now and Alfredsson could also find him self moved as a result of that.

    In my mind there is no denying that in order for Alfredsson to win a cup in the next few years, it's going to have to happen on a different team.

2. Shane Doan

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    GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01:  Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck during the NHL game against he Colorado Avalanche at Jobing.com Arena on April 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 4-3 in an overtime shoot
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    Shane Doan has been the face of the Phoenix Coyotes for the better part of 15 years. The problem? Phoenix hasn't been able to build a winning team around him. Doan carries much of the load for the Coyotes. He is the reason behind most of the good things that have happened to the franchise.

    Some players play a long time and never win the cup. Shane Doan's skill certainly makes him worthy of one. He is a great scorer and all around player.

    While a trade doesn't seem like the most likely scenario, if one is done I would expect it around next year's deadline.

3. Jay Bouwmeester

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21:  Jay Bouwmeester #4 of the Calgary Flames moves the puck around the net during their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Flames 2-1 in sh
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    It would be fair to say that Jay Bouwmeester's situation went from bad to worse. Bouwmeester started his career with Florida Panthers, before leaving for the Calgary Flames. To my knowledge, Bouwmeester never saw the playoffs with the Panthers.

    Now with the Flames, Bouwmeester finds himself in the same situation: a struggling team and little to no chance of making the playoffs.

    An eight-year veteran, Bouwmeester may want to consider another team if he wants to win the Stanley Cup.

4. Rick Nash

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    GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 24:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 24, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Blue Jackets 3-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Gett
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    When you think Columbus Blue Jackets, you think Rick Nash. No doubt the face of that franchise. However, Nash finds himself in the same company as Shane Doan. Nash has also been with the Blue Jackets his whole career. He is their captain and can be a dominating player.

    The Blue Jackets are always competitive. They also seem like they are only a couple of pieces away from being cup contenders, This would be another deadline day deal, if the Blue Jackets should choose to try and build around their younger core.

5. Mikko Koivu

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    ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 22:  Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Xcel Energy Center on March 22, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Mikko Koivu is a slick-skating scorer. He can play with the best of them and could be valuable to a lot of NHL teams.

    The Minnesota Wild just always find themselves in the draft lottery. They just don't seem to be able to build the team they need to win. Koivu isn't the oldest of the players but it would be easy to see him needing to be moved if he wants a championship.

    This would be another one of those trade deadline moves if it's going to get done. Although this only happens if Minnesota doesn't believe they are close to making a run.

    Hope you enjoyed my run down. Leave a comment below!