With only two teams left playing, it leaves 28 other teams to wonder where they went wrong and how to fix their problems.
The off-season is always filled with trade rumors, and most of the teams will usually be mentioned in trade talks at least once. Some other teams, like Toronto, will have a new trade rumor every week.
Now, as we are about to enter June, we are one month away from when the big rumors start hitting us nonstop. The rumor mill is starting to churn more and more out and here is just a few of them.
While not really a rumor, in a recent article on the Edmonton Journal website, Jim Matheson proposed a trade that would send Robyn Regehr to San Jose in return for impending restricted free agent Devin Setoguchi and Jason Demers.
While this is not very likely to happen since it is just a journalist's suggestion, I found it interesting enough to add here. Regehr would bring more experience to the Sharks blue line and Setoguchi would provide some good secondary scoring for the Flames.
The Sharks showed in the Western Conference finals that they didn't have a defenseman that was capable of shutting down another team's first-line for the duration of a series. If they had a player like Regehr, they might very well be facing the Bruins instead of the Canucks.
With the Flames possibly losing both Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison, they could stand to acquire a player that play on their second line and give the team some playoff experience.
Mike Babcock has said in a recent radio interview that the Red Wings not only need a defensemen to replace Brian Rafalski but also a top-six forward. While it's more likely that they'll fill both spots in free agency, again Jim Matheson has suggested something. He says that Jiri Hudler isn't a top-six player and could possibly be used as trade bait.
I'm not sure if Hudler would move. In his NHL career, he has played 328 games and posted 62 goals and 102 assists for 164 points. With him already leaving to play in the KHL once, I'm not sure if anyone else would take him in.
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella recently said that he was unsure of captain Chris Drury's future with the team. He points out that since the Rangers are going young, Drury doesn't exactly fit with the team anymore. He could be bought out but there is also a slim chance that Glen Sather could find a team that has the cap space to accommodate him and needs a veteran leader.
With one year left on his contract, he either needs to be bought out or move because a team's captain should not be playing on the fourth line.
T.J. Oshie has been mentioned in trade talks recently. Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Dispatch had a live chat with fans and was asked if there was any truth to them.
His response, "Though I don't picture the Blues trading Oshie, it is possible. I don't think the reason Oshie's name is popping up in rumors is because the Blues are shopping him. Teams have been asking about Oshie for a couple of years, and with his off-the-ice issue last season, fans of other teams and perhaps teams themselves may think they can get Oshie on the cheap."
The Fourth Period says Los Angeles could be in the running for Oshie.
Once again there is a trade rumor that says Jeff Carter is moving to Toronto. Is there anything to this one in particular? I don't know.
In this rumor, Philadelphia would send Carter to the Maple Leafs in return for one of the first-round draft picks, Carl Gunnarsson and one of Joe Colborne, Jerry D'Amigo or even Nazem Kadri. That gives Toronto what it needs, but doesn't necessarily fill Philadelphia's need of a starting goaltender.
That's why in part two of this rumor, Philadelphia uses all or some of that package they received from the Leafs and maybe another player to acquire a starting goaltender such as Mikka Kipprusoff, Cory Schnieder, Jonathan Quick, or the rights to Ilya Bryzgalov.
I'm not putting much faith in this rumor, because as fans in Toronto know, if we identify a player we want we usually don't get him. That, and the trades that Brian Burke makes, we usually don't see coming.