NHL Trade Scenarios: Most Likely Addition for Each Team

Matthew FairburnCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2011

NHL Trade Scenarios: Most Likely Addition for Each Team

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    With the dust settling from Friday's free agency frenzy, teams now have a clear picture of their 2011-2012 roster and what holes still need to be plugged before the start of opening day.

    The free agent market is now predictably very thin, so the trade market is the best option for clubs looking to patch holes and add talent to the roster.

    On the flip side, tons of teams are going to need to shed salary to make their roster salary cap compliant before the start of the season.

    The Dany Heatley trade is evidence that there is plenty of dealing left to be done.

    Here are what each team is most likely to add. These scenarios are based on both speculation as to the cap situation of every team and rumors floating around the hockey world.

Anaheim Ducks: Forward Depth

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    It's time for the Colorado Avalanche to step away from the phone and take it easy on the trades for a little while.

    The Avs have been all over the place with their trades in the past four months or so, and they don't appear to be a better team for it.

    Colorado still has a ton of cap space, but next offseason is a big one for them in terms of free agents, so sitting on that cap space is the best move.

Boston Bruins: Powerplay Quarterback

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    The 2011 Stanley Cup Champions don't have a whole lot of work to do on the roster. Free agents Tomas Kaberle and Michael Ryder are not a part of the team's plans for the future, and there are very few remaining holes on the team.

    One desperate need for the B's is someone to quarterback their atrocious powerplay. Either through free agency or trade, Boston would be wise to bring one aboard.

Buffalo Sabres: Shed Salary

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    It may not be an addition per se, but the Buffalo Sabres desperately need to shed some salary after spending right up to the cap during July 1st's free agency frenzy.

    Brady Boyes and Jochen Hecht are two players that make quite a bit of coin and are not key contributors to the club.

Calgary Flames: High Profile Player

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    The Fourth Period is confirming via Montreal's La Presse that the Candiens are interested in adding some talent to their blue line in the coming weeks.

    Montreal would love to kill two birds with one stone by getting rid of Scott Gomez and his outrageous contract while adding another defenseman. 

Carolina Hurricanes: Defensive Depth

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    The Hurricanes are in a spot where they can sit tight for the rest of the offseason making one or two minor additions to the roster.

    However, there is still a need for some depth of the blue line, despite bringing back Joni Pitkanen. We'll see if the Canes are able to address that.

Chicago Blackhawks: Center Depth

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are another team that figures to be active on the trade market.

    They have three restricted free agents left unsigned and were quite active in free agency, leading one to believe the club will move one of Michael Frolik, Viktor Stalberg, or Chris Campoli.

    The biggest need for the team is depth up the middle.

Colorado Avalanche: None

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    It's time for the Colorado Avalanche to step away from the phone and take it easy on the trades for a little while.

    The Avs have been all over the place with their trades in the past four months or so, and they don't appear to be a better team for it.

    Colorado still has a ton of cap space, but next offseason is a big one for them in terms of free agents, so sitting on that cap space is the best move.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Veteran Goaltender

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets have been as active as any team in the league in the trade market, landing James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter thus far this offseason.

    However, some insurance for Steve Mason is a must. He has not been the goalie the Jackets were hoping for after his stellar rookie season. If he continues to disappoint, there needs to be a fallback option.

Dallas Stars: None

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    The Dallas Stars were surprisingly active in the free agent market considering the owner situation.

    Don't expect any trades from this team until they find a new owner and the particulars of their financial situation are hacked out.

Detroit Red Wings: Backup Goaltender

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    The Red Wings have done an efficient job of filling holes this offseason but still have a decision to make regarding the future of Chris Osgood with the team.

    There are a number of different directions Detroit could go in the open market to find a backup goaltender if they choose to let Osgood go.

Edmonton Oilers: None

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    After adding Ryan Smyth to the club via trade, the Edmonton Oilers would be wise to avoid the trade market for a little while.

    Edmonton is in the midst of rebuilding and the team has a solid core of young players to work with. No need to trade if you're the Oilers.

Florida Panthers: None

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    The Florida Panthers have accomplished their goal, spending tons of money via trades and free agency to reach the cap floor.

    Now, the Panthers are not far from reaching that floor and are presumably done wheeling and dealing.

Los Angeles Kings: None

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    The L.A. Kings were active in free agent frenzy and managed to trade for Mike Richards.

    Now, the entire focus of the Kings' offseason lies in re-signing Drew Doughty. There is no need for the Kings to be making phone calls to anyone but Doughty and his agent.

Minnesota Wild: Defense

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    After the blockbuster trade for Dany Heatley, the Minnesota Wild are set to turn their attention to the blueline.

    According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wild are looking to shuffle up the current defensive core after the trading of Brent Burns. They could accomplish this from within or seek a few trades to round out their group of rearguards. 

Montreal Canadiens: Defense

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    The Fourth Period is confirming via Montreal's La Presse that the Candiens are interested in adding some talent to their blue line in the coming weeks.

    Montreal would love to kill two birds with one stone by getting rid of Scott Gomez and his outrageous contract while adding another defenseman. 

Nashville Predators: High Priced Players

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    The Nashville Predators are one of a handful of NHL teams who still need to spend to reach the salary floor. Of course, after the re-signing of some of their players, Shea Weber being the top priority, the Preds may not need to spend a whole lot more.

    However, Nashville may still look to the trade market to bring in some offensive talent and add some salary at the same time.

New Jersey Devils: Addition by Subtraction

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    The New Jersey Devils still have some high priced contracts that they would love to move before the end of the offseason.

    Chief among them is Brian Rolston. If New Jersey can unload his five million dollar cap hit, that alone will be bigger than any player they could bring in at this point.

New York Islanders: Defenseman

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    After failing to sign Chrisitan Ehrhoff, the New York Islanders could definitely be in the market for another defenseman.

    Evgeni Nabokov is likely to report to the club but could seek a trade. Perhaps they could move him for a valuable chip.

New York Rangers: Defense

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    The New York Rangers currently have just four defensemen under contract and could definitely be looking that direction in the trade market this offseason.

    There are still a few talented rearguards available in free agency, but the trade market is always a last resort when it comes to filling out a roster.

Ottawa Senators: Youth

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    In the middle of a roster reconstruction, Bryan Murray and the Ottawa Senators are looking strictly for young talented players to lace them up.

    Meanwhile, the wheeling and dealing may be finished with the draft over and the acquisition of Nikita Filatov.

Philadelphia Flyers: Cheap Talent/Draft Picks

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    Never say never when it comes to a trade with Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia Flyers.

    However, with Philly once again pressed pretty close to the cap, any trade the team makes would have to involve shedding salary to acquire prospects and draft picks, arguably the team's two biggest needs.

Phoenix Coyotes: Offense

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    Struggling to sign free agents is becoming the story of the offseason for the Phoenix Coyotes. First Ilya Bryzgalov, now Keith Yandle.

    TSN's Bob McKenzie seems to think the Coyotes would be wise to examine Keith Yandle's trade value before re-signing him. "Not saying PHX will trade RFA dman Keith Yandle, but my sense is PHX will gauge his trade value as it considers all options (trade or sign)," McKenzie said via Twitter.

    This could be an interesting one to watch.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Role Player

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins are content with their roster according to the Fourth Period.

    If anything, the Pens will add another role player, but I would not expect that to come by way of a trade in all honesty.

San Jose Sharks: Depth

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    With all of the Sharks' biggest needs taken care of, and the biggest locker room cancer on the team on his way to Minnesota, San Jose is in pretty good shape to round out the offseason.

    A few more depth players will likely be added sporadically throughout the remainder of free agency, but don't expect another big trade from this club.

St. Louis Blues: None

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    The St. Louis Blues are one team that has been particularly quiet this offseason, and rightfully so.

    The Blues have very few gaps on their roster with nearly every player under contract for next season, so there is no need for a major shakeup.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Prospects/Picks/Superstar

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    The only foreseeable trade for the Tampa Bay Lightning would involve Steven Stamkos leaving town due to an offer sheet or a trade package if he cannot be re-signed.

    The package would likely include a huge haul of prospects, picks, or current stud players. This is all speculation, but if Stammer is traded the return will undoubtedly be massive.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Center

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    Are the Toronto Maple Leafs ever finished making moves?

    According to the Fourth Period, Brian Burke and the Leafs will attempt to actively hit the trade market to fill holes for the remainder of the offseason.

    One can only assume the club is looking to add another top six center to aid the development of some of the talented young wingers.

Vancouver Canucks: Prospects/Picks

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    The Vancouver Canucks have very little cap space available, and the only plausible trade the club could make would involve parting ways with Cory Schneider.

    I've mentioned many times how the 'Nucks will not be able to afford to keep the former Boston College Eagle around when he hits free agency next season, so they might as well get some sort of return for him.

    Schneider would likely bring in a nice package of prospects and picks.

Washington Capitals: Defense

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    The Washington Capitals are apparently not finished making moves this offseason, this according to the Fourth Period.

    The Capitals are still entertaining the possibility of trading Alex Semin, who is set to become a free agent after next season.

    One potential trade partner could be the Winnipeg Jets.

Winnipeg Jets: Top Six Forward

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    It may not be an addition per se, but the Buffalo Sabres desperately need to shed some salary after spending right up to the cap during July 1st's free agency frenzy.

    Brady Boyes and Jochen Hecht are two players that make quite a bit of coin and are not key contributors to the club.