NHL Trade Scenarios: 10 Players in Dire Need of a Change of Scenery
A number of interesting trades have relocated key NHL players this summer. Former team staples such as Dany Heatley, Martin Havlat, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Semyon Varlamov have found new homes.
Despite the number of trades that have provided new opportunities, certain players might still be better off finding a new team.
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Dan Carcillo has yet to play for the Chicago Blackhawks, but he may already be in need of a new home.
Carcillo's entrance into the NHL consisted of an 18-game stint with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007. Carcillo totaled 74 penalty minutes and fought four times. The next season, Carcillo lead the NHL in penalty minutes with 324.
When Peter Laviolette took over as coach of the Flyers, Carcillo began to calm down. Over the past two seasons, he became a dull and boring player. He rarely showed the fire he did when the Flyers first acquired him.
With the Chicago Blackhawks, Carcillo will be forced to play a restrained style again. He is not as effective of a player when he needs to be constrained.
If Carcillo were with a franchise that allowed him to be the wild man he was in Phoenix, his aggressive style of play would be far more effective.
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Jarome Iginla does not want to leave Calgary, and the Flames are not likely interested in trading the team's captain.
However, Iginla's hopes to win a Stanley Cup diminish each year he stays with the non-playoff team that shows no improvement in the near future.
Moving Iginla would not only result in a plethora of draft picks or prospects to help the team rebuild, but would also give the 34-year-old star an opportunity to hoist hockey's greatest prize.
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Krys Barch has been with the Dallas Stars his entire career. Last season, he contributed three total points in 44 games.
Logging just over five minutes of ice time per game last season, Barch fought 13 times.
It is quite clear what role Barch plays for the Stars.
While Barch is sufficient enough, the bad news for his tenure in Dallas is the team's signing of Eric Godard this summer.
Godard is one of the best enforcers in the NHL, and would be better than Barch in filling every aspect of that role for the team.
With Godard available, Barch's value to the Stars drops significantly.
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Johnathan Quick is a young, efficient goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings. He could be the starting goaltender of just about any team in the NHL.
The issue is, the Kings have a younger player who fits that description as well, in Johnathan Bernier.
Once the 22-year-old Bernier undergoes additional development as a player, one of the two men is going to find themselves splitting time despite being entirely capable of being a starter.
If Quick were to be moved, he would be able to keep his spot as an undoubted No. 1 goalie.
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As a restricted free agent this summer, Shea Weber asked the Nashville Predators for a contract worth $8.5 million. He was offered $4.75 million by Nashville before an arbitrator awarded him a one year, $7.5 million contract.
The Predators will likely be unable to afford re-signing the 25-year-old when his contract expires again in the summer of 2012.
Nashville could either enter another long contract dispute and be forced to pay Weber money they don't have, or trade the superstar defenseman.
Weber's trade value would be immense, as he is easily in the argument when discussing the NHL's best blueliners. Weber would find a team that can afford him, Nashville would receive provisions that would benefit the team's future.
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Last season, Evgeni Nabokov returned to the NHL with hopes of playing for the Detroit Red Wings. Unfortunately, he could not clear waivers, and was claimed by the New York Islanders.
Nabokov would not play for the team, as his intention was to be with a competitive playoff team. He said "I'm at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs."
The Islanders, who will likely not be making the playoffs this season, could either keep the rights of a goaltender who refused to play for them, or trade him to a place he would prefer to play.
Prior to becoming head coach of the New York Rangers, John Tortorella said of Sean Avery "He doesn't belong in the league."
Since that time, Avery continued the pathetic actions that make him one of the least-respectable hockey players in the NHL. With each cheap shot, idiotic penalty or decision made by Avery, Tortorella's disgust is clear from the bench.
After Avery's escapades in Los Angeles this summer, the organization may be fed up with Avery as well.
Some team might be willing to take the risk of acquiring the nuisance if Avery continues to be a disgrace to a franchise as respectable as the New York Rangers.
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As the Ottawa Senators went through this past season, it became clear that the team would not make the playoffs.
General Manager Bryan Murray responded by rebuilding, traded away Mike Fisher, Alex Kovalev, Chris Kelly and Jarkko Ruutu.
If the team can find a taker for Daniel Alfredsson, the veteran winger would be a quality addition to any contender.
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When the Philadelphia Flyers traded for and signed Ilya Bryzgalov, the future of their "goalie of the future" Sergei Bobrovsky became questionable.
Bryzgalov is signed for nine years; when that contract runs out, Bobrovsky will be 30 years old. Now, that leaves plenty of time for Bobrovsky to be the No. 1, but nine years as a backup would not be ideal for his development.
In order for Bobrovsky to gain the essential experience necessary to reach his potential as a starting goaltender, he will need to play more than he would behind Bryzgalov.
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Matt Cooke has been suspended four times in the past three years for delivering dangerous hits, such as blatant elbow-to-head hits. That does not include one of his worst cheap shots, which resulted in a serious concussion for Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins.
Cooke is an effective player, but the trouble he brings to the ice is a bothersome aspect of his place on the roster. Though Cooke has tallied more than 30 points over each of the past three seasons, he's also totaled more than 100 penalty minutes.
He was fourth in the NHL in minor penalties this past season, with 37. The productivity and playing ability Cooke carries may not be worth having the burden of such a dirty player.
After the season-ending suspension Cooke received for his hit on Ryan McDonagh, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said, "We've told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen."
If Shero stands by his words, one more dirty play could mean the end of Matt Cooke in Pittsburgh.