NHL Trade Speculation: One Trade Target Each Team Will Be Eyeing at the Deadline
The 2011-12 NHL season is about a week old, and already there are teams who have glaring weaknesses and are in need of some help.
Whether they need a top skater, a more consistent goaltender or depth on the third and fourth lines, each team will be looking to make some kind of move by the trade deadline.
Let's look at one trade target each team will be eyeing before the trading deadline. Who should your team target?
Anaheim Ducks: David Booth
The Anaheim Ducks rely so heavily on their star-studded top line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, so they must find some depth.
David Booth is a good young player who might need to play with a contending team to reach his potential. A combination of draft picks or offering prospect Peter Holland could get a deal done with the Florida Panthers.
Boston Bruins: Mike Green
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is a free agent next summer, and he would be a perfect addition to the Boston Bruins power play, which as of the writing this article is 1-18 on the season.
Green is the offensive presence the Bruins need on defense.
Buffalo Sabres: Paul Stastny
Acquiring Paul Stastny from the Colorado Avalanche would require top draft picks and probably a good young player on Buffalo's end, but the Sabres are ready to compete for a Stanley Cup right now.
The team needs another big-time center, and why not go for it all this season?
Calgary Flames: Zach Parise
The Calgary Flames are likely going to have to trade Jarome Iginla sometime soon so the team can begin a full-on rebuilding process.
Zach Parise is an excellent young star to build the future of the Flames around.
It's unlikely he goes to Calgary, but it's something they may consider.
Carolina Hurricanes: Niklas Hjalmarsson
If the Chicago Blackhawks were willing to listen to offers for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, the Carolina Hurricanes could certainly make a nice offer.
The Hurricanes need help on the blue line, and Hjalmarsson would be a good fit on their team.
Chicago Blackhawks: Johnny Boychuk
Adding more defensive depth is never a bad thing, and the Blackhawks would certainly like to add a player like Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
He is playoff-experienced, and has good offensive capabilities along with being a good defensive force.
Colorado Avalanche: Jason Arnott
The Colorado Avalanche need a veteran presence to help lead and mentor their many young players. Jason Arnott is a good player for that role.
He signed a contract in the summer with the St. Louis Blues, but could be moved if the trade would help the club move forward.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Cory Schneider
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a legitimate No. 1 goaltender because it is clear by now that Steve Mason unfortunately isn't that guy.
The Blue Jackets have the young players and draft picks to get this deal done, and mightily improve their club.
Dallas Stars: Andrei Kostitsyn
Andrei Kostitsyn of the Montreal Canadiens is a free agent next summer, and with the team having to sign star players such as Carey Price and PK Subban next summer, the team will likely not re-sign Kostitsyn.
The Dallas Stars need offensive depth, and could make this trade with some draft picks.
Detroit Red Wings: Shea Weber
The Detroit Red Wings need a future replacement for Nicklas Lidstrom, and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber is that guy.
Weber is a top defenseman, arguably the best in the NHL, and his situation in Nashville did not progress well this summer.
With many top players to re-sign next summer, Weber likely won't go back to Nashville.
Edmonton Oilers: Cory Schneider
The Edmonton Oilers need a young goaltender for the future to complete their rebuilding process.
Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider is one of the top trade targets this season, and the Oilers have the young talent and draft picks to acquire him.
Florida Panthers: Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin is a free agent next season and will be a hot trade commodity all season. The Panthers need a top offensive player badly, and may surprise their fans with a bold move for a great player.
Los Angeles Kings: Ales Hemsky
The Los Angeles Kings acquired Mike Richards in the summer via trade with Philly to bolster their center depth, but they still need another quality winger.
Ales Hemsky is a free agent next year and the Oilers won't give him the money he'll likely demand, so getting something for him in the season is a win for both clubs.
Minnesota Wild: Adrian Aucoin
The Minnesota Wild lost defenseman Brent Burns in a trade this summer, and still need some defensive depth to replace him.
Adrian Aucoin is a veteran blueliner the Wild could acquire for a low draft pick.
Montreal Canadiens: Nik Antropov
Nik Antropov is the big and physical forward the Montreal Canadiens need. They have plenty of skill but not enough size on their top lines.
A couple draft picks or some upcoming free agents could acquire Antropov.
Nashville Predators: Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin is a top forward who can score goals, and the Nashville Predators need one badly as they haven't had one in some time.
Semin would ignite the Predators offense that has struggled to score enough goals.
New Jersey Devils: Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider is the best goalie on the trade market, and the New Jersey Devils need to find a long-term replacement for Hall of Famer to be Martin Brodeur.
Schneider would be a great future goalie for the Devils.
New York Islanders: Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle is a top young defenseman who would greatly improve the blue-line talent of the New York Islanders.
The Phoenix Coyotes aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so getting top value for Yandle might be a good idea.
It would take a lot to acquire him however.
New York Rangers: Shane Doan
Shane Doan is a veteran who still has plenty of offensive production in him, and having a chance to win his first Stanley Cup in New York would be a good move for his career.
Doan is a loyal player to the Phoenix Coyotes, and is well liked by the fans, but the Stanley Cup isn't coming to the desert for a long time.
With Marian Gaborik's long history of injury problems, it would be a good idea for the Rangers to find some wing depth, and Doan is good enough to play on the top line.
Ottawa Senators: Draft Picks
The Ottawa Senators don't spend money and they are not in the trade market as buyers too often, so acquiring draft picks to build a winner again seems like a good way of rebuilding.
Trading Jason Spezza would help that rebuilding process.
Philadelphia Flyers: Ryan Suter
The Philadelphia Flyers need a young defenseman to build around, and with so many good players to re-sign next summer, the Nashville Predators will make some bold moves.
Ryan Suter could be a player traded before the deadline, and the Flyers have enough young talent to make a deal.
The Flyers seem to be putting an emphasis on goaltending and defense, which is a great sign.
Phoenix Coyotes: Braden Holtby
With the loss of Ilya Bryzgalov this summer in free agency, the Phoenix Coyotes need another goaltender who can carry them to the playoffs like Bryzgalov did.
Braden Holtby from the Washington Capitals is a good young goalie with great potential, and draft picks—good ones—would be enough to acquire him.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla would give the Pittsburgh Penguins another top scorer in case Sidney Crosby can't return for a long time or at all, and he would add to the wing depth of the team which right now is not good.
It would take a lot to acquire Iginla, likely a deal involving either James Neal or Jordan Staal (possibly both), but for a team like Pittsburgh who can win now it's not a bad trade to entertain.
San Jose Sharks: Johnny Boychuk
The San Jose Sharks needed more defensive talent this summer and they helped improve their blue-line depth by acquiring Brent Burns from the Minnesota Wild.
They still need another veteran defensive talent, and Bruins D-man Johnny Boychuk would give them a good two-way player who has Stanley Cup-winning experience.
St. Louis Blues: Mike Green
Mike Green is the type of offensive defenseman the S. Louis Blues need, who with a lot of injury-prone players, need offense.
The Blues have the talent to get Green, and Washington would likely not be too opposed to dealing him.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider is exactly what the Lightning are missing—a No. 1 goaltender.
Dwayne Roloson is a good veteran goaltender, but he isn't the future. Schneider is capable of leading the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Finals, because Tampa Bay will score plenty of goals in support.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Jason Spezza
A top-quality center who can score goals is the type of player that would really help the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Spezza has a large contract that would be difficult to move, but the Senators aren't going to be contending for the playoffs, so getting top talent for him now would be a good idea.
Like it or not, the Spezza-to-Toronto rumors probably aren't going away anytime soon.
Vancouver Canucks: Trade Roberto Luongo, Find a Power Forward
The Vancouver Canucks need to get rid of Roberto Luongo, not only because he doesn't perform in the playoffs, but they have a solid young goaltender in Cory Schneider ready to be a full-time starter.
The Canucks should trade Luongo for a power forward who will add some real toughness and size to their top lines.
Will the Canucks keep Luongo and trade Schneider instead? They might, and that would be a bad move.
Washington Capitals: Zach Bogosian
The Washington Capitals will likely let Mike Green go in free agency next summer and sign John Carlson long-term instead, but acquiring Zach Bogosian from the Winnipeg Jets this season would be a great idea.
Bogosian hasn't reached his full potential with the Jets franchise, and would probably see his stats and confidence increase by playing with a supremely talented Capitals team.
Winnipeg Jets: Zach Parise
It would be a bold move by the Winnipeg Jets if they go after Zach Parise, who would give the franchise a real superstar to build for the future.
Is Evander Kane the real deal? Will he be a superstar? He might not, but Parise is already a top talent. The Devils could get a lot of talent and draft picks in return for Parise from the Jets.
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