The NHL rumor mill was shut down for the annual holiday movement freeze, but it’s fired back up now and hotter than ever.
Of course big names are the first to surface again, and it may be nearing time to pull the trigger on one or more of these blockbuster moves.
All of the following players would shake up what we know as the NHL today if they were moved, but change isn’t always a bad thing.
Shea Weber—With news breaking that Shea Weber will be out indefinitely because of a possible concussion, the Nashville Predators just got very desperate.
There was already talk of the Philadelphia Flyers showing serious interest in the young captain, but this may force the Predators to make the move now.
Philadelphia would have to give the Predators enough young talent that they could build around, and trade for more help on defense. This would be a show-stealing deal.
Jarome Iginla—As there always is and always will be, talk of the Calgary Flames looking to have a fire sale has spread. That would include the overdue moving of Jarome Iginla.
Iginla is the kind of winger that a finesse team that gets pushed around needs to be a serious contender. He can also serve as the spark plug on a team that is looking for a leader on the ice.
Iginla is too good to be constantly buried by the Flames' lack of talent, so for his sake, the Flames should move him and start building for the future.
Alexander Semin—The Washington Capitals are still struggling mightily, and the next change made may be shipping a star to another city. That means Alexander Semin.
While the idea has been scoffed at, a proposal sending Semin to Calgary in return for Iginla with other necessary pieces would be perfect for both parties.
Washington would get the spark they need to get everyone energized again, and Semin would have a chance to be the main attraction in Calgary. It’s a win-win.
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