Though the unrestricted free agent (UFA) class is not filled with big names, there are some big names that could be available via trade.
1. Evgeni Malkin
Malkin is the Penguins second-line centre, which is great to have, but when you don't have any wingers even close to your top line centre's caliber, you have a problem.
Over the past few years, the Penguins have done a good job turning average wingers into above-average wingers, thanks to Crosby, Malkin and Jordan Staal; however, Malkin needs to go.
Malkin makes over $8 million a season as the line two centre and Staal makes $4 million as the line three centre.
If they were to trade Malkin, they could get a legitimate line one winger, a prospect/pick and clear a bit of cap, meanwhile moving Staal up to line two.
Chance of a trade: 30%
Reason: Ray Shero knows he needs a line one winger to play with Sidney Crosby.
2. Alex Semin
With the lack of cap space the Washington Capitals have and the performance Alex Semin gave them in the playoffs, Capitals GM George McPhee may look to move the skilled winger for a good 2-way player who wants to win.
If they were to trade Semin, it would probably be for a Colby Armstrong-type player with a prospect or pick coming back to Washington as well.
Alex Semin is a rare talent, and many say he has the best shot in the league; however, you have to want to win and give it your all every time you get on the ice.
Chance of a trade: 40%
Reason: They want to be a better defensive team
3. Jarome Iginla
Due the Flames' huge lack of cap space and the fact that they are considering rebuilding, Jarome Iginla could be on the move out of Calgary.
Jarome has already stated that if they are rebuilding or want him to move his no-trade clause that he would. I know Calgary trading their captain seems a little far fetched but in reality it is not.
Jarome is getting older and he is slowly becoming less of a factor night in night out. But the Flames know if they are rebuilding, they have to move Iginla now while his value is still high.
Chance of a trade: 65%
4. Tomas Kaberle
Leafs GM Brian Burke has said that he will not trade Tomas Kaberle several times, but do you really believe him? This is from the same guy who was asked if there was anything new on the Phil Kessel trade front; he replied no, and about 10 minutes later, he was announcing the acquisition of Phil Kessel.
When the Leafs traded for Dion Phaneuf, I figured it was to get a top notch line one defense pairing of Dion Phaneuf and Tomas Kaberle, but clearly I was wrong.
In the last 20 games of the regular season, Carl Gunnarsson, Dion Phaneuf, Francois Beauchemin, and Luke Schenn all played more minutes then Tomas Kaberle, which leads me to believe he will not play another game for the Maple Leafs.
Chance of a trade: 80%
Reason: Tons of defensemen and lack of scoring forwards
5. Sheldon Souray
I am not going to do a huge write up on this due to the fact Sheldon Souray just came out and said I hate Oilers management, they made me play injured and that he demands a trade.
However, Oilers fans should not hate him, as he did say he loves the guys in the locker room and loves the fans.
Chance of a trade: 99%
Reason: Demanded a trade
Fell free to comment with your thoughts or concerns.
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