NHL Trade Rumors: A Player on Every Team Who May Be Traded
As February 28th gets closer, the NHL trade rumors keep building. There's been a lot of activity already, including surprising blockbusters with young stars changing teams.
The trade that sent Erik Johnson to the Colorado Avalanche for Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk was one of the biggest trades in recent history.
There is still expected to be a lot of activity, so here's one player from each team who could have to pack his bags.
Anaheim Ducks: Todd Marchant
This spot had been done with Curtis McElhinney, but the Ducks traded him to the Lightning before the rest of the article was written.
So, Todd Marchant is the next logical choice. It's unlikely the Ducks are looking to trade him, but he's an upcoming free agent and would draw some interest around the league.
Atlanta Thrashers: Niclas Bergfors
Niclas Bergfors has been the subject of trade rumors for most of the season.
Lately, they've been quieter, but Bergfors is still a definite trade candidate, but would probably be part of a package—rather than a one-for-one deal.
Boston Bruins: Andrew Ference
While the Bruins have already made their major deal for Tomas Kaberle, they now have seven NHL defensemen.
It's unlikely that they'll move anyone else, but if they do, Andrew Ference could be the odd man out.
Buffalo Sabres: Tim Connolly
Tim Connolly has recently been rumored to be drawing interest from the Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames.
He's an upcoming free agent and it's very likely that he'll be traded.
Calgary Flames: Curtis Glencross
Curtis Glencross is an upcoming unrestricted free agent and is drawing interest from several teams around the league, including the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With the Flames recent hot streak and lack of cap space, it's unlikely they'll make any moves, but if they do, it could involve Glencross.
Carolina Hurricanes: Joni Pitkanen
Joni Pitkanen is regularly among the league leaders in ice time. He's an upcoming UFA and doesn't have a no-trade clause.
With the Hurricanes in the playoff race they probably won't trade one of their best defensemen but they might want to get a return, rather than risk losing Pitkanen to free agency.
Chicago Blackhawks: Tomas Kopecky
Tomas Kopecky is a versatile forward who has two Stanley Cup rings already.
He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and moving him could free up the cap space for the Blackhawks to sign Troy Brouwer to a new deal.
Colorado Avalanche: John-Michael Liles
The bidding war is on for John-Michael Liles. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been pushing hard but haven't offered enough yet.
Liles is on pace for a career-high in points and is a valuable commodity for the Avalanche.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Nikita Filatov
The Blue Jackets thought Nikita Filatov was going to be a top-line winger, but it hasn't quite worked out that way.
Filatov's been in the minors for more than half of the season. The Jackets are frustrated with Filatov's progress and are rumored to be shopping him.
Dallas Stars: Brad Richards
Whether or not Brad Richards will be traded has been one of the hottest topics of discussion around the NHL since the Ilya Kovalchuk saga ended last summer.
A month ago, the Stars were leading the Pacific Division and Richards being traded was thought to be almost unthinkable.
Now, the Stars have fallen out of a playoff spot and trading Richards has become a very realistic option.
Detroit Red Wings: Kris Draper
The Red WIngs are probably not going to make any moves, but if they do, Kris Draper could be a candidate to go.
His experience could be valuable to some younger teams and he's still one of the best penalty killers in the league.
Draper does hold a no-trade clause so he might not want to leave.
Edmonton Oilers: Dustin Penner And Ales Hemsky
The Oilers get two players because both Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky are equally likely to be moved.
Penner is a big power forward who's very good as a net-front presence. He already has a Stanley Cup ring from his rookie season in Anaheim.
Hemsky is one of the most skilled passers in the league and would fit in well on a team like Los Angeles, who are apparently interested in him.
It's equally possible that both could get dealt, neither could get dealt or one could be dealt.
Florida Panthers: Bryan McCabe
Bryan McCabe is an upcoming UFA and is expected to be traded. Florida has reportedly told their captain that they won't be re-signing him, so he'll almost certainly be moved.
He does hold a no-trade clause so the final decision will be up to him.
Los Angeles Kings: Alexei Ponikarovsky
Ponikarovsky has been brutally disappointing for the Kings, but if they make a blockbuster deal they might need Ponikarovsky to go the other way to balance the cap hits.
Minnesota Wild: John Madden
John Madden has won three Stanley Cups and even at age 37, he could provide some reliable depth for teams looking to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
With the Wild in the playoff race, they might not want to move Madden, but it's definitely a possibility.
Montreal Canadiens: Andrei Kostitsyn
There's been rumors for the last week that the Canadiens are close to sending Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators.
They sent his brother, Sergei, there in a trade last season.
Nashville Predators: J.P. Dumont
The Predators have reportedly been trying to trade J.P. Dumont for some time now.
Dumont's productivity has fallen and he's on pace for the worst points per game of his career.
He makes $4 million this year and next, so it might be hard to move him, but the Predators will keep trying.
New Jersey Devils: Jason Arnott
Jason Arnott's return to New Jersey has been very much like the Devils' season—disappointing.
He's got tons of experience and could still thrive in the right situation.
Arnott has a no-trade clause, but it seems like he would waive it.
New York Islanders: Zenon Konopka
Zenon Konopka leads the league in penalty minutes and could bring some added toughness to a playoff team.
He's also surprisingly good in faceoffs with a 57.3 success rate.
New York Rangers: Matt Gilroy
The Rangers are trying to bring in a puck-moving defenseman like John-Michael Liles or Bryan McCabe and are apparently using Matt Gilroy as bait.
Gilroy is an upcoming restricted free agent and moving him out would leave the Rangers more space to re-sign Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.
Ottawa Senators: Chris Phillips
The Senators have already sold off Alexei Kovalev, Chris Kelly, Mike Fisher, Brian Elliot and Jarkko Ruutu; Chris Phillips may very well be next.
Phillips is a good shutdown defenseman and should earn a pretty good package in return.
He does have a no-trade clause and isn't crazy about leaving Ottawa, but it's definitely possible if the Senators can find him a good destination.
Philadelphia Flyers: Michael Leighton
Leighton has been squeezed off of the Flyers roster by Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky, but after playing well in the playoffs last year, someone might want some goaltending depth.
This spot was going to be for Nikolai Zherdev, but after he cleared waivers it's unlikely they'll move him.
Phoenix Coyotes: Scottie Upshall
Scottie Upshall is approaching unrestricted free agency and is a player who the Coyotes could get a pretty good return on.
He's been rumored to possibly go back to Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Max Talbot
Talbot is an upcoming unrestricted free agent and hasn't really fit well in the Penguins system this year. He could get moved to make cap space for a depth defenseman.
St. Louis Blues: Brad Boyes
The Blues have already made their blockbuster deal, sending Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first-round pick to the Avalanche for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a second-round pick.
Still, they've been rumored to be shopping Boyes and there would certainly be interest.
San Jose Sharks: Devin Setoguchi
Devin Setoguchi will be a restricted free agent this summer and might be wanting more money than the Sharks can afford to pay him.
He's been in a lot of rumors lately and the Sharks may shop him to bring a defenseman.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Mike Smith
Mike Smith has been in the minors for a while now and the Lightning would love to ship him out rather than continue paying his $2.2 million salary.
There won't be much interest but if they can find a taker they won't ask much in return.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Clarke MacArthur
Clarke MacArthur is having a career year and is about to become an unrestricted free agent. If the Leafs can't get him re-signed by the deadline, GM Brian Burke has already said he'll listen to offers.
Vancouver Canucks: Mikael Samuelsson
The Canucks have very limited cap space, plenty of scoring and a pile of injuries to their defense. They might consider trading Samuelsson to bring in a defenseman.
Washington Capitals: Matt Bradley
The Caps are looking for a second-line center like Tim Connolly and they would probably give up Matt Bradley as part of a package to get him.
Bradley's an upcoming UFA and not part of the core in Washington so he is expendable.