NHL Trade Rumors: A Player on Every Team Who May Be Traded

Erik PaulCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2011

NHL Trade Rumors: A Player on Every Team Who May Be Traded

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    NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 06: Jason Arnott #25 of the New Jersey Devils skates against Ville Leino #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on January 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    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

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 16:  Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers and Todd Marchant #22 of the Anaheim Ducks battle for the puck at the Honda Center on January 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Oilers 3-2.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty
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    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

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    TORONTO, CAN - FEBRUARY 7:  Niclas Bergfors #18 of the Atlanta Thrashers skates in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 7, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Thrashers 5-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24:  Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Atlanta Thrashers makes a save as Tim Connolly #19 of the Buffalo Sabres looks for a rebound at HSBC Arena on February 23, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CALGARY, AB - FEBRUARY 20:  Curtis Glencross #20 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic Game at McMahon Stadium on February 20, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Imag
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    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

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16:  Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on December 16, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 4: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks tries to poke the puck away from Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period in NHL action on February 04, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia
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    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

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    DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14:  John Michael Liles #4 of the Colorado Avalanche takes a shot against the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center on February 14, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Flames defeated the Avalanche 9-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 03: Nikita Filatov #28  of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to play against the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena  on December 3, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo won 5-0. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 05:  Brad Richards #91 of the Dallas Stars skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 5, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Stars 3-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    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

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22:  Kris Draper #33 of the Detroit Red Wings gets set to block a shot in a game against the Chicago Black Hawks on January 22, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Hawks defeated the Wings 4-1. (Photo by Claus Ander
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    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

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 16:  (L-R) Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers defends against Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks as Ales Hemsky #83 of the Oilers controls the puck in the first period at the Honda Center on January 16, 2011 in Anaheim, Califo
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    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

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    BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 23:  Bryan McCabe #24 of the Florida Panthers shoots against the Buffalo Sabres  at HSBC Arena on December 23, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. Florida won 4-3.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    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

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    UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  Alexei Ponikarovsky #27 of the Los Angeles Kings skates during an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on February 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    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

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    EDMONTON, CANADA - JANUARY 18: John Madden #11 of the Minnesota Wild skates against the Edmonton Oilers on January 18, 2011 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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    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

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    CALGARY, AB - FEBRUARY 20: Cory Sarich #6 of the Calgary Flames checks Andrei Kostitsyn #46 of the Montreal Canadiens during the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic Game at McMahon Stadium on February 20, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette
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    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

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  J.P. Dumont #71 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 18, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen
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    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

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes the save on Jason Arnott #25 of the New Jersey Devils during first period action at the Prudential Center on February 16, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Im
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    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

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    UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 19:  Kyle Clifford #13 of the Los Angeles Kings fights with Zenon Konopka #28 of the New York Islanders during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum on February 19, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by P
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    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

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Matt Gilroy #97 of the New York Rangers challenges Johnathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden on February 17, 2011 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Kings 4-3 after a shootout. (Photo by Chris
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    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

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    OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 15:  Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders fires a wrist shot from the circle while Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators tries to block the shot in a game at Scotiabank Place on February 15, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canad
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Goaltender Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 19:  Scottie Upshall #8 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against David Legwand #11 of the Nashville Predators on February 19, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 21:  Maxime Talbot #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck past Scott Hannan #23 of the Washington Capitals during the NHL game at Consol Energy Center on February 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Capitals de
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    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

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    SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 15:  Brad Boyes #22 of the St. Louis Blues can't get his shot in the net pass the defense of the San Jose Sharks in the third period of an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion on January 15, 2011 in San Jose, California. The Sharks wo
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    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

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    NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Devin Setoguchi #16 of the San Jose Sharks skates during an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on February 11, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    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

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    BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20:  Mike Smith #41 of the Tampa Bay Lightning plays against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on November 20, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. Tampa Bay won 2-1. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 11:  Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs takes a shot on goal in front of Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on January 11, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 12: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks watches teammate Mikael Samuelsson's shot hit the back of the net past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames during the second period in NHL action on February 12, 2011
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    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

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 21:  Matt Bradley #10 of the Washington Capitals fights against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the NHL game at Consol Energy Center on February 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Penguins 1-0.  (Photo
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    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.