2015 Trade Deadline – Buyers and Sellers

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Anaheim Ducks: Buyers

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The Ducks are a constant Western Conference powerhouse, and currently sit in 1st place. The Ducks don’t have a pressing need, so the deadline doesn’t have to be active in California. Bringing in forward and defense depth, at the right price, will help them make a cup push. Getzlaf if playing like the stud he is and hoping to hoist the cup again. Anaheim already acquired Tomas Fleischmann from Florida, but they should still be players at the deadline

Defensemen to Target:

Zbynek Michalek, Jeff Petry, Marc Methot, Marek Zidlicky

The Ducks don’t need a blockbuster trade at the deadline, that’s why a stat at home defensemen like Methot or Petry would make the most sense.
The Ducks missed out on the top Sabres players available in Tyler Myers, and Cody Franson, so attemtping to get Michalek would be a great move to shore up their defense.

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Anahiem would need to over pay to get Chris Stewart. With The Blackhawks losing Kane, now is the perfect time for a Western team to go all in and make a cup run.

Arizona Coyotes: Sellers

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The Arizona Coyotes just missed a playoff berth last year by 2 points, and currently sit in 27th place. Thought of to be ready to make the next step, the Coyotes are a major disappointment this year. I fully expect the Coyotes to retool their roster and shake things up on Deadline Day. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun said GM Don Maloney and new owner Andrew Barroway have decided to “blow this up, and let’s have a full rebuild in the desert.” Keep an eye on the Coyotes, they will be active this year near the deadline.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalies: None
Defensemen:

Zbynek Michalek, Andrew Campbell

Zbynek Michalek is the only name to monitor here and may have some trade value at the deadline, as he is a good NHL defense, with limited offensive upside.

Forwards:

Martin Erat, B.J. Crombeen, David Moss

Antoine Vermette was the lock to be traded, and the Coyotoes got a 1st round pick in return.

Others to keep an eye on:

Keith Yandle, Shane Doan

Keith Yandle is a top tier NHL defensemen and the trade value is extremely high. If Yandle were to be traded, I’d only take a 1st round pick, prospect and NHL player.
Shane Doan has played all 18 years in a Coyotes uniform, so this one may be hard to watch happen, if it goes down. Doan is still producing even at the age of 38, so there may be multiple teams looking for his services.

Boston Bruins: Who Cares?

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The Boston Bruins are slumping hard, and need to act quickly to save this season. David Krecji’s injury does not help their chances. They will need to make a move forChris Stewart and give the Sabres their 2nd round pick and a prospect. They will make solid additions, and should acquire Chris Stewart.

Forwards to Target:

Chris Stewart, Martin Erat,

Boston should jump on the Chris Stewart train, even though it might get out of hand, having one team overpay for his services.
The Bruins are getting close to being in panic mode, and need to shed cap room and acquire talent, not a good combo Look for Loui Erikkson to be traded along with Dennis Seidenberg.

Buffalo Sabres: Sellers

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The Buffalo Sabres currently sit in last place and in my opinion, are at least 3 years away from being competitive. The future is bright in Buffalo, the prospect pool is one of the best, so no need to shake up the roster.

With that being said, if a team is calling for one of veterans, I am most definitely gauging interest in a trade. Tim Murray has done a good job of bringing in players that can be used to help build the future by means of deadline deals. There is a lot to work with whatever he may want to do on deadline day. Excluding the prospect core, nobody should be untouchable, nobody.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)

Goalies:

Michael Neuvirth

Michael Neuvirth has had a rough start to his career. He looked like he had a bright future in the making while playing for the Washington Capitals. After the Sabres acquired him last season though, he has had tough sledding. Placing the majority of the blame on him, isn’t fair at all. Neuvirth has to play with the statistically worst team and a team that quits way too quickly. Neuvirth has been unbelievable since the Enroth trade and has seen his stock shoot up. Murray can cash in and reel in a 3rd round or resign him long term.

Defensemen:

Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit

Neither of these two are playing inspiring hockey. Andre Meszaros might be playing his last season in NHL, barring an unforeseen hot streak. Andre Benoit is in the same boat, with little trade value. Hopefully Tim Murray can find a team desperate for NHL defensemen and real in more picks.

Right Wingers:

Chris Stewart, Patrick Kaleta, Brian Flynn

The most mentioned name on the Sabres trade block, is Chris Stewart. Multiple teams are linked to him, which makes it a given he is gone at the deadline. It’ll be interesting to see what Murray can reel in for Stewart. Here’s to hoping he starts lighting up the score sheet to increase his stock, and league wide interest. I can see Murray acquiring at least a 2nd round pick plus a prospect.

Centers:

Torrey Mitchell

Torrey Mitchell is a quick, average NHL Center. Mitchell is another player that sees his opportunity to leave Buffalo, and is turning it on big time. His stock is on the rise, but is still not a hot commodity. I can see a 4th round pick value for Mitchell, which I’d take in a heartbeat

Others to keep an eye on:

Tyler Ennis

Ennis is another young Buffalo Sabre that hasn’t fully realized his potential. Ennis is also 25, so still has a few years to develop. He also shows flashes of greatness with the highlight reel goal every now and then. His first full NHL season he had 49 points, giving the perception that he is a star in the making. He struggled with staying healthy, as he hasn’t had a full NHL season since his rookie other than last year (5years). Tyler Ennis is another player that I wouldn’t trade unless the return was extremely high. He is a good young player that plays hard even though the team around him is stuck at the bottom.

Mikhail Grigenorko

Mikhail is a RFA this year, and is still only 20 years old. When the Sabres drafted him, it was well documented he had talent but had character issues. He struggled with Lindy Ruff and Darcy mishandling him, severely hurting his confidence as an NHL player. He has the potential as a 1st line center, but there are concerns he won’t recognize that potential and will at most be a 3rd line center. If I’m Buffalo, I don’t trade him at all. He needs a real shot at making this team, and he seems to have made strides in the AHL.

Calgary Flames: Minor Buyers

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The Calgary Flames core of young players are hitting their strides in unison. Very intelligent signing of Jonas Hiller to be the keeper for this young squad. The Flames would be wise not to trade away future draft picks or prospects in order to bring in forward depth. The Flames can trade away a few names that still have value yet haven’t panned out for top 6 NHL forwards

Forwards to Target:

Jarome Iginla

Can you imagine Iginla making his return to the Flames to help be the veteran presence for this young core? He would love that role as he spent most of his career in Calgary wanting to win a cup.

Carolina Hurricanes: Sellers

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The Carolina Hurricanes have been struggling to rebuild and return the playoffs for a few years now. In the past they looked close in the past, needing a piece or two, but have fallen off recently. The acquisition of Jordan Staal required quite the haul, and looking back it looks like it may have hindered the franchise more than it helped. Carolina needs to retool this lineup, which may require splitting up the Staal brothers.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalies: None
Defensemen:

Brett Bellemore

Tim Gleason was traded to Washington and Brett Bellemore holds little value and may not be moved before the deadline. Carolina already struck gold by acquiring the Kings 2015 1st round pick for Andrej Sekera.

Forwards:

Jay McClement, Patrick Dwyer

Jiri Tlusty was the only player out of this group with trade value, little at that, but was moved to the Winnipeg Jets.
Others to keep an eye on: Eric/Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin, Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk
Alexander Semin might be put on waivers with his abysmal showing this year. Jeff Skinner is a young stud in the making struggling with concussions, but has immense talent. He will be a top line star in 2-3 years. Skinner might be the only name that is heavily mentioned on deadline day, but what about Justin Faulk? His value is at an all-time high, with his great Olympic performance coupled with a career year this season, he easily could be shipped to Edmonton for one of their big name forwards or a package of a 1st round pick, prospect and NHL ready player. If Carolina wants to do this right, shipping Skinner and Faulk might be the most beneficial moves of the deadline

Chicago Blackhawks: Buyers

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The Chicago Blackhawks core is crazy talented but Patrick Kanes injury is severy detrimental to their cup chances. Kanes presence on the ice is irreplaceable and the Blackhawks would be wise to acquire goal scorers. The Blackhawks acquired Vermette from Arizona, but another move to acquire depth wouldn’t be surprising whether it be goalie, defense or forward help.

Colorado Avalanche: Sellers

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The Avalanche have a disappointing season, which is to be expected with this young team. Paul Statsny leaving has also had a bigger effect than most expected. The Core will not be stripped but some deals will be made.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalie: None
Defensemen:

Jan Hejda, Ryan Wilson, Karl Stollery

Jan Hejda has decent defensemen value and should have no trouble finding a new home on deadline day.

Forwards:

Daniel Briere

Danny Briere is a solid top 6 forward even though his play has declined over the years. He no longer the stud he used to be on the Sabres, but would still be a solid acquisition on deadline day

Others to keep an eye on:

Erik Johnson, Ryan O’Reilly, Jarome Iginla

O’Reilly has had his name rumored all season long dating back to the off season. He will most likely be dealt, I can see Buffalo stepping up and trying to jump start the rebuild with a few big names.
Erik Johnson is an interesting name, as he is a top 6 NHL defensemen and has good value, depending on what the Avalanche decide to do for the deadline.
Jarome Iginla usually sees his name on this list consistently, as he has never seem a legitimate cup run. He is also another veteran that isn’t as valuable as he used to be but will offer solid value to whatever team acquires him, if he is traded.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Minor Sale

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are a major disappointment this season. The trade in the off season was supposed to bring a side of grit that the Blue Jackets lacked, but this team is underachieving big time. They lost Brandon Dubinsky in the preseason and have Ryan Johansen underperforming like a champ.
The team doesn’t have many valuable UFA’s but you can argue they have young pieces to wheel and deal but that all depends on if GM Jarmo Kekäläinen wants to blow up the foundation or not. I don’t think the Blue Jackets need a fire sale in order to see them return to the post season. No need to get crazy and trade Ryan Johansen, Brandon Dubinsky, or Nick Foligno away. Add the top 10 draft pick to this roster and some depth in the offseason and the Blue Jackets will return to the playoffs in 2015.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalie:

Curtis McElhinney

McElhinney doesn’t hold much value, so the chances of him being dealt are slim. In his entire 7 year NHL career, Curtis McElhinney has never played more than 28 games.

Defensemen:

Jordan Leopold

Jordan Leopold should be traded at the deadline, as Leopold holds decent trade value. He’s a quality NHL Defensemen but teams going crazy to acquire his services.

Forwards:

Mark Letestu, Jack Skille, Corey Tropp

None of these names scream deadline day blockbusters, I think Letestu maybe the only name that has a chance at being moved. He’s a consistent NHL forward that will give a playoff team good depth.
Others to keep an eye on: Cam Atkinson, Ryan Johansen, Brand Dubinsky, Ryan Murray
Any of these guys could end up with different sweaters on at the end of the season, as all are young talented players. Johansen and Dubinsky might net the best return, but they shouldn’t go crazy and sell to rebuild.

Dallas Stars: Buyers

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The Dallas Stars move to acquire Tyler Seguin has paid dividends and should see them make the playoffs this year. Even though the team has been struggling defensively and with goaltending, the Stars should be able to squeak into one of the last Wildcard spots. The Stars addressed their goalie need by acquiring Jhonas Entroth

 

Defensemen to Target:

Andre Benoit, Andrej, Meszaros

Detroit Red Wings: Buyers

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The Detroit Red Wings will see the playoffs yet again, and might go all in this year. Detroit got outbid for Tyler Myers, and have to attack for Cody Franson, if they really want to acquire a right-handed defensemen.

Defensemen to Target:

Zybnek Michalek

Detroit missed out on the top 2 defenseman available, Franson and Myers, so they will have to settle for Michalek.

Forwards to Target:

Tyler Ennis, Justin Williams

Tyler Ennis is an interesting player, but would be extremely pricey. Still young at 25, he should be able to offer top 6 forward talent immediately with top line potential.
Justin Williams would bring in solid veteran experience with decent offensive upside.

Edmonton Oilers: Sellers

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The Edmonton Oilers are battling it out with the Sabres for last place, but have been in the bottom 3, 4 out the last 5 years. This team does not lack offensive talent, with plenty of studs in the making. The Oilers need a reliable goalie and defense that don’t leave their netminder out to dry. General Manager Craig MacTavish doesn’t need to get crazy on deadline day, but I do believe he needs to trade one or two of his young forwards for a big name defensive prospect. If you can find someone who will take Nail Yakupov off your hands, do that as well.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalies:

Viktor Fasth

Viktor is an interesting option for a team looking for goalie help. He played out of his mind in 2012 for the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks never really gave him a shot once Jonas Hiller rebounded and Frederik Anderson developed into their starter. I truly believe Fasth can be a great acquisition at the deadline for a 3rd round pick.

Defensemen:

Jeff Petry

Jeff Petry is a former 2nd round pick that has made a decent career so far for the Oilers. He is at most a 2nd line defensemen, as his offensive talent is limited but he can contribute at stretches. The Oilers need to keep Petry to help develop Darnell Nurse and other young defensemen for this team, but I honestly don’t see him resigning with the Oilers. MacT might be able to acquire a 2nd round pick for Petry’s services and needs to act quick so they don’t let him walk for nothing.

Left Wingers:

Rob Klinkhammer

Klinkhammer entered the NHL as an undrafted player, who has only seen more than 23 games once in his 6 years in the NHL. He holds little value on deadline day. MacTavish won’t be fielding calls for Klinkhammer, and he most likely will end up resigning in the offseason with the Oilers.

Centers:

Derek Roy

Derek was a 2nd round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2001, and has had a very respectable career. He posted 4 straight years with at least 63 points and has quietly posted good stats upon leaving Buffalo. He is a very reliable center and should pull at least a 2nd round pick. The question is, do you keep Roy to help the young forwards in Edmonton? Or do you try to bring in more prospects/draft picks to help aid the rebuild? He has created a spark with this Oilers team, since being acquired. I would keep him because he is a known leader and he puts up points.

Others to keep an eye on:

Any of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov

The Oilers have a great group of young, talented forwards, all worthy of a ransom on deadline day. If you can find a trade partner for one or two of those names, pull the trigger. You will net a 1st round pick, top prospect, and an NHL player for any of those names, which will be huge. I would make sure the prospect is a defensemen to help shore up their sorry blueline.

Florida Panthers: Buyers

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Florida Panthers are rebuilding and have done a wonderful job putting together for the future. Young forwards and a stud defensemen Aaron Ekblad, the future is bright in Florida. The Panthers have been making intelligent trades and brought in Jagr to help teach the young forwards in Florida. I wouldn’t make any crazy moves at the deadline.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalie: None
Defensemen: None

Forwards:

Tomas Kopecky, Scottie Upshall

None of these names will be mentioned heavily on deadline day, but all offer sneaky value. The Panthers would be wise and try to ship off all of these for more picks/ prospects.

Los Angeles Kings: Stay Put

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The Los Angeles Kings are 8 and 2 and look to be getting hot at the perfect time. Sound Familiar? It’s the same recipe the 2014 Stanley Cup Champions used last year, as they made the playoffs as an 8 seed. The Kings may make 1 or 2 more moves but i think they will stay put with their one move to acquire puck moving defenseman Andrej Sekera.
Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)

Minnesota Wild: Buyers

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The Wild have a scary roster on paper, but can’t seem to get things together. Goaltending play has been their vice, but it has recently improved with the acquisition of Devan Dubnyk. The Wild need defensive help and solid forward depth to help a push and I can’t see the Wild selling pieces off with all the moves they’ve recently made.

Defensemen to Target:

Robyn Regehr, Marek Zidlicky, Andre Benoit, Andrej Meszaros

Marek Zidlicky acquired to make his return to the Wild? It would be a solid veteran addition for the playoffs.
Robyn Regehr has been a deadline target for many years, and this year should be no different. He is solid stay at home defensemen that can offer solid depth.
The Wild seem to love making trades with the Buffalo Sabres, so the last two names are thrown in because of that reason alone. They would be solid additions even though they have had a tendency to quit this season.

Forwards to Target: Erik Cole, Martin Erat, Daniel Briere, Michal Ryder

If Erik Cole is available, he would be a smart add, as he is a solid veteran with offensive upside for his age.
Erat, Briere and Ryder would be solid adds as well to help their offensive woes. Minnesota should straighten things out and squeak into the playoffs.

6th Montreal Canadians: Buyers

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The Montreal Canadiens have one person to thank for their great season, that man is Carey Price. In order for the Canadians to make it far in the playoffs, they will need offensive help, as they rank 21st in goals for.

Forwards to Target:

Justin Williams, Jarome Iginla, Mike Richards

The Habs need a big name forward to come in and produce, and will need to shell out the necessary pieces to bring in said talent. Tall task but, the Habs want a checking line improvement over Lars Eller, and top 6 forwards to help put the puck in the net.
Jarome Iginla be a great addition as he offers a veteran presence with high offensive upside. The Canadians need an active deadline to make a cup push
Mike Richards might not be moved on deadline day because of his contract over the next 5 years (5.75mil). If the Kings can offer enough monetary compensation, Richards might become a Montreal Canadien.

Nashville Predators: Buyers, All in

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Nashville finally has a healthy Pekka Rinne, and he is carrying this team. They made a big splash to bring in a big d-man with offensive upside in Cody Franson, but I would try to swing a few more trades. He has an unreal 30 wins in 39 starts. The Predators look dangerous this year, and should try to acquire a top name at the deadline to make a cup run. A solid backup goalie, defense and forward help should be the main targets on deadline day. Chris Stewart’s name hasn’t been rumored to Nashville yet, but he would be a great fit, as he is a gritty forward that has surprising offensive upside.

Goalies to Target:

Victor Fasth, Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin, Michal Neuvirth
All these teams are rebuilding and will trade away their goalies at the right price. The need to acquire top Goalie talent isn’t huge, as Rinne is already here. Victor Fasth, and Khudobin should be cheaper options, and should be traded at the deadline

Defensemen to Target:

Jeff Petry, Marek Zidlicky, Zybnek Michalek

Solid defensive talent available at the deadline, no need to break the bank either.

Forwards to Target:

Chris Stewart, Taylor Hall

Chris Stewart will be happy to get away from the bottom, and have a shot to play in the playoffs. Both will offer solid top 6 offensive talent and will be traded on the deadline.
Taylor Hall would be the blockbuster of the year, even though it would take a haul to acquire him. Get Taylor away from the cellar dwellers that are the Oilers, and in the playoffs, and you may see him turn it to the level that made him a top pick. I don’t think he will be moved at the deadline but the Predators would be seriously cup contenders if they pulled one of the top young forwards away from Edmonton.

New Jersey Devils: Sellers

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The New Jersey Devils currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and are 12 points out of the wildcard spot. Ever since Zach Parise fled to Minnesota, the Devils have been in a nose dive. The Devils offensive woes have hurt their shot at the playoffs and this team will be blown up on deadline day. New Jersey has a lot of pieces to play with and could be very active.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalie: None
Defensemen:

Marek Zidlicky, Bryce Salvador, Peter Harrold, Mark Fraser

Marek Zidlicky is a grizzled NHL defensemen that has dependable offensive upside. He will be an interesting target on the deadline, as he will offer depth to a team making a cup run

Forwards:

Michael Ryder, Martin Havlat, Jordin Tootoo, Steve Bernier, Scott Gomez
Jaromir Jagr was moved to Florida for picks.
Martin Havlat, Steve Bernier, Scott Gomez all have decent trade value, and should be targeted on deadline day.

Others to keep an eye on:

Eric Gelinas, Dainius Zubrus

It all depends on if the Devils want to ship off Eric Gelinas while his value on the rise and retool with another prospect.
Dainius Zubrus is solid NHL forward that might have his name mentioned once or twice on deadline day.

New York Islanders: Buyers

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The Islanders have vastly improved, as much as Sabres fans hate to see. The biggest difference is a heathy John Tavares and dependable goaltending. That is not their strength and if the Isles want to advance past the first few rounds, they will acquire goaltending and defensive help

Defensemen to Target:

Zybnek Michalek, Marek Zidlicky

Goalies to Target:

Victor Fasth, Anton Khudobin, Michal Neuvirth

Fasth is a sneaky acquisition as he has potential to be a number 1 goalie.
Mike Richards would showcase the all in attitude the Isles GM appears to have. Garth Snow knows he needs production from his team or he will be looking for work elsewhere.

New York Rangers: Buyers

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The New York Rangers have to go a few weeks with Lundqvist, and if this shows anything it might be smart to bring in another goalie to help as depth. The Rangers will make a splash for one of the big names that’s available, Ryan O’Reilly being the name to watch

Goalies to Target:

Viktor Fasth, Anton Khudobin

Fasth and Khudobin make a lot of sense as backups. The Rangers should act quickly as Enroth is off the table, and other teams needing goalies, will be quick to deal as well. Fasth plays better as a reserve role so the Rangers would be wise to save him from the Oilers pitiful crease.

Forwards to Target:

Ryan O’Reilly, Jarome Iginla

The Rangers made the biggest deal last season, and nothing tells me they won’t do it again. The Rangers have a great team in place already so O’Reilly would be a home run because they get a star in the making to build around.
O’Reilly has been rumored to multiple teams so the potential of a bidding war happening are high, which would fall out of the Rangers favor.

Philadephia Flyers: Buyers

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The Flyers currently sit 9 points back of Boston for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Philly is turning things around, thanks to the return of Steve Mason, who seems willing to carry this team to a playoff run. Kimmo Timonen will risk his blood clot to make a return, but I don’t think it will be enough to help the Flyers. Philly will need defense and forward depth to help make a playoff push.

Defensemen to Target:

Zbynek Michalek, Jeff Petry, Marc Methot,  Jordan Leopold

The most realistic move the Flyers can make, would be acquiring Jeff Petry or Marc Methot. Neither player lights up the score sheet, but they also won’t make fans scream at the TV because of their mistakes.

Forwards to Target:

Justin Williams, Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart will not end up on the rival Philadelphia Flyers, so we can scratch him off the list.
Justin Williams would make the most sense as he is solid NHL forward, that would help put points on the board and compete for top 6 ice time.

Pittsburg Penguins: Buyers

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The Penguins didn’t waste any time, pouncing on a young Edmonton Oiler forward in David Perron for a 1st rounder, which in my opinion was overpaying at its finest. They also acquire Daniel Winnik from the Maple Leafs, for a 2016 2nd round pick and a 2015 4th round pick, which again is overpaying. Credit to the Penguins for locking up Marc Andre Fleury before the season started, as they are riding him to a promising season. The Penguins have made intelligent signings and trades, and I expect more of the same at deadline day. Forward and defensemen depth should be on the radar, but the Penguins might be the favorite in the East, so an active Deadline is not a necessity.

Defensemen to Target:

Marek Zidlicky

Trading with Toronto doesn’t seem like a possibility but Franson would be a great acquisition. He would bring offensive upside and could slide into a top 6 defense role with the offensive firepower that is the Penguins.

San Jose Sharks: Buyers (Future Build)

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The Sharks seem to be a lock for the playoffs yet again, but are sitting too close for comfort. The past few years though they fell apart in the post season, and aren’t getting any younger. I would swing a big blockbuster trade if I had the chance, trade talent for talent, and also trade for Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle from Edmonton to bring in new young bloods to build around.

Forwards to Target:

Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan O’Reilly, Mikhail Grigeronko

The Sharks will make the playoffs and have a quick exit, but it’s time to look to build for the future. Call Winnipeg and find out what it will take to get Ryan O’Reilly. Add in one of the Oilers young forwards and the foundation will be build and the team doesn’t need to be stripped top to bottom like most rebuilds.

St Louis Blues: Buyers

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Last year the St Louis Blues went all in, trading for the biggest name available for goalies in Ryan Miller. That didn’t seem to be enough as the Blues had a quick exit, and watched Miller leave for Vancouver. The Blues are 3rd in the West and look primed to go deep in the playoffs. The Blues don’t need to make big moves at the deadline, just solid value acquistions.

Defensemen to Target:

Marc Methot, Marek Zidlicky, Andre Benoit, Andrej Meszaros

Any of these names will add depth to their already solid defense. Benoit and Meszaros might be the cheapest options, as they seem to have quit on the season as a whole in Buffalo.

Forwards to Target:

Jarome Iginla

Iginla would be the most expensive player to acquire, as he is the definition of “grizzled vet” and still is producing respectable stats.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Fire Sale alert

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Raise your hand if you had the Maple Leafs in the race for the bottom. This team needs to be broken down and rebuilt badly. The Maple Leafs have a ton of wasted talent, and a lot of trade chips. They can be active at the deadline and quickly turn things around, that is if they can make the correct moves. Toronto should trade NHL talent for 1st round picks/prospects and NHL talent to help things turn around quickly. Lots of teams are looking to trade stars, maybe Taylor Hall’s sweater will be thrown onto the ice next year at the Air Canada Centre. This team is one to keep an eye on, as fans, and players are unhappy with their performance this year.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalies: None
Defensemen:

Korbinian Holzer

Cody Franson was a heavily rumored name, but was dealt back to the Nashville Predators. Korbinian Holzer would be a decent defensive acquisition, for the right price.

Forwards:

David Booth, Trevor Smith
Mike Santorelli was dealt along with Cody Franson to the Nashville Predators, showing the firesale is on. Winik was also dealt, to the Penguins, as the Leafs are making sure to get return on players that would’ve walked in the offseason.

Others to keep an eye on:

Dion Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel, Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, James Van Riemsdyk

Dion Phaneuf has had his name tossed around rumors more and more of late, and is looking like a good candidate to be moved by the deadline.
Now this is where it gets interesting. If the Leafs want to shake things up, 2 or more of the names listed above will be dealt. Kessel is the star of the group and would be a very sought after name on deadline day, if they are willing to part ways with him. Kessel is immensely talented and the 27 year old, can become the face of the franchise for the 3rd team in his career.
Nazem Kadri is another one of their extremely talented forwards that appear to be a cancer to the team. He lacks the effort and production that the team was counting on from him this year. He is a RFA this year and can be a key piece for a rebuilding squad.
Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner are another extremely interesting pieces, as they have struggled to produce in their young careers. Both are viewed as potential top 6 defensemen with high offensive upside. If teams are calling for their services, I am listening to what I can get in return.

Vancouver Canucks: Buyers

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The Vancouver Canucks did a minor shakeup of their roster last year and also brought in the highly coveted Ryan Miller to fix their goaltending issue. With Miller sidelined for the forseable future, goalie maybe an area to address. I honestly think they stand pat with the tandem of Markstrom and Lack and see how far they take them. The Sedin brothers are still the focal point of the Canucks, and still are consistently putting up points. The Canucks could use depth at defense and forward to help bolster their lineup for a playoff push.

Defensemen to Target:

Robyn Regehr, Marek Zidlicky

The Canucks can’t do wrong with any of the names above as none of them will break the bank to acquire.

Forwards to Target:

Martin Erat, Michael Ryder, Mikkel Boedker

The Canucks have a solid set of lines already but adding depth never hurt anyone. Mikkel Boedker or Antoine Vermette would be the smart additions are the Coyotes are retooling their roster and extremely willing to make moves.

Washington Capitals: Buyers

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The Capitals are riding Braden Holtby’s ridiculous season and Ovechkin’s MVP like season. The Capitals need depth as they seem an injury or two away from a losing streak. Forward depth should be the main target on deadline day.

Forwards to Target:

Chris Stewart, Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Alexander Semin

The Capitals swing a trade to reunite Semin with Ovechkin? Count me in. Great for Semin’s outlook but Ovechkin is playing out of his mind, no need to try to shake things up and potentially throw off his mojo
Mike Richards would be a tough buy because of his cap hit, but would be a sneaky and smart move.
Chris Stewart will come at a higher price than he may be worth as Tim Murray is doing everything in his power to get top value from all his players on the market.

Winnipeg Jets: Minor Sale

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The Jets made the big splash with the Sabres trading Zach Bogosian and Evander Kane for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, 2 prospects (Joel Armia, Branden Lemeiux) and a 1st round pick. The Jets also took a chance on underperforming Jiri Tlusty, who could be big help down the stretch for a playoff run.

They addressed the need for a solid forward, but don’t be surprised if they make one or two more splashes at the deadline.

Potential Trade Candidates (UFA)
Goalie: None
Defensemen:

Adam Pardy

Pardy is a decent stay at home defensemen and should come on the cheap

Forwards:

Michael Frolik, Jim Slater, T.J. Galiardi, Matt Halischuk

Michael Frolik should be moved as he offers solid upside and that can fill a top 6 forward role.