The Oilers are definitely sellers, in a lottery position again.
Teddy Purcell – Pending UFA
Justin Schultz – Pending RFA
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – $6 Million cap hit
The LA Kings want a defensemen rental
Kris Russell could be in the mix. He wants to stay with the Flames and they have expressed a desire for him to stay. They haven’t got into negotiations yet. The Flames definitely couldn’t throw $5.5 million at Kris Russell, as their blueline is already stacked with guys that are getting paid a lot.
When the Kings placed Ehrhoff on waivers, it could be to take a swing for Dan Hamhuis. Now he has a full no-trade clause, but to a team that is in the midst of trying to win a Stanley Cup.. now that could make him say yes. Although if he wants to stay in Vancouver, he can. He is originally from BC and his preference would be to resign in Vancouver. If he waives his NTC, he could make a run with a contender then circle back to the Canucks come July 1st.
Los Angeles Kings, are now rumoured to be in on Andrew Ladd. They were first interested in Dustin Byfuglien before he signed a contract extension, and now they could be shifting their attention to Ladd.
If the Arizona Coyotes can’t resign forward Mikkel Boedker expect him to be moved.
Mikkel Boedker – 26, #1 rental forward on the trade market, most impact, looking for 6 years around $5.5 per year
The Carolina Hurricanes are looking to see if they can stay in the playoff race before deciding with Staal.
Eric Staal will be selective in the process with his full no trade clause
Toronto has 16 of the current 27- player roster could be had by an acquiring team
Players like PA Parenteau and James Reimer could be easily moved, while a guy like Joffrey Lupul would be difficult to move
Boston Bruins, their 9-2 loss to Milan Lucic and the LA Kings was the tipping point that proved they aren’t a true contender. They are going to look to build towards the future, and that means moving some veteran assets.
Loui Eriksson, if he doesn’t sign to a team-friendly deal, and Zdeno Chara, if he’s willing, could be shopped before the deadline.
Detroit Red Wings, two of their goalies would be considered starts on a number of teams, but don’t expect them to move Jimmy Howard before the deadline.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland was on TSN Radio, and said that he’ll figure out his plans at goalie after this season.
Mrazek is a pending RFA but is the clear cut No.1 in Detroit, while Howard has had past success but isn’t playing well this year and it owed more than $5 million per season for the next three years.
The Wings are taking a close look at Fedor Tyutin, who is likely to be dealt by the Feb.29 trade deadline.
The Vancouver Canucks are looking to move Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata. Both players are pending UFA’s.
The Ottawa Senators are still in the market for a top-6 forward. Jonathan Drouin is on their radar, they have some interest in Drouin and he could fill the void for their top-6 forward.
The Sens could also be in the mix for Andrew Ladd.
The New York Islanders would much rather prefer to put the whole Travis Hamonic trade off until the summer. The Islanders are making the playoffs and trying to make a run, so unless an incredible offer comes in next couple of weeks (which is certainly possible) I expect Hamonic to remain an Islander until June.
Edmonton and Winnipeg are still the obvious suiters, but a top-pairing defensemen who has four more years on his contract with a cap hit of less than $3.9 million would be welcome almost anywhere.
Forwards Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, both of which are scheduled to be UFA’s on July 1st will most likely not be moved as rentals before the deadline.
The Islanders’ philosophy, or at least Snow’s, is a little different than a lot of other teams when it comes to expiring contracts. It’s not carved in stone, but repeat after me: The Islanders are all about a) making the playoffs, and b) trying to make a splash in the playoffs.
The Isles’ short-term interests are not best served by getting draft picks or prospects in exchange for significant contributors to the immediate cause, as Okposo and Nielsen are. Certainly in Okposo’s case, Snow knows it will be difficult if not impossible to re-sign him, but if/when Okposo walks off into free agency, the Isles will rationalize their return on Okposo as being able to spend the dollars otherwise earmarked for him on somebody else.
Finally, this isn’t trade related news, but you may recall we talked earlier this season about the Swift Current Bronco captain and unrestricted free agent overage forward Jon Martin being courted by multiple NHL teams.
A late bloomer of sorts, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Martin now has 34 goals and 59 points in 50 WHL games this season after scoring only 32 goals in the previous four seasons in Kootenay.
Martin is on the verge of making a decision on where he’ll eventually sign his NHL entry-level contract. Edmonton, Arizona and San Jose were believed to be the teams that showed significant interest. While nothing is likely to be made official until March, the expectation is Martin is most likely to be a Shark when all is said and done.