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Trade Deadline 2016: Analysis For All 30 Teams

Anaheim Ducks

Strengths

  • Exceptional top end prospects
  • Loaded defensive pipeline
  • Solid group of wingers

Weaknesses

  • Weak center depth
  • Limited goaltending depth
  • Not much diversity or ability past top-end players

Rumours:

Feb. 25.

The Anaheim Ducks appear to be in the market for a forward ahead of the deadline. GM Bob Murray told Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register that it would “be a fair assumption” to speculate the team is eyeing wingers on the trade market.

Feb. 26.

It’s already known that the Ducks are in the market for a forward, but it appears they’re eyeing rentals as opposed to players with term remaining on their contracts. With several RFA deals to get done this summer, it makes sense. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet believes Buffalo Sabres forward Jamie McGinn is on their radar.

Needs:

Look for the Ducks to possibly go after some depth on the blue line, although they have a capable blue line. It wouldn’t be a horrible idea for the Ducks to go after someone with a little more playoff experience than the majority of their back end.

Possible Trade Bait:

Frederik Andersen, Goaltender.

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  • Stats: 32 GP, 14-8-3, 2.39 GAA, 917 SV%
  • Age: 26
  • Contract Remaining: $1.3M, RFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has tremendous size for the goaltending position (6-3, 236 pounds), as well as loads of natural puck-stopping ability. Has proven capable of putting up great numbers in Europe.
    Flaws: Is still a little raw in terms of his overall technique, so he needs to gain more experience against elite shooters. Also must continue to work on adding more consistency to his game.
    Career Potential: Big, talented goaltender with a little upside.

Eric Stephens of the OC Register thinks Andersen could be in play, mostly because they’re eventually turning the crease over to John Gibson and Andersen is an RFA that’ll look for a significant raise. So dealing him at the deadline makes sense for a team that’s suddenly looking like a contender again – and given the lack of goaltending options out there, a player like Andersen could bring back a significant return.

If, in fact, they want Gibson to operate without a safety net in the playoffs. Because Anton Khudobin is not a safety net.

Could a team like Calgary be interested in Andersen’s services? The Flames are in dire need of a goalie and Andersen fits their need perfectly. The Ducks seem to be rolling with Gibson going forward and could get the value in a trade for Andersen.

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (23)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
David Perron LW 27 ANA TBD $3,812,500 UFA
Anton Khudobin G 29 ANA TBD $2,250,000 UFA
Shawn Horcoff LW 37 ANA TBD $1,750,000 UFA
Chris Stewart RW 28 ANA TBD $1,700,000 UFA
Sami Vatanen D 24 ANA TBD $1,262,500 RFA
Frederik Andersen G 26 ANA TBD $1,150,000 RFA
Hampus Lindholm D 22 ANA TBD $894,167 RFA
Rickard Rakell C 22 ANA TBD $894,167 RFA
Mike Santorelli RW 30 ANA TBD $875,000 UFA
Stefan Noesen RW 23 ANA TBD $863,333 RFA
Charles Sarault C 24 ANA TBD $806,667 RFA
Kevin Gagne D 23 ANA TBD $767,500 RFA
Korbinian Holzer D 28 ANA TBD $750,000 UFA
Tim Jackman RW 34 ANA TBD $700,000 UFA
Matt Bailey RW 24 ANA TBD $692,500 RFA
Andrew O’Brien D 23 ANA TBD $618,333 RFA
Brian McGrattan RW 34 ANA TBD $600,000 UFA
Harry Zolnierczyk LW 28 ANA TBD $600,000 UFA
Joe Piskula D 31 ANA TBD $545,161 UFA
Shane O’Brien D 32 ANA TBD $492,741 UFA
Michael Sgarbossa C 23 ANA TBD $481,397 RFA
Chris Mueller C 29 ANA TBD $445,161 UFA
Dustin Tokarski G 26 ANA TBD $284,274 RFA

 


 

Arizona Coyotes

Strengths

  • Youth movement
  • Speed, grit and tenacity

Weaknesses

  • No defensive prospects with top-pairing upside
  • No top-tier goaltending prospects

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

It is looking more likely that the Arizona Coyotes will be trading veteran forward Mikkel Boedker amid reports that the team has backed off an extension offer according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

Needs:

Future assets; picks and prospects. This team is going to be insane, just give them a few years to develop. You’re looking at Domi, Duclair, Ekman-Larsson, Strome, Perlini. They need to look towards the future, and pick up more defensive prospects, along with a top-tier goaltending prospect.

Possible Trade Bait:

Mikkel Boedker, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 59 GP, 13 G, 25 A, 38 Pts
  • Age: 26
  • Contract Remaining: $3.75M, UFA on July 1.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is one of the fastest players in the game, and he uses his wheels to create plenty of havoc when he’s on the ice. Also displays sound two-way instincts. Can play either wing position effectively. Boasts sound offensive ability.
    Flaws: Could stand to shoot the puck more often, since he is not a consistent goal-scoring threat. Needs to continue proving he can handle the constant pounding and taxing schedule in the NHL, since he is somewhat injury-prone.
    Career Potential: Speedy, quality two-way winger.

Boedker is a top-six forward with above-average offensive skill and good speed. He also would upgrade a team’s power play, as evidenced by his playmaking ability and 18 power-play points (three goals, 15 assists).

The Coyotes should re-sign Boedker, but he’s not going to be cheap and Arizona is a budget team. If his price is too high, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney should trade him. Maloney did well at the deadline last season when he acquired multiple first-round picks and prospects for players such as Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

Shane Doan, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 51 GP, 22 G, 13 A, 35 PTS, +1
  • Age: 39
  • Contract Remaining: $5.3M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is physical and at his best when he frequently throws his weight around. Extremely durable, he is an excellent two-way player and the ultimate team-first guy. Also displays immaculate loyalty.
    Flaws: Struggles with consistency in the goal-scoring department, and has become a little less productive over the years. Isn’t an elite skater, either. Used to be able to carry his team but can no longer.
    Career Potential: Savvy, dependable winger and veteran leader.

At 39 years of age, Shane Doan’s time in the NHL is becoming less and less everyday. Set to become and unrestricted free agent this off-season, he may only have a few years left in the league. But on pace for 50+ points this year, he still has some value to offer and could be a serviceable addition to any playoff team. Doan brings it all, skill, size, grit, smarts and is one of the greatest leaders in the game today. He is still lacking a Stanley Cup, and on an Arizona team that looks like they won’t make the playoffs. I don’t think he’ll be traded but wouldn’t be surprised if he did.

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (32)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Shane Doan RW 39 AZ TBD $5,300,000 UFA
Mikkel Boedker LW 26 AZ TBD $3,750,000 UFA
Boyd Gordon C 32 AZ TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Nicklas Grossman D 31 AZ TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Steve Downie RW 28 AZ TBD $1,750,000 UFA
Michael Stone D 25 AZ TBD $1,150,000 RFA
Viktor Tikhonov LW 27 AZ TBD $1,040,000 UFA
Tyler Gaudet C 22 AZ TBD $925,000 RFA
Anders Lindback G 27 AZ TBD $875,000 UFA
Kyle Chipchura C 30 AZ TBD $875,000 UFA
Connor Murphy D 22 AZ TBD $863,333 RFA
Tobias Rieder RW 23 AZ TBD $853,333 RFA
Jarred Tinordi D 24 AZ TBD $850,500 RFA
Matthias Plachta LW 24 AZ TBD $694,596 RFA
Kevin Connauton D 25 AZ TBD $683,333 RFA
Niklas Treutle G 24 AZ TBD $667,500 RFA
Derek Smith D 31 AZ TBD $650,000 UFA
Corey Potter D 32 AZ TBD $650,000 UFA
James Melindy D 22 AZ TBD $641,667 RFA
Dan O’Donoghue LW 25 AZ TBD $635,000 RFA
Jordan Szwarz RW 24 AZ TBD $630,000 RFA
Louis Domingue G 23 AZ TBD $605,000 RFA
Klas Dahlbeck D 24 AZ TBD $605,000 RFA
Brendan Shinnimin C 25 AZ TBD $600,000 RFA
Alex Grant D 27 AZ TBD $600,000 UFA
Dylan Reese D 31 AZ TBD $600,000 UFA
Stefan Fournier RW 23 AZ TBD $583,333 RFA
Eric Selleck LW 28 AZ TBD $575,000 UFA
Philip Samuelsson D 24 AZ TBD $496,774 RFA
Craig Cunningham LW 25 AZ TBD $474,193 RFA
Dustin Jeffrey C 27 AZ TBD $435,887 UFA
Christian Thomas RW 23 AZ TBD $248,387 RFA

 


 

Boston Bruins

Strengths

  • Lots of good prospects
  • Goaltending

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

According to multiple reports, the Bruins continue to work on a potential extension with pending free agent forward Loui Eriksson. Getting the deal signed before the trade deadline may prove difficult, however. According to Darren Dreger of TSN (via @NicholsOnHockey), the Bruins want to keep the term lower on Eriksson’s new deal, somewhere around three or four years as opposed to Eriksson’s desired five or six.

Feb. 24.

One of the most fascinating potential trade chips is Loui Eriksson, but his status remains up in the air. The Bruins are in a playoff spot and he’s been one of their top producers. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports that GM Don Sweeney is keeping his options open, which includes keeping him beyond the deadline even if Eriksson has not signed an extension.

Feb. 24.

Negotiations continue between representatives for Loui Eriksson and the Boston Bruins, but according to NBC Sports Network’s Bob McKenzie, there remains a gap in both term and dollars (via @NicholsOnHockey).

Feb. 25.

Bruins President Cam Neely told radio duo Felger and Mazz of 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston that the team presented their latest contract offer to Loui Eriksson “the other day,” but have not heard back. The clock is ticking on this tough decision for B’s.

Feb. 25.

With Andrew Ladd off the market, the focus on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson only intensifies. He moves to the top of the list of top forwards “available,” but the Bruins remain interested in re-signing him.

Feb. 26.

With Andrew Ladd off the market, the focus on Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson only intensifies. He moves to the top of the list of top forwards “available,” but the Bruins remain interested in re-signing him.

Feb. 26.

Darren Dreger of TSN reported that the Bruins and pending UFA Loui Eriksson are going to take one more stab at contract talks Friday. All options remain on the table to GM Don Sweeney, but it appears the preference remains to re-sign Eriksson.

Feb. 26.

Negotiations will continue Saturday between the Bruins and Loui Eriksson according to Darren Dreger of TSN. That shows the team is going to do everything they can to get a new contract done before the trade deadline.

Needs:

Defense.

The Bruins definitely need to go out and grab some defense. Their core is getting old, and weak. Don’t be shocked if Sweeney pulls a few moves to either bring in some defense to help win now, or prospects for the future.

Possible Trade Bait:

Loui Eriksson, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 61 GP, 23 G, 25 A, 48 PTS, +13
  • Age: 30
  • Contract Remaining: $4.5M , UFA on July 1st.
SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Owns tremendous offensive instincts and a goal-scorer’s touch with an accurate shot. Is also good as a playmaker, thanks to excellent stickhandling ability. He’s also great defensively.
Flaws: Could stand to add more bulk to his 6-2 frame in order to become a truly elite winger. Plays a somewhat passive game in all three zones, so he needs to keep the fire burning at all times.
Career Potential: Excellent two-way winger.

Eriksson has made his case to remain in Boston on a new contract. Other than Brad Marchand, he’s been their best forward this season. The Bruins’ initial offer to Eriksson was too low in salary and term. So there’s room to negotiate with the pending UFA … unless the B’s think there’s no bridge to build there.

If that’s the case, the man who is perpetually listed among the most underrated in hockey (which, of course, makes him “rated”) could be moved to one of the 14 teams to which he would approve a trade, as per his no-trade clause.

Hey, no big deal for Don Sweeney, as this trade could mean the Bruins making or missing the playoffs.

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (25)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Loui Eriksson RW 30 BOS TBD $4,250,000 UFA
Torey Krug D 24 BOS TBD $3,400,000 RFA
Chris Kelly C 35 BOS TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Brett Connolly RW 23 BOS TBD $1,025,000 RFA
Maxime Talbot C 32 BOS TBD $900,000 UFA
Brian Ferlin LW 23 BOS TBD $875,000 RFA
Joe Morrow D 23 BOS TBD $863,333 RFA
Zack Phillips C 23 BOS TBD $863,333 RFA
Anthony Camara LW 22 BOS TBD $817,500 RFA
Matt Irwin D 28 BOS TBD $800,000 UFA
Kevan Miller D 28 BOS TBD $800,000 UFA
Joonas Kemppainen C 27 BOS TBD $792,500 UFA
Chris Casto D 24 BOS TBD $792,500 RFA
Jonas Gustavsson G 31 BOS TBD $700,000 UFA
Ben Sexton C 24 BOS TBD $690,000 RFA
Zach Trotman D 25 BOS TBD $625,000 RFA
Christopher Breen D 26 BOS TBD $600,000 UFA
Jeremy Smith G 26 BOS TBD $600,000 UFA
Landon Ferraro C 24 BOS TBD $600,000 RFA
Tyler Randell RW 24 BOS TBD $600,000 RFA
Colin Miller D 23 BOS TBD $596,021 RFA
Tommy Cross D 26 BOS TBD $580,645 RFA
Brandon DeFazio F 27 BOS TBD $575,000 UFA
Alexander Khokhlachev C 22 BOS TBD $453,120 RFA
Seth Griffith RW 23 BOS TBD $420,398 RFA

 


 

Buffalo Sabres

Strengths

  • Potential at forward

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth

Needs:

Top 6 Forwards & Defensive depth. With the acquisition of Ryan O’Reilly in the offseason, along with selecting Jack Eichel #2 in the 2015 NHL entry draft, the offense for the Buffalo Sabres seems to be trending in the right direction. Although they are still in the bottom five in NHL scoring this season. The Sabres won’t be buyers at the deadline, but expect to see them add pieces in the offseason along with the draft. They are also looking for defensive depth even more so now after the trade of Mike Weber to the Capitals. Zach Bogosian hasn’t worked out like they had hoped, with a team worst -20 rating. While the young Rasmus Ristolainen has 8G and 27A this year, he is also a -14 on the year. The future looks bright for the Sabres, but there will be some growing pains for a bit.

Possible Trade Bait:

Jamie McGinn, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 60 GP, 14 G, 13 A, 27 PTS, 8 PIM, -10
  • Age: 28
  • Contract Remaining: $2.95M, UFA on July 1st
SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Can play a sound defensive game and also displays streaky goal-scoring ability. Works very hard when on the ice and is also quite versatile up front.
Flaws: Injuries have wreaked havoc on his development as a scorer. Lacks consistency in all areas of the game, so he needs to bring it every night.
Career Potential: Industrious and streaky winger, when healthy.

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (26)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
David Legwand C 35 BUF TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Jamie McGinn LW 27 BUF TBD $2,950,000 UFA
Marcus Foligno LW 27 BUF TBD $1,875,000 RFA
Mike Weber D 28 BUF WAS $1,666,667 UFA
Chad Johnson G 29 BUF TBD $1,300,000 UFA
Jake McCabe D 22 BUF TBD $925,000 RFA
Rasmus Ristolainen D 21 BUF TBD $925,000 RFA
Carlo Colaiacovo D 33 BUF TBD $900,000 UFA
Zemgus Girgensons C 22 BUF TBD $894,167 RFA
Matt Donovan D 25 BUF TBD $825,000 RFA
Johan Larsson LW 23 BUF TBD $800,000 RFA
Jerry D’Amigo LW 25 BUF TBD $700,000 RFA
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc D 23 BUF TBD $687,500 RFA
Chad Ruhwedel D 25 BUF TBD $650,000 RFA
Jack Nevins LW 22 BUF TBD $645,000 RFA
Nicolas Deslauriers LW 25 BUF TBD $637,500 RFA
Tim Schaller C 25 BUF TBD $634,445 RFA
Daniel Catenacci C 22 BUF TBD $611,667 RFA
Bobby Sanguinetti D 27 BUF TBD $600,000 UFA
Nathan Lieuwen G 24 BUF TBD $595,241 RFA
Colin Jacobs RW 23 BUF TBD $591,667 RFA
Andrey Makarov G 22 BUF TBD $578,333 RFA
Jason Akeson RW 25 BUF TBD $575,000 RFA
Jerome Leduc D 23 BUF TBD $575,000 RFA
Phil Varone C 25 BUF TBD $219,354 RFA
Matt Ellis LW 34 BUF TBD UFA

 


 

Calgary Flames

Strengths

  • Dynamic defense
  • Potential at forward

Weaknesses

  • Goaltending

Rumours:

Feb. 24.

The Flames are in a position to sell and one of the players teams are reportedly starting to target is veteran center Mikael Backlund according to Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca.

Feb. 24.

The Flames have plenty of assets that could be available to teams near the deadline. Darren Dreger of TSN says Kris Russell, Joe Colborne, Jiri Hudler, Jonas Hiller, Josh Jooris and David Jones.

Feb. 24.

There is apparently a multiple-team market for the services of defenseman Kris Russell. NBC Sports Network insider Bob McKenzie reports that there is going to be competition for his services if Calgary decides to deal him.

Needs:

Goaltending, Draft picks – Sitting 26th in the NHL, we now understand that last year was a Cinderella season for the Flames. Making the playoffs in game 81 of 82, eliminating the Vancouver Canucks in 6 games before ultimately losing to the Ducks in 5 games. The Flames do have a solid group of prospects but lack an elite winger prospect. Goaltending is another story. Karri Ramo, Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio all have expiring contracts this off-season. The Flames have two prospects in Mason McDonald and Jon Gillies who both will probably have a future in the NHL. But for the years to come, will the Flames sign Ramo and ride with him until either Gillies or McDonald is ready or will they look to acquire a goalie at the deadline?

Possible Trade Bait:

Jiri Hudler, Right Wing (Traded to Florida)

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  • Stats: 52 GP, 9 G, 25 A, 34 PTS, -1
  • Age: 32
  • Contract Remaining: $4M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has tremendous offensive instincts and creativity. Is a sharpshooter with pinpoint precision and accuracy. Can play either wing position. Is quite likable, too.
    Flaws: Can’t always overcome his lack of size and strength. Lacks a bit of defensive polish. Could stand to play a more consistent game in all areas, since he’s streaky.
    Career Potential: Skilled, streaky veteran scoring winger.

So, last season was an aberration. It’s not often somebody beats their former career high in points by 19. Oh well. The fact is that Hudler can still help a good team up front, potentially in a top-six role. Hudler brings speed, skill, and a great vision for any team looking for scoring help. He’s unrestricted after this season with no trade protection. That $4 million cap hit, pro-rated, should be manageable. David Jones and Kris Russell probably also move, but Hudler’s the most interesting.

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Kris Russell, Defenseman.

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  • Stats: 34 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 18 PTS, -4
  • Age: 28
  • Contract Remaining: $2.6M, UFA on July 1.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is a tremendous shot-blocking defenseman, which is his best attribute. Plays with confidence with the puck. Also owns enough offensive acumen to play on the power play and moves the puck with aplomb. Has great wheels.
    Flaws: A lack of size (5-10, 173 pounds) and strength can occasionally hinder his ability to defend bigger forwards at the NHL level. Is also prone to mental lapses from time to time. He also lacks consistency in the offensive zone.
    Career Potential: Mobile puck-moving defenseman and shot-blocking specialist.

Russell is not a good defenseman, but he does all the things general managers put too much stock in: blocking shots, high character, intangibles, playing with grit, etc. He does most things at a bottom-pairing rate. He also spends a lot of time in his own end despite starting slightly more than 50 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts outside the defensive zone.

Russell, in fairness, does eat up a lot of minutes, and that’s certainly valuable in the playoffs when injuries and fatigue are a factor. The Leafs got two second-round draft picks for a similarly below-average D-man in Roman Polak on Monday, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Flames received a package like that for Russell. 
Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

David Jones, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 57 GP, 9 G, 6 A, 15 PTS, -10
  • Age: 31
  • Contract Remaining: $4M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Plays a well rounded game with streaky offensive acumen, so he can be used as a top-six forward. Has size and decent hands. Can line up on either side of center.
    Flaws: Doesn’t use his 6-2, 210-pound frame nearly enough to his advantage, and generally lacks physicality and aggression. Is somewhat prone to injury, too.
    Career Potential: Versatile, streaky veteran winger.

An underrated power forward in the league in my eyes. Jones’ salary is little high but with an expiring contract this off season, the Flames could easily retain a lot of his contract. A big frame at 6’3, 208LBS, Jones is hard working smart player who can score goals in lots of different ways. Could be a great asset for any team looking for depth up front, where size and grit are keys to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jonas Hiller, Goaltender.

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  • Stats: 22 GP, 9-8-0, 3.29 GAA, .886 SV%, 1 SO
  • Age: 34
  • Contract Remaining: $4.5M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is an extremely positional netminder with great size. Can excel in high-pressure games. Possesses quick lateral movement and plenty of confidence in his butterfly style. Shakes off bad goals (and games) well.
    Flaws: Tends to be badly exposed when his positioning fails him. Gets beaten upstairs when he goes down to his knees too early. Has had to deal with a myriad of injuries throughout his career.
    Career Potential: Solid veteran goaltender, when healthy.

In 2014, the Calgary Flames signed Jonas Hiller to drive competition between the pipes. With him and Ramo splitting the duties throughout the year, Hiller posted a .918 SV% and 2.36 GAA en route to a playoff birth for the Calgary Flames. In 2015-2016, Hiller just couldn’t live up to his same accolades the season before. Although, his win/loss record is above .500%, his stats are dreadful and he hasn’t been able to steal the Flames any games with his play. With the Flames currently in 26th place, they started Hiller in 4 consecutive games, with Karri Ramo sidelined due to an ACL injury to try and revitalize his game. The Flames can only hope to find a team that would take him on and at least give Calgary something in return, but the chances seem very slim. Set to become a UFA, if no team wants to trade for him, could this be Hiller’s last season in the NHL?

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (20)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Jonas Hiller G 34 CGY TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Jiri Hudler RW 32 CGY TBD $4,000,000 UFA
David Jones RW 31 CGY TBD $4,000,000 UFA
Karri Ramo G 29 CGY TBD $3,800,000 UFA
Kris Russell D 28 CGY TBD $2,600,000 UFA
Joe Colborne RW 26 CGY TBD $1,275,000 RFA
Josh Jooris C 25 CGY TBD $975,000 RFA
Johnny Gaudreau LW 22 CGY TBD $925,000 RFA
Tyler Wotherspoon D 22 CGY TBD $925,000 RFA
Sean Monahan C 21 CGY TBD $925,000 RFA
Bryce Van Brabant LW 24 CGY TBD $874,125 RFA
Drew Shore RW 25 CGY TBD $850,500 RFA
Bill Arnold C 23 CGY TBD $824,250 RFA
Jakub Nakladal D 28 CGY TBD $817,500 RFA
Kenneth Agostino LW 23 CGY TBD $735,000 RFA
Freddie Hamilton C 24 CGY TBD $688,000 RFA
Derek Grant LW 25 CGY TBD $636,021 RFA
Turner Elson LW 23 CGY TBD $605,000 RFA
Kevin Poulin G 25 CGY TBD $600,000 RFA
Joni Ortio G 24 CGY TBD $600,000 RFA

 


 

Carolina Hurricanes

Strengths

  • Potential on Defense

Weaknesses

  • Goal scoring

Rumours:

Luke DeCock of the Charlotte Observer wonders if Carolina GM Ron Francis will move not-so-obvious trade chips Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal in the next six days.

The Hurricanes’ recent improvement has them in striking distance of a playoff berth. That could prompt GM Ron Francis to reconsider trading his 31-year-old captain. Even if Francis puts Staal on the trade block, TSN’s Frank Seravalli believes finding a suitable trade partner could be easier said than done.

Eric Staal’s $8.25-million salary-cap hit is the sticking point. Seravalli claims only six playoff-bound clubs – the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators – can afford to take it on by the deadline.

Feb. 24.

Another of the “big-name” players who could be dealt before the trade deadline is Eric Staal. Though he said recently he “wouldn’t be crushed” if the Hurricanes dealt him, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Staal’s preference is to stay with Carolina. One team that might be able to pry him away? McKenzie floated the New York Rangers as one of the teams that might be in play if the Canes retain a healthy chunk of Staal’s salary.

Feb. 26.

Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis is taking calls on Cam Ward, Kris Versteeg, Nathan Gerbe, Riley Nash, Ryan Murphy and John-Michael Liles. It’s also been rumoured that Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner could be available.

Needs:

Prospects and draft picks. The Hurricanes are only 2 spots out of a wild card spot, but they are a team going into the major process of a rebuild. Buying any rentals at the deadline would be absurd. If they can, they should try and get the best return they can from Ward and Eric Staal, that being if they find a suitor for either of them.

Possible Trade Bait:

Eric Staal, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 61 GP, 10 G, 22 A, 32 PTS, -5
  • Age: 31
  • Contract Remaining: $8.25M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Owns the hands, big-time shot and awareness of a natural goal-scorer. Has great size and reach to fend off blueliners, and enough speed to leave them behind. Can play a complete game when he’s on.
    Flaws: Is a somewhat streaky point producer and isn’t as good at setting up his linemates as he is when finishing plays off himself. Is inconsistent at the face-off dot. Needs to prove he can get back to playing a an elite level.
    Career Potential: Excellent, versatile scoring forward and leader.

He hasn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause. He wouldn’t be “crushed” if the Hurricanes move him.

Other than that, it’s anyone’s guess what the Canes do with their star center. Keep him for this getting-longer-odds-every-night playoff push? Trade him as a rental to a team like the Chicago Blackhawks or New York Rangers (oh hai Marc)?

It’s hard to imagine Staal playing for anyone else other than the Carolina Hurricanes. But as the deadline arrives, for the benefit of that team, it might be time to start.

Until of course he re-signs with them in the summer…

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Cam Ward, Goaltender.

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  • Stats: 39 GP, 18-12-4, 2.33 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO
  • Age: 31
  • Contract Remaining: Cap Hit – $6.3M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has an ideal body for the netminding position and an exemplary attitude. Loves the pressure of tending goal in big games. Is as cool as a cucumber when facing a ton of rubber, has excellent fundamentals and good tools such as an excellent catching hand.
    Flaws: Faces the burden of having to live up to huge expectations after early success, which he has struggled to reach again. Stays too deep in his net at times, which hurts his reaction time. Injuries have become an issue for him as he’s gotten older.
    Career Potential: Excellent goaltender, when healthy.

 

Kris Versteeg, Left Wing

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Carolina Hurricanes
Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
  • Stats: 61 GP, 11 G, 22 A, 33 PTS, -4
  • Age: 29
  • Contract Remaining: $4.4M , UFA on July 1st.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has excellent offensive instincts and is a good dangler with the puck. Sneaky, he gets around the offensive zone and has a nose for the net with a pretty good wrister. Is also decent without the puck and in the defensive zone.
    Flaws: Is smallish by NHL standards, and as a result has difficulty winning corner battles in the big league due to a lack of strength. Can be a bit inconsistent in terms of his overall play at times. Has limitations on offense.
    Career Potential: Versatile veteran scoring winger.

 

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (24)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Eric Staal LW 31 CAR TBD $8,250,000 UFA
Cam Ward G 31 CAR TBD $6,300,000 UFA
John-Michael Liles D 35 CAR TBD $3,875,000 UFA
Kris Versteeg LW 29 CAR TBD $2,200,000 UFA
Nathan Gerbe LW 28 CAR TBD $1,750,000 UFA
Riley Nash C 26 CAR TBD $1,150,000 UFA
Chris Terry RW 26 CAR TBD $875,000 UFA
Danny Biega D 24 CAR TBD $746,881 RFA
Keegan Lowe D 22 CAR TBD $738,333 RFA
Victor Rask C 22 CAR TBD $680,833 RFA
Patrick Brown LW 23 CAR TBD $652,500 RFA
Brad Malone LW 26 CAR TBD $650,000 UFA
Rasmus Tirronen G 25 CAR TBD $645,000 RFA
Michal Jordan D 25 CAR TBD $625,000 RFA
Joakim Nordstrom C 23 CAR TBD $605,000 RFA
Justin Shugg RW 24 CAR TBD $600,000 RFA
Drew Macintyre G 32 CAR TBD $600,000 UFA
T.J. Hensick C 30 CAR TBD $600,000 UFA
Brody Sutter RW 24 CAR TBD $600,000 RFA
Zach Boychuk RW 26 CAR TBD $600,000 RFA
Derek Ryan C 29 CAR TBD $600,000 UFA
Carter Sandlak LW 22 CAR TBD $595,000 RFA
Ryan Murphy D 22 CAR TBD $575,555 RFA
Rasmus Rissanen D 24 CAR TBD $534,811 RFA

 


 

Chicago Blackhawks

Strengths

  • Star players

Weaknesses

  • Salary-cap situation

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman reportedly attended the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the Nashville Predators Monday night, while Habs GM Marc Bergevin took in the Blackhawks’ game against the Anaheim Ducks (via Charlie Roumeliotis of CSNChicago.com). Meanwhile, Bowman is also reportedly taking in the Winnipeg Jets’ game against the Dallas Stars Tuesday night according to Sara Orlesky of TSN. The Blackhawks have frequently been rumored among those interested in Andrew Ladd.

Feb. 25.

The Blackhawks have been trying to create cap space over the past few weeks, and along with their rumoured interest in Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd, are reportedly interested in Vancouver’s Radim Vrbata and Dam Hamhuis, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji. Both players are unrestricted free agents after this season, while Hamhuis has a no-trade clause he would have to waive.

TRADE.

The Winnipeg Jets have traded captain Andrew Ladd to the Chicago Blackhawks. Matt Fraser and Jay Harrison are also going to the Blackhawks, while Winnipeg gets Marko Dano, a first-round pick in 2016 and a conditional third-rounder.

Feb. 26.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the Chicago Blackhawks’ rumoured interest in Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis has “cooled considerably” and that they are now focusing on lower depth defensemen. Hamhuis is a free agent after this season and would need to waive a no-trade clause before he can be moved before Monday’s NHL trade deadline.

TRADE.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings made it official as the two clubs have swapped defensemen Rob Scuderi and Christian Ehrhoff.

Feb. 26.

After the last few days, the Blackhawks have to be done, right? Apparently not. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports that the team is interested in acquiring a winger to play alongside Teuvo Teravainen. The team still has about $1.317 million in cap space to work with according to generalfanager.com.

TRADE.

The Chicago Blackhawks stayed active Friday night, acquiring Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens for Phillip Danault and 2018 second-round draft pick

Feb. 26.

Surely, the Blackhawks have to be done making moves now, right? Maybe, maybe not.According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, they may still have some moves to make. If they can trade Bryan Bickell, which they may do, they’d free up more cap space for another move.

Needs:

Top line winger. They got the top line winger they needed, in Andrew Ladd. In my opinion, the Blackhawks are Stanley cup ready. Don’t be surprised if they make more moves, more so for defensive depth.

Possible Trade Bait:

Marko Dano, Center (Traded to Winnipeg)

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The Winnipeg Jets have traded captain Andrew Ladd to the Chicago Blackhawks. Matt Fraser and Jay Harrison are also going to the Blackhawks, while Winnipeg gets Marko Dano, a first-round pick in 2016 and a conditional third-rounder.

SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Owns a great shot, elusive skating ability and a lot of creativity on offense. Is versatile enough to play either wing or center, and he’s especially good when shooting from his off-wing (right).
Flaws: Doesn’t have a big frame (5-11), so he needs to get stronger in order to play an effective game in North America. Also lacks offensive consistency, while the rest of his game is only average (at best).
Career Potential: Versatile scoring forward with upside.

Rob Scuderi, Defensemen (traded to LA)

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SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Keeps the game simple on most nights and has exemplary team skills. Blocks shots and is most effective in penalty-killing situations. Can shut forwards down in a pinch. Leads by example and is a good teammate.
Flaws: Doesn’t own ideal puck-moving skills for the blueline position and has limited talent, overall. Struggles when handling the puck, especially when pressured. Has endured a lot of wear and tear over the years.
Career Potential: Veteran defensive defenseman in decline.

Expiring Contracts: 

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (19)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Andrew Shaw C 24 CHI TBD $2,000,000 RFA
Marcus Kruger C 25 CHI TBD $1,500,000 RFA
Richard Panik RW 25 CHI TBD $975,000 RFA
Jiri Sekac LW 23 CHI TBD $925,000 RFA
Ryan Haggerty RW 22 CHI TBD $925,000 RFA
Phillip Danault LW 22 CHI MTL $863,333 RFA
Kyle Baun RW 23 CHI TBD $858,750 RFA
Mathieu Brisebois D 23 CHI TBD $655,000 RFA
Garret Ross LW 23 CHI TBD $636,667 RFA
Corey Tropp RW 26 CHI TBD $625,000 RFA
Dennis Robertson D 24 CHI TBD $622,500 RFA
Michal Rozsival D 37 CHI TBD $600,000 UFA
Viktor Svedberg D 24 CHI TBD $575,000 RFA
Dennis Rasmussen C 25 CHI TBD $575,000 RFA
Kyle Cumiskey D 29 CHI TBD $575,000 UFA
Michael Leighton G 34 CHI TBD $575,000 UFA
Michael Liambas LW 27 CHI TBD $575,000 UFA
Brandon Mashinter LW 27 CHI TBD $562,500 UFA
Mark McNeill RW 23 CHI TBD $352,759 RFA

 


 

Colorado Avalanche

Strengths

  • Young core

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth

Needs:

Defence. The Avalanche cling to the final wildcard spot in the west, with the Minnesota Wild in hot pursuit. The Avalanche have been grasping for another top D-man since this summer, when they picked up Brandon Gormley in a trade for Stephen Elliott. Since then Gormley has been sent back down to the AHL, the Avs have been looking for someone else to step up. Someone like Hamonic from the Islanders, or Hamhuis from the Canucks. They would fit in nicely to finish off the season and help them make the playoffs.

Possible Trade Bait:

John Mitchell, Center

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  • Stats: 51 GP, 9 G, 7 A, 16 PTS, -1
  • Age: 31
  • Contract Remaining : $1.8M till 2016/17
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is somewhat versatile and displays a solid work rate. Possesses some two-way ability and pretty good size. Can produce big numbers at lower levels.
    Flaws: Lacks the extra gear in the skating department that would help him produce more offense at the NHL level. Has trouble playing within his limitations.
    Career Potential: Versatile, veteran depth forward.

With the acquisition of Shawn Matthias from the Maple Leafs, many believe that this has made the 31 year old Mitchell expendable. The bottom-six forward is having a down year in the faceoff circle at 46.2%, but is a solid two-way player and a decent penalty killer. Look for the Avs to try and package him in a deal.

Reto Berra, Goalie

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  • Stats: 14 GP, 5-8-0, 2.41 GAA, .922 SV% 2 SO
  • Age: 29
  • Contract Remaining: Cap Hit of 1.45M until 2017
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Brings great size to the net and uses it effectively with a classic butterfly style. Has excellent reflexes and mobility for a player his size, helping him recover quickly. He is difficult to beat low because he’s very quick.
    Flaws: Goes down to his butterfly too quickly at times, leaving the top of the net open and making him susceptible to dekes. Can find himself off his feet and scrambling at times, or vulnerable with high shots to his blocker side.
    Career Potential: Big, athletic goaltender.

Berra came in for a struggling and injured Varlamov early in year, with decent success. He then injured himself in a pre-game warmup exercise in December, and has not suited up in the NHL since. Currently in San Antonio on a conditioning stint, he has posted a 1-1 record with a 1.96 GAA and a .942 SV% with the Rampage. Patrick Roy seems happy with the goalie tandem he has in the NHL currently. May be a situation of odd man out for Berra, who ended up on the short leash last year when his team was not content with his play.

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (27)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Alex Tanguay RW 36 COL TBD $3,500,000 UFA
Tyson Barrie D 24 COL TBD $2,600,000 RFA
Shawn Matthias LW 28 COL TBD $2,300,000 UFA
Nathan MacKinnon RW 20 COL TBD $925,000 RFA
Jesse Winchester RW 32 COL TBD $900,000 UFA
Joey Hishon RW 24 COL TBD $890,000 RFA
Duncan Siemens D 22 COL TBD $863,333 RFA
Calvin Pickard G 23 COL TBD $850,500 RFA
Brandon Gormley D 24 COL TBD $850,500 RFA
Nate Guenin D 33 COL TBD $800,000 UFA
Zach Redmond D 27 COL TBD $750,000 UFA
Andreas Martinsen LW 25 COL TBD $742,500 RFA
Marc-Andre Cliche C 28 COL TBD $700,000 UFA
Mikhail Grigorenko C 21 COL TBD $675,000 RFA
Jack Skille LW 29 COL TBD $675,000 UFA
Andrew Bodnarchuk D 27 COL TBD $650,000 UFA
Maxim Noreau D 28 COL TBD $625,000 RFA
Borna Rendulic RW 23 COL TBD $622,500 RFA
Garrett Meurs RW 23 COL TBD $621,667 RFA
Chris Wagner RW 24 COL TBD $600,000 RFA
Trevor Cheek LW 23 COL TBD $598,333 RFA
Gabriel Beaupre D 23 COL TBD $591,667 RFA
Dennis Everberg RW 24 COL TBD $563,104 RFA
Ben Street RW 29 COL TBD $559,139 UFA
Andrew Agozzino LW 23 COL TBD $435,483 RFA
Roman Will G 23 COL TBD $209,301 RFA
Patrick Bordeleau RW 29 COL TBD $50,000 UFA

 


 

Columbus Blue Jackets

Strengths:

  • Potential on Defense

Weaknesses:

  • Scoring
  • Goaltending Depth

Needs:

Scoring depth. With the likes of Seth Jones, David Savard, Ryan Murray and Jack Johnson, the defence looks poised to be a good top-4 for years to come in Columbus. Offence is a different story, only one other player past their top-six guys has 20 points. Their top-six have put up between 28 and 39 points, but then in 7th spot Wennberg has 24, 8th spot being William Karlsson with 13. The drop off out of their top-six is just too much, which is why they’ll be on the outside looking in come playoff time.

Possible Trade Bait:

Scott Hartnell, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 60 GP, 19 G, 20 A, 39 PTS, -6
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $4.75M till 2018/19
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Loves to crash and bang, and also gets under the opposition’s skin regularly. Complements skilled players well. Has good offensive instincts and some defensive ability. When needed, he can be a quality finisher.
    Flaws: Some of his antics are questionable, and are at times reviewable by the league. He’s not a natural shooter. Doesn’t always drop the gloves when challenged by opponents. Can lack consistency on offense. Is in decline.
    Career Potential: Quality, agitating complementary winger in decline.

He’s 33 years old and has 19 goals and 20 assists in 58 games. He’s signed through 2019 at $4.75 million against the cap and has a full no-move.

So there’s risk in acquiring him, but there’s also reward: He’s a terrific net-front presence on the power play. He’s a total pain in the ass to play against, and a total joy to have in your own room.

It won’t take much to get him, given the state of the Jackets and that trade protection. And someone could buy him out before the end of the deal if his body falls apart. For now, an interesting option. Would it shock anyone to see Hartnell head back to Nashville, who could use his skills-set in the West?

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (17)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Rene Bourque LW 34 CBJ TBD $3,333,333 UFA
Dalton Prout D 25 CBJ TBD $1,075,000 RFA
Michael Paliotta D 22 CBJ TBD $925,000 RFA
Ryan Murray D 22 CBJ TBD $894,167 Signed a 2 year extension
William Karlsson C 23 CBJ TBD $830,833 RFA
Boone Jenner LW 22 CBJ TBD $778,333 RFA
T.J. Tynan C 23 CBJ TBD $717,500 RFA
Oleg Yevenko D 25 CBJ TBD $650,000 RFA
Alex Broadhurst C 22 CBJ TBD $643,333 RFA
Lukas Sedlak C 22 CBJ TBD $613,333 RFA
Justin Falk D 27 CBJ TBD $600,000 UFA
John Ramage D 25 CBJ TBD $600,000 RFA
Austin Madaisky D 24 CBJ TBD $575,000 RFA
Ryan Craig LW 34 CBJ TBD $575,000 RFA
Brad Thiessen G 29 CBJ TBD $575,000 RFA
Michael Chaput C 23 CBJ TBD $468,279 RFA
Anton Forsberg G 23 CBJ TBD $323,978 RFA

 Dallas Stars

Strength:

  • Elite Scoring
  • Powerplay

Weaknesses:

  • Consistent goaltending
  • Defense

Needs:

Stay at home defenseman. The Dallas Stars came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, leading the league with 199 goals through 61 games. Their weakness seems to be in their own end, where on a night to night basis the defenseman are getting beat. Neither Niemi nor Lehtonen seem to be able to hold onto the starting job. A strong stay at home defenseman like Dan Hamhuis, would help make the stars a true contender in the west come playoff time.

Possible Trade Bait:

Jason Demers, Defensemen

NHL: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild
Jason Demers, Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
  • Stats: 55 GP, 7 G, 14 A, 21 PTS, +15
  • Age: 27
  • Contract Remaining: $3.65M , UFA on July 1st.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Moves the puck quickly and efficiently–and also likes to join the rush. Has a decent frame, plus mobility and passing skills. Can also shoot quite well from the point. Is willing to play a physical game.
    Flaws: Needs to play with more consistency from game to game, especially in terms of using the body regularly and in defensive-zone coverage. His skating and decision-making need more improvement.
    Career Potential: Solid puck-moving defenseman.

 

Expiring Contracts: 

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (20)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Alex Goligoski D 30 DAL TBD $4,600,000 UFA
Jason Demers D 27 DAL TBD $2,210,000 UFA
Travis Moen LW 33 DAL TBD $1,850,000 UFA
Vernon Fiddler C 35 DAL TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Patrick Eaves RW 31 DAL TBD $1,150,000 UFA
Valeri Nichushkin RW 20 DAL TBD $925,000 RFA
Jamie Oleksiak D 23 DAL TBD $875,000 RFA
Taylor Peters C 24 DAL TBD $853,333 RFA
Brett Ritchie RW 22 DAL TBD $814,166 RFA
Stephen Johns D 23 DAL TBD $800,000 RFA
Mattias Backman D 23 DAL TBD $717,500 RFA
Jordie Benn D 28 DAL TBD $700,000 UFA
Emil Molin C 24 DAL TBD $660,833 RFA
Colton Sceviour RW 26 DAL TBD $650,000 UFA
Brendan Ranford LW 23 DAL TBD $610,000 RFA
Justin Dowling C 25 DAL TBD $610,000 RFA
Matej Stransky RW 22 DAL TBD $609,166 RFA
Troy Vance D 22 DAL TBD $609,166 RFA
Maxime Lagace G 23 DAL TBD $581,666 RFA
Jack Campbell G 24 DAL TBD $475,268 RFA

 

Detroit Red Wings

Strengths:

  • Puck Possession

Weaknesses:

  • Secondary Scoring

Rumours:

Ken Holland has said that a trade for goaltender Jimmy Howard probably won’t happen until after the season. That trade will be made closer to the draft. Look for the Wings to go out and grab a player who can finish, to help with their push into the playoffs.

Needs:

Scoring.

The Red Wings currently sit in the first wildcard spot in the east, but are 21st in goals for through 60 games. Some added scoring help either up front, or even from the back end would help Detroit continue their streak of playoff appearances. They currently don’t have a 20 goal scorer on their roster, with the highest scoring defenseman being Dekeyser with 8 on the year. F Dale Weise, F PA Parenteau or D David Schlemko would all make sense as upgrades here.

Possible Trade Bait:

Jimmy Howard Goaltender.

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  • Stats: 23 GP, 7-9-5, .906 SV%, 2.82 GAA
  • Age: 31
  • Contract Remaining: $5,291,667 till 2018/19
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Looks bigger than he is in the crease. Can make acrobatic saves and is also extremely flexible, due to strong hips. Displays the confidence to succeed, but also good team-first qualities.
    Flaws: Occasional lapses in concentration often lead to bad goals at inopportune times. Has consistency issues that prevent him from joining the ranks of the league’s elite goalkeepers.
    Career Potential: Quality, veteran goaltender.

The former top goaltender in motor city lost the starting job to Petr Mrazek earlier in the year, and it doesn’t appear that he’ll be getting it back. The 31 year old netminder has put up a .906 SV%, along with a 2.82 GAA and 1 shutout in 23 appearances this season.

Expiring Contracts: 

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (22)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Kyle Quincey D 30 DET TBD $4,250,000 UFA
Brad Richards C 35 DET TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Danny DeKeyser D 25 DET TBD $2,187,500 RFA
Darren Helm LW 29 DET TBD $2,125,000 UFA
Drew Miller LW 32 DET TBD $1,350,000 UFA
Riley Sheahan LW 24 DET TBD $950,000 RFA
Dan Cleary RW 37 DET TBD $950,000 UFA
Joakim Andersson C 27 DET TBD $806,236 UFA
Petr Mrazek G 24 DET TBD $737,500 RFA
Teemu Pulkkinen LW 24 DET TBD $735,000 RFA
Brian Lashoff D 25 DET TBD $725,000 RFA
Alexei Marchenko D 24 DET TBD $666,667 RFA
Colin Campbell LW 24 DET TBD $665,000 RFA
Ryan Sproul D 23 DET TBD $620,000 RFA
Marek Tvrdon RW 23 DET TBD $620,000 RFA
Jared Coreau G 24 DET TBD $600,000 RFA
Thomas McCollum G 26 DET TBD $600,000 RFA
Mitchell Callahan RW 24 DET TBD $600,000 RFA
Louis-Marc Aubry C 24 DET TBD $575,000 RFA
Andy Miele C 27 DET TBD $575,000 UFA
Tomas Nosek LW 23 DET TBD $481,465 RFA
Eric Tangradi RW 27 DET TBD $244,220 UFA

 


 

Edmonton Oilers

Strengths:

  • Young Talent

Weaknesses:

  • Defense
  • Consistent Scoring

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli thinks there are some players that have underachieved in Edmonton that could “need a new venue.” It seems that trade rumors continue to swirl around defenseman Justin Schultz. Chiarelli also expressed his desire to get “bigger and heavier across the board” while maintaining the team’s current skill level.

Feb. 23.

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli says that it’s possible that he could trade one of the team’s “core players,” but that doing so would be more likely to happen over the summer than ahead of the trade deadline. Source: Rob Tychkowski, Edmonton Sun.

Feb. 25.

The Edmonton Oilers healthy-scratched both forward Teddy Purcell and defenseman Justin Schultz for Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. It is believed to be asset protection from the Oilers. Both are among the players the team is likely to deal ahead of Monday’s deadline.

Feb. 25.

The players are feeling the pressure in Edmonton. One player who shouldn’t have anything to worry about is Connor McDavid, but the same should probably be true for Taylor Hall. However, as Hall told Rob Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun, even he feels like he could be one of the players dealt.

Feb. 26.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli needs to add a defenseman or two, and a different mix in their top-six. They could trade Jordan EberleTaylor HallRyan-Nugent Hopkins.

Needs:

Defense, Scoring.

Peter Chiarelli has be pretty adamant about wanting to get bigger and heavier across the board. That has to start at the back end, with some shut down D-men. That’ll only happen in the offseason most likely, since this is another lost season in Oil country. Look to see players like D Justin Schultz, F Teddy Purcell and F Nail Yakupov to be moved at the deadline.

Possible Trade Bait:

Justin Schultz, Defensemen (Traded to Pittsburgh)

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  • Stats: 45 GP, 3 G, 7 A, 10 PTS, -22
  • Age: 25
  • Contract Remaining: $3.9M, UFA on July 1st.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Can often act as a fourth forward on the ice, thanks to supreme offensive instincts and excellent mobility from the back end. A natural with the puck on his blade, he produces plenty of offense.
    Flaws: Is terribly inconsistent. Has major holes in his defensive game, which somewhat negate his offensive assets. Lacks the physical strength to effectively handle big NHL forwards at the highest level.
    Career Potential: Talented, inconsistent offensive defenseman with holes in his defensive game.

Teddy Purcell, Left Wing (Traded to Florida) 

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  • Stats: 61 GP, 11 G, 21 A, 32 PTS, -9
  • Age: 30
  • Contract Remaining: $4.5M, UFA on July 1st.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has a very solid frame and loads of offensive ability. Can score goals or set up linemates, and is equally adept at playing on either side of center. His hockey sense is quite good.
    Flaws: Lacks game-to-game consistency at the National Hockey League level. Is not a great defensive winger and doesn’t use his 6-2 frame enough to his advantage. Is a bit too passive, overall.
    Career Potential: Solid, veteran complementary winger.

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (22)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Nikita Nikitin D 29 EDM TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Teddy Purcell LW 30 EDM FLA $4,500,000 UFA
Justin Schultz D 25 EDM PIT $3,900,000 RFA
Zack Kassian RW 25 EDM TBD $1,750,000 RFA
Eric Gryba D 27 EDM TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Anders Nilsson G 25 EDM STL $1,000,000 RFA
Oscar Klefbom D 22 EDM TBD $894,167 RFA
Iiro Pakarinen RW 24 EDM TBD $817,500 RFA
Luke Gazdic LW 26 EDM TBD $800,000 RFA
Joey LaLeggia D 23 EDM TBD $783,971 RFA
Jordan Oesterle D 23 EDM TBD $767,500 RFA
Adam Clendening D 23 EDM TBD $761,250 RFA
Martin Gernat D 22 EDM TBD $745,833 RFA
Tyler Pitlick C 24 EDM TBD $675,302 RFA
Kale Kessy LW 23 EDM TBD $630,000 RFA
Brandon Davidson D 24 EDM TBD $585,000 RFA
Andrew Miller LW 27 EDM TBD $545,322 UFA
Ryan Hamilton LW 30 EDM TBD $409,677 UFA
Brad Hunt D 27 EDM TBD $332,258 UFA
Robert Klinkhammer C 29 EDM TBD $319,623 UFA
Laurent Brossoit G 22 EDM TBD $212,634 RFA
Marc-Olivier Roy C 21 EDM TBD RFA

 


 

Florida Panthers

Strengths

  • NHL Goaltending
  • Young talent

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth
  • Goalie depth

Rumours:

Feb. 25.

Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards mentions on Thursday that the team seems to be cooling on Jets forward Andrew Ladd given the expensive price tag (a first-round pick and a top prospect) for what would only be a rental. Ladd has been connected to the Panthers partly because their general manager, Dale Tallon, had him on his team during their days in Chicago.

Feb. 26.

The Panthers were reportedly one of the teams that pursued Andrew Ladd, but ultimately lost out to Chicago. They’re now among the teams reportedly interested in Teddy Purcell of the Edmonton Oilers. Source: Elliotte Friedman via @NicholsOnHockey

TRADE.

The Florida Panthers were extremely busy Saturday, acquiring Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames, Teddy Purcell from the Edmonton Oilers and Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings.

Needs:

Goaltending behind Luongo and defensive depth. The Florida Panthers are a very well rounded team, although missing a real 2/3 defensemen. With the goaltending behind Roberto Luongo being abysmal, look out for the Panthers to make some moves.

Trade Bait:

Brandon Pirri, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 52 GP, 11 G, 13 A, 24 PTS, -4
  • Age: 24
  • Contract Remaining: $975,000, RFA on July 1st.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has a wealth of skill and shooting ability. Can both set up linemates and finish plays off with aplomb. He shoots the puck often, too, which helps him produce good numbers.
    Flaws: Is an extremely streaky scorer and generally lacks consistency. Also lacks a bit of bulk for his 6-0 frame and the physical strength to win board battles with regularity.
    Career Potential: Talented, inconsistent scorer.

Jussi Jokinen, Left Wing.

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(Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
  • Stats: 60 GP, 11 G, 30 A, 41 PTS, +16
  • Age: 32
  • Contract Remaining: $4M till 2017/18
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is skilled and polished. Rarely makes mistakes with the puck and is also a sound positional forward. Excels in shootouts and can line up on either side of center (and he even takes face-offs).
    Flaws: Isn’t very big or strong, and can be intimidated by bigger defensemen. Is considered a bit ‘soft’ by NHL standards. Lacks consistency in the offensive zone. Is a declining performer.
    Career Potential: Versatile, skilled veteran forward in decline.

Brian Campbell, Defensemen.

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  • Stats: 60 GP, 5 G, 20 A, 25 PTS, +23
  • Age: 36
  • Contract Remaining: $7M, UFA on July 1st.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (23)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Brian Campbell D 36 FLA TBD $7,142,875 UFA
Willie Mitchell D 38 FLA TBD $4,250,000 UFA
Jaromir Jagr RW 44 FLA TBD $3,500,000 UFA
Erik Gudbranson D 24 FLA TBD $2,500,000 RFA
Shawn Thornton RW 38 FLA TBD $1,200,000 UFA
Al Montoya G 31 FLA TBD $1,050,000 UFA
Brandon Pirri LW 24 FLA TBD $925,000 RFA
Quinton Howden LW 24 FLA TBD $850,500 RFA
John McFarland RW 23 FLA TBD $850,500 RFA
Sam Brittain G 23 FLA TBD $755,000 RFA
Greg McKegg C 23 FLA TBD $700,000 RFA
Garrett Wilson RW 24 FLA TBD $675,000 RFA
Logan Shaw RW 23 FLA TBD $674,167 RFA
Jonathan Racine D 22 FLA TBD $674,167 RFA
Vincent Trocheck C 22 FLA TBD $661,667 RFA
Sena Acolatse D 25 FLA TBD $575,000 RFA
Cameron Gaunce D 25 FLA TBD $575,000 RFA
Shane Harper RW 27 FLA TBD $575,000 UFA
Rob Flick C 24 FLA TBD $575,000 RFA
Brett Olson C 29 FLA TBD $575,000 UFA
Connor Brickley C 24 FLA TBD $541,532 RFA
Dylan Olsen D 25 FLA TBD $495,833 RFA
Corban Knight C 25 FLA TBD $475,806 RFA

 


 

Los Angeles Kings

Strengths

  • Well rounded talent
  • Goaltending

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

The Kings have long been believed to be seeking a defenseman ahead of the deadline, but may have additional needs with Marian Gaborik out with a long-term injury. Should Gaborik remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the regular season the Kings could potentially have more salary cap flexibility and hope for Gaborik to return during the cap-less playoffs a la Patrick Kane last year. It is not yet clear when Gaborik will be able to return.

Source: Elliotte Friedman, Sportsnet.ca

Feb. 26.

Darren Dreger of TSN reported that the Kings remain interested in Edmonton Oilers forward Teddy Purcell and defenseman Justin Schultz, but are not expected to move terribly quickly to get the deal done.

Needs:

Top-4 D-man, top-six forward.

Look for the Kings to take advantage of the Marian Gaborik situation. They are in the market for Teddy Purcell, and could very well be a top contender. They may be in the market for Dan Hamhuis also.

Possible Trade Bait:

Christian Ehrhoff, Defensemen (traded to Chicago)

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs
Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • Stats: 40 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS, -10
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $1.5M , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Owns good hockey sense, can move the puck and knows when to join the attack. Also owns a very hard shot from the point, making him an asset on the power play.
    Flaws: Can still struggle against bigger NHL forwards. Can also make bad decisions under pressure from time to time, which leads to weak zone coverage and bad penalties.
    Career Potential: Veteran defenseman.

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (18)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Milan Lucic LW 27 LAK TBD $3,250,000 UFA
Luke Schenn D 26 LAK TBD $1,800,000 UFA
Trevor Lewis LW 29 LAK TBD $1,525,000 UFA
Christian Ehrhoff D 33 LAK TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Jhonas Enroth G 27 LAK TBD $1,250,000 UFA
Derek Forbort D 23 LAK TBD $849,408 RFA
Scott Sabourin RW 23 LAK TBD $753,333 RFA
Brayden McNabb D 25 LAK TBD $650,000 RFA
Patrik Bartosak G 22 LAK TBD $620,000 RFA
Andrew Crescenzi C 23 LAK TBD $605,000 RFA
Maxim Kitsyn LW 24 LAK TBD $602,500 RFA
Nic Dowd C 25 LAK TBD $600,000 RFA
Jamie McBain D 27 LAK TBD $600,000 UFA
Alex Roach D 22 LAK TBD $567,222 RFA
Jeff Schultz D 29 LAK TBD $562,096 UFA
Peter Budaj G 33 LAK TBD $182,392 UFA
Sean Backman RW 29 LAK TBD RFA
Paul Bissonnette LW 30 LAK TBD UFA

 


 

Minnesota Wild

Strengths

  • Well rounded talent

Weaknesses

  • Streaky offense
  • Questionable goaltending

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

The Minnesota Wild remain in the market for a top-six forward according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. That said, it does not appears GM Chuck Fletcher is on board with overspending for it. According to LeBrun, Fletcher is probably unwilling to part with the first-round pick it may take to acquire a forward of substance.

The Minnesota Wild firing head coach Mike Yeo over the weekend gave rise to speculation over GM Chuck Fletcher’s future with the club. With the Wild dropping eight in a row and 12 of their last 13 games prior to Yeo’s firing, Fletcher faces increasing criticism over the current makeup of the roster.

Twincities.com’s Chuck Graff reports Fletcher admitted the difficulty he’s facing making trades. Graff believes the next two weeks leading up to the Feb. 29 trade deadline will be Fletcher’s last chance this season to put a major stamp upon the slumping roster. However, he could find it difficult to make a season-saving deal.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports Fletcher attempted to make a trade before reaching the decision to fire Yeo. Prior to the Columbus Blue Jackets shipping center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators last month for defenseman Seth Jones, Friedman said Fletcher offered up blueliner Jonas Brodin for Johanse

Needs: 

Top-6 Forward.

Chuck Fletcher is looking to make changes. I could see quite the roster turnover happening, here in Minnesota. With their offense being so streaky, there will be players moved.

Possible Trade Bait:

Jason Pominville, Right Wing

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  • Stats: 61 GP, 9 G, 18 A, 27 PTS, +3
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $5.6M till 2018/19
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has great on-ice vision and offensive creativity. Can beat defenders one on one. Is equally adept at finishing off plays or setting up linemates. Is defensively responsible and a good team leader.
    Flaws: Lacks ideal NHL size and strength, which somewhat hinders his ability to perform at an even higher level. Can also wear down over the course of the season. Doesn’t hit the net enough with his shots.
    Career Potential: Versatile veteran winger and leader in decline.

Jonas Brodin, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 50 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 PTS, -4
  • Age: 22
  • Contract Remaining: $4.16M till 2020/21
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has supreme puck-moving ability, plus a projectable frame and defensive acumen. Can log plenty of minutes for his hockey club, which adds to his overall value.
    Flaws: Needs to add more bulk and get physically stronger to best handle National Hockey League forwards. May be a bit too passive in his demeanor, overall. His offense is a little lacking.
    Career Potential: Talented puck-moving defenseman.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (20)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Niklas Backstrom G 38 MIN TBD $3,416,667 UFA
Darcy Kuemper G 25 MIN TBD $1,250,000 RFA
Justin Fontaine RW 28 MIN TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Brody Hoffman G 25 MIN TBD $925,000 RFA
Jason Zucker LW 24 MIN TBD $900,250 RFA
Mathew Dumba D 21 MIN TBD $894,167 RFA
Jarret Stoll C 33 MIN TBD $800,000 UFA
Jared Knight RW 24 MIN TBD $761,250 RFA
Raphael Bussieres LW 22 MIN TBD $759,167 RFA
Tyler Graovac C 22 MIN TBD $747,500 RFA
Zach Palmquist D 25 MIN TBD $692,500 RFA
Tyson Strachan D 31 MIN TBD $650,000 UFA
Ryan Carter LW 32 MIN TBD $625,000 UFA
Brett Sutter LW 28 MIN TBD $600,000 UFA
Ruslan Fedotenko LW 37 MIN TBD $600,000 UFA
Zac Dalpe C 26 MIN TBD $600,000 RFA
Chris Porter LW 31 MIN TBD $575,000 UFA
Michael Keranen C 26 MIN TBD $526,209 RFA
Brett Bulmer RW 23 MIN TBD $477,419 RFA
Jordan Schroeder RW 25 MIN TBD $335,483 RFA

 


 

Montreal Canadiens

Strengths

  • Depth and high-end talent at most positions.
  • Good balance of speed, talent, and character.

Weaknesses

  • Lack of high-end talent at center.

Rumours:

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to read today: the Montreal Canadiens have reportedly checked to see what the return would be if they were to trade P.K. Subban. And before you look, no, it isn’t April 1.

TVA Sports’ Louis Jean reported Friday that “one executive” has said Subban’s name came up in the trade market. Jean continued to say that while that doesn’t mean Montreal would trade their star defenseman, the Canadiens are reportedly “gauging the market” if they were to deal Subban.

Let that sink in for a second and then take a deep breath because it’s not likely Subban is going anywhere.

Feb. 23.

It is looking more and more like the Montreal Canadiens are going into sell mode. Among those rumoured to be on the block, Tomas Fleischmann, Devante Smith-Pelly, veteran forward Dale Weise and more surprisingly, Lars Eller.

Source: Eric Engels, Sportsnet.ca.

Feb. 26.

According to multiple reports, the Canadiens had four scouts including GM Marc Bergevin at Thursday night’s Kings-Oilers game.

Needs:

The Canadiens need offense. But in a sense, they need offense, defence and goaltending. When Carey Price went down, the team went down. What the Canadiens do at the deadline will inflict whether they are tanking, or going on a playoff push.

Possible Trade Bait:

Dale Weise, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 56 GP, 14 G, 12 G, 26 PTS, 0
  • Age: 27
  • Contract Remaining: $1.025M , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has good size and plays the game with honest effort and sound work ethic. Excels as a forechecker. Will also drop the gloves if the situation warrants it.
    Flaws: Doesn’t have natural talent, so points are always the result of maximum effort–even at lower levels. Isn’t very useful if he’s not hitting early and often.
    Career Potential: Depth crash-and-bang winger.

 

Tomas Fleischmann, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 57 GP, 10 G, 10 A, 20 PTS, -1
  • Age: 31
  • Contract Remaining: $750,000 , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has excellent offensive instincts, setup ability and an understanding of what to do with the puck on his stick. Is silky smooth, crafty and has a sneaky-good, accurate wrister. Can play either wing position.
    Flaws: Lacks strength, so he tends to lose several puck battles in the corners. At times, his intensity tends to waver. His play without the puck can be lacking. His production isn’t consistent from game to game.
    Career Potential: Veteran scoring winger.

Devante Smith-Pelly, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 45 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 PTS, -3
  • Age: 23
  • Contract Remaining: $800,000 , RFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Skates very well, possesses some skill and is also a very good banger in open ice. Is very strong on his skates, thanks to his strong lower base. Can play either wing position. Is a capable checker.
    Flaws: Still needs to work on his overall consistency as well as his play without the puck, including positioning in all three zones. Could also stand to become a better passer. Takes too many shifts off.
    Career Potential: Physical, inconsistent complementary winger.

Lars Eller, Center.

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  • Stats: 61 GP, 10 G, 9 A, 19 PTS, -15
  • Age: 26
  • Contract Remaining: $3.5M till 2017/18
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: A good skater, he doesn’t mind playing in high-traffic areas and also displays sound defensive acumen and penalty-killing prowess. Has some finish and the versatility to play either wing or center.
    Flaws: Lacks consistency in a big way (he takes several nights off), which limits his overall effectiveness at the National Hockey League level. Also lacks the playmaking ability of a natural center.
    Career Potential: Inconsistent but talented, two-way forward.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (19)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Tom Gilbert D 33 MTL TBD $2,800,000 UFA
Ben Scrivens G 29 MTL TBD $1,747,500 UFA
Dale Weise RW 27 MTL TBD $1,025,000 UFA
Paul Byron RW 26 MTL TBD $900,000 UFA
Daniel Carr LW 24 MTL TBD $842,500 RFA
Lucas Lessio LW 23 MTL TBD $830,833 RFA
Devante Smith-Pelly RW 23 MTL TBD $800,000 RFA
Tomas Fleischmann LW 31 MTL TBD $750,000 UFA
Mac Bennett D 24 MTL TBD $690,000 RFA
Joel Hanley D 24 MTL TBD $667,500 RFA
Darren Dietz D 32 MTL TBD $665,000 RFA
Sven Andrighetto RW 22 MTL TBD $633,333 RFA
Morgan Ellis D 23 MTL TBD $632,500 RFA
Mark Barberio D 25 MTL TBD $600,000 RFA
Michael Bournival LW 23 MTL TBD $600,000 RFA
Gabriel Dumont C 25 MTL TBD $575,000 RFA
George Holloway RW 27 MTL TBD $432,795 UFA
John Scott LW 33 MTL TBD $309,140 UFA

 


 

Nashville Predators

Strengths

  • Defense

Weaknesses

  • Lack of elite offensive talent

Rumours:

There was a rumour floating around about having interest in Scott Hartnell. Maybe a swap, Wilson for Hartnell?

Needs:

It wouldn’t hurt the Preds to go out and get some more elite offense. It was a great move for Ryan Johansen, I’d like to see more of those. Goaltending behind Rinne isn’t too deep either, so it wouldn’t hurt.

Possible Trade Bait:

Colin Wilson, Center

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  • Stats: 45 GP, 4 G, 13 A, 17 PTS, 0
  • Age: 26
  • Contract Remaining: $4M till 2018/19
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has good size, speed and solid offensive ability. Plays well in clutch situations and displays a very mature attitude. Is a strong north-south skater. Can also the center position if needed.
    Flaws: Must work on his consistency. Must also continue to adjust to the rigors of the National Hockey League game, and with the urgency that comes with it. Isn’t overly physical, despite his solid frame.
    Career Potential: Versatile scoring forward with some upside.

Expiring Contracts:

(from: www.spotrac.com/nhl)

PLAYER (21)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Paul Gaustad C 34 NSH TBD $3,250,000 UFA
Cody Hodgson C 26 NSH TBD $1,050,000 RFA
Seth Jones D 21 NSH CBJ $925,000 RFA
Filip Forsberg LW 21 NSH TBD $894,167 RFA
Gabriel Bourque LW 25 NSH TBD $866,250 RFA
Johan Alm D 24 NSH TBD $792,500 RFA
Miikka Salomaki LW 22 NSH TBD $780,333 RFA
Calle Jarnkrok C 24 NSH TBD $735,000 RFA
Carter Hutton G 30 NSH TBD $725,000 UFA
Kristian Nakyva D 25 NSH TBD $667,500 RFA
Anthony Bitetto D 25 NSH TBD $665,500 RFA
Garrett Noonan D 25 NSH TBD $652,500 RFA
Taylor Aronson D 24 NSH TBD $605,000 RFA
Petter Granberg D 23 NSH TBD $600,000 RFA
Patrick Mullen D 29 NSH TBD $600,000 UFA
Austin Watson C 24 NSH TBD $575,000 RFA
Cody Bass RW 29 NSH TBD $575,000 UFA
Max Reinhart C 24 NSH TBD $575,000 RFA
Jamie Devane LW 25 NSH TBD $575,000 RFA
Marek Mazanec G 24 NSH TBD $472,983 RFA
Stefan Elliott D 25 NSH TBD $300,537 RFA

 

New Jersey Devils

Strengths

  • Potential at Defense

Weaknesses

  • Stale, old offense

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

GM Ray Shero would probably prefer to hang onto veterans Lee Stempniak and David Schlemko with the Devils still in the playoff hunt, but he is willing to listen to offers, Shero told Tom Gulitti of The RecordSchlemko admitted that he’s thought about the deadline “a little bit.”

Feb. 26.

It appears that the New Jersey Devils could be without the services of Mike Cammalleri for the remainder of the season. That may not affect the team’s deadline plans, though. Head coach John Hynes told Tom Gulitti of The Record that the team still feels it can compete for a playoff spot, which may quash any ideas of the team being sellers at the deadline.

Needs:

They could use a couple offensive upgrades. Look for Ray Shero to make some improvements to his team, who is currently in a playoff spot.

Trade Bait:

Lee Stempniak, Right Wing

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(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
  • Stats: 62 GP, 16 G, 25 A, 41 PTS, +6
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $850,000 , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Can be a special-teams factor, and can even play the point on the power play. Owns good quickness and a sneaky wrister. Can play either wing position and displays goal-scoring acumen.
    Flaws: Doesn’t have a lot of refinement in his play without the puck. Is somewhat undersized, which hinders his ability to win puck battles consistently. He’s too streaky as a scorer.
    Career Potential: Veteran depth winger.

Tuomu Ruutu, Left Wing

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
  • Stats: 18 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PTS, -4
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $4.75M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Competes hard and is not afraid of the rough going. Enjoys stirring up opponents. Can line up on either side of center, which adds value. Is at his best when he keeps his game simple.
    Flaws: Injuries are always a concern, mainly because of his gung-ho style of play. In fact, he is now in serious decline because of the wear and tear on his body. Lacks overall consistency.
    Career Potential: Versatile, veteran agitating forward in decline, when healthy.

David Schlemko, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 54 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 PTS, -14
  • Age: 28
  • Contract Remaining: $625,000 , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has decent size, reach and puck-moving skills. Is also fairly mobile and solid in his own end. Limits his mistakes. Can log a lot of ice time, if need be, and can play on either side of the ice.
    Flaws: Doesn’t use the body a lot, which leaves him vulnerable against bigger forwards in the defensive zone. Doesn’t wow you with any one physical or mental trait. Is a somewhat limited talent.
    Career Potential: Decent depth defenseman.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (24)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Patrik Elias C 39 NJD TBD $5,500,000 UFA
Tuomo Ruutu LW 33 NJD TBD $3,800,000 UFA
Kyle Palmieri RW 25 NJD TBD $1,466,667 RFA
Sergey Kalinin RW 24 NJD TBD $925,000 RFA
Stephen Gionta RW 32 NJD TBD $850,000 UFA
Lee Stempniak RW 33 NJD TBD $850,000 UFA
Jon Merrill D 24 NJD TBD $840,000 RFA
Jordin Tootoo RW 33 NJD TBD $825,000 UFA
Jacob Josefson C 24 NJD TBD $800,000 RFA
Jiri Tlusty LW 27 NJD TBD $800,000 UFA
Raman Hrabarenka D 23 NJD TBD $692,500 RFA
Reid Boucher LW 22 NJD TBD $692,500 RFA
David Schlemko D 28 NJD TBD $625,000 UFA
Reece Scarlett D 22 NJD TBD $613,333 RFA
Tyler Kennedy C 29 NJD TBD $600,000 UFA
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond LW 30 NJD TBD $575,000 UFA
Bobby Farnham LW 27 NJD TBD $575,000 UFA
Yann Danis G 34 NJD TBD $575,000 UFA
Dan Kelly D 26 NJD TBD $562,500 UFA
Brandon Burlon D 25 NJD TBD $562,500 RFA
Brian O’Neill RW 27 NJD TBD $474,798 UFA
Mike Sislo RW 28 NJD TBD $308,467 UFA
Jim O’Brien C 27 NJD TBD $287,499 UFA
Marc-Andre Gragnani D 28 NJD TBD $253,494 UFA

 


 

New York Islanders

Strengths

  • Top-end scoring

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth

Rumours:

Logo_New_York_Islanders.svg Feb. 26.

It’s possible that the Rangers move pending RFA Chris Kreider.

The Rangers should explore the idea of trading Rick Nash this offseason. Moving his $7.8 million would make it much easier to keep Yandle and to sign some of their young forwards that will need new deals.

Needs:

They could definitely use some defensive depth. Their defence isn’t that deep, and it may hurt them, come playoff time. Adding another offensive weapon wouldn’t hurt either.

Trade Bait:

Kyle Okposo, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 57 GP, 15 G, 31 A, 46 PTS, -11
  • Age: 27
  • Contract Remaining: $2.8M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has terrific scoring ability and the mentality of a sniper. Can play a big man’s game when necessary and owns an excellent skating stride. Possesses a lethal shot and a pretty good nose for the net.
    Flaws: Doesn’t know how good he can be, which can be frustrating for his coaches. Tends to wear down over the course of an 82-game schedule, so durability is a concern. His defensive game is only average.
    Career Potential: Inconsistent, talented scoring winger.

He’s not talking to the Islanders about a new contract, and he’s not calling up Garth Snow to beg not to be traded. He has 15 goals and 30 assists this season, and he’s a pending UFA that turns 28 in April.

An important player for the Islanders, but one that generates legitimate concerns about his future due to his price tag.

Still hard to imagine him being traded, but Snow knows more about that contract situation than we do.

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Travis Hamonic, Defenseman.

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Travis Hamonic (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  • Stats: 53 GP, 4 G, 10 A, 14 Pts
  • Age: 25
  • Contract Remaining: $3.85 million, UFA in 2020.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has both offensive ability and physical toughness. Also owns a big point shot. Is capable of logging big (and important) minutes. Can be used in a shutdown role.
    Flaws: Will at times take bad penalties, so he could stand to become a bit more disciplined. Must also work on improving his shot accuracy and overall decision-making process.
    Career Potential: Excellent shutdown defenseman.

Hamonic is a top-four defenseman and signed through 2020 at a very reasonable cap hit. So, why would the Islanders trade him? He requested a trade out West earlier in the season because of a family matter. That said, the Isles must maximize his value, which is pretty high given his age, skill and term left on his contract. Hamonic is an excellent player and would be a significant upgrade to a contender’s blue line, but it probably would come at a high cost.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

Expiring Contracts:

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (25)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Kyle Okposo RW 27 NYI TBD $2,800,000 UFA
Frans Nielsen C 31 NYI TBD $2,750,000 UFA
Marek Zidlicky D 39 NYI TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Matt Martin LW 26 NYI TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Casey Cizikas C 24 NYI TBD $1,000,000 RFA
Stephon Williams G 22 NYI TBD $925,000 RFA
Kirill Petrov LW 25 NYI TBD $875,000 RFA
Kevin Czuczman D 25 NYI TBD $874,125 RFA
Mike Halmo LW 24 NYI TBD $874,125 RFA
Ryan Strome RW 22 NYI TBD $863,333 RFA
Tom Nilsson D 22 NYI TBD $825,000 RFA
James Wright C 25 NYI TBD $800,000 UFA
Brian Strait D 28 NYI TBD $775,000 UFA
Bracken Kearns C 34 NYI TBD $775,000 UFA
Taylor Beck RW 24 NYI TBD $762,096 RFA
Joe Whitney LW 28 NYI TBD $750,000 UFA
Steve Bernier RW 30 NYI TBD $750,000 UFA
Justin Florek LW 25 NYI TBD $725,000 RFA
Justin Vaive LW 26 NYI TBD $650,000 RFA
Ben Holmstrom C 28 NYI TBD $600,000 UFA
Alan Quine C 22 NYI TBD $595,000 RFA
Eric Boulton RW 39 NYI TBD $575,000 UFA
Jean-Francois Berube G 21 NYI TBD $562,500 RFA
Scott Mayfield D 23 NYI TBD $442,607 RFA
Chris Gibson G 23 NYI TBD $366,935 RFA

 

New York Rangers

Strengths

  • Defense

Weaknesses

  • Salary-cap situation

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

One of the Rangers often named in recent trade speculation has been defenseman Keith Yandle. According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, however, the Rangers are “no longer signaling Yandle’s availibility.”

Needs:

Possible Trade Bait:

Keith Yandle, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 61 GP, 4 G, 30 A, 34 PTS, +8
  • Age: 29
  • Contract Remaining: $5.5M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has explosive skating ability, superior offensive instincts, great puckhandling skills and a lethal one-timer. Is very adept at playing the point on the power play. Competes hard, initiates attacks and is everywhere on the ice.
    Flaws: Needs to continue adding more bulk, since he can struggle when opposed to the NHL’s biggest forwards. Must tighten up his play without the puck and avoid some occasional bad decisions when he has it (and is pressured).
    Career Potential: Excellent offensive defenseman with great mobility.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (30)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Dan Boyle D 39 NYR TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Keith Yandle D 29 NYR TBD $2,625,000 UFA
Chris Kreider LW 24 NYR TBD $2,475,000 RFA
Dominic Moore C 35 NYR TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Viktor Stalberg LW 30 NYR TBD $1,100,000 UFA
Kevin Hayes C 23 NYR TBD $900,000 RFA
J.T. Miller RW 22 NYR TBD $874,000 RFA
Nicklas Jensen RW 22 NYR TBD $863,333 RFA
Antti Raanta G 26 NYR TBD $750,000 UFA
Josh Nicholls C 23 NYR TBD $709,167 RFA
Raphael Diaz D 30 NYR TBD $700,000 UFA
Chris McCarthy C 24 NYR TBD $692,500 RFA
Luke Adam LW 25 NYR TBD $650,000 RFA
Samuel Noreau D 23 NYR TBD $645,000 RFA
Michael St. Croix C 22 NYR TBD $635,000 RFA
Tommy Hughes D 23 NYR TBD $608,333 RFA
Dylan McIlrath D 23 NYR TBD $600,000 RFA
Matt Lindblad LW 25 NYR TBD $600,000 RFA
Brian Gibbons RW 27 NYR TBD $600,000 UFA
Cedrick Desjardins G 30 NYR TBD $600,000 UFA
Michael Kantor RW 24 NYR TBD $583,333 RFA
Nick Tarnasky LW 31 NYR TBD $575,000 UFA
Marek Hrivik LW 24 NYR TBD $575,000 RFA
Mathew Bodie D 25 NYR TBD $575,000 RFA
Daniel Paille LW 31 NYR TBD $575,000 UFA
Ryan Bourque LW 25 NYR TBD $562,500 RFA
Chris Summers D 28 NYR TBD $367,741 UFA
Jayson Megna C 26 NYR TBD $274,193 RFA
Brett Bellemore D 27 NYR TBD RFA
Jeff Malcolm G 26 NYR TBD RFA

 


 

Ottawa Senators

Strengths

  • Defense

Weaknesses

  • Streaky offense

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

It appears the Ottawa Senators are trying to work out a deal with veteran tough guy Chris Neil according to Darren Dreger of TSN. There may not have been much of a market for him anyway, but that’s one player in Ottawa that appears safe from any future trades.

Feb. 25.

The Senators would like to trade Patrick Wiercioch and Shane Prince before the deadline.

Possible Trade Bait:

Patrick Wiercioch, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 50 GP, 0 G, 5 A, +1
  • Age: 25
  • Contract Remaining: $2M , UFA on July 1st

Shane Prince, Left Wing

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  • Stats: 42 GP, 3 G, 9 A, 12 PTS, +2
  • Age: 23
  • Contract Remaining: $700,000 , RFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has excellent hockey sense and offensive instincts. Can play either wing or center. Is quite good at setting up linemates but also scores goals when he unleashes his very heavy shot.
    Flaws: Doesn’t have ideal size for the National Hockey League game, so he must continue to get stronger (and edgier) in order to maximize output in the professional ranks. Injuries are a concern.
    Career Potential: Versatile depth forward with a little upside.

Needs:

The Senators could definitely use another top-six forward. Their defensive core was solidified when they brought in Phaneuf. Don’t be surprised if you see Murray bring in another forward. Drouin?

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (24)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Chris Phillips D 37 OTT TBD $2,500,000 UFA
Mike Hoffman LW 26 OTT TBD $2,000,000 RFA
Patrick Wiercioch D 25 OTT TBD $2,000,000 RFA
Chris Neil RW 36 OTT TBD $1,900,000 UFA
Alex Chiasson RW 25 OTT TBD $1,200,000 RFA
Buddy Robinson RW 24 OTT TBD $925,000 RFA
Cody Ceci D 22 OTT TBD $894,167 RFA
Alexander Guptill LW 23 OTT TBD $815,000 RFA
Mark Fraser D 29 OTT TBD $800,000 UFA
Dave Dziurzynski LW 26 OTT TBD $750,000 RFA
Ryan Dzingel C 23 OTT TBD $715,000 RFA
Travis Ewanyk LW 22 OTT TBD $713,333 RFA
Shane Prince LW 23 OTT TBD $700,000 RFA
Eric O’Dell C 25 OTT TBD $700,000 RFA
Cole Schneider LW 25 OTT TBD $700,000 RFA
Troy Rutkowski D 23 OTT TBD $655,000 RFA
Chris Wideman D 26 OTT TBD $600,000 RFA
Conor Allen D 26 OTT TBD $575,000 RFA
Matt Puempel LW 23 OTT TBD $496,648 RFA
Mike Kostka D 30 OTT TBD $473,118 UFA
Max McCormick LW 23 OTT TBD $373,064 RFA
Fredrik Claesson D 23 OTT TBD $329,032 RFA
Casey Bailey RW 24 OTT TBD $267,081 RFA
Matt Frattin RW 28 OTT TBD $262,365 UFA

 


 

Philadelphia Flyers

Strengths

  • Offensive capability, strong top-2 forward lines
  • Power-play, PK
  • Goalies
  • Potential on Defense

Weaknesses

  • Huge production drop after top 6 scorers
  • Inconsistency
  • Defensive depth
  • Takes too many penalties

Rumours:

Feb. 25.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall says the team is not going to be looking to add pieces for this year at the deadline. In a conversation with Tom Dougherty of CSNPhilly.com, the Flyers boss said he thinks the team has enough depth to get through the season, but also will consider deals if he thinks there’s an opportunity to add for the future without giving too much away.

Needs:

Defensive depth, cap relief and young blood.

Trade Bait:

Sam Gagner, Center

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  • Stats: 31 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 PTS, +1
  • Age: 26
  • Contract Remaining: $4.85M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Owns great hands. What sets him apart is his awesome vision and uncanny ability to always find the open man. Can play wing and center. His great moves are an asset in one-on-one and shootout situations.
    Flaws: Is somewhat smallish and frail, so he struggles to win more battles in the corners and avoid injuries. Doesn’t shoot the puck nearly enough. Must continue to work on his play without the puck. Takes games off.
    Career Potential: Inconsistent but creative and versatile playmaker.

Nick Schultz, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 59 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 PTS, -1
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $2.25M till 2016/17
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is a low-maintenance defender who can log huge minutes if need be. Displays plenty of grit for the blueline position. Plays with poise. Always gives his all and leads by example.
    Flaws: Lacks the physicality to punish offensive forwards. Doesn’t play with a lot of confidence in the offensive zone at the National Hockey League level, and is a limited talent overall.
    Career Potential: Veteran defensive defenseman with leadership qualities.

Mark Streit, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 41 GP, 5 G, 8 A, 13 PTS, 0
  • Age: 38
  • Contract Remaining: $5.25M till 2016/17
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has a booming shot and is capable of quarterbacking the point on the power play with aplomb. Moves the puck swiftly up the ice. Owns plenty of veteran savvy in all three zones.
    Flaws: Lacks ideal size for the blueline position at the NHL level. Will at times cough up the puck in the defensive zone. Injuries have hampered his career to some degree.
    Career Potential: Savvy veteran power play quarterback and big-minute defenseman.

Radko Gudas, Defensemen

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  • Stats: 54 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 5 PTS, -1
  • Age: 25
  • Contract Remaining: $991,000 , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is a great open-ice hitter and very good at disrupting offensive players’ flow in the game. Will punish players with physicality. Also owns a heavy point shot.
    Flaws: Doesn’t have high-end puck skills, so he has a tendency to make mistakes with the disc on his blade. Also needs to harness his physicality and avoid bad penalties.
    Career Potential: Aggressive, big-hitting defenseman.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (19)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Sam Gagner C 26 PHI TBD $3,200,000 UFA
Yevgeny Medvedev D 33 PHI TBD $3,000,000 UFA
Brayden Schenn LW 24 PHI TBD $2,500,000 RFA
Michael Raffl LW 27 PHI TBD $1,100,000 UFA
Radko Gudas D 25 PHI TBD $991,667 RFA
Petr Straka RW 23 PHI TBD $925,000 RFA
Nick Cousins C 22 PHI TBD $842,500 RFA
Ryan White RW 27 PHI TBD $800,000 UFA
Mark Alt D 24 PHI TBD $781,667 RFA
Maxim Lamarche D 23 PHI TBD $767,500 RFA
Brandon Alderson RW 24 PHI TBD $767,500 RFA
Jordan Weal C 23 PHI TBD $632,500 RFA
Brandon Manning D 25 PHI TBD $625,000 RFA
Tim Brent C 31 PHI TBD $600,000 UFA
Derek Mathers RW 22 PHI TBD $598,333 RFA
Aaron Palushaj RW 26 PHI TBD $575,000 RFA
Davis Drewiske D 31 PHI TBD $488,440 UFA
Colin McDonald RW 31 PHI TBD $482,258 UFA
Jason LaBarbera G 36 PHI TBD $264,516 UFA

 


 

Pittsburgh Penguins

Strengths

  • Star players

Weaknesses

  • Defensive depth

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, teams have apparently been asking the Penguins about prized goalie prospect Matt Murray. It does not appear the Pens are too keen on moving the promising netminder, however. Still, that’s a name to watch if Pittsburgh wants to be a player at the deadline.

Needs:

Another good, shutdown defenseman. After Lovejoy got hurt, the Pens need to pick up another solid defensemen.

Possible Trade Bait:

Sergei Plotnikov, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 32 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 PTS, -3
  • Age: 25
  • Contract Remaining: $925,000 , RFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is at his best when cycling the puck and maintaining possession with his big frame. Has a big frame and is a sound complementary winger with two-way capability. He can put up some numbers at lower levels, too.
    Flaws: Needs to avoid taking too many bad penalties in the offensive zone. The jury is still out on whether he is capable of producing top-six winger numbers at the National Hockey League level. A late bloomer?
    Career Potential: Big, complementary winger with a little upside.

Matt Cullen, Center.

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  • Stats: 59 GP, 8 G, 11 A, 19 PTS, -1
  • Age: 39
  • Contract Remaining: $800,000 , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is a very creative player that is usually aware of his surroundings. Makes smart decisions with the puck. Can play the point on power plays. Skates very well. Can also play wing, as well as center. Is a quality penalty killer.
    Flaws: Lacks consistency on offense, especially in the goal-scoring department. Can struggle against bigger, more dominant opponents. Injuries have been a concern at times throughout his career. Is in the twilight of his career.
    Career Potential: Savvy, versatile veteran forward in decline.

Trevor Daley, Defensemen.

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  • Stats: 59 GP, 4 G, 15 A, 19 PTS, -4
  • Age: 32
  • Contract Remaining: $3.3M till 2016/17
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Owns outstanding mobility and durability. Has tremendous athleticism and solid all-around ability. Is a dedicated worker and solid team player. Can log huge minutes.
    Flaws: Since he’s a little undersized, he can struggle when up against big forwards in front of the net. Can at times make bad decisions with the puck in the defensive zone.
    Career Potential: Mobile veteran defenseman.

Nick Bonino, Center.

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  • Stats: 40 GP, 3 G, 7 A, 10 PTS, +4
  • Age: 27
  • Contract Remaining: $1.9M till 2016/17
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Displays solid two-way instincts, as well as leadership skills. Works hard to improve his game. Has the ability come up big with the game on the line. Is a factor on both special teams.
    Flaws: Has skating concerns that can limit his impact at the highest level. Needs to become more consistent on offense, since he can run a little hot and cold during the course of the season.
    Career Potential: Quality two-way center.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (21)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Ben Lovejoy D 32 PIT TBD $1,100,000 UFA
Sergei Plotinkov LW 25 PIT TBD $925,000 RFA
Tyler Biggs RW 22 PIT TBD $894,167 RFA
Olli Maatta D 21 PIT TBD $894,166 RFA
Matt Cullen C 39 PIT TBD $800,000 UFA
Beau Bennett RW 24 PIT TBD $800,000 RFA
Scott Wilson LW 23 PIT TBD $655,000 RFA
Bryan Rust RW 23 PIT TBD $652,500 RFA
Harrison Ruopp D 22 PIT TBD $650,833 RFA
Niclas Andersen D 27 PIT TBD $625,000 UFA
Anton Zlobin RW 23 PIT TBD $608,333 RFA
Tim Erixon D 24 PIT TBD $600,000 RFA
Jeff Zatkoff G 28 PIT TBD $600,000 UFA
David Warsofsky D 25 PIT TBD $600,000 RFA
Tom Kuhnhackl RW 24 PIT TBD $575,000 RFA
Dominik Uher LW 23 PIT TBD $575,000 RFA
Kael Mouillierat C 28 PIT TBD $575,000 UFA
Steven Oleksy D 30 PIT TBD $575,000 UFA
Will O’Neill D 27 PIT TBD $575,000 UFA
Kevin Porter LW 29 PIT TBD $575,000 UFA
Tom Sestito LW 28 PIT TBD $213,306 UFA

 


 

San Jose Sharks

Strengths

  • New leadership
  • Well-rounded talent

Weaknesses

  • Is Martin jones a No.1 Goalie?
  • Aging core

Rumours:

Rumour is, Patrick Marleau is on the market. He demanded out of San Jose, so don’t be shocked if you see a trade in the next few days involving Marleau.

Feb. 26.

The San Jose Sharks are in the market for a backup goalie. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reportsthat Buffalo Sabres goalie Chad Johnson is one of the players that interests them. Anders Nilsson may also be an option.

Needs:

Proven No.1 goalie. Martin Jones, is he a legitimate starting goalie? Hard to say, he isn’t doing bad this year. But can he handle the load?

Possible Trade Bait:

Patrick Marleau, Left Wing.

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Patrick Marleau (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
  • Stats: 58 GP, 17 G, 20 A, 37 Pts
  • Age: 36
  • Contract: $6.67 million, UFA in 2017.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Is blessed with great speed, so he can catch defenders off guard by blazing right by them. Has natural goal-scoring ability, highlighted by a deadly shot and good size. Has defensive acumen, as well. Can play wing and center.
    Flaws: Still suffers through bouts of inconsistency (especially in the playoffs) on offense, making him somewhat streaky. Doesn’t take full advantage of his size. Does not always play with the intensity and grit needed to be at his best.
    Career Potential: Excellent, versatile veteran scoring forward.

Marleau was involved in trade rumours in October, when he reportedly would have accepted a trade to the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings or New York Rangers. Those rumours have died since then, and the Sharks have shown tremendous improvement to climb back into a playoff spot in the Pacific Division. It’s hard to imagine San Jose trading Marleau when it could be making a final playoff run with its current veteran core, but you never know how desperate a rival team could become if injuries create depth issues near the deadline.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (22)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Roman Polak D 29 SJS TBD $2,750,000 UFA
Nick Spaling LW 27 SJS TBD $2,200,000 UFA
Alex Stalock G 28 SJS TBD $1,600,000 UFA
Ben Smith C 27 SJS TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Mike Brown RW 30 SJS TBD $1,200,000 UFA
Tomas Hertl RW 22 SJS TBD $925,000 RFA
Joel Rumpel G 24 SJS TBD $850,000 RFA
Petter Emanuelsson RW 24 SJS TBD $800,000 RFA
Matt Nieto LW 23 SJS TBD $759,167 RFA
Joakin Ryan D 22 SJS TBD $680,000 RFA
Dylan Demelo D 22 SJS TBD $633,333 RFA
Matt Tennyson D 25 SJS TBD $625,000 RFA
Jeremy Langlois C 25 SJS TBD $610,000 RFA
Ryan Carpenter C 25 SJS TBD $601,747 RFA
Dainius Zubrus RW 37 SJS TBD $600,000 UFA
Frazer McLaren LW 28 SJS TBD $600,000 UFA
Aaron Dell G 26 SJS TBD $575,000 UFA
John McCarthy LW 29 SJS TBD $545,161 UFA
Bryan Lerg LW 30 SJS TBD $538,709 UFA
Mark Cundari D 25 SJS TBD $500,000 RFA
Micheal Haley LW 29 SJS TBD $496,774 UFA
Karl Stollery D 28 SJS TBD $425,806 UFA

 


 

St. Louis Blues

Strengths

  • Playoff caliber checking forwards
  • Quick strike offense
  • Fantastic two way defensemen

Weaknesses

  • Injuries

Rumours:

With St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott now sidelined for about a month and Jake Allen having just returned from injury, perhaps GM Doug Armstrong just joined the Sharks, Flames and, possibly, the Coyotes as teams interested in obtaining a netminder.

Toronto’s James Reimer, Calgary’s Jonas Hiller, Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, and Carolina’s Cam Ward are all trade chips would could be in play if a game of musical creases breaks out.

Feb. 27.

And the St. Louis’ Blues trade for goalie Anders Nilsson is official. The Blues get Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goalie Nicklas Lundstrom and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick.

Needs:

  • Goaltending depth

Trade Bait:

Ty Rattie, Right Wing.

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SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Has great hands and hockey sense, so he is a natural at putting points on the board. Can play on either side of center. Is especially dangerous on special teams.
Flaws: Doesn’t have ideal size (6-0, 178 pounds) for the National Hockey League level, so he must continue to add more bulk in order to maximize his scoring potential.
Career Potential: Talented scoring winger with some upside.

Ty Rattie has struggled to find his footing in the NHL, will the 23 year old be moved?

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (29)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
David Backes C 31 STL TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Troy Brouwer RW 30 STL TBD $3,666,667 UFA
Carl Gunnarsson D 29 STL TBD $2,950,000 UFA
Steve Ott LW 33 STL TBD $2,600,000 UFA
Jaden Schwartz LW 23 STL TBD $2,350,000 RFA
Kyle Brodziak RW 32 STL TBD $900,000 UFA
Dmitrij Jaskin LW 22 STL TBD $775,000 RFA
Joel Edmundson D 22 STL TBD $742,500 RFA
Scottie Upshall LW 32 STL TBD $700,000 UFA
Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson LW 24 STL TBD $700,000 RFA
Yannick Veilleux LW 23 STL TBD $675,000 RFA
Niklas Lundstrom G 23 STL TBD $655,833 RFA
Jordan Binnington G 22 STL TBD $636,666 RFA
Ryan Tesnik C 22 STL TBD $625,000 RFA
Jacob Doty RW 22 STL TBD $625,000 RFA
Richard Nedomlel D 22 STL TBD $611,667 RFA
Justin Hodgman C 27 STL TBD $600,000 UFA
Peter Harrold D 32 STL TBD $600,000 UFA
Danny Kristo RW 25 STL TBD $600,000 RFA
Pat Cannone C 29 STL TBD $575,000 UFA
Cody Beach RW 23 STL TBD $575,000 RFA
Konrad Abeltshauser D 23 STL TBD $575,000 RFA
Ty Rattie RW 23 STL TBD $465,161 RFA
Jeremy Welsh LW 27 STL TBD $434,677 UFA
Chris Butler D 29 STL TBD $402,822 UFA
Jordan Caron LW 25 STL TBD $361,290 RFA
Andre Benoit D 32 STL TBD $270,967 UFA
Pheonix Copley G 24 STL TBD $265,322 RFA
Eriah Hayes RW 27 STL TBD RFA

 


 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Strengths

  • Offensive firepower

Weaknesses

  • Stamkos contract situation

Rumours:

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying to trade winger Erik Condra.

Feb. 24.

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman told Joe Smith of the Tampa Times that it is his preference to deal Jonathan Drouin sooner than later. He also hopes to find something that can help the team for the playoffs, but cap space is an issue. Still, we should probably expect to see Drouin on the move ahead of the deadline.

Needs:

Another Top-4, shutdown defensemen. The Lightning are looking to ship out Jonathan Drouin. Maybe a package deal for a good defenseman?

Possible Trade Bait:

Jonathan Drouin, Left Wing.

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  • Stats: 19 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 Pts
  • Age: 20
  • Contract: $894,166, RFA in 2018.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has outstanding vision, creativity and playmaking acumen. His puck skills are off-the-charts good, and he can rack up impressive point totals (especially assists).
    Flaws: Is somewhat undersized for the NHL game, so he must gain more strength and prove he can handle the physical rigors of the highest level. Injuries can be a factor here.
    Career Potential: Talented playmaker with good upside.

The Lightning shouldn’t rush a Drouin trade since he still has term left on his contract. The No. 3 overall pick in 2013 has spent most of the season in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch. There’s no doubt Drouin has star potential and the high-end offensive skill to be a consistent point producer, but he still needs to round out the other areas of his game to make the most of his potential. Tampa Bay must be careful not to sell low on a player whose value isn’t very high given his lack of NHL production so far.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

Expiring Contracts: 

 (from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (22)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Steven Stamkos C 26 TBL TBD $7,500,000 UFA
Braydon Coburn D 30 TBL TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Mattias Ohlund D 39 TBL TBD $3,607,143 UFA
Alexander Killorn LW 26 TBL TBD $2,550,000 RFA
J.T. Brown RW 25 TBL TBD $950,000 RFA
Vladislav Namestnikov LW 23 TBL TBD $874,125 RFA
Adam Wilcox G 23 TBL TBD $808,750 RFA
Nikita Nesterov D 22 TBL TBD $742,500 RFA
Nikita Kucherov RW 22 TBL TBD $711,667 RFA
Cedric Paquette RW 22 TBL TBD $633,333 RFA
Joel Vermin C 24 TBL TBD $600,000 RFA
Jonathan Marchessault LW 25 TBL TBD $600,000 RFA
David Broll LW 23 TBL TBD $590,833 RFA
Jeff Tambellini LW 31 TBL TBD $575,000 UFA
Philippe Paradis LW 25 TBL TBD $575,000 RFA
Tye McGinn LW 25 TBL TBD $540,994 RFA
Matthew Taormina D 29 TBL TBD $480,645 UFA
Luke Witkowski D 25 TBL TBD $435,887 RFA
Mike Angelidis LW 30 TBL TBD $415,860 UFA
Mike Blunden RW 29 TBL TBD $409,677 UFA
Tanner Richard LW 22 TBL TBD $386,380 RFA
Kristers Gudlevskis G 23 TBL TBD $268,189 RFA

 


 

Toronto Maple Leafs

Strengths

  • Mike Babcock
  • Potential at Forward and D

Weaknesses

  • Goaltending
  • Rebuild mode

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

 The Maple Leafs have been wheeling and dealing lately in an effort to continue their rebuilding process. David Alter of the Score says P.A. Parenteau and Brad Boyes are likely to be the next two veterans on their way out of town.

Feb. 23.

The Maple Leafs have “kicked the tires” on Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, who is currently buried in the minors. According to Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, the idea is that the Maple Leafs would take him and his cap hit off the Blackhawks’ hands if something else was in it for them.

Feb. 26.

After waiving him Friday, the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to do everything they can to trade Jared Cowen if he clears according to Elliotte Friedman on NHL Network’s NHL Live. Cowen was one of the key pieces in return in the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Needs:

The Leafs should look at grabbing more young prospects, and/or draft picks. This team will be successful, not now, but in the future. Look for them to move more of their rentals, in exchange for picks.

Possible Trade Bait:

James Reimer, Goaltender.

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  • Stats: 11-11-7, 2.47 GAA, .919 SV%
  • Age: 27
  • Contract: $2.3 million, UFA on July 1.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has good size (6-2, 208 pounds) for the crease position. A solid technical goaltender, he’s calm and poised with good flexibility and a neat catching mitt. Works very hard and never quits.
    Flaws: Has not yet proven he can be a perennial 60-plus game goaltender at the National Hockey League level. At times, he will play too deep in the net. Can give up bad goals from time to time.
    Career Potential: Quality goaltender.

Reimer actually has played pretty well for a Leafs team at the bottom of the standings. His injury history certainly is a concern, but when healthy, he’s a capable backup or even a starter for short periods of time.

P.A. Parenteau, Right Wing.

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PA Parenteau (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
  • Stats: 57 GP, 15 G, 15 A, 30 Pts
  • Age: 32
  • Contract Remaining: $1.5 million, UFA on July 1.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has excellent offensive instincts, which he exploits brilliantly on the power play thanks to deft puck control and passing ability. Is a very good playmaker, as well as a proven point producer.
    Flaws: Is somewhat undersized and lacks strength (he can be knocked off the puck). Not an especially great straightline skater, he is not a great player without the puck on his stick.
    Career Potential: Solid, skilled veteran point producer.

Parenteau would be a depth acquisition for a team in search of bottom-six scoring and someone capable of driving puck possession. He also has a cheap salary cap hit and some playoff experience.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

Brad Boyes, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 47 GP, 7 G, 13 A, 20 PTS, -4
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $700,000 , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has good hockey sense and a sniper’s mentality. Also owns playmaking qualities and a deft touch around the net. His offensive instincts are first-rate, across the board.
    Flaws: Defensively, he tends to lack consistency and he isn’t always the hardest worker on the ice. He’s also a little soft and can get pushed off the puck. Isn’t always brave in the corners.
    Career Potential: Inconsistent scoring winger in decline.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from: http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (20)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Nazem Kadri C 25 TOR TBD $4,100,000 RFA
Michael Grabner LW 28 TOR TBD $3,000,000 UFA
James Reimer G 27 TOR TBD $2,300,000 UFA
Raffi Torres LW 34 TOR TBD $2,000,000 UFA
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau RW 32 TOR TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Mark Arcobello C 27 TOR TBD $1,100,000 UFA
Morgan Rielly D 21 TOR TBD $894,167 RFA
Stuart Percy D 22 TOR TBD $863,333 RFA
Josh Leivo LW 22 TOR TBD $792,500 RFA
Peter Holland C 25 TOR TBD $775,000 RFA
Martin Marincin D 24 TOR TBD $700,000 RFA
Brad Boyes RW 33 TOR TBD $700,000 UFA
T.J. Brennan D 26 TOR TBD $675,000 UFA
Frank Corrado D 22 TOR TBD $632,500 RFA
Sam Carrick C 24 TOR TBD $600,000 RFA
Scott Harrington D 22 TOR TBD $589,167 RFA
Richard Clune LW 28 TOR TBD $575,000 RFA
Garret Sparks G 22 TOR TBD $482,688 RFA
Jeremy Morin RW 24 TOR TBD $245,161 RFA
Justin Johnson RW 34 TOR TBD RFA

 


 

Vancouver Canucks

Strengths

  • Sedins
  • Young blood

Weaknesses

  • Back-end depth

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

 Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins says that Radim Vrbata, a potential trade chip for Vancouver, will be out about a week with an injury.

Feb. 24.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie revealed that the Vancouver Canucks have notified teams that the following players are on the block: Linden Vey, Matt Bartkowski, Ronalds Kenins, Adam Cracknell,Chris Higgins, Brandon Prust, and Yannick Weber. These aren’t exactly players that are going to command a whole lot of value in return, though.

Feb. 24.

Defenseman Dan Hamhuis is on an expiring contract and would make sense for the Canucks to ship out. However, he has a no-trade clause. Hamhuis told Jay Janower of Global BC News that he has not yet been asked to waive his clause, but will discuss his options with his family ahead of the deadline.

TRADE.

A minor trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks featured the Canucks attaining the rights for defenseman Philip Larsen, who is currently playing in the KHL. The Oilers get Vancouver’s fifth-round pick. Source: Darren Dreger of TSN.

Feb 26.

Canucks GM Jim Benning is open to acquiring draft picks, but is still focused on “making hockey trades.” Jannik Hansen has a career high in 19 goals so far this season, and has a $2.5 million cap hit the next two years. Should the Canucks trade him while his value is high?

Needs:

The Canucks definitely need some help on the back end. Although, with all the rumours about Hamhuis going elsewhere, have the Canucks lost hope on this season?

Possible Trade Bait:

Jannik Hansen, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 56 GP, 19 G, 13 A, 32 PTS, +19
  • Age: 29
  • Contract Remaining: $2.5M till 2017/18
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Skates really well and can be a great checker. Possesses good hockey sense. Produces offense in chunks. Is quite defensively aware and makes his linemates better. Can play either wing position effectively.
    Flaws: Has a tendency to pass up too many quality shots in order to distribute the puck. Could stand to have more strength so as to better compete with bigger defenders in the corners, since he is often a target for opponents.
    Career Potential: Solid, speedy two-way veteran winger.

Defenseman Dan Hamhuis is likely on the move, if they can get the pending UFA to waive his no-trade clause (most likely for somewhere in the West). Far more interesting is Hansen, who is signed through 2018 at a miniscule $2.5 million cap hit.

He’s having his best offensive season (19 goals in 55 games) and turns 30 next month. Jason Botchford makes the argument that he’s too valuable for the Canucks to deal: “He can work with the Sedins, sure, but he could also move down the lineup and carry a couple of young players if you didn’t want them to, say, drown.”

That might be true. Also true: He’d be a valuable piece for any contender that acquires him, now and for the next two seasons.

Radim Vrbata, Right Wing.

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  • Stats: 57 GP, 12 G, 12 A, 24 PTS, -32
  • Age: 34
  • Contract Remaining: $5M, UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has tremendous hands, vision and finesse. An excellent skater with different gears, he knows where to be in order to create offense. Is at his best when playing within a defined system.
    Flaws: Lacks the upper-body strength to win more battles along the boards and in front of the net at the NHL level. Also lacks game-to-game consistency. Can be a little frustrating to play with.
    Career Potential: Skilled veteran scoring winger.

One gets the sense that Vrbata isn’t happy with his current lot in life, what with that minus-14 and one goal and one assist since Jan. 21.

He’s as good as gone. It’s just a matter of where. He has a modified no-trade clause and goes UFA after this season.

Vrbata. On the move.

Yeah, we’re thinking Coyotes reunion, too.

Source:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-trade-deadline–10-game-changing-players-who-might-move

Dan Hamhuis, Defenseman.

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  • Stats: 35 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 5 Pts
  • Age: 33
  • Contract Remaining: $4.5 million, UFA on July 1.
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Can play a sound defensive game, log big minutes and also be used in a shutdown role. Moves the puck well out of the defensive zone. Has loads of hockey sense. Can also be used in an offensive role, if required.
    Flaws: Isn’t a physical defenseman, which somewhat limits his effectiveness against big NHL forwards. Is also a limited contributor in the offensive zone and not a natural with the man advantage. Lacks ideal size.
    Career Potential: Savvy, veteran big-minute defenseman.

Hamhuis has missed more than 20 games because of injuries this season. When healthy, he’s a top-four defenseman with plenty of experience playing against the opposing team’s top lines. He’s not going to produce much offense, though. It should be noted Hamhuis has a no-trade clause in his contract and must waive it for a deal to go through.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-nhl-trade-deadline-top-15-players-gms-should-target-for-playoffs/

Expiring Contracts:

(from http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (20)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Radim Vrbata RW 34 VAN TBD $5,000,000 UFA
Dan Hamhuis D 33 VAN TBD $4,500,000 UFA
Brandon Prust LW 31 VAN TBD $2,500,000 UFA
Matt Bartkowski D 27 VAN TBD $1,750,000 UFA
Yannick Weber D 27 VAN TBD $1,500,000 UFA
Linden Vey C 24 VAN TBD $1,000,000 RFA
Sven Baertschi LW 23 VAN TBD $900,000 RFA
Emerson Etem LW 23 VAN TBD $850,500 RFA
Dane Fox C 22 VAN TBD $830,833 RFA
Markus Granlund C 22 VAN TBD $767,500 RFA
Ludwig Blomstran LW 22 VAN TBD $633,333 RFA
Blair Jones C 29 VAN TBD $600,000 UFA
Alex Friesen C 25 VAN TBD $575,000 RFA
Adam Cracknell LW 30 VAN TBD $575,000 UFA
Andrei Pedan D 22 VAN TBD $549,637 RFA
Ronalds Kenins LW 24 VAN TBD $412,903 RFA
Joe Cannata G 26 VAN TBD $354,838 RFA
Alexandre Grenier LW 24 VAN TBD $308,225 RFA
Taylor Fedun D 27 VAN TBD $290,322 UFA
Michael Zalewski LW 23 VAN TBD $250,403 RFA

 


 

Washington Capitals

Strengths

  • Elite scoring

Weaknesses

  • Penalty kill, forward depth

Rumours:

Trotz on where he’d like to see Caps add at trade deadline: Depth. A specialist of some sort. PK, Faceoff. – Chuck Gormley on Twitter.

Feb. 25.

The Capitals are in a cap crunch presently, which may force GM Brian MacLellan to make a move to subtract some salary one way or another. One player whose name has popped up as potentially expendable from the current group is Brooks Laich. Could the Caps live with letting one of their longtime veterans walk? Source: The Washington Post

Needs:
Depth. PK, Faceoff.

The Capitals don’t need much this season, as they are on fire. A little help with the penalty kill, and forward depth wouldn’t hurt.

Trade Bait:

Brooks Laich, Center

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  • Stats: 58 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 PTS, -6
  • Age: 32
  • Contract Remaining: $4.5M till 2016/17
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has sound leadership qualities and play through pain. Displays a keen ability to play well defensively. Is plenty versatile, heady and a solid, dependable teammate. Is effective in front of the net, where he uses his size.
    Flaws: Injuries have ground his offensive game virtually to a halt, and he tends to run a little hot and cold in terms of production. Is continuously improving his overall quickness but doesn’t own game-breaking speed.
    Career Potential: Versatile, veteran forward and leader.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (18)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Marcus Johannson LW 25 WAS TBD $3,750,000 RFA
Dmitry Orlov D 24 WAS TBD $2,000,000 RFA
Jason Chimera RW 36 WAS TBD $2,000,000 UFA
Mike Richards C 31 WAS TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Justin Peters G 29 WAS TBD $950,000 UFA
Thomas Wilson RW 21 WAS TBD $894,167 RFA
Caleb Herbert C 24 WAS TBD $740,000 RFA
Travis Boyd LW 22 WAS TBD $705,000 RFA
Michael Latta C 24 WAS TBD $575,000 RFA
Carter Camper C 27 WAS TBD $575,000 UFA
Dan Ellis G 35 WAS TBD $575,000 UFA
Sean Collins LW 27 WAS TBD $575,000 UFA
Mike Moore D 31 WAS TBD $575,000 UFA
Aaron Ness D 25 WAS TBD $290,591 UFA
Ryan Stanton D 26 WAS TBD $287,499 RFA
Zach Sill C 27 WAS TBD $278,225 UFA
Connor Carrick D 21 WAS TBD $270,412 RFA
Paul Carey RW 27 WAS TBD $213,306 UFA

 


 

Winnipeg Jets

Strengths

  • Skill and size on forward and defense
  • Depth at all positions
  • Goaltending

Weaknesses 

  •  Talent drops off quickly on the wings
  • Lack of high-end depth at defense
  • Discipline

Rumours:

Feb. 23.

The Jets continue to sit on the fence about what to do with Andrew Ladd. The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers are among the teams believed to be most interested in the veteran forward. However, the team is still exploring the possibility of re-signing him, too.

Source:Pierre LeBrun, ESPN.com

Feb. 23.

Andrew Ladd is in the starting lineup for Winnipeg’s home game against the Dallas Stars Tuesday night. According to TSN’s Gary Lawless, it will “in all likelihood” be Ladd’s last home game as a Jet. That said, Ladd told reporters Tuesday that he hopes it isn’t his final spin with the home team at MTS Centre.

Feb. 25.

Jets coach Paul Maurice said on Thursday that he has not yet been asked by management to hold captain Andrew Ladd out of their game against the Dallas Stars (Via TSN’s Sara Orlesky). As Monday’s trade deadline gets closer the Jets may decide to not play him in an effort to prevent an injury. Including Thursday, the Jets have two more games before then. They are in Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Saturday.

Needs: 

  • Scoring Depth

Possible Trade Bait:

Andrew Ladd, Left Wing (Traded to Chicago)

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  • Stats: 59 GP, 17 G, 17 A, 34 PTS, -10
  • Age: 30
  • Contract Remaining: $4.4M , UFA on July 1st
    SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: Has good size for the NHL game and some scoring ability. Is tough and capable of exerting high-tempo pressure to dish out solid hits. Is a great team player and possesses all-around qualities on the port side; he slots in well alongside highly skilled linemates.
    Flaws: His scoring prowess lacks consistency, which reduces him to more of a complementary role most of the time. Could stand to be a little more creative in the offensive zone. Is good at a number of things but isn’t great at anything at the NHL level.
    Career Potential: Quality, veteran complementary winger and leader.

Expiring Contracts:  

(from http://www.spotrac.com/nhl/)

PLAYER (18)
POS.
AGE
FROM
TO
2015-2016 CAP HIT
STATUS
Andrew Ladd LW 30 WPG TBD $4,400,000 UFA
Grant Clitsome D 30 WPG TBD $2,066,667 UFA
Adam Pardy D 31 WPG TBD $1,000,000 UFA
Jacob Trouba D 21 WPG TBD $894,167 RFA
Joel Armia RW 23 WPG TBD $894,167 RFA
Adam Lowry C 22 WPG TBD $878,333 RFA
Mark Scheifele C 22 WPG TBD $863,333 RFA
Matt Fraser RW 25 WPG TBD $650,000 RFA
Brenden Kichton D 23 WPG TBD $620,000 RFA
Austen Brassard LW 22 WPG TBD $620,000 RFA
Andrew MacWilliam D 25 WPG TBD $600,000 RFA
Julian Melchiori D 24 WPG TBD $600,000 RFA
Michael Hutchinson G 25 WPG TBD $575,000 RFA
Thomas Raffl LW 29 WPG TBD $575,000 UFA
Matt Halischuk RW 27 WPG TBD $423,387 UFA
Patrice Cormier C 25 WPG TBD $304,032 RFA
J.C. Lipon C 22 WPG TBD $291,290 RFA
Jay Harrison D 33 WPG TBD $100,000 UFA
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