1.23.2007

Public Trade rumors are quiet, but are out there

OK, I guess later wasn't really that long. But just because the GM's won't talk doesn't mean that trades aren't likely. Here's a list of each team and a player they would trade.
Anaheim- No one really, but they could trade a guy like George Parros for a draft pick so they won't pick 35th overall.
Atlanta- Sure, Niko Kapanen just got here, but he's still a disappointment. Unless he has a monster 2nd half, expect to see his name on the trading block.
Boston- Again, there isn't really an individual to blame for Boston's mediocre season, and they've already tried to help the offense with Stanislav Chistov. The B's do have the option of putting one of their hot blueline prospects on the trading block for a UFA if they end up in the playoff push.
Buffalo- Darcy Regier will focus half of his mind on trade offers from other teams, and the other half on signing his UFA's. IF Buffalo makes a trade, the other team will initiate it.
Calgary- The Flames are in the hunt once again, and this time they might deal off one of Jeff Friesen or Andrei Zyuzin, or even Roman Hamrlik for some key playoff pieces.
Carolina- With all the success the Canes had last year when they picked up rentals Doug Weight and Mark Recchi, this time Carolina should focus on getting a solid backup for Cam Ward, so that the playoff pressure won't have to get to him a second straight year.
Chicago- Boy, oh boy, would the Hawks want to acquire some key players like they did with Martin Havlat. Maybe, they could return JR to his rookie team and see if it sparks him there. Hey, I know, let's give the Hawks a struggling JR and a modest Tony Amonte and pair 'em up in Chicago for more that just a season or so.
Colorado- The Avs would love to grab a couple of players, but the list of players to give back doesn't look to good. Hello, Pierre Turgeon and Patrice Brisebois, Brett Mclean and Tyler Arnason. Arnason and Turgeon have been good, but not now. Brisebois was never more than a bottom 4 D-man and Mclean, well, Mclean is as good as he will get.
Columbus- Nikolai Zherdev has received publicized criticism for not giving enough effort, and the team could ship him off for a UFA boost.
Dallas- Nobody on Stars management will come out and say it, but Matthew Barnaby needs to go. He's a constant healthy scratch and Steve Ott and Niklas Hagman provide enough grit.
Detroit- Hmm...not much here to deal away, but Kirk Maltby isn't so hot. Will he be dealt, or will the fact that Kris Draper is his best buddy keep the pair in Hockeytown.
Edmonton- Defense, defense, defense, defense. The Oilers need a good, solid, first pair defenseman or they won't be going to the playoffs soon.
Florida- Todd Bertuzzi, Rostislav Olesz, Branislav Mezei, and even Olli Jokinen have popped up in the same sentence as 'another team'. I doubt it for Jokinen and Olesz, but, you never know.
Los Angeles- Derek Armstrong deserves more ice time, and with Craig Conroy struggling, he might get it. Conroy misses Pavol Demitra, and the pair worked well together. What if Minnesota put another big name on its roster?
Minnesota- See above.
Montreal- Can you say any of the following- Alex Kovalev, Sergei Samsonov, Mark Streit. It's not as if they are terrible, but the team can afford to deal any of these three.
Nashville- Scott Nichol, Jerred Smithson, Alex Henry and maybe David Legwand could use a change of scenery if necessary, but the Preds seem satisfied.
New Jersey- This roster is tight, the only possible guys that I can think of would be Jim Dowd or David Hale.
NY Islanders- Who's the next guy to go to the Flyers? Could it be Arron Asham, or Robert Nilsson? Probably not.
NY Rangers- Sandis Ozolinsh, one of the cap-munching defensemen on the Rangers, is the only one who hasn't stepped up to make a contribution after being criticized, unlike Darius Kasparitis or Marek Malik.
Ottawa Senators- Everyone. Well, except Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Chris Kelly, Chris Neil, Chris Phillips, Ray Emery and Patrick Eaves. Then, everyone else.
Philadelphia Flyers- Everyone except Simon Gagne and Antero Nittymaki. Well, maybe Antero too.
Phoenix- Jeremy Roenick, Curtis Joseph, Jeremy Roenick, Georges Laraque, Jeremy Roenick, JR and... you get my point.
Pittsburgh- Jocelyn Thibault hasn't done so well as a backup, and they could get a decent return for him.
San Jose- Everything is going smooth, only prospects have a chance of being traded.
St. Louis- How many teams could I say everyone for? Although Manny Legace and Curtis Sanford are doing okay in goal.
Tampa Bay- I hate to say it, but the Bolts might have to let go of Vinny Lecavlier to get some good depth.
Toronto- Again, nearly everyone.
Vancouver- Marc Chouinard and Dany Sabourin come to mind.
Washington- Whoever isn't named Alex Ovechkin, Olaf Kolzig, or Chris Clark.
There, now start the trade talks.

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