Every team, whether in the playoff race or not, has a player that will more than likely be traded. The bad teams try to unload their UFA’s for picks and their veterans for prospects. While the good teams trade away the under performers to make room for rental players.

Chicago – Bryan Smolinski – Chicago will soon have to accept the fact they aren’t making the playoffs. When that time comes, Smolinski will find himself elsewhere. He’s put up respectable numbers for the team he’s on but won’t be staying in Chicago due to his age (35) and UFA status.

Columbus – Nikolai Zherdev – He almost played in Russia this season but Columbus folded and offered him a big pay raise. So far he has had a very disappointing season and management is probably wishing they let him go back to Russia. He’s only 22 and can play a lot better than what he has been. He’ll cost too much for a lot of teams. Detroit – Kirk Maltby – Yes he’s been with the wings for a long time, but I think their going to let him go. He hasn’t been the same since the new NHL started. Now I don’t think they want to trade him but they probably will to get some more scoring up front.

– Joseph Vasicek – Due to hip flexors and back spasms Vasicek has not had his ‘A’ game. He’s a good asset but Nashville will want to clear some more cap space so they can make some big additions and make a huge push for the cup.

St. Louis – Bill Guerin – Of all the UFA’s St. Louis has, he’s the best. Especially will his low 2 M salary. He will be one of the most sought after deadline players.

Calgary – Jeff Friesen – I couldn’t believe Calgary signed him. Thankfully he’s a UFA so another team would be willing to take on what’s left of his insane contract. With the freed up cap space they should get a physical defenseman. Kipper hasn’t been his usual great self and their blue line hasn’t been as feared, with Iginla injured the offense has showed they can step up.

Colorado – Patrice Brisbois – He’s been terrible this year but packaged with a draft pick they should be able to ship him out to free up cap room. I’d like to think Theo’s on his way out but that’s wishful thinking.

Edmonton – Raffi Torres – Although they don’t want to let him go, they are in desperate need of a #1 defenseman. Could they make a pitch of Rob Blake? I’m positive he would be able to return to his dominating self on a team that has a goaltender.

Minnesota – Martin Skoula – They need offense bad. There defense and goaltending has been very good and Skoula, the UFA, looks like the odd man out.

Vancouver – Sami Salo – With Luongo and their great defensive play, the offensive Salo should be traded for some offense. Yes they have been scoring lately, but what happens if they get into a scoring slump? In that division two points can mean you go from 1st to 4th.

Anaheim – Bobby Ryan – With Pronger gone, the void on defense his very obvious. They need to add a good defenseman incase he were to go down again. I don’t see them trading away Getzlaf or Perry, but Brian Burke has shown that he doesn’t care about the future, it’s all about the present (see Vancouver).

Dallas – Jaroslav Modry – With injuries to Modano, Morrow and Zubov, the Stars are desperate for offense. With new information though I don’t know if it will help, I don’t know if you saw the All Star game but Modano was interviewed and he said he was preparing for next season. Without Modano, I don’t see this team going anywhere. If they start a big losing streak they could be big sellers.

Los Angeles – Aaron Miller – Very reliable defensive defenseman and should have no trouble finding a new team. He’s not going to cost much either.

Phoenix – Ladislav Nagy – He’s never been in the Coyotes good books because he’s constantly getting injured and accused of underperforming. He’s been offered a new contract with Phoenix I don’t think he wants to there any longer. They’ll have to trade him soon while his value is high.

San Jose – Evengi Nabokov – He has really good trade value and there were talks he would go for Forsberg, but if they throw in a 1st rdp I think they could get Gagne. If they then package Malakov with a 2nd rdp they could get a good back up, say Legace. Can you say unstoppable?

New Jersey – Depends on if Matvichuk or Wiemer return before the deadline. Who ever comes back should be traded for nothing to make sure they stay under the cap.

New York I – Sean Hill – His stellar play should be able to get them a good prospect in return for the 36 year old rental player.

New York R – Petr Prucha – There going to have to give him up if they want that second line centre to play with Shanahan. Wherever this kid goes he’ll be a star if given some ice time.

Philadelphia – Alexei Zhitnik – Nor Forsberg will not be the hot commodity out of Phili; there’s a good chance his NHL career is over. Plus teams would have to be stupid to give up prospects and draft picks for a player that has publicly said he blames himself for what happened this year and feels he owes them; in other w
ords he’ll be back in Phili if he doesn’t retire. Zhitnik is a good offensive threat, but his contract with 2 more years at 3.5 M will scare away a lot of teams.

Pittsburgh – Ryan Malone – His underachieving year will most definitely get him shipped out. Teams in need of a power forward may be willing to take a chance on him, but it will probably cost them a solid stay at home defenseman.

Boston – Brad Stuart – He and Sturm are due for the biggest pay raises on the team, but Boston needs all the wingers they can get so I think they’ll resign Sturm. Stuart has an overall good game and could bring in the best value of the two.

Buffalo – Jochen Hecht – Is having an average year, on pace for 44 pts, but Buffalo needs another defenseman. They could offer up Biron, but I think they’d prefer to keep a reliable backup. Their offense certainly wouldn’t miss Hecht and the cap space, provided the defenseman is only a rental, would provide enough room to resign both Briere and Drury. If you want to know more about this just ask and I’ll explain in detail.

Montreal – Sergei Samsonov – Big surprise. He’s had a horrible year, but teams will be willing to take him, but not for the 2nd line centre they’re looking for. That will have to be a separate team. Don’t count on Boston taking him back; they simply don’t have the cap room.

Ottawa – Joe Corvo – Corvo hasn’t lived up to Ottawa’s expectations of him, but maybe they should have realized what kind of player he is. He’s very offensive but not great in his own zone. His value isn’t very high, but they’ll be looking to get a defensive defenseman coming the other way.

Toronto – Bryan McCabe – Of the 3 players I think they should trade (Tucker, McCabe, Kubina) McCabe has the highest value right now. I believe they could get Miroslav Satan and Chris Campoli. McCabe has a no trade clause but NYI is the one team everyone thinks he would wave it for.

Atlanta – Vitally Vishnevski – He throws a ton of hits and blocks a good amount of shots. With him gone they would have about 4 M in cap space, enough to get a very good defenseman (ie Norstrom).

Carolina – David Tanabe – They just got too many defensemen with Wesley, Gleason and Kaberle coming back. Tanabe is the odd man out but he won’t fetch them a lot in return. He was thought to have a lot of offensive threat (1st rdp in 99) but it hasn’t shown it yet.

Florida – Martin Gelinas – This guy is awesome on any team. He thrives in the playoffs and is a leader in the locker room. At 35 this may be his last chance to add to his 89 cup with Edmonton.

Tampa Bay – Marc Denis – He, according to Tortorella, has been terrible this year and is the most likely player to be traded. Few teams will take him and it’s not going to be for much. If by some chance they do pass him off then they could use the cap room to get a defensive defenseman.

Washington – Sasha Pokulok – The Capitals don’t have anything to offer besides their picks and prospects. They’re still not out of the playoff race, but they’re going to have to trade their youth for players who can make a big difference today. I don’t see it happening but it’s their only option. Ovechkin isn’t going to be happy about missing the playoffs.

48 Responses to Availability

  1. my_sphincter says:

    I still think Samsonov can help this team.  He is underperforming, but perhaps with a good, imaginative centre, he could turn it around.  I thing it is more important for MTL to shop Aebischer.  He would be a decent #1 goaltender and with Denis and Price to fall back on, Montreal could free up a little cap room.

  2. Uncleben says:

    i like the toronto trade (mccabe for satan, campoli). it would work great for both teams.

    I don't agree with Los Angeles. Conroy has got to be their best offer at the tradedeadline.

  3. zamiam says:

    Mcabe Salary for Satan Salary, Maybe? But to throw in Campoli, is unreal. Campoli had a bad start to the season, and was because of injury. Campoli is working hard under Nolan, and is gaing his respect everyday, it's simple, he has to much upside, to give away. The rest of the players you mentioned, is cry for your lack of attention. That's a desperate prediction, it's not time yet, but big moves will come soon, but not for the half fast garbage you make up. No one wants a spare tire, untill they really needed!
    You think you can pick'em, but the truth is, you could not pick your ass if it was itchy.

  4. wheresthesoda says:

    prucha will NOT be traded, i dont think the rangers will aqcuire a 2nd line centre, but will get ladislav nady

  5. robinson19 says:

    Halak has taken Danis' spot on the depth chart, an AHL all-star who's led the AHL in most goaltending categories. Danis is also solid. And with Cedric Desjardins an ECHL all-star who should be playing in the AHL in the system, the depth chart is pretty insane. If Aebischer doesn't go at the deadline, I don't get it; we probably have the best future of any team in goal, lots of teams need a goalie and Aebby can be solid and even has playoff starting experience. Someone's gotta have a good second line center they'd give up for an Aebischer package.

  6. BurnabyJoe says:

    I didn't pick Aebischer for a good reason. Montreal needs a second line centre. Aebischer isn't worth a good second line centre, and even if you found someone who would make that trade chances are their salary is more than 1.9 M. Trades have to be equal in salary IF one of the teams is up against the cap. Unless Montreal trades Aebischer for draft picks or prospects I don't see it happening.

  7. Uncleben says:

    wow! calm down buddy. he was stating his opinion and you flip on him about picking your ass

  8. zamiam says:

    I'm very calm buddy, he was making garbage up, again, guy can make some good points, but its rare! he needs to be more honest with himself, before he makes bold predictions. And what are you, his *****!

  9. BurnabyJoe says:

    It's my opinion who they should be trading first, I can back up my predictions more than you can believe. If you don't like what I write don't read it, and don't comment. If you continue to verbally abuse people on this site you will be reported and removed.

  10. Uncleben says:

    no, i just hate assholes like you who jump on everyone bc they think they're better then them. the whole ideas of the site is to express your opinions, and you have evry right to disagree with him, and although they are unreliable and his own predictions doesn't mean you need to knock him down.

  11. BurnabyJoe says:

    They are hunting hard for a 2nd line centre to set up Shanahan. They don't have a lot to offer and Prucha hasn't been given enough ice time in NYR. The Rangers know he is capable of putting up a lot of points, but they may think he's to unreliable in his own zone. The only other propect I think teams would be able to get is Nigel Dawes, but If I were NY I wouldn't let that kid go.

  12. zamiam says:

    calm down who? Opions eh? sounds like you're litle up tight? It's easy? go ***** yourself *****! Assholes like me, live in the real world.

  13. zamiam says:

    But you liked using my lines, "pull that one out of my ass" so please go ahead an report me, definetly a one side cry baby? When you state opinon, use your own!

  14. zamiam says:

    But you liked using my lines, "pull that one out of my ass" so please go ahead an report me, definetly a one side cry baby? When you state opinon, use your own!

  15. robinson19 says:

    Hence the word "package".

  16. Retard says:

    dis iz mine frist coment  i iz finck toronto iz trade pavel kubnia andd fird rund draphte picce to wshingtonne forre axel ochevkyn

  17. Uncleben says:

    get a life man

  18. Uncleben says:

    nice… 😀

  19. Senatorsfan78 says:

    Hey evry one here is what the Ottawa Senators will do at the trade deadlin they will try to  make  4 moves at the traded deadline here was what they will get two vetern wingers such as Gary Roberts and Ryan Smyth and they will trade away Martin Gerber and then they will get Cutis Joseph and then the Ottawa Senators will trade away Joe Corvo and then will get Aaron Miller that is what the Ottawa Senators will do.

    Here are the trades that the Ottawa Senators will make.

    1. To:Ottawa Senators
          Gary Roberts
        To: Florida Panthers
             4th round draft pick
            Denis Hamel
    2. To:Ottawa Senators
             Ryan Smyth  If they can include Patrick Eaves
        To: Edmonton Oilers
            Joe Corvo
           Patrick Eaves
           Brian Lee
    3. To: Ottawa Senators
             Aaron Miller
        To: Los Angels Kings
             2nd round pick
    4. To: Ottawa Senators
              Curtis Joseph
        To:Phenix Coytoes
             3rd round draft pick

    What does evry body think of thoes four trades?

  20. PhanufRoxs says:

    Good article, but am I the only person who thinks Bobby Ryan will be a bust? I don't think anyone realizes that, and would trade something good for him, and Burke is smart enough to realize when he didn't even make the American junior team, that he's not going far. If he doesn't make the team next year, I say he gets traded, because Burke will realize it for sure, and he will be the next Alexander Daigle (he'll be just as much of a bust, but won't be as good even). He has to make the Ducks next year.

  21. Retard says:

    i is not really spell like that but it good trade that hepl 2 team

  22. Uncleben says:

    not bad. although four trades in a row won't happen. i think roberts is worth more than a 4th and hamel

  23. broc says:

     I dunno if the Jospeh trade makes much sense… Emery is playing well, Gerber hopefully can find his game as a competent backup. With Jospeh that's too many goalies.. what would they do with Gerber and his salary if he wasn't even backup? I don't think OTT will pay him to not even be backup- they would look way too foolish for getting him then. They'll give him his chance still I think.

    I can see the Miller LA trade happening, would benefit both.

    I don't like the FLA trade for Roberts though- I wouldn't give Hamel alone for him- let alone add a pick. You could get Roberts for less I think. He's what-37 or 38 years old? Hamel had 56 goals in the AHL last year- he could still pan out into a reg NHL'er.

    The EDM trade for Smyth is just crazy however. All that youth for an expiring contract? OTT couldn't resign Smyth in the summer (look at the FA they'll have coming the next 2 years), so what you're proposing is Brian Lee (a 1st round pick), Eaves (another 1st rounder) and Corvo for a rent a player. 2 good first rounders on top of Corvo is too much for something like that IMO.

    Regardless, EDM won't trade Smyth unless they're definitely out of the races- and it's way too close for them to give up. They just won't do it. They are probably 1 good Dman away from being a great team again. Hoepfully they can get Rob Blake for a prospect.

  24. broc says:

    Not necessarily. USA always seems predjudiced against their juniors playing in the CHL- Bob Saguinetti was shunned form the team too for that very reason. Probably both of those guys should have made the team, but they're both CHL'ers. I know Kane is CHL as well, but they just give CHL'ers much less chance it seems.

  25. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    hey, Uncleben and BluenBergundy, check your private messages. I can't get to nhl GM, is something wrong??

  26. Uncleben says:

    nothing wrong for me

  27. nj814 says:

    Good article man and a good thing to look for to get a good over look view on whats out there and who could go where. You did pretty good research and pretty much everyone you put up there seems to be on the bubble. One thing i might disagree with tho is the McCabe trade. I dotn know much about McCabe but the asking price seems pretty steep for just him. Since i am a jersey fan, ive seen alot of islander games and i always think Satan playes well. He usually plays hard on every shift and a couple of years ago i was pissed when the Devils could have signed him but instead signed Mogilny. Also, i wanna hear more about Aaron Miller and how good he is and his contract status becuase he seems like just the guy Lou gets around the deadline. I just hope hes not like Ken Klee. I havent seen like any LA games since im on the east coast and was just wondering to learn more about this guy so anythign you can tell me would be great.

  28. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    can you give me the admins email

  29. Uncleben says:

    sent you a PM

  30. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    got it, thanks a lot

  31. Uncleben says:

    no probs. good luck with that

  32. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    yeah, it makes no sense.

  33. BurnabyJoe says:

    Ok let's start with the McCabe trade. I do think it is fair because McCabe is good for 60 pts. He's a #1 defenseman who is offensively minded but is trying to improve his defensive play. NYI don't have a top defenseman nor do they have one locked in for more than one more season. Satan will put up arond 50 pts but is extremely lazy in his own zone which costs his team a good deal, unless he's got defensive dmen behind him, he's just not worth much. Chris Campoli is a 22 year old who was drafted 227 in 2004, this year he's put up 6 points in 16 GP with a +5 rating. Last year he put up 34 pts in 80 GP with a -16 rating. He does have offensive potential, that is obvious, but his defensive skills are still up in the air. He's not worth as much as people think he is.

    Aaron Miller is the prototipical defensive defenseman. He's big, throws hits, doesn't put up points, is a leader, rarely makes mistakes in his own zone. Played most of his career with Colorado, that's why I know him so well, but was traded in the Rob Blake deal. Unfortunately he went to the Kings where he's remained and been unapreciated. He should go to a contender who needs experience and leadership. I'd say out East since most of those teams are more offensive (except your Devils).

    Finally, Klee wasn't really a bust for NJ; he's a defensive defenseman who doesn't put up numbers. So far he's been fantastic for Colorado with 11 Pts and a +15 rating.

    Hope that helps clear things up.

  34. wheresthesoda says:

    the thing is, the rangers have a lot to offer, they just dont want to give it up, bc they want to keep prospects like Staal, Montoya, Dubinsky, Immonen, and Dawes, guys like that they dont want to trade, and i think and hope they dont plan on trading there 1st and 2nd round picks

  35. nj814 says:

    Yeah thanks alot for the clarification on Miller. He sounds like a pretty sound defender and that alot of teams should go after him. I see him being added to the Rangers since they are in need of defensive help. He sounds liek the perfect guy to help out thier hitting, defensive, and leadership needs. At first i thought of the Devils but with Hale back tonight and Matvichuck returning i doubt lou would trade for miller especially because of the cap situation. I think Matvichuck has been solid for the Devils when he was playing. I gotta disagree with you on Ken Klee however, on the Devils he was a pylon. He was a sound checker but was very slow footed, and got caught out of position many times. It does seem like he is having a good season on Colorado however.

    Now on to the McCabe deal. I guess in a way it is fair as Mccabe for Satan, but i think with Campoli included i give the nod to Toronto. I think he is still young and defensemen take much longer to develop and should not be given up on yet. If it was just maybe a prospect or a pick i think it would be more even.( Cap Conditions??)

    Also, i know you werent saying this or implying it but i hate how people dislike the Devils because of ther lack of scoring. People say the games are less exciting, btu i found the all star game to be extremly boring. I just dont understand how people can see a 6-3 game more exciting than a nailbiter with 1-0 with 30 seconds left. But as Brodeur said to the Islanders coach, if other teams are complaing, the Devils are doing good.

    P.S. I never knew you were a Colorado fan, that must be why you picked them to win the cup hahaha

  36. BurnabyJoe says:

    I think NJ is a fun team to watch, unless they get up by 3, then it's trap city and it's boring. Vancouver does the same thing. No problem with it.

    Yes Colorado is my team and have been since the Quebec days when Sakic played with Paul Stastny's father Peter. I wouldn't count Colorado out of the playoff race, they could be one of the dark horses going in.

  37. nj814 says:

    Yea I agree Nj does get boring to watch if up by 1 or 2 cause they just dump and chase, but otherwise when its a clsoe game and they are on the attack it is fun to watch Marty work.

    Also, I think the Avs will make the playoffs and will be tough to beat. I dont think this is their year yet tho but next year they should be even better. With young guys lkike Svatos, Liles, and Wolski, and Budaj? i think they are a very young and talented squad. I just hope Sakic stays around long enough to help guide these young guns. Also, i cant forget Hejduk who may not be having his best year but is ALWAYS dangerous

  38. Asquaredx2 says:

    How is McCabe a high value player?!?!?! He's outrageously overpaid, doesn't want to go anywhere, and can't play defense to save his life? No way the Islanders would give up Satan and Campoli! Face it, McCabe isn't going anywhere.  And Bobby Ryan isn't going to get traded unless there is some big-time talent coming back the other way, remember, this guy was picked directly after Sid the Kid.

  39. Asquaredx2 says:


  40. Asquaredx2 says:

    hmmm…..I don't see the Kings accepting just a 2nd round pick for Aaron Miller, I can't see the Panthers accepting just Hamel and a 4th round pick for Roberts, I can't see anybody taking Martin Gerber (so you'd probably have to try and demote him to the AHL, which he would refuse), I can't see John Muckler giving up Brian Lee AND Patrick Eaves (and Joe Corvo) for Ryan Smyth, I think Phoenix would want more than a third rounder for Curtis Joseph, I can't see how Ryan Smyth and Gary Roberts fit in anywhere in the Ottawa lines, and I can't see it all fitting under the salary cap. It would be neat though, and I would like to see
     Ryan Smyth and Gary Roberts in Sens' jerseys, but it just isn't probable. Plus, if Emery got hurt *knock on wood*, I'd rather see Gerberbetween the pipes than Joseph.

  41. BurnabyJoe says:

    And being picked right after a great player has what ramifications? Lecavalier was taken 1st overall in 98 and Legwand was 2nd. Sundin was 1st overall in 89 and Dave Chyzowski was 2nd. Just because you're drafted after a great player doesn't mean you inherit their greatness.

  42. captpantalones says:

    no chance hecht is moved. hes valuable to the sabres. but many of those guys would be nice fits, preferably gelinas and torres

  43. captpantalones says:

    no chance hecht is moved. hes valuable to the sabres. but many of those guys would be nice fits, preferably gelinas and torres

  44. DoubleDown says:

    mccabe is not a #1 defenseman…just because a dman puts up points, doesn't make him a good dman. same thing with souray. guys like mccabe and souray are PP specialists and don't have many dimensions to their game. mccabe is a trainwreck in his own zone and takes stupid, costly penalties. if he was such a #1 D, leaf fans wouldnt be itching to trade him.

  45. MrV says:

    Who is to say someone will be traded or will not, for the most part or this article i agree with the assumption of the players you chose. For everyone elese who is getting defensive about certain players like Hecht leaving buffalo who cares? do they really need him? im sure they could use some defencesive help opposed to more offense. As for McCabe, overpaid yes but he is NOT overrated he can score and as of recent his +/- has been respectable which makes him a good fit for any team in the new n.h.l. but you have to look at his no trade clause. I have been told from an annoymous source that he will NOT waive his no trade clause at the deadline this season and lets not get on our high horse about Satan terrible overrated and overpaid hockey player the NYI would have to put some package together just to get any decent defensman at the deadline if anyone would like to know some realities about your favourite teams or players send me a message and i'll try to get the scoop for ya
    take her eazy and if shes eazy take her twice


  46. Hoondog2 says:

    I proposed that Satan for McCabe trade on another post and I think it would be good for both teams.  I don't think the Leafs would get Campoli as well, but maybe some kind of pick.

  47. oldtimehockey says:

     Prucha for Brendan Morrison.  ?  Canucks fans are dreaming but.. could help them salary wise i think.

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