Availible Players at Trade Deadline

With the clock ticking toward the March 9 trade deadline, dozens of names will surface as part of potential trades as teams jockey for playoff positioning. Here’s a look at some of those players and the probability they’ll actually change jerseys:

Doug Weight, St. Louis Blues: If Weight had a point for every time his name has been mentioned as trade bait since the start of training camp, he’d be a shoo-in for the scoring title. And Weight will be wearing a different sweater before March 9. An aging, expensive player who is about to become an unrestricted free agent, Weight doesn’t fit the Blues’ plans to get younger and cheaper. But the personable, talented Weight would look nice in any number of jerseys including Edmonton, Nashville and Buffalo. A warning: St. Louis GM Larry Pleau will be looking for a top scoring or goaltending prospect in return.

Jeff Friesen, Washington Capitals: Friesen has been a huge disappointment in Washington, which acquired the speedy forward at the start of the season. Friesen has played in just 14 games, collecting just three points, and will be out until mid-February with a sports hernia. Still, he could garner some interest from teams looking to bolster secondary scoring for the playoffs. He scored the winner in Game 7 of the 2003 Eastern Conference finals against Ottawa to help the Devils to their third Cup win.

Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues: The U.S. Olympian will be the subject of many rumors, but don’t look for him to leave St. Louis. He’s got another year left on his contract, and although he counts about $5 million against the cap, he is a piece around which the Blues can build. Plus, he wants to stay a Blue, a factor that can’t be overlooked.

Scott Gomez, New Jersey Devils: The former rookie of the year has never found a comfort level in Jersey, whether it was under Pat Burns or Larry Robinson. Given that GM Lou Lamoriello is determined to weed out parts that don’t fit in the Devils’ plan, Gomez is a prime candidate to depart the swamp. The nifty pivot has the skills to be an asset to any team, and both Calgary and Phoenix could use scoring help down the middle.

Owen Nolan (last seen in a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey): The rugged power forward doesn’t fit in the “trade debate” category as he doesn’t belong to anyone (at least according to the league and the Leafs, both of whom consider Nolan an unrestricted free agent). As such, Nolan might be the most coveted player on the market, as he won’t require a team to give up assets to acquire him, only money. Teams such as San Jose and Phoenix would love to bring Nolan aboard, provided he’s physically able. If he’s healthy, he has the potential to change the complexion of an entire team’s attack

Brian Leetch, Boston Bruins: With the Bruins as long-shots to make the playoffs, Leetch can expect to be dealt for the second straight NHL trade deadline (he went to Toronto from New York in March of 2004). Although he’s lost a step at age 37 (he’ll turn 38 the week before the trade deadline), Leetch continues to play big minutes in Boston and would add some power-play stability come playoff time. Think the Rangers still have a spare No. 2 hanging around Madison Square Garden somewhere?

Brendan Witt, Washington Capitals: Witt, a dependable stay-at-home defenseman, asked to be traded at the start of the season and it remains to be seen whether Caps GM George McPhee will accommodate him. The Caps are hungry for offensive prospects, but Witt won’t command much beyond draft picks.

Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins: Has there been a bigger free-agent gaffe than the Penguins’ five-year, $25-million gift to Gonchar? No. Is there a GM out there who would risk picking up that kind of baggage? Stranger things have happened. Still, even the most goal-starved, playoff-hopeful team will be reluctant to swing a deal for Gonchar, unless it means unloading salary on the other end. Look for Gonchar to remain a Penguin.

Tom Poti, New York Rangers: The Rangers appear to have a love-hate relationship with the talented native of Worcester, Mass. The former Oiler, who has just two goals in 33 games, will never live up to expectations, but the Rangers are loath to see the puck-moving defenseman blossom in another environment. Still, it’s hard to imagine Poti won’t be at the heart of any deal that would bring the Rangers a desperately needed scorer to help take the offensive burden off Jaromir Jagr.

Andrew Raycroft, Boston Bruins: The defending Calder Trophy winner has had a disastrous year in Beantown. His spotty play has seen him replaced as starter by Hannu Toivonen, and with the Bruins almost certain to miss the playoffs, he could be looking for a new home. With many teams looking for goaltending help or depth (Vancouver, Edmonton, Colorado to name three), it’s possible one would take a chance that a change of scenery might help Raycroft rediscover his game.

Martin Biron, Buffalo Sabres: Talk about a guy whose value is sky-high right now. When goalie of the future Ryan Miller went down with a broken thumb, Biron not only kept the Sabres on track with a 13-game personal winning streak, but he also single-handedly put GM Darcy Regier in the driver’s seat. Regier can now bring in either a top three defenseman or top six forward should he choose to make a move. Biron, in turn, could be the difference-maker in the Western Conference, where goaltending depth is almost nonexistent.

Mika Noronen, Buffalo Sabres: Economics and trade value seem to dictate that the Sabres will likely deal Biron if they deal any of their three netminders. But Noronen would certainly like to move on, and there is the feeling among some scouts that Noronen could be another Miikka Kiprusoff, waiting to shine when given his own starting assignment.

Dwayne Roloson/Manny Fernandez, Minnesota Wild: The Wild goaltending tandem has been, well, a tandem for so long, we instinctively link them together. But that’s about to come to an end as both will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Fernandez, who has played the marginal second fiddle to Roloson in spite of posting better numbers (again marginally), is most likely to move on. The Wild have recently surged into the Western Conference playoff hunt, adding another dynamic to GM Doug Risebrough’s thought process. If they stay close, do the defensive-minded Wild move one of their netminders for some offensive help, or do they keep both for a possible playoff run?

Jocelyn Thibault, Pittsburgh Penguins: Thibault was supposed to be the goaltending anchor that would backstop the high-flying Penguins to the playoffs. Ah, not quite. From day one, Thibault was terrible, and at one point waived by the Penguins. But under new coach Michel Therrien, Thibault has been in the lineup a little bit more frequently (he was stellar in a 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto earlier this week) and one can only assume it’s to showcase him in the hopes someone will want to commit cap space to the balance of his two-year, $3-million deal.

Please note that some of the information presented in this article was retrieved from espn.com


39 Responses to Availible Players at Trade Deadline

  1. Tweek says:

    I can actually see the nucks picking a guy like Raycroft up. He can play 50 out of 80 and him and giving him a fresh change of scenary would help. I think Weight is pretty much going to go to Ottawa. I see Leetch going to the rangers, its the only real place I can see him goin at this point.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Add Steve Thomas, who is keeping in shape. Could be added for injury insurance to some team (most likely Toronto)

    Add John LeClair

    Add Nedved (possibly)

    Add Tarnstrom and Odelein (both free agents)

    AND: There are rumors the Lightning might not have the cap room to bring Richards back for next year, so he could be traded, I think we’ll have to see how Tampa’s doing and Feester will assess that situation later.

    And Jokinen is a Free Agent but he made a statement that he wants to stay in Florida and he’s a Keenan favourite.

  3. mojo19 says:

    And minor note: Jamie Allison was complaining about his lack of ice time as preds 7th d-man, could be dealt.

  4. mojo19 says:

    And Nabakov was a scratch on monday, Wilson said it was to rest a sore groin, but Nabakov refused to comment except to say that he felt fine. Evgeny Nabakov is a free agent at the end of the season, so…..?

  5. redbeard says:

    Just like to add a couple names…Glen Murray, Sergei Samsonov (UFA at end of season), Mark Recchi, Dick Tarnstrom, Mark Parrish, Matthew Barnaby, Martin Lapointe, Jassen Cullimore, Mike Comrie, Brad Richards, John Leclair, Zigmund Palffy…it’s going to be interesting and with the Olympic break, I think a lot of GM’s will start talks with other GM’s about potential deals and that’s when we’ll find out how busy it is going to be.

    Being a Bruins fan, I just hope we can somehow ship Zhamnov off to someone, but I doubt it!

  6. wheresthesoda says:

    why’d you say Gomez??….the devils are hot, and lou lamorello will always go for another cup

  7. mojo19 says:

    i’m not sure, maybe hes a UFA after this year, and he’d be potentially available if Jersey were back in like 10th come march.

  8. PaulK123 says:

    I had actually found most of this info on ESPN.com,

    I wrote down the most noteable names, if you want to see other names go to ESPN.com

  9. suppaman says:

    Go plagiarism!

  10. wingerxxx says:

    lol I thought a lot of this info looked familiar!

  11. blindref says:

    I’m not sure about whose going where but the Oilers better pick up a goalie if they don’t want to be left out of the playoff picture. I believe in them but I KNOW that their goaltending needs to improve for them to be the top ranked team they’re capable of being.

    Look for Lowe to make a move for Biron probably. I doubt many teams in the west will be making a move with another team in the west if they’re both fighting for a playoff spot. With all the conference and divisional play I think most of the trades are going to be going between conferences.

  12. blindref says:

    Recchi will be going back to Philli (just my prediction, along with a bunch of other people)

    I don’t see Richards going anywhere, they need him if TB wants to make a run at defending the cup.

    Samsonov will stay put also if the Bruins think they’ll make the playoffs.

    Anyone looking for some veteran leadership for the playoffs might pick up Murray or make a move for Lapointe or Barnaby. The biggest problem right now is who has the cap space to do any big moves and what are they willing to give up?

  13. wingerxxx says:

    I still like Ottawa as the destination for Weight. The bit about Nolan being the most coveted player on the market is pretty funny. I don’t think so. I can’t see Pittsburgh sucessfully moving Gonchar. His trade value is beyond low right now. Maybe Recchi or Palffy, but not Gonch. It’s tough to say about Tkachuk. He does want to stay in St. Louis, and if he does, he won’t be a huge hit against the cap next year. And when he is actually healthy, he is still a great power forward. When he is healthy. If Leetch doesn’t go back to New York, I think he’ll definitely be on the move somewhere. Poti’s trade value is probably nil. I don’t think Friesen will be dealt until he can prove he is over his injury woes. I’m not sure it’s time to give up on Raycroft just yet.

  14. wingerxxx says:

    Nedved and LeClair are both dead weight right now. Neither player is what they used to be. I can’t see any team actually giving something up in a trade for either of these guys.

  15. neilios says:

    I dont want to see Raycroft in a Canucks uniform the guy lost his game maybe if they can get him for nothing like a 7th pick then he can back up Auld,but I would rather see Luongo,Biron,or maybe Toskela in Vancouver.

  16. neilios says:

    During the Canucks and Pens game last night the broadcasters where saying the Pens and Coyotes where trying to work out a deal and the names mentioned.

    To Pens-Nedved,Gauthier,Boucher,and a pick

    To Coyotes-Palffy and Gonchar

    Not a bad trade for the Coyotes if they wanna try get back into the playoff race and the Pens get a big Dman what they need someone that can actually play D and then the Pens can send down Fleury so they dont have to pay his bonus’s.

    The trades I been hearing in Vancouver and who might be playing in a Canucks uniform.

    To Canucks-Richards,Boyle,and Sarich

    To Lightning-Morrison,Jovo,and McCarthy

    Good trade for both teams the Lightning need a major shake up and the Canucks would get there #1 C and a couple good gritty Dmen in return.

    To Canucks-Luongo,VanRyan,and Commadore

    To Panthers-Auld,Jovo,McCarthy,King,and Berniar

    Good trade for both teams the Panthers would get the #1 Dman what they so despartly need,a pretty good goalie,and a couple good young players.The Canucks would get there #1 goalie what they never have since Captain Kirk left and a couple good Dman in return.

    To Canucks-Biron,Kalinin,McKee

    To Sabres-Jovo,McCarthy,and a pick

    Good trade for both teams the Sabres get there #1 Dman what they need if they wanna make a good playoff run,and the Canucks get a pretty good goalie and a couple gritty Dman.

    I wouldnt mind seeing Gomez in Vancouver too but I dont know who they would give up for him.

  17. Beckfan5 says:

    But when was the last time Jersey was in 10th place in March?

  18. Tweek says:

    You nucks fans can keep dreaming about loungo all you want but he’s not going there. Raycroft will be back and im quite sure of it, he just needs a fresh start and he signed late this year which may also have something to do with his struggles.

  19. habsoverserver says:

    bizarre factoid:

    Scott Gomez is the only player in NHL history to be referred to as a “nifty pivot” in both ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

  20. jody200411 says:

    Palffy just retired if you didnt notice dumb ass

  21. jody200411 says:

    To MOntreal: Aki Berg,Wade Belak and 3rd round pick

    To Leafs: Markov, Souray, 1st Round pick and maybe Ryder to make it even

    * Just as well post it now before some dumb Leaf fan does!

  22. Pock_53 says:

    yeah i don’t see Gomez being available, maybe kozlov he doesnt seem to be getting any ice time

  23. Stuv_Dogg says:

    Ahhhahhahahhahah. Loser.

  24. canaan says:

    Gonchar is an unmovable item at this juncture which is unfortunate for us dedicated to the blight that is the pittsburgh penguins fans. Furthermore, Thibault is also an unmovable item because his lack of ability as of late compounded by his nagging hip injury that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette referred to as “season ending.”

  25. canaan says:

    But hey it could be worse, Ziggy Palffy could retir…..uh oh.

  26. Neely4Life says:

    Weight to Ottawa for Varada, Kelly Gaurd and a 1st round pic

  27. neilios says:

    well I wrote this yesterday dipshit before he retired.

  28. wingerxxx says:

    No way that Weight will fetch a 1st round pick. Not with that salary, and his age. Especially not from John Muckler.

  29. deuceswild says:

    theres no way gomez is going newhere, the way he has been playing along with the devils. ALso, hes back with his old line putting up their old nice numbers. Weight has a better chance going to Philly with the whole Primeau thing going on. They need a quality power forward for the playoffs and some kind of leader, and Philly has tons of promising prospects they could offer up…

  30. neilios says:

    I can see Weight going to the Canucks now that Brewer is out for awhile now.The Canucks have lots of D depth in the minors I can see a deal going down like this.

    To Canucks-Weight

    To Blues-Park,King,McCarthy,and a 2nd round pick

    Not a bad trade for the Blues since Weight is only a rent a player and they get a couple speedy wingers and a pretty decent Dman that has some potential,and maybe the Canucks can sign him for about a mill or 2 in the off season if he does good in the playoffs.

    2nd move I see the Canucks making is picking up a decent back up for Auld someone not to expensive so I would say Toskela or Raycroft.

  31. Nemix says:

    Since we are on the trade speculation.. here is a few bullseyes and bandaid suggestions

    Ottawa : 2nd line centre depth in question (doesnt white look good right now?) injuries on defense, Left winger to take bulk on 2nd line

    Problem : Necessity to keep salary space to resign key senators

    Solution : Get the most out for the least dollar

    Bullseye : Mike Sillinger, St Louis Blues .. Decent faceoff /setup man bound to break into the 20 goal mark very soon. Also played in ottawa before so familiar to some of the players that could be linemates Salary is rather low too .. On target

    Bandaid : Injuries in and out of defense, Require someone add depth only for short term

    Long shot : Rachunek … free angent who has played in ottawa before, could he had for small

  32. pensfanalltheway6687 says:

    In my opinion, look for the pens to get a center, not a good one but maybe a 3rd liner from a play-off team looking to acquire a vet(Recchi or LeClair).

  33. mojo19 says:

    I agree they won’t get much of a return, but I could see a lte draft pick going for either one to a playoff or potential playoff team with some cap room.

    John LeClair is just going to have to adjust his game and be more of a role player with limited ice time on a team like say…Anaheim, or San Jose.

  34. mojo19 says:

    Actualy, leaf fans dont write shit like that too much anymore, its mostly habs fans.

  35. cecilturtle says:

    Why would the Devils trade Gomez? Since Elias has come back, as I predicted, they have been the best team in hockey. Gomez centering Elias and Gianta… This could be / become the best line in hockey? Gomez is one of the best passers in the game. Now that the Devils have two players who could score as his wings… Watch Gomez’s stats increase every game that goes bye. Its kind of funny, If Elias had not gotten sick and was playing with Gomez and the Devils all year long??? Gomez, with the stats he would put up with Elias, would have been picked to play on team USA! Oh well.

    Cecil Turtle

  36. Neely4Life says:

    Well, if Ottawa finishes where they should, there will be no defference between their 2nd and 1st round pick. Thus u just sweeten the deal to pick up wieght.

  37. 92-93 says:

    pretty pathetic and immature.

  38. 92-93 says:

    Add Jason Allison and Ken Klee to that list as well.

    as much as i’d hate to see either of them leave.

  39. HalGillTheNew99 says:

    I heard that the Bruins were thinking about trading Leetch for Poti. That takes care of two of those names on the list.

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