BRUCE GARRIOCH Identifies each teams needs and what is available
Let the shopping begin.
With the NHL trade deadline set for Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., many of the league’s 30 GMs are still trying to figure out whether they’re going to be buyers or sellers.
At last year’s deadline, there were 31 deals involving 55 players.
It would be hard to believe that is going to happen again.
Anaheim Ducks — Buyers
NEEDS: They were able to add a top-four defenceman by bringing back Francois Beauchemin from Toronto. May add depth winger.
THEY’D MOVE: LW Jason Blake, D Andreas Lilja, D Paul Mara, C Todd Marchant.
Boston Bruins — Buyers
NEEDS: Now that they’ve lost C Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) for the season, they’ll seek depth up front. Want to add a puck-moving blueliner.
THEY’D MOVE: D Andrew Ference, D Mark Stuart, W Blake Wheeler.
Buffalo Sabres — Sellers
NEEDS: With a new owner coming in, GM Darcy Regier is on a short leash. Won’t do much more than deal for picks.
BEING SHOPPED: C Tim Connolly, RW Mike Grier, C Jochen Hecht, C Rob Niedermayer, D Craig Rivet.
Calgary Flames — On the fence
NEEDS: Jay Feaster’s tenure as interim GM has been under-whelming. Apparently, the Flames are much happier, but he’s done nothing in terms of moves.
IF THEY SELL: D Jay Bouwmeester, LW Curtis Glencross, C Olli Jokinen.
Carolina Hurricanes — On the fence
NEEDS: GM Jim Rutherford hasn’t decided if he’s a buyer or seller. The ’Canes wanted to get younger until they caught up to Thrashers in race.
IF THEY SELL: RW Erik Cole, RW Chad Larose, D Joni Pitkanen.
Chicago Blackhawks — Buyers
NEEDS: They don’t have much cash and made all of their moves after winning the Cup. Added forward Michael Frolik last week in a deal with Florida. Goaltending a bit suspect.
THEY’D MOVE: D Nick Boynton.
Columbus Blue Jackets — Sellers
NEEDS: They’ve been looking for a puck-moving D for two years. The clock is ticking on GM Scott Howson.
BEING SHOPPED: C Derrick Brassard, G Steve Mason, D Fedor Tyutin, D Jan Hejda.
Dallas Stars — Buyers
NEEDS: They have the biggest chip with pending UFA C Brad Richards, but he likely won’t be moved. If the bankers running the team clear the money, expect the Stars to get a blueliner.
THEY’D MOVE: C Mike Ribiero.
Detroit Red Wings — Buyers
NEEDS: Part of the reason the Wings have remained successful is they don’t panic. They signed G Evgeni Nabokov only to lose him on waivers to the Islanders.
THEY’D MOVE: RW Patrick Eaves, D Ruslan Salei.
Edmonton Oilers — Sellers
NEEDS: The Oilers are in full rebuild mode. They won’t be seeking anything more than draft picks.
BEING SHOPPED: RW Dustin Penner, D Ladislav Smid, C Shawn Horcoff.
Florida Panthers — Sellers
NEEDS: GM Dale Tallon has been tasked with rebuilding this team from top to bottom.
BEING SHOPPED: RW Radek Dvorak, LW Rostislav Olesz, LW Chris Higgins, D Bryan McCabe, LW Cory Stillman, G Tomas Vokoun.
Los Angeles Kings — Buyers
NEEDS: They want to add scoring up front. They’d like a big-name player. Failed to land Marian Gaborik from the Rangers.
THEY’D MOVE: C Michal Handzus, LW Alexi Ponikarovsky.
Minnesota Wild — On the fence
NEEDS: Would like to add a winger to play with Mikko Koivu if they stay in playoff race. If Wild falls out, will unload pending UFAs.
IF THEY SELL: LW Andrew Brunette, C John Madden, RW Chuck Kobasew, RW Antti Mietinen, G Jose Theodore.
Montreal Canadiens — Buyers
NEEDS: Looking to add blue-line help and size up front. They’ll certainly look at Ottawa D Chris Phillips.
THEY’D MOVE: C Scott Gomez, LW Andrei Kostitsyn, D Yannick Weber.
Nashville Predators — Buyers
NEEDS: Already added their big piece by picking up Ottawa C Mike Fisher without taking anyone off the roster. Need to keep re-sign pending UFA D Shea Weber.
THEY’D MOVE: RW J.P. Dumont.
New Jersey Devils — Sellers
NEEDS: Someone to play with Ilya Kovalchuk for the next decade or so. A replacement for Martin Brodeur when he retires.
BEING SHOPPED: C Jason Arnott, D Colin White, LW Brian Rolston, C Dainius Zubrus.
New York Islanders — Sellers
NEEDS: You name it, they want it. GM Garth Snow’s hands tied by the fact he can’t spend any money. They’ll just try to unload.
BEING SHOPPED: D Radek Martinek, D Milan Jurcina, C Zenon Konopka, C Doug Weight.
New York Rangers — Buyers
NEEDS: If they’re going to do anything in the post-season, they need a QB for the power play. Will likely make a pitch for Blues D Eric Brewer.
THEY’D MOVE: D Matt Gilroy, C Todd White, D Michael Del Zotto.
Ottawa Senators — Sellers
NEEDS: Goalie is the No. 1 priority. Won’t get it here.
BEING SHOPPED: D Chris Campoli, D Sergei Gonchar, C Chris Kelly, RW Alex Kovalev, D Filip Kuba, D Chris Phillips, C Peter Regin, LW Jarrko Ruutu.
Philadelphia Flyers — Buyers
NEEDS: The Flyers might bring in a goalie for insurance or a depth forward like Carolina’s Erik Cole. Not a lot of cap space.
THEY’D MOVE: RW Nikolai Zherdev.
Phoenix Coyotes — On the fence
NEEDS: They were one of the most active teams at the deadline last season.
IF THEY SELL: D Adrian Aucoin, RW Lee Stempniak, RW Radim Vrbata.
Pittsburgh Penguins — Buyers
NEEDS: The loss of C Evgeni Malkin and the uncertainty of the Sidney Crosby situation means the Pens will go shopping for a scoring forward.
THEY’D MOVE: RW Aaron Asham, C Michael Rupp.
San Jose Sharks — Buyers
NEEDS: GM Doug Wilson likes to stick his nose into every deal out there. Really needs a defenceman.
THEY’D MOVE: RW Devon Setoguchi, D Niclas Wallin.
St. Louis Blues — Sellers
NEEDS: The Blues have fallen off the map again this season and need to get more scoring. They have money issues, but financing is supposed to be close.
BEING SHOPPED: D Eric Brewer, C Brad Boyes, D Erik Johnson.
Tampa Bay Lightning — Buyers
NEEDS: Bolts GM Steve Yzerman wants to add a quarterback for the power play. Yzerman won’t deal top draft picks.
THEY’D MOVE: LW Simon Gagne, G Dan Ellis, G Mike Smith.
Toronto Maple Leafs — Sellers
NEEDS: They were able to get a scoring forward in Joffrey Lupul, but want more. Phil Kessel hasn’t worked out so far.
BEING SHOPPED: G J.S. Giguere, D Tomas Kaberle, D Mike Komisarek, RW Kris Versteeg.
Vancouver Canucks — Buyers
NEEDS: GM Mike Gillis may add some depth up front. Have some injuries suddenly on defence.
THEY’D MOVE: Nobody. Don’t need to make changes.
Washington Capitals — Buyers
NEEDS: GM George McPhee hasn’t shown a great ability to moves. Many believe he still needs a goalie and centre.
THEY’D MOVE: D Scott Hannan, C Matt Hendricks.