Great list of players who could go before the deadline

Scott Burnside of ESPN provides a great listing of the players who could be available prior to the trade deadline. Some of the names on this list are the names that are often mentioned right here at HTR however it is always fun to see names such as Kovalchuck, Steve Sullivan, Gaborik and others mentioned as possibilities to be moved.

Some interesting names appear on this list such as Brendan Morrision who has been nothing short of a free agent bust for the Ducks and Fernandez in Boston. HTR feels that Fernandez would be a great player to pick up as a backup in order to provide some depth in goal with a player who has playoff experience.

Read the full article from and check out all of the players on this list.

HTR wants to know … what would your team give up for Kovalchuk?

21 Responses to Great list of players who could go before the deadline

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

     Kovalchuk's contract is much more appealling than Vinny's so I would love to get him. His cap hit is 6.4 million and is signed through next season. I would give up Higgins, Plekanec, Fischer, and a 1st rounder for him. How does that sound?

  2. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    quantity does not equal quality, Atlanta will keep kovalchuk.

  3. pezzz says:

    Kovalchuk will get more goals/points than these 2 players together. Fischer is looking like a bust. and the 1rst rounder will likely be low. so….no.

    Pacioretty, Komisarek, 1rst rounder.

  4. Kramer says:

    Fighting should be an event at the all-star game skills competition.

  5. I-BE-LEAF says:

    Agreed and there should be a contest for fans to win a chance to paticipate.  Kinda like Joes vs Pros…

    Parros vs fan in section 2, row 15, seat 9

  6. paulieplatypus says:

    If they had the top eight voted fighters fight off (eight – four – two – one/Champion)… The skills competition would actually need to be held in an outdoor stadium and/or put on pay-per view (maybe HBO???) to accommodate all the ticket requests.  Lots of $$$ could be generated to payed to the combatants as well as their respected teams inorder to make it worth everyones while… Even with the NHL, Bettmen, various questionable unions, and Don King (somehow???), getting most of the $$$ purse. 

  7. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Sounds like you will never be a GM.
    Why does everyone seem to think that you could get star players for that same deal all the time (Higgins, Plekanec, fairly decent prospect and 1st). Those guys really aren't that great. Plus Kovalchuk is probably one of the least likely guys to move now that his game has been rejuvinated after being named captain.

    If he were moved it would have to be like Andrei Kostitsyn, Mike Komisarek, Max Pacioretty, 1st Rounder for Kovalchuk and Colby Armstrong.

  8. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    This would actually fit in with the idea I've seen floating around about combining the winter classic and all-star game. Put the game in an outdoor rink and throw in fighting at the skills comp? Then you have the space to seat all the extra fans that would be interested. Imagine that. One other thing that the players need in the skill comp is some warm-up time because they couldn't seem to pull off all the creative tricks in the skills comp that they wanted to.

  9. SK74 says:

    lol dude your trade is ridiculous

  10. habskovalev27 says:

    lol…too much that's 3 1st round picks for one first draft pick…

  11. habskovalev27 says:

    every trade including Komisarek and a 1st is too much…

  12. nordiques100 says:

    Looking at the list, Lecavalier, Kovalchuk and Spezza will be the most difficult trades to pull off, so lets take them off the list.

    That leaves up front the following:


    And lets add the following:


    Arguably Antropov is in the top 5 in terms of demand.

    Gaborik's injury lessens his trade possibilities and value.

    Players like Weight, Morrison, Guerin, Tkachuk, Recchi, Roberts, Sillinger, pure rentals like Antropov but old and past their prime. They could still help but only in the short term and that a big if. Antropov is still young and someone a team could acquire and keep beyond this year for several years.

    Sullivan and McDonald carry injury concerns.

    Lupul, Olesz, Penner and Cleary would top the list…..if their contracts werent so excessive. Definitely on par with Antropov but may be easier to acquire big Nik with him being a rental with no financial ties after the season.

    Comrie, Vermette, Prucha, Afinogenov, Arnason are small soft players. They have decent skill and arent that old, but they're all having down years. Dont have the size with skill Antropov offers.

    thus that leaves Antropov, Higgins, Gaborik, Kozlov and Horton as the best catches out there.

    Kozlov – 1 yr left after this with high price tag. scoring again this season. has cup experience.

    Higgins – young and affordable. struggling with injuries this season. back now, if he starts to score the next month, may come off the market. linked to lecavalier trade

    Gaborik – injured or not, teams may take a chance. but thats a big chance and the cost still may be plentiful.

    Horton – big contract may deter interest. Also, price will be high for this still young forward.

    Antropov – slumping right now, but if he picks it up, could vault to being the best forward out there. Leafs need that cause could create bidding war, increase his value and bring Toronto a good return.

    Either way, Nik is a goner and he should bring decent assets to the Leafs.

  13. nyrhockey094 says:

    For Kovlachuk…. Dubinsky Sanguenetti Anisimov 1st 2nd

  14. Bure96 says:

    Mike Komisarek = Most overrated player in the NHL.

    Solid defender, but not a 1st pairing guy, and definitely not an all star.

  15. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Not really, say all you want about Kostitsyn's potential but he AND Pacioretty will never come close to a player of Kovalchuk's status. Even if you combined them together it would still never happen. Komisarek is overrated, but I meant to add in a 2nd rounder from Atlanta. But that's as far as I will go. You habs fans overrate your players so much, and I thought that was what us leafs fans were supposed to be known for.

  16. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    I also meant to add a 2nd from Atlanta. So it's basically:

    A Kostitsyn, Komisarek, Pacioretty, 1st


    Kovalchuk, Armstrong, 2nd

  17. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Isn't that a little bit over the top?
    Did nobody learn from the Hossa trade?

  18. pezzz says:


    a very very solid shutdown-physical d-man, but #2 workload is too much for him. and his offensive abilities are sooooooo limited that playing on a 1rst pair is making him almost a liability.

    if he gets 5 millions as some people are saying, it's crazy. if he gets more than Robyn Regehr or Scott Hannan, it's a shame. Heck, even Mike Commodore looks like an all-star this year. And we were saying 3.75 was too much for him. Komisarek deserves something between 3 and 4. 5 is crazy. even 4+ is crazy.

  19. pezzz says:

    Remove Sanguinetti or Anisimov or the 2nd rounder and you have a deal.

    but then…what? you waive Gomez? Redden? Drury? Roszival? you don't have the cap space to welcome Kovalchuk. one big name must go.

  20. Habs38 says:

    Komer will be the next Captain of Montreal Habs. Limited potential on offense but we win Champ with this king of heart physical players…

    And Montreal love this guy, a lot

  21. Habs38 says:

    Never Gainey will touch to his ''Plan''

    Sorry but Komer and Pacioretty will be the future for Habs. With what kids like Pacioretty and Dag give to Habs, with salary of theses two guys the habs was in good shape.


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