Home Improvements Part I
Seeing as how people don’t like to discuss any possible trade rumors here at Hockey TRADE RUMORS.com, I took it upon myself to think of the most pressing need for each NHL team, and use my vast imagination to think up a fair trade that would address that need.
Here we go…comments welcome…
ANAHEIM: The Ducks could use some size, preferably accompanied by some goals. A big power forward would be nice. I know this hurts, Ducks fans, but…
Possible trade: Vitaly Vishnevski and Andy MacDonald to Philly for Keith Primeau, Chris Therien, 3rd-round pick.
ATLANTA:Where to begin…well, for starters, a big defenseman would be nice. If they could steal McLaren or Morris, they’d be doing alright.
Possible trade: Tomi Kallio and Chris Tamer to Boston for Kyle McLaren.
BOSTON: A goaltender who can steal a game. I just don’t think Shields wil cut it. Also, an irritating forechecker who pesters and can score too.
Possible trade: Martin Lapointe and Steve Shields to St.Louis for Fred Braithwaite, Jamal Mayers and a 2nd round-pick.
BUFFALO: Goals, goals, goals…the Sabres still aren’t far away from being a good team, but they need a scorer, and now.
Possible trade: Tim Connolly, Alexei Zhitnik and a 5th-round pick to Ottawa for Radek Bonk, Sami Salo, and a 4th round-pick.
CALGARY: They need some 2nd line support for Iggy and Co. They have a surprisingly solid blueline, so they do have trade bait with which to nab a decent scorer.
Possible trade: Dave Lowry, Denis Gauthier, 2nd-round pick to NYR for Radek Dvorak.
CAROLINA: The Canes could use a clutch goal scorer, something they obviously didn’t have in the Stanley Cup finals. Bite the bullet, deal some kids.
Possible trade: Erik Cole and Niclas Wallin to Boston for Brian Rolston and a 4th-round pick.
CHICAGO: A big, irritating forward who can get under the oppositions skin, and pump some goals in, too.
Possible trade: Lyle Odelein and Steve Thomas to Toronto for Travis Green and Wade Belak.
COLORADO: I’ve said it before, get somebody in front of the net on the PP. A big guy to replace Deadmarsh would be good, so would a solid defenseman.
Possible trade: Steve Reinprecht, Alex Riazantsev and a 5th-round pick to NYI for Brad Isbister, Mattias Timander, and a 7th-roud pick.
COLUMBUS: I like what they did with their defense, and Cassels can only help their offense, but they still need some depth forwards, and likely a backup goalie, too.
Possible trade: Jean-Luc Grand Pierre, Chris Nielsen and a 8th-round pick to Pittsburgh for Dan LaCouture and Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
DALLAS: What didn’t they do??? I shudder to think that the Stars are a Western Conference force again, and I don’t know what they need to improve on. Maybe a really nasty 4th liner.
Possible trade: Darryl Sydor to Tampa Bay for Andre Roy and Mathieu Biron.
DETROIT: They need to stockpile some young guys. I know they have Datsyuk and Dandenault, but they could use someone who is a potentialup-and-comer, ya know???…that’s all I could really think of.
Possible trade: Darren McCarty and Mathieu Dandenault to Pittsburgh for Kris Beech, or to Washington for Brian Sutherby.
That’s all the time I have for now, I’ll start on Edmonton tomorrow.