Now that Steven Stamkos is no longer in play heading into the Feb. 29 trade deadline, does Andrew Ladd become the biggest name who possibly might be moved?
It’s more likely Washington is in the market for a depth defenseman. Brooks Orpik has missed 40 games with a lower-body bone injury, but he could be back in the lineup when the Capitals play the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Can't say I understand White/Chabot being untouchable. If you're serious about winning now, you include them in deal for Drouin in a second.
— James Gordon (@James_J_Gordon) February 13, 2016
With the NHL’s trade deadline approaching, check out TSN Hockey’s Top 10 players most likely to be dealt by 3pm et on Monday, Feb. 29.
Frederik Andersen could be the everyday starting goalie for a number of NHL teams. He was that for the Ducks last season and he could still become the one they lean on.
But when it comes to the upcoming trade deadline, Andersen is also one of their most attractive pieces to dangle if they want to seriously look in that direction with the mild-mannered netminder.
Andersen is wrapping up a two-year contract that’s paying him $1.3 million this season. It has been a remarkably affordable deal for the Ducks but that’s going to change as his next contract will easily be worth more.
With the Feb. 29 trade deadline nearing, and the franchise in a retool-on-the-fly mode, the fact Burrows is 34 and has a year left on his contract at a $4.5-million US salary-cap hit made the Saturday report by Hockey Night in Canada insider Elliotte Friedman thought-provoking.
A little less than three weeks ago, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said it was difficult to get a feel for who might be available at the Feb. 29 trade deadline because of how many teams were on the playoff bubble.
“The biggest thing is, you’re not quite sure what’s available around the league,” Bowman said. “At this point, there’s a lot of clustering in the standings. And in order for trades to happen you have to have teams that are willing to look toward next year.”
The Canucks will get calls on defenceman Dan Hamhuis now that he’s back from his facial injury. He’d be a nice fit for a team looking to get somebody solid to help them go deep into the playoffs. He’s suggested he wants to stay with the Canucks but is going to have to take a pay cut if that’s going to happen. GM Jim Benning has indicated his roster is about to get younger.
And who might become available as a 27-year-old free agent on July 1, 2018?
Why, none other than John Tavares.
“They were in hard on Jonathan Drouin… There hasn’t been a lot of results on that front, but I don’t think it’s been a lack of (activity).
As one of the top NHL players set for free agency this summer, would Okposo, the St. Paul native and former Gopher, consider returning home to play for the Wild?
“That’s something so many people ask me about,” Okposo said.
Blundell, citing the same anonymous source who informed him that Mike Babcock would sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs if certain conditions were met, said the Leafs may be prepared to make a play for Stamkos’s negotiating rights this summer with the intention to pay $11-$12 million per year over an eight-year term.
Despite all the chatter, my understanding is #Isles have zero interest in a Hamonic-for-Trouba swap — now or in the summer.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 12, 2016