With seven weeks to go before the March 5 NHL trade deadline, USA TODAY Sports columnist Kevin Allen looks at seven teams that might feed the marketplace:
In the summer of 2016, unless he extends his contract between now and then, Stamkos will be an unrestricted free agent. There are those who believe that playing for the Leafs would be a dream for Stamkos, although you often hear that about this player or that player.
Still, the attraction of going home helped the Leafs sign David Clarkson, whether you like that one or not.
Mike, the trade deadline is soon approaching. It looks like the Stars will probably be sellers. Who goes and what can we get in return?
It’s tough, but I like to look at last season. They moved Morrow and Jagr and Roy and ended up getting some nice prospects in Joe Morrow, Cody Payne, Kevin Connauton and Cameron Gaunce. I think Vern Fiddler would definitely be dangled, and I think they would ask if Whitney or Cole want to be traded (they have no-trade clauses). They might even look into Daley or Goligoski if there is a market out there. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Buffalo Sabres are in danger of losing not one (Thomas Vanek) but two of the co-captains with whom they began the 2013-14 season. Brad May, however, believes, Steve Ott, a pending UFA, will remain in Buffalo past the deadline due to his relationship with new coach Ted Nolan. Mark Spector thinks Ott will be shopped to a contender for a prospect or pick; he sees the Vancouver Canucks as the best fit here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hc-trade-tracker-steve-ott/