Second half of NHL season will be dandy MOVIN' ON OUT The NHL trade deadl

Second half of NHL season will be dandy


The NHL trade deadline is March 3, just two days after play resumes following the Olympics. Always intriguing to watch are players bound for unrestricted free agency on teams out of the playoff hunt. These rental players are prime assets, as bottom-feeders try to stock up on futures, and contenders look for playoff depth without long-term obligation. Beyond Ilya Kovalchuk, some of the intriguing names potentially in that category are:

Slava Kozlov, Colby Armstrong and Pavel Kubina (Atlanta)

Saku Koivu (Anaheim)

Paul Kariya (St. Louis)

Ray Whitney, Matt Cullen (Carolina)

Jeff Halpern, Antero Niittymaki and Alex Tanguay (Tampa)

Martin Biron and Doug Weight (Islanders)

Raffi Torres (Columbus)

Steve Ott and Jere Lehtinen (Dallas)

Alexei Ponikarovsky, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak and Vesa Toskala (Toronto)

While some (such as Kozlov and Kariya) have no-trade clauses, it’s not unusual for a player to waive that right for a shot at a Stanley Cup.–second-half-of-nhl-season-will-be-dandy