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

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

  1. honestabe says:

    I'll answer that question in 2 parts.
    – Yes Philly was on crack when they made that deal.  He's good, but not that good.    Basically it was the same trade as the Oiler trade, but for a 3 year older d-man.
    – Kaberle's value in a trade is probably very close to that of Pronger's because he's cap friendly, younger, and his skills especially on the PP are extremely sought after at the trade deadline. 

    Kaberle is easily the best asset the leafs have to trade.  The question is should the leafs be sellers at the trade deadline.  Should they trade away some of their better players and more valuable trade assets like Kaberle, Blake, Hagman etc to restock the organization, eventhough it probably means that they will finish closer to the bottom of the standings and thus make those Boston picks even more valuable.  Or should they play it quietly, maybe only trading some of their depth players like Mayers, Primeau, Exelby, Finger, and then in the off-season consider some bigger trades.

  2. honestabe says:

    souray is a 1 trick pony.   He's a pp specialist.  That's all.  When he's not on the power play, he's a liability on the ice.   Just ask Jason Spezza.  Hamrlik on the other hand can play.  He's not a top pairing guy, but he's easily a top 4 d-man for sure. 

  3. mojo19 says:

    He won't be playing by himself forever. You seem to think that he's on a 1 or 2 year deal, or that he's in his 30's and about to be passed his prime. This is a 22 year old guy to have for years to come. Little bit of perspective Leafy.

  4. leafy says:

    Sorry, I'd take the two high first picks and get two cracks at landing a franchise player.

  5. the_word says:

    People talk about Kaberle as if his defensive game is setting up opponents for one timer goals. He's not physical but its not like he turns the puck over or that he's weak on the puck.  He's not a a defensive liability nor is he a stud in his own end.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Do yourself a favour. Look at some previous drafts and see how hit and miss a top 10 pick in the draft is. I think it will put your mind at ease.

  7. cam7777 says:

    Yea, that's what I mean.  People just have to look for a way to pull him down because he's a Leaf.  If he went to the Red Wings, he'd be the greatest thing since sliced bread…

  8. KingCanada says:

    Well that was pretty ignorant of u….

    Kaberle has a gold and silver at the World Championships and he has an Olympic bronze.  I dont think it's fair mentionning the Olympics or any international accolades considering Canada wins most of those tournaments.  Kaberle is easily the Czech's best defenceman.

    Pronger also played on better teams then Kaberle hence the Stanley cup.  Im not trying to say Kaberle is better because he is not…I just dont like ur comparison and I think it's a lil unfair.

  9. TmLeafan says:

    My beef with Wilson is our penalty kill being absolutely brutal.  He has done nothing to turn our penalty kill around, it shouldnt be this bad and the coach needs to take some responsibility for this.

  10. the_word says:

    Agreed, it erks me that as a Leafs fan you sell your assets short or else you're dreaming in rose coloured glasses. Imagine Ian White coming up through the Wings organization, everyone would be saying Holland does it again. Kaberle was what? A 7th round pick, why isn't Quinn called a genius?

  11. bbruins37 says:

    lol i guess you can think that. watching him for 3 years in boston, thats just the player he is. one of the most hot and cold guys ive ever seen

  12. bbruins37 says:

    stamkos wasnt hyped up at all (or at least relative to most of the other first overalls). since 2004, crosby and ovechkin were on different levels than everyone, then tavares would come next, then probably johnson, then stamkos, then kane.

    what "main scouting agencies" are you even talking about?

    lol thats a great prediction youve got there. oh and hall has more than a toe drag move, so i wouldnt quite call him kessel 2.0. and youre basing hall being hot and cold on what? oh yeah, nothing yet again

  13. bbruins37 says:

    did i say JUST three years ago? nope. that was part of your argument and im saying that that's supid to bring up. and even if you want to go by the last three years, you can go by that the leafs always do what's worst for their team: suck, but pick it up enough not to get a high pick. the worst thing for them to do this year would be to tank and give boston the pick. we'll see what happens

  14. the_word says:

    Funny thing about logic is that it always loses to power.

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