Several teams will HAVE to make trades

There have been many articles lately speculating possible trades. I say look at the numbers and you’ll see who HAS to make some moves before the puck drops in October.

Colorado, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas, Vancouver and especially New Jersey: These teams all have something in common – They are either above the cap as of now, or they are pretty close to it (leaving them little room to manuver during the season should they need to). These teams will most likely trade away some higher priced talent for draft picks or unproven youngsters in order to fit within the cap. Dallas could move players like Arnott, Boucher, Morrow or Lehtinen. Colorado may be forced to move one of their top guns (Sakic, Tanguay, Hejduk, Blake). Toronto may need to part ways with McCabe (or even Belfour if there is a taker). Philadelphia may move Gagne, Handzus or package 2 -3 players in a deal. Vancouver still has to fill out their roster and don’t have much room left to do it.

Boston & Anaheim have a similar problem. They are not yet at the cap max, but they still have lots of roster spots to fill. They may have to cut someone loose, or suffer having 8 unproven guys in the lineup which would hurt them when it comes to depth.

I think at the end of the day, the teams that have consistently strong seasons /playoffs will not be the teams with the 2,3 or 4 superstars but rather the temas that manage to have lots of depth (this is why Calagary will be very strong, and Edmonton won’t make the playoffs). Pronger is one of the best in the world, but Peca is not a #1 center (you can’t even compare him to Sakic, Forsberg, Sundin, Koivu, Naslund, Lecavalier, Thorton etc etc et c. The Oilers just don’t have depth.)

With all that being said, The likes of Carolina, Washington, Florida, Buffalo, Pittsburgh & San Jose may still become more improved between now and October 5th. These teams have been patient (with the exception of Pittsburgh) and they will now be able to make some very good trades with the teams that are in a tight spot (especially Jersey – Will they shop Brodeur, rafalski, Elias?? They may have to lose several depth guys in order to keep their stars (langenbrunner, kozlov, freisen, madden) – New Jersey may look like a very different team before it’s all said and done.

Your thoughts…..


58 Responses to Several teams will HAVE to make trades

  1. flyersfan10897 says:

    No they are not. I can’t say i would understand how elias doesnt count against the cap because he has hepatitis, ive never seen that rule.

    But either way, from what ive heard, hes only expected to miss the beginning of training camp, not the whole season, or even more than a few games at the beginning. So even if someway his salary isnt counting right now, when the season starts, it will be.

  2. flyersfan10897 says:

    and of those two “slug-footed defensemen” only two will play in a majority of games. It is not hard to comprehend that Hatcher and Rathje were not signed to score, to make terrific passes or score goals. Is there something you can’t understand about that? Like it or not, the word “defense” will still be used in hockey. It will be great to watch teams like the pens score 5 goals a game, but guess what, they have no defense, so they will give up 5 as well.

    The Flyers signed Hatcher and Rathje to play defense. Somehow you seem to be unaware that Kim Johnsson, Joni Pitkanen, and Dennis Seidenberg exist. Johnsson and Pitkanen are definitely two of the top five fastest defensemen in the league, and seidenberg isnt far behind. They can all shoot, pass, score, and play defense. So if you believe the Flyers defense is slow, its your own ignorance, not the truth. Not to mention, their other defensemen is Desjardins. He might not be as fast as he used to be, but he is still quick and more well-rounded than many believe.

    With the offense, you are somewhat right. We can’t place all the pressure on the rookies right now. And we have lost scoring from last year, most notably Recchi and Roenick. Leclair and Amonte were not nearly as productive as they should have been, so i personally see that as addition through subtraction. Zhamnov? thats a joke and you know it. He played about 18 games in the regular season and disappeared after the first round of the playoffs. He is not a loss, but more of a bonus for last season.

    They don’t have the best offense in the league, but they will still score more than 220 goals. If their defense and goaltending play like they should, it will be more than enough to get them another division title.

  3. nonhl2005 says:

    Which is what I said in the begining, they are UNDER the cap and NOT trading Gag’s or Hand’s at this point in time.

    You know you shouldn’t talk about your grandmother like that. Seems I hit a nerve somewhere, was it the fact that you realize Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania’s second city behind Philly, or was it the fact that you see the Pens fighting for their playoff lives again this season. A fight I might add they have lost more then won the past few years. Let’s keep it to hockey and the not the family SON.

  4. devs2112 says:

    I agree with you on this overstatement of the devils situation. First of all, Lou has never done anything remotely foolish when it comes to being fiscally responsible with the Devils. i’m sure he has plans for a trade before it gets to the point of needing to do so. The devs do have much depth in some positions where they can trade a few guys and Elias will not be one of them. This is a player who hasn’t even reached his full potential yet and everyone, especially Lou, knows this.

  5. devs2112 says:

    I agree with you on this overstatement of the devils situation. First of all, Lou has never done anything remotely foolish when it comes to being fiscally responsible with the Devils. i’m sure he has plans for a trade before it gets to the point of needing to do so. The devs do have much depth in some positions where they can trade a few guys and Elias will not be one of them. This is a player who hasn’t even reached his full potential yet and everyone, especially Lou, knows this.

  6. devs2112 says:

    I agree with you on this overstatement of the devils situation. First of all, Lou has never done anything remotely foolish when it comes to being fiscally responsible with the Devils. i’m sure he has plans for a trade before it gets to the point of needing to do so. The devs do have much depth in some positions where they can trade a few guys and Elias will not be one of them. This is a player who hasn’t even reached his full potential yet and everyone, especially Lou, knows this.

  7. devs2112 says:

    I agree with you on this overstatement of the devils situation. First of all, Lou has never done anything remotely foolish when it comes to being fiscally responsible with the Devils. i’m sure he has plans for a trade before it gets to the point of needing to do so. The devs do have much depth in some positions where they can trade a few guys and Elias will not be one of them. This is a player who hasn’t even reached his full potential yet and everyone, especially Lou, knows this.

  8. devils007 says:

    From NHL.com

    “Except in the case of bona fide long-term injury (injuries that sideline a player for a minimum of 24 days and 10 games) to one or more of a club’s players, Club payrolls will never be permitted to be below the minimum or in excess of the maximum. Clubs at or near the upper limit that have players who incur a bona fide long-term injury will be entitled to replace up to the full value of the injured player’s NHL salary (even if such salary would result in the club’s team salary exceeding the upper limit). The “replacement salary” will not count against the club’s upper limit but will count against the League-wide players’ share. Upon return of the injured player, the team must come into immediate compliance with the requirements of the payroll range.”

    And there is no set-date for Elias’ return. He’s not even skating yet and is expected to miss AT LEAST the start of training camp, probably far beyond.

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