Trade Deadline Preview – Eastern Conference

Find out what each team needs going into the playoffs, and what they may give up to get it. Which teams are sellers, and which team are buyers? I do remind you, that I am not saying that everyone here will be moved. These are just possibilities.

ATLANTA

Buyer/Seller: Depends on how they do in the next 2 weeks. A winning streak, they will be buyers. A losing streak will make them sellers

What they need: They need everything. This team is falling and falling fast.

Who might go: The Thrashers may move Randy Robitaille and there will be a lot of interest in Marc Savard. I’m sure that they’ll make an effort to move Dafoe. Also, Shawn McEachern will attract some interest.

BOSTON

Buyer/Seller: Buyers, but don’t be surprised if they stick to their guns.

What they need: They need a solid defenceman and may think of adding a top 9 forward.

Who might go: They may think of moving Samsonov to get a D-man. These are long shots but they’ll probably listen to offers for Glen Murray and Brian Rolston who are unrestricted free-agents in the summer.

BUFFALO

Buyer/Seller: Most likely sellers unless they can get on another hot streak.

What they need: Depth on D, and 3rd and 4th line help.

Who might go: Martin Biron, Curtis Brown, Jay McKee, Miro Satan, Taylor Pyatt and Zhitnik who will be a free-agent. These guys will only move if the Sabres fall out of playoff contention.

CAROLINA

Buyer/Seller: Sellers

What they need: Cheap, young players.

Who might go: Jeff O’Neill, Rod Brind’Amour, Arturs Irbe, Aaron Ward, Marty Murray, and Jamie Storr. Sean Hill has a no-trade clause and may be reluctant to waive it.

FLORIDA

Buyer/Seller: Sellers of veterans, but may look to add some players for next year.

What they need: Top 2 Defenceman, power winger and a centerman who’s good at faceoffs.

Who might go: Viktor Kozlov, Andreas Lilja, Kriatian Huselius, Nik Hagman, Matt Cullen, Pavel Trnka, Donald Audette, Lyle Odelein.

MONTREAL

Buyer/Seller: Buyer, only if price is right.

What they need: Big strong winger and centerman.

Who might go: Yanic Perreault, Craig Rivet, Marcel Hossa, Ron Hainsey.

NEW JERSEY

Buyer/Seller: Buyer

What they need: Defenceman

Who might go: Igor Larionov, but probably will only move prospects.

ISLANDERS

Buyer/Seller: Buyer if opportunity arises. I wouldn’t expect any blockbusters.

What they need: Strong defensive defenseman.

Who might go: Janne Niinima, Dave Scatchard.

RANGERS:

Buyer/Seller: Seller

What they need: A new team

Who might go: Everyone’s available.

OTTAWA

Buyer/Seller: Already went shopping but may look to add one more piece.

What they need: The Sens may look to acquire another top 4 defenceman.

Who might go: Most likely no one off the roster, but if another d-man is going to be brought in, Karel Rachunek, Shane Hnidy or Brian Pothier might move.

PHILADELPHIA

Buyer/Seller: Similar situation as the Senators.

What they need: Have already acquired what they were looking for, but may look for depth at forward. Depending on the health of Primeau and Roenick.

Who might go: May try to move expensive winger John LeClaire, but probably won’t find a taker. But Clarke has made big, unexpected trades before.

PITTSBURGH

Buyer/Seller: Seller but don’t have much to sell.

What they need: Everything except a goalie.

Who might go: Tarnstrom, Morozov, Buchberger, Eastwood.

TAMPA BAY

Buyer/Seller: Buyer

What they need: Depth at forward and experience.

Who might go: Martin Cibak, draft picks, prospects.

TORONTO

Buyer/Seller: Buyer

What they need: Defenceman, may look for a dependable back-up.

Who might go: Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikoravski, young prospects. May consider dealing Kaberle.

WASHINGTON

Buyer/Seller: Have already sold most of their team, and are probably not done.

What they need: Everything that’s cheap, young and has potential.

Who might go: Olaf Kolzig, Brendan Witt, Segei Gonchar, Mike Grier.