Who could go where?
With all these rumors lately, there has been a lot of teams and names mentioned but nothing happening. So who could go where? Here’s a list of potential names that could be changing adress very soon….
1)Colorado : aebischer(1.9M), tanguay(3.2M) or hejduk(3.7M).
need : goalie
With a goalie needed, and a top 7 one, colorado will likely have to get rid of one of their 2 offensive stars but my bet is on hejduk. I also bet you that in 3 yrs max tanguay will have a ”C” on his jersey…that guy is their future!
2) Montreal :souray(2.1M), ribeiro(1.1M), zednik(1.9M), bonk(2.4M), maybe theo(4.5M)
need : top 4 offence or a n.2 center + defenseman
What montreal needs right now is a top 4 guy both in offence and defense..sacrificing theo for that
is useless since they’ll have to trade them for a goalie. Maybe a package deal but i’m betting on offensive player because a good defense is hard to get via trades these days…look for one of the youngsters like perezhogin or kostitsyn to be used as trade bait!
3) Buffalo : Martin Biron(2.1M)
I don’t think that his good playing recently is going to make him stay in buffalo…..i just think it’s giving Sabres GM a tool to ask for more. Right now there’s nothing that they particularly need, just will go for the best offer!
4) Chicago : aucoin(4M), calder(1.3M), maybe lapointe(2.4M), maybe khabibulin(6.75M)
need : offensive help
Wow did the hawks bid wrong this summer!
With Aucoin, lapointe and khabibulin some saw the hawks in playoffs…even if i didnt i thought they would of been better! the problem with the hawks is that they overpaid these players and their contracts are the only reason why these players don’t interest anybody else…
5) St-louis : doug weight(5.7M), keith tkatchuk(7.6M)
need : goalie +top 3 defense + offense(young players)
Losing macinnis, pronger and demitra without replacing them and trying to be competitive is mission impossible! Larry Pleau (blues GM) destroyed the chances of his team to be a contender…now has to try to get rid of his 2 big players! Normally, trading those 2 would of been easy, but once again weith the cap, nobody will take their big contracts!
6) Washington : brendan witt(1.7M), olaf kolzig(4.9M)
need : offense + defense
This team just has to rebuilt around ovechkin … their problem is that they’re still paying some of jagr’s contract that is still included in the cap…
they’ll have to stay last for about 1 or 2 more yrs…but then they’ll be really dangerous if they draft well!
7) Pittsburgh : ryan malone(0.75M), sergei gonchar(5M), leclair (2.1M)
need : top 4 def + offense
It’s a shame that all the money invested in veterans didn’t pay-off…it’s also a shame they don’t give a chance to malone…imagine building around crosby-malkin-malone…in 2 or 3 years the lemieux leclair recchi and palffy should all be retired or very close to doing so…they have their goalie in fleury…they are lucky that they can count on 3 of the last 5 first overall picks!!now they just have to build around that and wasting money on old names isn’t the way to do so!
8) Vancouver : maybe ed jovanovski(4M), maybe todd bertuzzi (5.3M), maybe brendan morrison (3.2M )
need : goalie
I don’t think vancouver is going to trade one of their big players for a big goalie because they’ll be stuck with 2 n.1 goalies when cloutier will come back…what they really need is a temporary n.1 goalie..a veteran like sean burke or even chris osgood! but i doubt they’ll trade their big players this year!
So these were the MAIN players that are most likely to be traded next…
the cap is making things that much harder!
waiting for your comments…
remember i didn’t forget all the luongo talk but i just don’t think florida will trade him!
all the salaries were taken from www.nhlpa.com