Whos Going Where…And For What?
Bruce Garrioch of the Sun gives his look on what all the teams in the NHL will be looking for and willing to give up….
- CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
WHAT THEY WANT: The ‘Hawks need everything, but they’re not expected to be buyers. GM Mike Smith would like to deal off an older, expensive veteran for a cheap prospect.
AUCTION ITEMS: Would like to move D Phil Housley, along with D Lyle Odelein, LW Chris Simon, RW Steve Thomas, C Mike Eastwood and F Igor Korolev. Smith won’t deal the kids.
- CALGARY FLAMES
WHAT THEY WANT: Anybody who knows how to put the puck in the net. Ideally, they’d like to get a legitimate playmaking centre to skate with Jarome Iginla and an offensive blue liner.
AUCTION ITEMS: Trying to move C Craig Conroy and D Bob Boughner. D Denis Gauthier also is available and the Flames would love to move G Roman Turek.
- ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Ducks would like to get more size up front. They’ve talked to the Senators about LW Magnus Arvedson, but have only offered draft picks in return.
AUCTION ITEMS: Anybody, but W Paul Kariya. The word is the Ducks wouldn’t mind moving either veteran D Keith Carney or possibly veteran D Fredrik Olausson. They’ll be quiet.
- COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Jackets would like to get young prospects because they don’t have enough in their system. They would love to have Ottawa D Tim Gleason.
AUCTION ITEMS: LW Ray Whitney, C Andrew Cassels and LW Geoff Sanderson are all UFAs. If they’re not signed by March 11, they’ll be dealt. RW Grant Marshall is also available.
- NASHVILLE PREDATORS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Preds would like to have another blue liner or a top-six forward, but they’re not going to get that at the deadline. They’ll wait until the summer.
AUCTION ITEMS: Nashville would like to move D Cale Hulse, who’ll be a UFA, or possibly D Bill Houlder. Meanwhile, LW Brent Gilchrist has been a healthy scratch of late and is available.
- COLORADO AVALANCHE
WHAT THEY WANT: The Avs won’t be looking for a major overhaul at this deadline. They’d like to add a touch of grit up front and a penalty killer. Let’s face it, they’re loaded.
AUCTION ITEMS: The word out of Colorado is the Avs are going to deal either C Dean McAmmond or RW Dan Hinote to Buffalo in exchange for C Stu Barnes.
- MINNESOTA WILD
WHAT THEY WANT: GM Doug Risebrough hasn’t got any cash, which means he can’t afford to go out and spend. It’s almost a guarantee they won’t bring anybody in.
AUCTION ITEM: Everybody wants RW Marian Gaborik, but he’s not available. Might be willing to move D Lubomir Sekeras to a team that offers a pick. Boring.
- DALLAS STARS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Stars have been looking for help by getting a third-line centre. They asked about Rangers C Mark Messier, but were told he wasn’t interested in leaving the Big Apple.
AUCTION ITEMS: Dallas isn’t in the mood to shake up its team. The club is battling for first place overall this year, which means they’ll use draft picks or prospects.
- PHOENIX COYOTES
WHAT THEY WANT: Are looking to get younger and cheaper. That’s why W Claude Lemieux was dealt to Dallas earlier this year. They’ll take prospects in return.
AUCTION ITEMS: Will deal D Teppo Numminen, if he drops his no-trade clause, along with G Sean Burke and possibly LW Brad May. Don’t laugh, but RW Tony Amonte could be had.
- DETROIT RED WINGS
WHAT THEY WANT: Would like to get a top-four veteran defenceman such as Phoenix blue liner Teppo Numminen. D Jiri Fischer isn’t expected to return until the start of the playoffs.
AUCTION ITEMS: D Maxim Kuznetsov, D Jesse Wallin and D Mathieu Dandenault can be had, along with Fs Jason Williams and Sean Avery. Would rather not touch roster.
- ST. LOUIS BLUES
WHAT THEY WANT: Guess what? They need a goalie. GM Larry Pleau has talked to Carolina about Arturs Irbe and Phoenix concerning Sean Burke. Either would be an improvement.
AUCTION ITEMS: The Blues don’t have much to give up because they’ve been banged up all season. They can only offer LW Shjon Podein, and that won’t bring much back.
- EDMONTON OILERS
WHAT THEY WANT: They’d love to get help on their left side and have held talks with the Jackets about LW Geoff Sanderson if he’s put on the trade market.
AUCTION ITEMS: Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t going to move either C Todd Marchant or RW Anson Carter, which means they’ll use prospects to rent a player.
- VANCOUVER CANUCKS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Canucks can’t afford to rent-a-player, but they wouldn’t mind a shot at Buffalo C Chris Gratton to add size up front. They don’t need much.
AUCTION ITEMS: Want to be careful with their roster, which means little-used LW Jarko Ruutu could be dealt. Prospects and draft picks are most likely to be used.
- LOS ANGELES KINGS
WHAT THEY WANT:Younger and cheaper players. The Kings are in a rebuilding mode because team president Tim Leiweke made it clear they’re sick of throwing good money after bad.
AUCTION ITEMS: Take your pick of the litter: D Mathieu Schneider, D Aaron Miller, RW Ziggy Palffy and even C Jason Allison are available. Could be ugly next year.
- SAN JOSE SHARKS
WHAT THEY WANT: Troubled by a poor year, the Sharks want to dump some of the salary they spent. They would like to add depth in the middle and speed up front.
AUCTION ITEMS: D Bryan Marchment, C Vincent Damphousse and L W Adam Graves are all available. The big question: Will W Owen Nolan be dealt to Toronto for prospects?
- BOSTON BRUINS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Bruins won’t make many changes because they did their big deal by sending D Kyle McLaren to San Jose. Oddly enough, they need defensive help.
AUCTION ITEMS: Boston would give up RW Martin Lapointe in a heartbeat, but no one wants his contract. F Michal Grosek can also be had.
- NEW JERSEY DEVILS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Devils need a gunner up front. They contacted Calgary about RW Jarome Iginla and the Kings about RW Ziggy Palffy because they can afford to spend.
AUCTION ITEMS: Not offering much unless you think RW Brian Gionta, LW Christian Berglund and RW Jiri Bicek are attractive. Forget talk about C Scott Gomez, he won’t move.
- ATLANTA THRASHERS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Thrashers have a severe shortage of forwards. Need more support for young kids Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk. Can’t settle for draft picks.
AUCTION ITEMS: Veteran LW Shawn McEachern and RW Vyacheslav Kozlov are also available. GM Don Waddell would also like to get rid of D Uwe Krupp.
- BUFFALO SABRES
WHAT THEY WANT: Buffalo needs a scoring forward and an offensive defenceman. Because of the team’s ownership mess, GM Darcy Regier can’t afford to take on payroll.
AUCTION ITEMS: D Alexei Zhitnik, C Chris Gratton and C Curtis Brown have attracted a lot of attention. It doesn’t appear RW Miroslav Satan will be moved.
- MONTREAL CANADIENS
WHAT THEY WANT: Stuck with an overload of overpaid and overrated players, they would like to get a No. 1 centre, a No. 1 blue liner and some grit. Is that all?
AUCTION ITEMS: RW Randy McKay, RW Andreas Dackell, D Patrick Traverse and D Patrice Brisebois are being made available, but there’s a shortage of buyers.
- NEW YORK ISLANDERS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Isles would love to get RW Ziggy Palffy back from the Kings, but would also have an interest in Columbus LW Ray Whitney and LW Geoff Sanderson.
AUCTION ITEMS: New York could move G Chris Osgood to St. Louis. They’ll also listen to offers for LW Brad Isbister, C Claude Lapointe and LW Raffi Torres.
- PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
WHAT THEY WANT: The Flyers are looking for a scoring winger (Jarome Iginla) and a power-play defenceman (Alexei Zhitnik).
AUCTION ITEMS: Would move LW Simon Gagne or RW Justin Williams in a deal for Iginla that would include prospect Jeff Woywitka. Could move C Michal Handzus.
- CAROLINA HURRICANES
WHAT THEY WANT: After going to the Stanley Cup final last year, the ‘Canes are suddenly looking to get younger. They’re looking at prospects — possibly Ottawa D Tim Gleason.
AUCTION ITEMS: LW Jan Hlavac, D Glen Wesley and G Arturs Irbe have all been offered up. They will listen to offers for D Aaron Ward and LW Bates Battaglia, but want to keep them.
- TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
WHAT THEY WANT: Look for the Bolts to make a move to help them to get to the post-season. They made inquiries about Carolina D Glen Wesley, Isles D Roman Hamrlik and Buffalo D Alexei Zhitnik.
AUCTION ITEMS: If GM Jay Feaster has to give up a player, he’d move LW Fredrik Modin. Would prefer not to touch his roster.
- OTTAWA SENATORS
WHAT THEY WANT: Grit up front — especially on left wing after the loss of Petr Schastlivy for the next two months following groin surgery.
AUCTION ITEMS: Willing to move LW Magnus Arvedson, but they want a warm body in return. D Shane Hnidy could also be dangled if something is offered back.
- TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
WHAT THEY WANT: GM/coach Pat Quinn would like to add depth on defence because Aki Berg and Jyrki Lumme have been inconsistent. Quinn is chasing San Jose RW Owen Nolan.
AUCTION ITEMS: The Leafs are willing to move LW Shayne Corson and RW Darcy Tucker and seventh D Ric Jackman. Prospect Brad Boyes could be part of a package.
- NEW YORK RANGERS
WHAT THEY WANT: More cash? Not. Cheaper? Nah, it doesn’t matter. The Rangers have made a pitch for Calgary RW Jarome Iginla, but it seems unlikely they will land him.
AUCTION ITEMS: Nobody can afford any of the stiffs in their lineup, which means C Jamie Lundmark and G Dan Blackburn are attractive. Ottawa stills like LW Matthew Barnaby.
- PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
WHAT THEY WANT: Another team looking to ditch salary, but they did a good job in the Alexei Kovalev to New York deal. Talent doesn’t matter as long as it doesn’t cost much.
AUCTION ITEMS: C Martin Straka, who has two years left on his deal, could be sent to a contender. RW Aleksey Morozov is suddenly available.
- FLORIDA PANTHERS
WHAT THEY WANT: Coach Mike Keenan is concerned about his size up front and he’d like to get bigger. The Panthers are one of the youngest teams in the NHL and need to add experience.
AUCTION ITEMS: Won’t deal their kids, which means RW Valeri Bure will likely be gone. The Isles have called about LW Kristian Huselius, but it seems unlikely.
- WASHINGTON CAPITALS
WHAT THEY WANT: Defence. Defence. Defence. Their blueline has Jason Doig and Joel Kwiatkowski as one pairing. Who? Exactly. They need help immediately.
AUCTION ITEMS: Don’t have a lot to wheel and deal. G Maxime Ouellet and F Dainius Zubrus could be dangled if they could get a top-four blue liner in return.