NHL Deadline Dish. Hockey This Week. By PuckSage
The trade deadline is Monday at 3pm. Between now and then we will see several more trades, some with picks and prospects, some roster players. What we won’t see is a trade bigger than the Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick. I just don’t expect any true blockbusters moves from watching the market over the past several years. Rick Nash is likely to finish the season in the same place he started it. After Nash unless the Predators decide to trade Weber or Suter, which I also don’t see, there aren’t really any big names unless the Avalanche or Capitals dismantle.
Some players who may be packing soon:
- Sean Avery, if the Rangers agree to bring him up before shipping he’s a great option for some secondary scoring. Has some grit, can draw penalties.
- Derek Roy, he’s spent his career in Buffalo and time may be running out, his last two seasons have trended downward but teams like the Anaheim Ducks or Washington Capitals who could use a good center might want him for the rest of the season and to get a jump negotiating a new deal.
- Coby Armstrong, very solid contributor, can play both wings, good penalty killer with some offensive upside. One year left on a reasonable contract
- Mike Santorelli, does not appear to fit to well into Kevin Dineen’s system but was a 20 goal scorer in his first full season last year.
- Alex Semin, while the Russian embassy inside the Capitals locker room would be loath to lose him, he’s a UFA this summer, the Caps aren’t making the playoffs and in any sane universe he wouldn’t get a new contract in Washington next season anyway.
- Jeff Schultz, he’s been unhappy with his role in Washington for a while. With two seasons left on his contract he’s more than a rental. An interesting defense first guy.
- Bryan Allen, the big bodied defender has watched other guys get signed around him, he probably won’t be surprised if he gets a call from Rutherford between now and the deadline.
- Erik Johnson, the Avalanche defender was drafted 1st in 2005, leads all defensemen from his class in scoring, but has been considered a disappointment, has averaged less than 21 minutes a season and is in the last year of an RFA deal.
- Sheldon Souray, discarded by Edmonton a bit ago he’s reinvented himself as a key part of the Stars, even at 35 if he’s moved he can add to a lot of teams powerplay.
- Chris Campoli, part of the crowded Canadiens blueline, probably not in the teams plans for next season. Has played 3rd pair minutes this season in limited time, but has historically been in the 2nd pair range and 100+ hits a season. A team looking for a 5-7 insurance piece could do worse.
- Josh Harding, is likely best goaltender with the potential to move. The only thing that might hold things back is that both he and Backstrom have had injury issues in recent seasons.
- Curtis Sanford, more than one team is looking for some answers in goal, no one has proved their metal more this season in such tough circumstances, has a better sv% than Fluery, Hiller, Miller, Khabibulin.
- Evgeni Nabokov, while the Islanders would like to believe they still have a shot at the playoffs, the rest of us know better. If they can trade him and get back a solid piece or 1st round pick, he’ll be elsewhere to end the year.
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