With the trade deadline upon us, I thought this would be a good time to come up with some possible NHL trades. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Anton+Volchenkov&iid=6755909″ src=”7/3/3/2/New_York_Islanders_d8c5.jpg?adImageId=10902863&imageId=6755909″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]
Just keep in mind that I am making these up based on what I think teams need to do, and I have no insiders at the NHL (I feel just like Eklund).
So here are some trades I can see happening in the next day.
Ottawa trades Anton Volchenkov to Washington for a second round pick and prospect John Carlson
Vokchenkov makes $2.5 million this year, but is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Although he is not an offensive player, he is usually near the top of the league leaders in block shots and hits, so there will be a lot of people after him this summer. He should be able to sign a contract for four year/$20 million contract pretty easily, and there’s no way Ottawa can compete with that. So trading him makes the most sense. In the AHL this season, Carlson has 37 points in 47 games, and is a plus 35. Plus, he scored the gold-medal winning goal in overtime this year at the world juniors. Ottawa needs an offensive defenceman who is also responsible, and Carlson fits that mold.
For Washington, they’re one of the top offensive teams in the league, but need defensive help. Volchenkov would give them that extra spark back there, and if they can resign him in the summer (and they can afford to with Brian Pothier and Jose Theodore’s salaries coming off the books this year), they’ll have someone they can rely on for the next few years while the rest of the team goes crazy in the offensive zone.
Anaheim trades Scott Niedermayer to Ottawa for a first and second round pick
Most people think Niedermayer will be retiring this season, so the Ducks will probably try to move him if they think they can’t make the playoffs. Ottawa would need a top d-man to replace Vokchenkov, and Niedermeyer would be that guy. He would give the Sens lots of stability and eat up tons of minutes. And with the Sens picking up Washington’s second round pick in the other deal, they can afford to do this. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Doug+Weight&iid=8119686″ src=”1/5/3/1/Ottawa_Senators_v_0935.jpg?adImageId=10902871&imageId=8119686″ width=”234″ height=”155″ /]
The Islanders trade Doug Weight to Ottawa for Cody Bass and Zack Smith
This gives the Sens an extra top six player, someone with playoff experience and helps add grit to their lineup. In return, the Islanders get two young players that is helpful for them in they want to continue to build around youth.
Chicago trades Dave Bolland to the Phoenix Coyotes for a second round draft pick
This deal makes more sense when you look at the cap implications for both teams. The Blackhawks are up against the cap already for next season, and that doesn’t include resigning players such as John Madden, Andrew Ladd and Kim Johnsson. They probably won’t resign those players, but they’ll need to spend money to replace them, and they don’t have the cap space to do so. Trading Bolland frees up that cap space.
Phoenix has only $6.3 million in salary committed after next season, and nothing for the 2012-2013 season. That means they can pretty much rebuild their team from scratch. Bolland is a young guy who is signed for four years at $3.375 million, and could be a potential 20-goal guy.
Minnesota trades Owen Nolan to Detroit for Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm
Nolan is the type of guy Detroit goes after for the stretch drive and the playoffs: a hard-nosed gritty performer who has plenty of experience. Nolan is having a respectful year (14 goals and 28 points), which follows a season where he had 25 goals in 59 games. Abdelkader and Helm have not had great regular season success in Detroit, but are young enough that the Wild could take a chance on them. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Jeff+Carter&iid=7631819″ src=”f/2/5/7/Carolina_Hurricanes_v_2d64.jpg?adImageId=10902894&imageId=7631819″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]
Montreal trades Jaroslav Halak to Philadelphia for Jeff Carter
I wrote this on Jan. 11, and it still applies:
I still think some version of this trade will happen (yes, I know the Philly GM has said he’s not trading Carter, but that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement. How many times in the past have we heard about such and such a coach not being fired, and then he gets fired?). Ray Emery will be a free agent next summer, and that experiment has pretty much failed. I also don’t think Philly wants to keep Brian Boucher as their #1 goalie.
Philly is up against the cap, with about $47 million tied up next year, but only three defencemen signed and Boucher being the only goalie.
So the two teams should be able to swing a trade. I expect it to be Halak, Max Pacioretty and Sergei Kostitsyn for Carter. The Flyers get their #1 goalie, and two young skilled players who won’t cost a lot. The Habs get a good young leader and someone who can help offensively. It also helps the Habs because they don’t need to worry about resigning both goalies this summer.
Colorado trades Darcy Tucker to Toronto for a sixth rounder
This would just be funny because Tucker was bought out by the Leafs a couple of years back. So if this trade happens, the Leafs would be paying him the buyout money and his salary this year. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Blake+Wheeler&iid=7450564″ src=”2/9/1/9/2010_Bridgestone_Winter_7591.jpg?adImageId=10902898&imageId=7450564″ width=”234″ height=”174″ /]
Boston trades Blake Wheeler to Pittsburgh for Kris Letang and a third rounder
Boston gets a defenceman they need, the Penguins get the next player to be rumoured to play with Sidney Crosby and immediately be a 50-goal scorer.
St. Louis trades Paul Kariya and a third rounder to Vancouver for Cory Schneider and a second rounder
The Canucks are paying Schneider $1 million to be the third goalie. He’s a young prospect who deserves the chance to play, and he won’t get that opportunity behind Roberto Luongo. For the Blues, Chris Mason is a free agent this summer, so they need a goalie to be the #1 guy. So why not take a chance on a rookie, similar to what Columbus did with Steve Mason?
Carolina trades Ray Whitney to Phoenix for a prospect
Like I mentioned earlier, Phoenix has a lot of cap space coming up, so they could easily afford to sign Whitney to a two or three-year deal. Plus, Phoenix is looking to make the playoffs for the first time in about nine decades, so they’ll be under pressure to make a few trades.