in the east, the Sens, lightning, islanders, and thrashers are obvious sellers but the leafs are now only 9 points out. A 4 or 5 game winning streak puts them right in the mix.
it is insanely tight in the West but teams will eventually come to the conclusion that it is time to prepare for the future. Right now, Colorado is 8 points out and Pheonix is only 6 points out.
other than the bottom 4 in the East, is anyone else going to be sellers?
I think the Leafs are done. If BUFF wins at their current rate - they'll end up with 91 points. If Toronto goes 15-5 they still end up at 90 points and out of the play-off's. Their only chance would be to have the Rangers or Sabres melt down, and neither PITT nor CAR get hot. I think that's a REALLY long shot.
They'd be a lot better off in the long run moving Antropov/Poni, seeing if anyone is interested in Blake, and seeing if someone would pay more for Kubina or Kaberle than they could get in the offs-season.
I think you also will see COL, STL & PHO all be sellers. They're not that far out, but with as many teams as they have to pass it's really a long shot. I might have included LA in that group - but they're the youngest team in the league and they really don't have the assets they'd want to move a the deadline anyway.
I think you might even see a few teams that are quite clearly in the playoff picture sell a player or two if the prices are right. There will also likely be quite a few trades like the Stillman trade last year and the Whitney trade this year, much more so then usual IMO.
West: ANA (yesterday's trade and big loss all but confirmed it), COL, DAL, EDM, LA, NAS, PHX, STL
That's 8 teams in the west selling? Considering 8 out of 15 teams make it you would think some of those teams would try and make the playoffs(maybe they won't be buyers but I can't see them being sellers at the same time)
I agree, outside of Guerin and maybe Weight the Isles maybe one of the worst teams the NHL has ever iced.
There isn't a lot of potiential for movement on that team....and they won't be trading their young guys.
Witt(top defensive defenseman, should be a number 4 on most teams)
Guerin(experienced veteran, killer shot, second line foward, pending UFA)
Weight(experienced veteran, very good on the powerplay, pending UFA)
Martinek(third line defenseman, very good defensively)
McAmmond(fourth line grinder)
Obviously the last two guys shouldn't bring in that much, but we do have some guys to trade.
- Tampa Bay
- Los Angeles
I think Nashville, St. Louis (they're on a roll) and Edmonton will be more buyers than sellers. I could see them making a true hockey move, but I doubt they'll do an outright sale of veterans for picks and prospects.
So 21 teams buying or standing pat, 9 teams doing an outright sale of some veterans - good odds for the selling teams.