I thought Carolina was going to sell, but JR thinks differently. Gleason re-signed and a (now injured) Ruutu extension is likely. Pretty much all we have to sell is Allen and Spacek, which will return us pretty much nothing.
God I hope the Caps are. If we put Semin, Wideman, and Vokoun on the market, we're selling the best forward, defenseman, and goalie on the market. I have no interest in watching those guys walk for nothing after our next playoff burnout. Would be the perfect opportunity to do a mini retool which we desperately need, if our GM had the balls to cut the cord on this season.
I don't see a lot of movement before the trade deadline and a new CBA coming up. Looks more like teams are locking up their best FA's and pretty much leaving players that have undesirable contract demands available...very slim pickings.
Caps have a 4 game road trip coming up. If they don't win at least 2, we SHOULD be sellers. The more likely scenario though is that GMGM and Leonsis will cry to the media about how injuries ruined the season. The only activity I see from the caps is shipping Knuble because of his comments.
Anything more than that would probably be some panic buys from GMGM trying to save his job, but we all know Ted doesn't have the sack to fire him at this point.
Columbus, Edmonton, and Carolina will be the hard-sellers
We really have no one to sell though, nobody is going to want Patrick Dwyer, Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Anthony Stewart or Derek Joslin. Unless someone knocks JR's socks off on a offer for Joni Pitkanen, the only deals out of Carolina you'll likely see are Jaro Spacek and Bryan Allen.
I'd break it down like....
Not going to be traded:
Eric Staal, Cam Ward, Jeff Skinner, Brandon Sutter, Justin Faulk, Tim Gleason
Not going anywhere, but could probably be had for the right price:
Joni Pitkanen, Jussi Jokinen, Jamie McBain, Jay Harrison, Chad LaRose, Jiri Tlusty
Don't count on it:
Chad LaRose, Derek Joslin
Bryan Allen (UFA), Jaroslav Spacek (UFA), Anthony Stewart
Patrick Dwyer, Tim Brent, Zach Boychuk, Jerome Samson, Justin Peters (if Boucher was healthy, he'd probably get dealt)