Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I thought it might be useful for fans of the various teams in the league to speculate what their team needs and what they have a surplus of. I think that this kind of thread pops up every year around the trade deadline, so I thought I would start early. Like I said...mods can delete if they don't think this thread is relevant or if it is redundant...
From a Leafs fan perspective, the Leafs need a bit of everything, and have a couple of expiring forward contracts (MacArthur, Connolly) and some depth in 2nd pairing D (Liles, Gunnarsson, Komisarek, Kostka) to trade.
Columbus needs: Top-line scoring forwards, particularly at RW and C.
Columbus wants: Draft picks, a proven, established, full-time NHL starting goaltender (we do not want your prospects or backups).
Columbus surplus: Blueline prospects, blueliners who are "NHL-ready with upside". Some two-way forwards. One or two change-of-scenery types (Brassard, in particular).
Suffice to say that our market presence may not be all that significant this year.
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my gm 4 the day one cent, minnesota needs team chemistry (wait thats not the ?) i thought we addressed our scoring needs but you wouldn't know it by our record. 1st need a crease clearing D-man that can kinda skate! falk / stoner/ scandella just dont fit the bill. wants, i would like to trade for picks cullen (maybe to WPG or pens) also pmb to OTT or MTL. (playmaker when healthy) surplus ? maybe our goalie backstrom if hes not willing to take a paycut for next year (currently 6 mill).
Needs: Top 4 dman. Preferably top-2. And even more preferably #1 dman. AND even more preferably not giving up much back and signing the player to 'Detroit discount'. Big top6 PF would be nice but that ain't gonna happen.
Surplus: Bottom 6 players. Wing prospects. Players who were at World War 1.
Tampa, Needs: Top 4 dman. RH if possible.¨
Surplus: forward prospects, small wingers.
Needs: hmm, new GM, maybe new owner.
Roster would need top6 winger.. What, someone said Semin?
Surplus: Grinders. And grinders. Bottom pairing pylons, to put it mildly.