Saturday, January 27, 2007

Trade bait

With exactly one month until the trade deadline, ESPN's Scott Burnside takes a look at who will likely be up for grabs and who's in the hunt for late-season additions.

I imagine quite a few teams will be active, if only because of the success the Carolina Hurricanes had last year when dipping into the deadline-pickup pool.


At 3:23 a.m., January 28, 2007, Anonymous Jeff Adams#2 said...

I've got a trade for everyone to think about. It is not so much the players involved but the design of the trade that I think we are likely to see one or two of in the next few weeks.

The logic is as follows.

Pittsburgh needs a supporting cast now. Vancouver needs players in their system later.

I think that we are going to see one team trade of bunch of impact players for future returns.

For example:

1. Markus Naslund (sniper who needs a change)
2. Brendan Morrison (a good usable part)
3. Sami Salo (a UFA)
4. Mattius Ohlund (a good contract)

exchanged for

1. A 1st round pick
2. One decent prospect playing in junior

I'm not throwing around names, just ideas. Vancouver needs cap space to shop with next year while Pittsburgh needs to spend some money now because their future cap space will be tied up with player who are currently playing under entry level contracts.


At 4:33 a.m., January 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:44 a.m., January 29, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

Sounds too much to give up for a mid-first round pick since Pittsburgh is going to finish in the top half of the league. Plus Vancouver has a real contender this year and could be a darkhorse for a playoff run. They would be looking to add parts rather than subtract. Plus Naslund is viewed like a God in Vancouver. He's going nowhere no matter who bad he's playing.

Also, can pittsburgh fit those 4 players under the cap? And why mess with the Pens chemistry? They're doing very well right now and are headed in the right direction.

At 4:26 p.m., January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think wiht Luonog in net the Canucks aren't going to be sellers at this point. They'll give it a go this post season and then look to swing a deal when they determine their vulnerabilities.

Morrison has been a candidate to be moved for a while, but will anybody give up secodnary scoring to get him? In terms of Salo an UFA, many teams will keep players and take the cap space rather than taking back a bag of pucks (i.e. trade at the risk of getting nothing). Naslund may need a change or not, but his influence on the Sedins (+ or -) may make it moot.


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