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#2486710 Trade deadline fast approaching - who should we target?

Posted by darkmanx on 25 February 2014 - 06:55 PM

About a week to the trade deadline. It should heat up this weekend. Can anyone give even a partial rundown of who is on the market?

 

 

 

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The NHL roster freeze that was put into effect while the Olympics took place has been lifted. In other words, let the free-for-all on the trade market before the March 5 deadline begin!

With many folks still hockey crazed after a great Olympic tournament, all eyes will now turn to the trade market, as contenders will look to bolster their rosters and the bottom-feeders look to sell off their stars to the highest bidder.

Let's take a look at the latest NHL buzz.

 

Martin St. Louis, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi

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Could Martin St. Louis be angling for a trade away from the Tampa Bay Lightning? He certainly was thought to want out earlier this month, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet:

Larry Brooks of the New York Post adds to that report:

Blueshirts’ general manager Glen Sather has inquired about a potential swap of team captains in which pending free agent Ryan Callahan would go to the Lightning in exchange for St. Louis, but (Lightning general manager Steve) Yzerman’s absolute lack of interest in dealing his leading scorer in exchange for a rental property has been made clear to the Rangers.

The Rangers have made no progress whatsoever in bridging the gap regarding a contract extension with Callahan, who is due in New York on Monday on his return trip from Sochi. His asking price of seven years at approximately $6.75 million per year is believed well beyond what the Lightning would be willing to pay to keep him from hitting the open market.

Sather, who has thus far been willing to go five years for approximately $6 million per (perhaps a tad more) to keep Callahan in New York, appears committed to dealing the 28-year-old, two-time USA Olympian to the highest bidder rather than allowing him to escape scot-free on July 1.

According to Brooks, Dan Girardi could also be put on the trading block if he doesn't agree to a contract extension. Expect the Rangers to be quite busy ahead of the trade deadline.

As for St. Louis' situation, you'd have to imagine the Lightning don't want to lose him. He's scored 25 goals and has totaled 56 points so far this season and is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 38.

The Lightning are currently second in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference, so shaking up the team by moving a player as important as St. Louis would be risky and likely a very unpopular move with the fans. 

As of now, it still seems unlikely to happen. But stay tuned.

 

Michael Cammalleri, Jaromir Jagr and the New Jersey Devils

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According to Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun, the New Jersey Devils could either be buyers or sellers at this deadline:

Despite their scoring struggles, the Devils currently sit three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is rumoured to have interest in (Mike) Cammalleri, but there is also talk he might make ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr available at the trade deadline, so the next few games could be the determining factor in whether this squad is buying or selling. The Devils don’t have a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and need to re-stock their farm system, so they’ll have to decide if they’re willing to surrender any assets for a playoff push.

Gilbertson speculates that the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins could also potentially make a push for Cammalleri, so the Calgary Flames should have some options if they decide to make him available. 

Gilbertson also suggests the Flames could decide to sign him to a contract extension.

The 31-year-old has scored 13 goals and added eight assists for the Flames this season, so he would be a nice complementary piece for a contender down the stretch. He's a safe bet to reach 20 goals this season, so expect teams to inquire about Cammalleri right up until the deadline.

 

Odds and Ends

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Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post thinks it is "inevitable" that New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow will trade Thomas Vanek before the deadline and is looking for a "first-round pick, in addition to a second-rounder or a high-level prospect." 

To his credit, Vanek is taking the rumors in stride, telling Cyrgalis, "It’s part of the business. I’ve been through it once now, and whatever happens, happens. I’m happy to be back here today to see the guys and practice and get ready for Thursday.”

According to that report, Snow could also look to move defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

 

 

 

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#2486704 Injury Updates

Posted by darkmanx on 25 February 2014 - 06:35 PM

Z and D are pathetic for playing in the Olympics injured. They should focus on playing for the team that puts food on their table - THE DETROIT RED WINGS. I say we trade Z for whatever we can get because he's just going to get older/more fragile.

 

Yes, let's get rid of out two elite centers. Have you not watched a game this year ? Have to seen what our team looks like without these two in the lineup ? With next to no center depth it would be the worst decision for this franchise.




#2486604 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 24 February 2014 - 10:00 PM

 

:lol: Babs is the best.




#2486467 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 07:54 PM

Find the real Olli.

 

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#2486458 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 06:25 PM

I'm glad this thread was unlocked so I'd have a chance to say that this is one of the dumbest things I have heard from a LGWer in a while, and that's saying something.

The two coaches have very similar styles.

 

Babcock agrees.

 

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Edit:

 

If you want a real laugh, look at Babcock taking a selfie.

 

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#2486419 Zetterberg out with herniated disc

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 01:58 PM

Glad there's hope he can return in time for the playoffs. IF we make the playoffs of course. Hopefully a healthy Weiss can help get things going.

 

If this team is to do anything, he needs to get it going. We are going to need his offense and defensive game if we expect to make the playoffs.




#2486413 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 01:13 PM

Coaches the winning team to the Gold Medal ... still gets no credit.

 

It's simply amazing. He has won at every level, yet still dumb statements are made like earlier posts.




#2486378 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 09:47 AM

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#2486366 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 09:24 AM

How are guys supposed to be medicated for their illness?  I don't get the IIHF whatsoever.

 

Exactly. Claritin banned? wtf lol




#2486357 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 09:01 AM

Giroux didn't even make the team

 

Just saying, Canada didn't even take the best players. Although Kunitz just scored, Giroux would have easily outplayed him.




#2486353 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 08:57 AM

add Z Backstrom and Sedin and the game would be different. in the end the Swedish D is a poor 2 to the Nucks blueline corps.

 

Everyone has injuries. This game could be different if Canada had Tavares, Giroux and Stamkos. Depth accounts for something.




#2486337 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 08:22 AM

2-0 CANADA!!




#2486316 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 23 February 2014 - 07:29 AM

1-0 CANADA!




#2486262 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 22 February 2014 - 06:25 PM

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Smelling salts!




#2486219 Official 2014 Olympic Hockey Thread (Admin warning #316)

Posted by darkmanx on 22 February 2014 - 12:45 PM

That's what bums me out most: They quit.


What did I miss, where was Dustin Brown the 2nd half of the game? Did Bylsma basically go with two lines?
How did he go from TJ Sochi to TJ Nochie so fast?

Edit: Kane is an emotional weakling.

 

His only highlight.

 

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