Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Who to look at for depth at the deadline. Part one.
So the big question for hockey fans now is what do teams need to improve and who can make that happen at the deadline. Just like every other year there are buyers and sellers so I will go over the entirety of the league real quick on who is buying who and who is selling who. This obviously isn't set in stone that anyone will be moved or acquired but the likelihood is there in these cases. Anaheim may seem to be in the playoff hunt to some, but I apologize to you ducks fans, they don't stand a chance. Bruce Budreau added a much needed spark, but not nearly the spark they needed. Anaheim will be sellers at the deadline. I would look for them to shop guys like Toni Lydman or Jason Blake. Nothing too exciting like Getzlaf or Ryan being dealt. Unless that is Brian Burke decided to overpay for another overrated center. Boston will be buyers looking for a power forward or secondary scoring. Jason Blake would be the type of player Boston would be interested in with a lesser contract. Marc Savard has left a void in the team that is yet to be filled. Look at a depth defenseman to be dealt in return for said scoring. Buffalo are pretty obvious sellers sitting in the cellar of the east. Darcy Regier will do everything he can to try and move Tomas Vanek and his obnoxious salary hit. Unless there is an unreal return I doubt he will be able to move Vanek. Drew Stafford and Derek Roy are other forwards they may try to move for building blocks. With the right offer teams may be able to land puck moving defenseman Jordan Leopold as well. Calgary will be hard to predict. History tells that there isn't really a lot to expect out of them but they are reasonably in the playoff chase and are a few pieces away from being a real contender. Jerome Iginla is rounding up on the end of his career so the clock is ticking on completing the team. Look for top notch prospects and/or picks going for top 6 scoring. Henrik Karlsson will be the only untouchable in their system. Carolina will make all efforts to clean house rather than lose players to free agency. Bryan Allen looks like he could end up in Philadelphia or Jaroslav Spacek. Both d-men will be moved. Tuomo Ruutu looks to be as good as gone as gone as well. Carolina fans have a rebuild on their hands. Chicago is pretty sound all around. I don't see many if any moves at all being made out of the windy city. Possibly moving a defensemen to a team looking for depth. Other than that I doubt much will happen there. Colorado will be yet another team looking for scoring depth. It will be a dogfight to the end for the limited scorers available. Shane Obrien looks like their best option in players to move for their scoring needs. Unfortunately for Columbus fans, the team is likely to be completely gutted this year. Some team will give up a few top prospects and a few NHLers for Rick Nash. The first team to make an offer for Jeff Carter that isn't insulting will walk away with him. Steve Mason is likely the only remaining piece come next year. Dallas has a history of standing pat at the deadline. Mostly because of a lack of money and notoriety in the toe. Of Dallas. Hockey is a small market there and I would expect history to repeat itself. Detroit will be the most interesting in my opinion. They are an aging team having a tremendous season but one would think that they need to address youth sometime soon. Guys like Todd Bertuzzi and Nikals Lidstrom are on their last legs. I wonder if they a willing to sacrifice this years playoff run to offload some impending UFAs in order to stay competitive.