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Trade Deadline Preview-Atlantic Divison



blog-0735421001327530112.jpg1. New York Rangers 31-12-4 66 pts. (1st in Eastern Conference) Buyers

PP: 14.1% (25th) PK: 87.5% (3rd) GF: 132 GA: 96 (+36)

Leaders: Goals-Marian Gaborik (25) Assists- Derek Stepan (21) Points- Marian Gaborik (39) GAA- Henrik Lundqvist (1.87)

Injuries: Jeff Woywitka (IR), Steve Eminger (IR), Mike Sauer (IR), Chad Kolarik (IR)

Cap Space: 975K

UFA's: Ruslan Fedotenko, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust, John Mitchell, Steve Eminger, Jeff Woywitka, Marty Biron

RFA's: Wojtek Wolski, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Stralman, Stu Bickel

Strengths: Goalie, Defense, Grit

Needs: Scoring, PP help

The Rangers sit at top of the Eastern Confernce standings. They are one of the surprise teams this year. The Richards signing in the offseason has worked out well for the Blue Shirts. Also helps that Marian Gaborik is back to form after a down year last season. The Rangers will be looking for scoring and power play help at the deadline. I think if the Rangers can get a little more help for King Henrik they are going to be very dangerous in the playoffs.

Targets: Jordan Leopold, Sakku Koivu, Jason Blake, Shane Doan, Vinny Prospal, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Malone, Joni Pitkanen, Ryan Suter

Trade Bait: Wojtek Wolski, Erik Christensen, Carl Hagelin, Mike Sauer, Dan Girardi

2. Philadelphia Flyers 29-14-5 63 pts (4th in Eastern Conference) Buyers

PP: 20.4% (4th) PK: 82.3% (15th) GF: 162 GA: 142 (+20)

Leaders: Goals- Scott Hartnell (25) Assists- Claude Giroux (37) Points- Claude Giroux (55) GAA- Sergei Bobrovsky (2.42)

Injruies: Zac Rinaldo (IR), Danny Briere (DTD), James Van Riemsdyk (IR), Blair Betts (IR), Chris Pronger (LTIR), Ian Laperierre (LTIR)

Cap Space: 0

UFA's: Jaromir Jagr, Ian Laperierre, Blair Betts, Matt Carle

RFA's: Jakub Voracek, Harry Zolnierczyk, Ben Holmstrom, Tom Sestito, Marc Andre Bourdon

Strengths: Scoring, PP, Grit

Needs: Defense, Goaltending

The Flyers are in their usual spot near the top of the Eastern Conference Standings. After a overhaul in the offseason the Flyers have not missed a beat. The loss of Chris Pronger was a hard lost for the Flyers. Also new goalie Bryzgalov has struggled in his first year in Philly. Young rookies have played well for the Flyers helping them cover up goaltending and defensive struggles.

Targets: Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Jordan Leopold, Luke Schenn, Tim Gleason, Joni Pitkanen, Toni Lydman, Luca Sbisa

Trade Bait: JVR, Jakub Voracek, Matt Carle, Draft Picks, Prospects

3. Pittsburgh Penguins 28-17-4 60 pts (5th in Eastern Conference) Buyers

PP:18.5% (12th) PK:87.4% (4th) GF: 152 GA: 127 (+25)

Leaders: Goals- James Neal (27) Assists- Evgeni Malkin (32) Points- Evgeni Malkin (58) GAA- Marc Andre Fleury (2.25)

Injuries: Sidney Crosby (IR), Jordan Staal (IR), Simon Despres (IR)

Cap Space: $2,500

UFA's: Steve Sullivan, Arron Asham, Steve MacIntyre, Richard Park, Brent Johnson

RFA's: James Neal, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale, Matt Niskanen

Strengths: Scoring, Goaltending

Needs: Depth, Defense

Pittsburgh like Philly sits in a usual spot among the NHL elite. They have delt with a large amount of injuries to key players Malkin, Crosby, Staal, Letang, and Orpik. The Pens continue to be a difficult team to play against and right now nobody is hotter than Malkin. Malkin is making his run at an MVP award this year. Fleury has had an up and down year, but he will be solid like usual in the playoffs.

Targets: Tim Gleason, Tuomo Ruutu, Ryan Malone, Jason Blake, Mikhail Grabovski, Vinny Prospal, Kristian Huselius, Anton Vermette, Paul Gaustad

Trade Bait: Matt Niskanen, Draft Picks, Prospects

4. New Jersey Devils 26-19-3 55 pts (8th in the Eastern Conference) Buyers

PP: 14.7% (22nd) PK: 89.2% (1st) GF: 129 GA: 136 (-7)

Leaders: Goals- Iyla Kovalchuk (19) Assists- Patrik Elias (28) Points- Patrik Elias (46) GAA: Johan Hedberg (2.45)

Injuries: Travis Zajac (IR), Andy Greene (IR), Henrik Tallinder (DTD)

Cap Space: 2.65 million

UFA's: Zach Parise, Alexi Ponikarovsky, Ryan Carter, Petr Sykora, Cam Janssen, Brad Mills, Bryce Salvador, Kurtis Foster, Peter Harrold, Johan Hedberg, Marty Brodeur

RFA's: Matthew Taormina, Mark Fayne

Strengths: Defense

Needs: Goaltending, Scoring

NJ has continued with the momentum they put up last season. Patrik Elias is having an exellent season for the Devils. Kovi and Parise have also played well. Controversy surrounds NJ with decision coming on stars Zach Parise and future hall of famer Martin Brodeur. NJ will make a push for the playoffs this season to make more money which the franchise needs. Parise will not be delt at the deadline. After the season is a different story however. NJ already made a move so far acquiring Ponikarovsky from Carolina.

Targets: Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason, Joni Pitkanen, Jonathon Bernier, Elvis Lindback, Derek Roy

Trade Bait: Zach Parise, Johan Hedberg, Kurtis Foster, Bryce Salvador

5. New York Islanders 19-22-7 45 pts (13th in the Eastern Conference) Sellers

PP: 19.5% (6th) PK: 84.9% (8th) GF: 115 GA 143 (-28)

Leaders: Goals- Matt Moulson (22) Assists- PA Parenteau (33) Points- John Tavares (49) GAA- Evgeni Nabokov (2.38)

Injuries: Mike Mottau (IR), Rick DiPietro (IR)

Cap: 32 Million

UFA: Brian Rolston, Jay Pandolfo, PA Parenteau, Tim Wallace, Frans Nielsen, Mark Eaton, Steve Staios, Milan Jurcina, Mike Mottau, Dylan Reese, Al Montoya, Evgeni Nabokov

RFA's: Matt Martin

Strengths: Youth, Scoring

Needs: Goaltending, Defense

The Islanders have again disappointed this year. They have young talent in Okposo, Moulson, and Tavares that were expected to make the Isles compete. DP has again missed a boat load of games to nobodys surprise. The Islanders again will be sellers as their status in Long Island is in jepordy.

Targets: Draft picks, Prospects

Trade Bait: Evgeni Nabokov, Brian Rolston, Jay Pandolfo, PA Parenteau, Kyle Okposo, Al Montoya, Steve Staios, Milan Jurcina


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Great write up! I think the Isles probably won't trade away too many guys, particularly Parenteau and Okposo. They'll try and form a new face to the franchise behind those power forwards. THey have a lot of money in the back and I think they'll use it to woo some experienced scorers to the Island.

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Totally agree with that WingNut....no way will the Isles part with Okposo.....I can see Parenteau going if the right deal comes along....but Kyle...no way, no how.

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