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Trade Bait 2013


habsguy26

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blog-0117549001363035023.gifThe 2013 NHL Trade Deadline should be an interesting one to say the least.

With so many teams who think they have a shot at the post season, the cup, or the #1 overall pick, I expect many teams will be active come April 3rd.

This blog is devised to show you who could be put on the hook for teams that are actively buying, or rebuilding. Let's get right down to it.

Goaltenders:

Ben Bishop - Ottawa Senators

Age: 26, Contract Status: 1 year @ $650 000

Ottawa has 3 NHL calibre goalies in Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and Bishop. He has played great for Ottawa this season while Anderson was injured, but he is back now. Lehner on the other hand is younger and appears to have a higher ceiling than Bishop.

Potential Suitors: New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames

Johnathon Bernier - Los Angeles Kings

Age: 24, Contract Status: 1 year @ $1.25M

With Quick as the unquestioned starter in L.A, Bernier is the odd man out. He requested a trade from the Kings in the summer, but Dean Lombardi likes the fact he can roll 2 great goalies that can give him a chance every night to win. If Bernier is traded this deadline, you will see a big return for the former first round pick.

Potential Suitors: New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames

Nik Khabibulin - Edmonton Oilers

Age: 40, Contract Status: 1 year @ $3.75

The Bulin Wall is getting up there in age, and with his expiring contract, he could be a piece the Oilers could move, to help with their rebuild.

Potential Suitors: Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars

Miika Kiprusoff - Calgary Flames

Age: 36 Contract Status: 2 years @ $5.83M

I am in the boat that says Calgary should just blow it up and start a new. In other words, TRADE KIPPER AND IGINLA NOW. Kipper is still a top 10 goalie in the league, and would help any team going into the play offs.

Potential Suitors: Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals

Roberto Luongo - Vancouver Canucks

Age: 33, Contract Status: 9 years @ $5.3M

Luongo has played great for the Canucks this season, as he has been their best goalie. That has only made the price for him go up, and if he's not traded this deadline, he will be traded in the summer.

Potential Suitors: Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers

Defencemen:

Jay Bouwmeester - Calgary Flames

Age: 29, Contract Status: 2 years @ $6.83M

Bouwmeester has played a ton of games, and not one of them in the play offs. If I'm Jay, I'm BEGGING for a trade out of Calgary.

Potential Suitors: Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs

Ryan Whitney - Edmonton Oilers

Age: 30, Contract Status: 1 year @ $4M

Ryan Whitney will be dealt. The question right now is where.

Potential Suitors: Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs

Sergei Gonchar - Ottawa Senators

Age: 38, Contract Status: 1 year @ $5.5M

Gonchar is getting up there and age and I expect him to retire after this season.. Ottawa could use him as trade bait.

Potential Suitors: Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues

Mike Komisarek - Toronto Maple Leafs

Age: 31. Contract Status: 1 year @ $4.5M

Remember this guy? Trade rumours swirling, looks like he could be on the way out.

Potentail Suitors: Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders

Forwards:

Jarome Iginla - Calgary Flames

Age: 35, Contract Status: 1 year @ $7M

Jarome Iginla is a class act, but he may decide to pull a Ray Bourque and try to win a cup before retiring, while helping his Calgary Flames move on.

Potential Suitors: Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, L.A Kings

Daniel Alfredsson - Ottawa Senators

Age: 40, Contract Status: 1 year @ $4.87M

Alfredsson is in the same place as Iginla. Long time captian of the Sens, Alfredsson should move on if he wants to help the Sens -- and another team win the Cup. Word is, he'd only accept a trade to division rival Boston, where his pal Zdeno Chara roams around.

Potential Suitors: Boston Bruins

Ales Hemsky - Edmonton Oilers

Age: 29, Contract Status: 2 years @ $5M

Hemsky is very talented, but injury prone. Plus, he is eating up minutes that could be given to younger players that need to develop. If Hemsky played with elite line mates, the vet Czech native could probably score up to 80 points.

Potential Suitors: Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, L.A Kings

Paul Statsny - Colorado Avalanche

Age: 27, Contract Status: 2 years @ $6.78M

Paul has a big cap hit, and he would be a valuable member of any contending team. The young Avs need to move on from him, and officially enter the Landeskog era.

Potential Suitors: Chicago Black Hawks, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins

Brendan Morrow - Dallas Stars

Age: 34, Contract Status: 1 year @ $4.1M

Morrow is a gritty, in your face type player any team covets down the stretch. He will be a hot commodity.

Potential Suitors: Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres,

Corey Perry - Anaheim Ducks

Age: 27, Contract Status: 1 year @5.46M

This year's big fish, Perry's future in Anaheim was already in doubt before the start of the season. The former Hart Trophy winner will likely be dealt as his counter part, captain Ryan Getzlaf signed a huge 8 year deal. It is believed Perry will test the FA market, so Anaheim needs to get him off the books. It is a possibility however, that the Ducks sign him to an 8 year deal, then trade him immediately after.

Potential Suitors: Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Buffao Sabres, Montreal Canadiens

Hope you enjoyed, Happy hockey!

Habsguy26

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Nice blog Habs,

I think there is also the possibility that Elliott could be added to the goalie list. He has struggled some this season. The Blues seem happy with the progress of Allen. I wouldn't mind the Flyers throwing a second round pick and Leighton or Boucher in a goalie swap.

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