Sunday, February 12, 2012

Who's going where? The 2012 NHL Trade Deadlines most likely movers.

Hey everybody! Thanks as always for checking out the blog. In this edition I am going to breakdown 5 players I think will have new homes at this years NHL Trade Deadline as well as 5 players many will expect to move, but I anticipate wont.

Players that will be moved

1. Derek Roy - 28, C Buffalo Sabres
Since a breakout season in 2007/08 scoring 32 goals and tallying 81 points in 78 games played Derek Roy has since his numbers drop steadily every season. Only scoring 27 points through the first 53 games of the NHL season, on pace for his worst statistical season since his '03/'04 rookie year, Roy may need a change of scenery soon to regain his scoring touch. Undersized and aging he most likely will need to stay on the wing to be an effective player.
Most likely destinations: Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers

2. Mason Raymond - 26, LW/RW Vancouver Canucks
Mason Raymond (right) driving past Shane O'Brien (left)
Almost the same old song and dance for Mason Raymond, since a 25 goal season in 2009/10 Raymond has seen a sharp decline in his point production. He is still young at 26 and has room to grow and mature as a player and on the right team would thrive. Raymond has the speed and the skill to potentially be a game breaker, he just needs to put all his tools together consistently.
Most likely destinations: Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs

3. Scott Hannan - 33, D Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames are a team in need of a rebuild and need to retool the roster with young talent. Scott Hannan is a workhorse defenseman that can log big minutes for any team he is on and is a reliable defender.
Most likely destinations: Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks

4. Ales Hemsky - 28, RW Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton is at a crossroads in their franchise's future. Ales Hemsky has been a significant piece for the Oilers since they drafted him 13th overall in the 2001 draft but it appears it is time to move on. While still young at 28 and proven a potent scoring threat from all over the ice the Edmonton Oilers need to pull the trigger on a deal to bring back some major building blocks for the future to compliment young stars Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Edmonton needs a D-man they can use as another building block for the future and Hemsky can get them that kind of return.
Most likely destinations: Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins

5.Tuomo Ruutu - 28, F Carolina Hurricanes /Brenden Morrow - 33, LW Dallas Stars
Ruutu and Morrow are nearly carbon copies of each other as goal scoring wingers that can lay the body. Both big body scorers teams covet, Morrow has 103 hits and Ruutu has 105 hits so far, many teams could use either one of these guys to make a push for a long playoffs.
Most likely destinations: Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks

Players that wont be moved

1. Cory Schneider 
Cory Schneider
It is only a matter of time until Cory Schneider is a number one goaltender in the NHL and it may not be in Vancouver, but I don't think he will be traded at the deadline. If Schneider is dealt my best bet is it is an off season move, most likely around the draft.

2. Rick Nash
Everyone and their dog has said Rick Nash should not be playing on Columbus. He has put many years and many goals into a franchise that has not given him any support to be a competitive team. Again if he is moved it would be a blockbuster deal and most likely in the off season. I for one, would love to see him in Blue and White, but every NHL team would be lined up to take him off the Blue Jackets hands.

3. Luke Schenn
A lot of rumours have been swirling around the potential of Luke Schenn being moved, most notably to the Philadelphia Flyers, to be reunited with brother Brayden but I don't think it will happen this year at least. Brian Burke has made it clear he is looking for a top 6 forward with size and James van Riemsdyk fits the mold but I don't think Burke is willing to take the chance just yet on JVR after his most recent concussion he is still recovering from.

Ryan Suter
4. Ryan Suter
Suter said he would not be talking about a contract extension with Nashville before the deadline as he does not want it to be a distraction. With Nashville currently sitting in 5th in the Western Conference I think Suter will stick around for another playoff run. If the Predators management do not offer him the money he deserves or surround him and Shea Weber with talent to make a legitimate Stanley Cup run, he may very well walk on July 1 as an Unrestricted Free Agent.

5.  Nazem Kadri
I've said it a few times before, the writing may be on the wall for Nazem Kadri in Toronto after being sent down to the Marlies yet again, but I think the Leafs may not make this move until the off season. I'm still on the fence about this and think he still may be traded, but nobody makes it anywhere in this line of work by sitting on the fence!

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