Thursday, February 9, 2012

NHL Trade Deadline Predictions

The NHL trade deadline is February 27 and as teams struggle to make the playoffs, NHL GM’s are looking to buy and sell assets. Fantasy managers are also looking to make the deal that gives them a shot at a championship, or gives their rebuild a jump start. Here is a list of the most probable players to change teams by the deadline and where they are most likely to go.

1. Jeff Carter, Columbus to Los Angeles. The deal Carter, Sanford <-> Stoll, Bernier
2. Chris Stewart, St. Louis to Toronto. The deal Stewart <-> Kadri, Aulie
3. Ales Hemsky, Edmonton to Detroit. The deal Hemsky <-> ’12 2nd pick
4. Derek Roy, Buffalo to Chicago. The deal Roy <-> Mcneill, ’12 first round pick
5. Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal to Nashville. The deal Kostitsyn, ’12 4th pick <-> Josi
6. Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina to Ottawa. The deal Ruutu <-> Stefan Noesen, ‘12 3rd pick
7. Ryan Malone, Tampa to New York Rangers. The deal Malone <-> Wolski
8. Lubomir Visnovsky, Anaheim to New Jersey. The deal Visnovsky <-> Josefson
9. Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia to Nashville. The deal Schenn <-> Ellis
10. Marek Zidlicky, Minnesota to New York Rangers. The deal Zidlicky <-> ’12 2nd pick
11. Evgeni Nabokov, New York Islanders to Detroit. The deal Nabokov <-> ’12 3rd pick
12. Hal Gill, Montreal to Philadelphia. The deal Gill <-> ’12 2nd pick
13. Travis Moen, Montreal to San Jose. The deal Moen <-> ’12 3rd pick
14. Mark Eaton, New York Islanders to Pittsburgh. The deal Eaton <-> ’12 4th pick
15. Andy Sutton, Edmonton to Chicago. The deal Sutton <-> ’12 4th pick

As an NHL outsider, this is my list of top 15 predictions for what deals may transpire by the deadline. I encourage you to leave your own opinions and predictions in the comment section below and lets have some fun with this.

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  1. Haha. Ottawa doesn't need another Ruutu. Solid choices but I never take too much stock in predictions. Trade deadline rarely turns out to be the way they think. I'm not involved in any fantasy hockey this year anyway.

  2. Okay Peter I will bite on this but honestly 15 is a stretch here.

    1. Ray Whitney (PHX) to Pittsburgh for 2012 1st round pick and Joe Vitale

    2. Andy Sutton (EDM) to Chicago for 2012 5th round pick.

    3. Ales Hemsky (EDM) to Detroit for 2012 2nd round pick.

    4. Tuommo Ruutu (CAR) to St. Louis for a 2012 2nd round pick and conditional 2013 pick

    5. Marek Zidlicky (MIN) to Philadelphia for a 2012 3rd round pick.

    6. Evgeni Nabokov (NYI) to Detroit for a 2012 2nd round pick and conditional 2013 draft pick.

    7. Mark Eaton (NYI) to Florida for a 2012 4th round pick

    8. Lubomir Visnovsky (ANA) to New Jersey for Mathias Tedenby, Mark Fayne and a conditional 2013 draft pick.

    9. Jeff Carter (CBJ) to Los Angeles for Jonathan Bernier and a 2012 2nd round pick plus conditional.

    10. AK47 (MTL) to Nashville for a 2012 3rd round pick

    11. Scott Clemmensen (FLA) to Los Angeles for a 2012 4th round pick.

    12. Wojtek Wolski (NYR) to Ottawa for a 2012 5th round pick

    13. Hal Gill (MTL) to Tampa Bay for a 2012 3rd pick and 2013 4th round pick

    14. Alex Semin (WSH) to Vancouver for a 2012 1st round pick and Chris Higgins

    15. Dan Ellis (ANA) to Chicago for a 2012 5th round pick.


    Yes 14 is off the wall and so are a few others but hey I had to be different.

  3. According to your predictions the Chicago Blackhawks acquire both Derek Roy and Andy Sutton without losing a single current roster player. Is it safe to assume then that you are predicting Chicago to win the cup as well? Because that is one hell of a stacked mock line-up.

    Also I love the Roy/McNeill swap, Buffalo should have drafted Mark over Joel Armia last year anyway as they are thin at center from an organizational standpoint.

    Good predictions overall.

    Crazy unlikely trade, but how about Columbus sends Jeff Carter to the NY Islanders for Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey, and a 3rd rd pick in 2012.

  4. Good list but I don't think Hal Gill will get a 2nd round pick. I also don't think TB would trade Malone for Wolski straight up but a good list to ponder over. It will be interesting to see how many you are close on.

  5. Habs need a big, young center, preferably francophone. Here's how they'll get him:
    Trade a combination of Gill, Campoli, Moen, Kostistyn for 2nd and third round picks, as they did with Cammalleri.
    Then, package a bunch of those picks with Plekanec, Weber, Michael Bournival and Patrick Holland for Jonathan Huberdeau from the Florida Panthers. Panthers would get the second center they so desparately need right now for the playoffs while stocking up on some young prospects and draft picks.