Hockey World: Top 20 NHL trade bait

 

These top-20 unrestricted free agents on tap to be dealt by teams that are out of the playoff picture, including the Edmonton Oilers

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Perry falls under the Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk umbrella, only Anaheim is a much better club than Atlanta ever was when they traded their studs in their prime at the deadline. The Ducks, the second-best team in the West, just gave Ryan Getzlaf $66 million over eight years. Why Perry just doesn&#8217;t go to general manager Bob Murray and say, &#8220;Give me the same contract&#8221; is anybody&#8217;s guess. They&#8217;re a tag-team. If they can&#8217;t sign him in three weeks they&#8217;ll do one of two things: deal him for three live bodies and a first-round draft pick (see Hossa, Kovalchuk), or work out a sign-and-trade deal with a team the way the NBA does. The team that wants Perry will sign him to an exorbitant rate, but give up way more because he&#8217;s not a rental then.</div>
 

Perry falls under the Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk umbrella, only Anaheim is a much better club than Atlanta ever was when they traded their studs in their prime at the deadline. The Ducks, the second-best team in the West, just gave Ryan Getzlaf $66 million over eight years. Why Perry just doesn’t go to general manager Bob Murray and say, “Give me the same contract” is anybody’s guess. They’re a tag-team. If they can’t sign him in three weeks they’ll do one of two things: deal him for three live bodies and a first-round draft pick (see Hossa, Kovalchuk), or work out a sign-and-trade deal with a team the way the NBA does. The team that wants Perry will sign him to an exorbitant rate, but give up way more because he’s not a rental then.

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<div id="page1">Perry falls under the Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk umbrella, only Anaheim is a much better club than Atlanta ever was when they traded their studs in their prime at the deadline. The Ducks, the second-best team in the West, just gave Ryan Getzlaf $66 million over eight years. Why Perry just doesn&#8217;t go to general manager Bob Murray and say, &#8220;Give me the same contract&#8221; is anybody&#8217;s guess. They&#8217;re a tag-team. If they can&#8217;t sign him in three weeks they&#8217;ll do one of two things: deal him for three live bodies and a first-round draft pick (see Hossa, Kovalchuk), or work out a sign-and-trade deal with a team the way the NBA does. The team that wants Perry will sign him to an exorbitant rate, but give up way more because he&#8217;s not a rental then.</div>
Iginla is 35, Perry is 27. There&#8217;s a big difference in compensation. The Flames captain has a no-trade clause in his contract and has never wanted to play anywhere else, but if Calgary is out of the playoffs, I&#8217;m betting Jay Feaster will come to him and says, &#8220;Here&#8217;s three teams that want you. Take your pick.&#8221; He&#8217;d be a nice rental for the Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins.
Only 30, he&#8217;s a prototypical snarly power forward, although his stats are nothing to jump up and down about this season. Clowe of two years ago was a better buy, but it&#8217;s tough to knock his ability to get to the blue paint.
The Red Wings have to make a decision on the Finnish centre, who likely wants considerably more than the $3 million he&#8217;s making now. They&#8217;ll be in a playoff race, so GM Ken Holland may want to hold on to him because he takes pressure off Pavel Datsyuk, but if he walks in July, it&#8217;s not a good move.
David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils mixes it up in the second period with Keith Aulie #3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center on March 5, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
The only way Alfie is on the move is if he gives the green light. He&#8217;s a Senator through and through, and at 40, this could well be his last NHL year. If the Sens are in the playoff hunt, he won&#8217;t want to go anywhere.
The team captain and 35 and would give some team a power-play point man. I guess you could say the same for teammate Lubomir Visnovsky at the deadline. The Isles are usually in sell-off mode.
He has a big heart and seems to have overcome last year&#8217;s run of injuries. But the Stars are going younger, except for Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney. He would be an ideal rental for a contender. The Canucks would be perfect landing spot.
He has slowed down from his days in Calgary, but everybody is looking for defencemen at the deadline and the Sabres are overloaded with them. He&#8217;s only 32.
He&#8217;s the type of big-body winger/centre teams are looking for. Better than Alexei Ponikarovsky, who was traded back to New Jersey few weeks ago. Antropov has Stanley Cup contender pickup written all over him.
One of the NHLPA&#8217;s most vocal collective bargaining agreement guys has some offensive chops, in the short term. He&#8217;s overpaid at $4.5 million, but would make a third-pairing blue-liner on a good team.
I should have listed him higher, but somebody will give him a look for a few months as a rental. The St. Louis Blues need a D-man, so do the Carolina Hurricanes.
He would be excellent insurance in net with a Cup win in Tampa Bay. He&#8217;s 40, but until he got groin problems, he was terrific. Somebody will trade for him if he&#8217;s back and playing.
Not the player he once was &#8212; a skilled, crafty, small guy &#8212; because of concussion issues, a little tentative but for a Cup contender might be worth a third-round draft pick. He&#8217;s been healthy scratch this season.
Was a rental once before in Ottawa and did a terrific job. He&#8217;s a pro&#8217;s pro, and still has something left in him. He&#8217;s a very good faceoff guy.
He has been a healthy scratch six straight games on the back end, beaten out for ice-time by rookie Brian Lashoff. Wonder if the Hurricanes would take him back or are White and Joe Corvo the same player?
The Oilers like him and want him back, but if they&#8217;re out of the playoffs, will they send him on his way and hope they can sign him in July?
See Regehr. Same age, serviceable third pairing guy on good team.
Big body D-man, who can play 15 minutes a game on a contender.
Weiss, centre, would have been in top-five free-agents list as a No. 2 centre on a Cup threat, but had wrist surgery and is out for the season. With Florida spinning its wheels, they&#8217;ll be in sell-off mode. Goalie Jose Theodore would have gone too, but he has a bad knee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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