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The NHL trade deadline could be absolutely insane this year

Jan 6, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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This morning, the good people at tweeted a link to their “Trade Deadline Tracker,” a page that shows how much cap space each team can add at the NHL trade deadline.

If you want to get excited about what could happen by Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. ET, click on this link.

A few things to consider:

—- Some really good teams could add some really good players for their playoff runs. The Boston Bruins, for example, could acquire a $13,681,735 cap hit at the deadline (assuming they don’t make any moves before then.) And that’s not even counting the $4 million in LTI relief they could get for Marc Savard.

—- Other Stanley Cup contenders with deep pockets that could make significant moves include Detroit ($23,551,749) and Chicago ($22,197,711).

—- Potential playoff teams with not-so-deep pockets that could make big moves include Nashville ($66,150,085), Dallas ($64,798,123), Ottawa ($61,466,958), Winnipeg ($50,676,384), Phoenix ($43,787,030), Florida ($42,664,187), St. Louis ($42,328,028), and Minnesota ($39,195,631). Will any of those ownership groups step up to the plate?

—- Washington ($1,065,650) and Vancouver ($2,213,127) will be limited in their deadline dealings, barring injuries.

—- Calgary ($1,597,873) just lost 9-0 to the Bruins and doesn’t have much room to get better. Good thing every half-decent player on the Flames has a no-trade clause.

  1. madtolive5 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    B’s wont make a move unless there is an injury.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Get ready Canucks fans, this team could add a luminary like Eric Fehr, Radek Martinek or Andy Sutton!

    The possibilities are exhilarating..

  3. jpelle82 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    why would the b’s do anything to mess with the current success…it would have to be a dramatic turn of events to see a big splash in boston

  4. buffalomafia - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I could see Pens, Red Wings & Blackhawks making some good moves.

    Also don’t count out the Blues, Flyers & Rangers!

  5. rosloe62 - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    What a difference a few years make. The Hawks can go from having to move players after winning the Cup, to swooping in and grabbing a final piece to make another Cup run! It doesn’t suck to be in first and have some nice cap room!

  6. pastabelly - Jan 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    The Bruins problem is not this season. It’s next season and the one after that when many more of the young player deals are up. They may make a move. But it would be to rent a player.

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    ‘The NHL trade deadline could be absolutely insane this year.’ Isn’t that said every year?

  8. yettyskills - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Parise to……..

  9. jaybertx - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    For Sale: 42 year old “goaltender” who likes watching pucks knock his water bottle off of the net.


    The Tampa Bay Lightning

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