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The Big Question: Which big name(s) will be traded before the deadline?

Jan 30, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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The Big Question is a feature on PHT where we ask a question, provide some background and ask you, the reader, to weigh in with your opinions.

Today’s question: Which big name(s) will be traded before the deadline?

The Feb. 27 trade deadline is only a month away, and there’s reason to believe it could be a busy one. Plenty of contending teams (Detroit and Chicago, to name just two) have cap space, something that hasn’t always been the case at this point in the season.

Here’s a list of the big NHL names that have popped up in trade speculation.

—-Bobby Ryan (was reportedly being shopped earlier)
—-Ryan Getzlaf (Leafs would love to get the big center)
—-Corey Perry (farfetched or not, his name’s out there)
—-Teemu Selanne (but only if he wants to be moved)
—-Jeff Carter (reportedly available)
—-Tim Thomas (according to this)
—-Ryan Suter (pending UFA, inquiries will be made)
—-Zach Parise (pending UFA, Devils having financial difficulties)
—-Shane Doan (pending UFA, potentially the last season in Phoenix for Coyotes)
—-Brenden Morrow (according to this)
—-Paul Stastny (big salary for low-payroll Avs)
—-Alex Semin (pending UFA, was a healthy scratch earlier this season)
—-Derek Roy (Sabres might need a shake-up)
—-Drew Stafford (see above)
—-Luke Schenn (Leafs have surplus of defensemen)
—-James van Riemsdyk (don’t shoot the messenger, he’s been linked to Schenn)

So, which ones of the above do you think are most likely to be moved? If you don’t think any, say none. If you think we’ve missed a big name, say who.

My most likely? Schenn, Carter and one of Roy or Stafford.

  1. seaner44 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM


    • Jason Brough - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Oops, forgot Ruutu. (Probably because there’s no question he’ll be traded.)

      • bcisleman - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        Yeah, but didnt everyone say the same about Gleason? Does Rutherford really want to do a full rebuild? His team’s playing better recently.

      • Jason Brough - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        Good point, bcisleman. Same could be said for the Beauchemin signing.

  2. rosselliott - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    If the Coyotes are sellers at the deadline, I’d fully expect Ray Whitney to be moved. Pending UFA, solid vet, former Stanley Cup winner with Carolina and currently leads the Phoenix in points and +/- (15G, 27A, 42P, +13)

  3. leafs1003 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    PK Subban. Habs are known for making rather rash deals. (chelios) Pk has become some what of a distraction, being benched up 6 against the wings. Most organizations and this becomes unlikely yet with the Habs, I wouldnt be shocked. Especially if they start slow after the allstar break.

    • bcisleman - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      An interesting idea would be moving him for Josh Bailey. Isles need a good pairing partner for Mark Streit and Subban needs a mentor. To sweeten the deal, Garth might take on Gomez. Isles will need more salary with Rolston likely going out the door at the end of the season if not before.

    • habsman - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Don’t think so.

      Subban, Price and MaxPac are probably the only untouchables.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      I’d take P.K. on the Flyers any day!

  4. ravenscaps48 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Ray Whitney to Washington

    • cmutimmah - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      with a pick for Semin? I could see that.

      • bethgoesglobal - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        I’ve actually been thinking the same thing as rumors have been on the rise over the fate of the Coyotes seems more and more dubious. However, the team will not be obliterated, it will be Moved, and a new team (likely in Canada) may want to hold on to an asset like Whitney. If the current team begins to trade away their core players it will only decrease the teams value.
        As for Semin, I’m feeling quite conflicted. I love him and continue to believe in his skills and value to the Caps. However, the “fit” in the organization (and its future) is certainly up for debate. I think a move could really benefit his career, giving him a fresh start (maybe with the Wild?), but you always have to remember that a return to Russia and the KHL may suit him better (at least personally).
        What I’m really interested in seeing is if trades with Anaheim may be in the cards with Bruce now solidifying his new role in the western team. Could a Bobby Ryan or Correy Perry be within reach for the Caps?
        And Finally…
        What exactly are the Caps really looking for right now? With injuries still dragging the team down are we looking for long-term additions, or another handful of disposables like last year at the trade deadline?
        -Only time will tell….

      • lebcapsfan - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        @ bethgoesglobal: the Caps need a second center; they were lacking in that area even before Backstrom’s injury, which only exposed the wound wider.

        I can see Semin being traded, but I doubt he’ll stay on this side of the pond much longer. He’s pretty much unmarketable (a couple of vain attempts to get him on video earlier this season didn’t do it for him).

  5. paulmazz - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    WHAT team in their right mind would want Jeff Carter??? His bones are brittle & he acts like a baby!! We have all but forgotten about him in Philly! He is one of the most imature players I have ever encountered.

    • blinkyhowe - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      And he’s owed $6-$7 mil a year until forever. I don’t see Detroit swallowing that. Like Kenny Holland is going to pay him MORE than Pavel? Sorry but i would rather make my own contract mistakes if i was a GM.

  6. cmutimmah - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    At this point in the season, as a wings fan I would take Carter. I would also go after one of those defenseman too. Both could be had under our current cap space available…

    Ryan Suter would be great, however I can’t see them trading him until they get every opportunity to sign him and Weber long term. it would be a deadline day deal if it happens.

    • norseman81 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      I would say Suter gets dealt. They can’t keep both Weber and Suter. They also have a few young defense man who can do similar things as Suter. Replacing Weber would be much more difficult. Plus the return they could get for him would be too difficult to pass on.

      • bcisleman - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        Weber has as much as said that keeping him will require keeping Suter. Kind of all or nothing for Poile.

  7. bcisleman - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Unless BUF decides to blow up their roster, I’m not sure if ANY of these deals will happen.

  8. cmutimmah - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Selanne to the Wings would be nice too… if he’s looking to make a cup run with a team…

    I doubt Selanne goes anywhere besides the current favorites, Boston, Detroit, NYR, CHI, etc.

  9. ambersersen - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    With Dale Hunter as the new head coach of the Caps, he’s been laying down the law of what he expects from his team, not adhering to the desires of the select few that require special attention. This season Semin hasn’t been playing with the same passion he had when he scored the team’s first goal of the 2006-2007 season. If his heart’s not in it, I think it would be best for him and the team if they went their separate ways.

  10. rabidbillsfan - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM


    Why do you say that? We have Staffords replacement in Kassian (Talking long-term/Next Season not the here and now) and getting a Center back in a trade would replace Roy. I’m sorry, but Roys only success has come on the Vanek Pominville line this season, but Adam even outpreformed him in that position. Adam, Gaustad, Ellis and a player received in trade sounds good to me. Heck, even Hecht would fill in nicely. Shipping Miller would be blowing up the roster, not shipping under preformers with similar numbers to AHL’ers.

    • bcisleman - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      Shipping out ONE of those players might not be a blow up. All of them would be blowing it up. In any event, my point really was that the non-BUF trades seem unlikely to me for various reasons. The proposed trades involving BUF seem to be the only ones likely to happen IF BUF decides to put up the white flag for this season.

  11. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    bobby ryan to pittsburgh. he wants to be on a cup winning team finally

    • psujay - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Wouldn’t that be Boston?

    • psujay - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      That would be Boston.

      • psujay - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Darn double post. Sorry, can’t delete it.

  12. leninthebuff - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Buffalo should blow up their roster after the lackluster effort most have given this year. Regier and Ruff have been together since 97 and have done pretty much nothing…it’s time Mr Pegula stops being a wide-eyed kid in a candy store and takes the bull by the horns and gets rid of one preferrable Regier or both.

  13. finfan88shark - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Ales Hemsky to San Jose, he would fit in perfect, he is always injured and soft as a marshmallow. The Sharks could put him on a line with Marleau and Thornton and call it the underachieving cream puff line.

    Dominic Moore to San Jose

  14. nyr1 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Doan to NYR…slats and maloney are trading buddies

    • bethgoesglobal - Jan 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      I don’t see any reason for the NYR’s to go after Doan. He’s good and quite versatile butcould I see the Rangers looking for a big-time offensive “star”. A player like Ryan, Perry, Parise, or maybe even Selanne (though any trade w/him seems unlikely to me) In a city like NYC, where only the best is tolerated, they need “the best” (or at least something that looks like it). On first glance, a knock-off can look genuine, but until (the team) inspects it further will it’s true value be revealed.

  15. brockohol - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    if steen and/or mcdonald don’t return to the blues they will news to do something. I doing the avwould do another deal with the blues after they got trade raped last year but stastny coming backfire his hometown would be pretty sweet + the blues are playingunder the cap floor. once the ownership deal goes througthey wouldprob ne open to taking on a bigger salary. berglund and 1st pick for stastny

  16. devsfan16 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    well devils need to keep parise and in the bad circumstances that they cant then they should trade him for someone good and about half these trades might happen and the devs really need to get someone just one player hopefully a good defensemen or goalie to spark their team to become the great team they one were

  17. buffalomafia - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Leninthe buff is right! Pegula myst have balls & trade half of the bums on the Sabres! Including Ruff & Regeire!

  18. danphipps01 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    St. Louis will be gunning hard for Parise and Suter, I wager. Bobby Ryan would fit into Detroit’s “big forward” niche nicely, being a very solid scorer in addition to a big body. Let’s see… Ruutu to Boston, likely. If Morrow is actually up for grabs, I could see Boston or Detroit for him, but we have no honest idea if he is or not. Chicago’s in need of a centre, so that could be Carter I guess, but better options would be Doan (not that he’ll be leaving Phoenix NOW, but let’s pretend) or Stastny. Or Getzlaf if they could get him, but I’d be surprised if he was really on the market.

    • blinkyhowe - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:11 AM

      Detroit would like Suter. They could move Commodore put him in. His salary wouldn’t be a big deal since Stewart is a UFA and expected to go back to LA and his family this year. Bring him in and Brendan Smith who is AHL Allstar D and it sets them in case Nick Lidstrom leaves. That said Doan would be more in line with what they need..tough, physical forward that can score..a little old by $3.6 mil doable. Trouble is Phnx will want Nyquist, Smith or Jurco and i don’t see that happening. Jurco is Pav Jr.

      • lecaptainron - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

        Suter’s not going anywhere before the deadline. And given how tight the Central Division is this year, even if the Preds were to decide to trade him at the last second, it’s highly unlikely that he would be gifted to a division rival before the playoffs (and to a team that we would most likely face at some point).

        All bets are off if Nashville can’t sign him before July 1. In the meantime, I don’t see him going anywhere prior to February 27 given how good Nashville is right now.

  19. blinkyhowe - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Oh yeah, Hawks just picked up Morrow and they hope he will get Pat Kane-Honeybaked Kid-into gear and pick up his scoring. So they might be set.

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