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Your PHT trade deadline day primer

Feb 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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The trade deadline hits at 3 p.m. ET Monday and it’s generally been a day filled with action big and small. This year’s deadline could be more of the same. Small tweaks or franchise-changing moves could happen just the same. Who might be on the move this year? Here’s a list of ten names you might see us writing about tomorrow.

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1. Rick Nash, RW – Columbus Blue Jackets
He’s the big prize to be had and with at least three teams (Toronto, San Jose and Philly) and perhaps other sneaky suitors (Nashville). His agent wants to see him moved and Nash wants this ordeal done. Whether or not Scott Howson bites and gets things done is the million dollar question.

2. Steve Ott, LW – Dallas Stars
Dallas’ sandpaper-like forward has earned a lot of interest of late. With Vancouver and Philadelphia appearing to be the front-runners for the 29-year-old and the Canucks in particular freeing up cap space recently, Ott could be had. Dallas hanging around in the playoff race might mean he doesn’t go anywhere which would suit Ott just fine.

3. Evgeni Nabokov, G – New York Islanders
Some teams could use some veteran goaltending help (Toronto, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay) and whether Nabokov signs a contract extension with the Isles will likely decide whether he can be had or not. If Nabokov is off limits, perhaps Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson would make a nice booby prize despite his rough season.

4. Dustin Brown, RW – Los Angeles Kings
It was a bombshell when it was made known that Dustin Brown could be had via trade. After seeing him blow up for a hat trick and four points against Chicago, however, perhaps word of him being available was meant to be the kick in the butt he needed to get going and probably stick in Los Angeles.

5. Andrei Kostitsyn, LW – Montreal Canadiens
Is your team in need of a depth forward with scoring touch that’s tired of the rat race in Montreal? Kostitsyn is your guy. Nashville (where his brother Sergei is), Detroit, who’s sniffing around for forward depth, and others in need of scoring help could be in the mix here.

6. Bryan Allen, D – Carolina Hurricanes
With Carolina re-signing Tuomo Ruutu to a whopper of a deal and things not going as smoothly between these two sides, Allen is shaping up to be the guy headed out of town. We’ve already seen Niklas Grossman and Hal Gill get moved and Allen is the next in line to be had. He’s physical and a defensive-defenseman that will give you about 19 minutes a game. Don’t expect any offense here though.

7. Nikolai Khabibulin, G – Edmonton Oilers
If your team needs goaltending help, perhaps kicking the tires on this aging Stanley Cup winner is what would fit the bill. With the issues Toronto has had in goal, would Brian Burke dare deviate from the plan to pick up an old warhorse like the ‘Bulin Wall? (No, probably not)

8. Jonathan Bernier, G – Los Angeles Kings
Teams with long-term issues in goal (Columbus, Tampa Bay) might choose now to address those problems. While those teams would also covet Vancouver’s Cory Schneider and may wait til summer to make a run at him, Bernier is also a young and potential franchise goalie that will get attention, especially if there’s a scoring forward to be had in the deal.

9. Derick Brassard, C – Columbus Blue Jackets
Speaking of young players potentially on the move, Columbus’ Derick Brassard is believed to still be out there and available at the right price. It won’t be easy to pull him away, but with Columbus in “anything goes” mode, the right deal could net a team with a need at center a young playmaker.

10. Shane O’Brien, D – Colorado Avalanche
If there’s a team desperate for physical defense and wants a guy on an expiring contract, O’Brien could garner interest. He’s been on playoff teams before and has that experience. Problem here is that Colorado is still in the hunt for the postseason and may not want to sell too much.


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  1. kingjoe1 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Nabakov to Philly for the Bob.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Haha the kid gots jokes.

      • tjv027 - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Don’t understand why that’s considered a joke. Flyers get a veteran goalie with playoff experience in exchange for a guy that certainly won’t be sticking around after next year in pursuit of a starting gig. Isles swap a guy that (as of right now) has no plans to play for them next year for a young, cheap goalie that has shown flashes of brilliance. Only kicker is if the Isles think they have a legit shot at the 8-seed.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        So you give up a guy who can easily be in the league for another 10 years for a guy who may help you this year and that’s it. And the move would only work out (for the short-term) IF the Flyers win the Stanley Cup. That’s why your proposed trade doesn’t seem reasonable.

      • tjv027 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        It’s not my proposed trade, nor am I even saying I’d like the deal. But it’s fair. The fact that Bob will be in the league for the next ten years means nothing, because with Bryzgalov on the books for nine years, there is no way Bob re-signs after next year. There will be a team after next year that signs Bob to an offer sheet of at least 2.5 mill, a number the Flyers would be foolish to match because they’d be committing over 8 million to the goalie position without having an elite guy.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        You will have to get more than another goalie that will leave your organization come July 1. If you trade Bob, you trade for defense or picks. The fact that the Flyers have Bryz for another 8 years means they will have to ride him for the short-term. Getting Nabby for a couple months makes no sense. You will still be stuck with Bryz after this season. You find a way to make it work. And that’s exactly what the Flyers are doing.

      • taytay099 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        “And the move would only work out (for the short-term) IF the Flyers win the Stanley Cup.”

        That’s how most rentals work. Pay big for a small piece that hopefully makes your team that much better for your Cup run. Although I have to agree with you. I wouldn’t trade a young backup goalie that could be worth a lot more in the future for a washed up backup goalie.

      • tjv027 - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Once again, I’m not saying the Flyers should do this deal. But the fact remains it’s a FAIR deal. Bob is not viewed as a superstar in waiting, he’s a decent goalie with decent upside. He’s a fair return for the Islanders for dealing one of the better UFA-to-be goalies on the market.

  2. kantnockdahustle89 - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    None of these guys are interested besides Nash. Ott isnt going anywhere, Brown isnt going anywhere it sounds like and Brassard is underachieving.

  3. jjpileggi - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    The Rangers are taking a huge chemistry risk if they cave and do the Nash deal. They have a few needs and may be better off using the chips they have to make a couple of mid-level deals.

    • gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      40 goal scorer potential soothes any chemistry concerns. Especially a squeaky clean Nash who is a focal point for Team Canada since he went pro.
      Do people really forget that Nash is a Top 6 forward not in just the NHL but for Canada? Hockey people know what Nash has to offer, and it out-weights any chemistry concerns. Really who is to say chemistry is affected at all because of Nash?

      • motownsfinest - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Are you serious with this post? You’re talking about team canada which plays with the best players in the world for several games in a certain window of time. Comparing that to 4 rounds each a 7 game series with a team that has been together for a whole year, some longer is hilarious. Esp. Since nash has only been in 1 series in which his team was swept. You obviously dont know a thing about chemistry. As a wings fan, i would tell all rangers fans that no trade is probably the best trade. At most maybe acquire some scoring depth pieces that wont cost you key pieces on your team and top future draft picks. This guy has no idea about anything. The regular season is almost over nash and his 40 goals mean nothing to the rangers. Its all about the playoffs.

      • firstandonlywarning - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        Motown is too stupid to understand that with all the players Canada has to choose from Nash makes their top 6.

  4. emoser - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Ott to Philadelphia? That could be a little awkward given the run-in between him and Laviolette.

  5. ikillchicken - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I’m thinking it’s going to be a pretty quiet deadline. Most players who were going to move already have been moved.

    -There’s no reason to move Nash before the summer.

    -NY doesn’t seem to want to move Nabokov.

    -The Brown thing is just hot air and always was.

    -LA won’t move Bernier until they’ve locked up Quick (otherwise he’d have been part of the Columbus deal).

    -Dallas and Colorado aren’t going to be sellers.

    That said, I’d love to see Vancouver pick up Bryan Allen.

    • kitshky - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      I was just thinking that! Isnt Allen to Van a no-brainer…?

      • ikillchicken - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Well, he’d be a wonderful fit. That’s a no brainer. We don’t need any more offence from our D. We’re totally set there. We just need a solid, reliable, physical guy who can eat about 15 minutes a night, take a little pressure off our top guys, and in a pinch move up and play serviceable top 4 minutes. (Rome and Alberts have both failed to be this player). A guy like Allen is no superstar but he gives us exactly this.

        That said, he’s…less of a no brainer depending on the asking price. You look at what players are going for and you sure would hate to pay a fortune for a mere rental to round out your lineup. If he could be had for a non-1st round draft pick and a minor prospect I’d make that deal but I doubt this is the case.

      • taytay099 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        Allen was great when he played for us. I would love to see him back in a Canucks jersey. I don’t like Rome or Alberts playing on a regular basis. They can be such a liability on the ice.

  6. bethgoesglobal - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    In my dream world I would love to see Brown go to DC- beyond doubtful, but a girl can dream….

  7. derrico2 - Feb 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    I’ve heard talk that Gaustad may get moved. I think he’d be a good asset for a deep playoff run.

  8. bcisleman - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    No one seems to want to believe Garth when he says he won’t trade Nabby. He’s not worried about re-signing Nabby or PA. He’ll listen to offers–sure–but unless somebody absolutely blows him away, Nabby and PA will stay where they are.

  9. blomfeld - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    “JUNK STORE” Sale !

    No offense, but with the exception of Brown and Bernier, the above list of players essentially constitutes a “junk store” sale ! In fact, you can just open the phone book and randomly select 10 names and you’ll probably get about the same in potential value ! Regardless, Brown and Bernier are going nowhere and I’m frankly disappointed that Yerdon would even include their names here, as I’m not sure what he’s getting at ? We Kings now have everything we need in-order to cut down Detroit and Vancouver and so we have no interest in selling & buying. But even if we did, we sure as hell wouldn’t be going to a “junk store” sale like this !

    • kitshky - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      The Kings cant (and wont) beat either the Wings or the Canucks. Maybe soon ..but they’re not there yet. I do enjoy your enthusiasm tho.

      • blomfeld - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

        I’m sorry, but not only will we beat the Canucks & Wings … we’re gonna have a “blast” doing it ! Friend, I would implore you to denounce whatever team it is you support right now and fall into line with us LA Kings fans ! … these are heady days and it’s going to be a wonderful ride to the top … join us !

    • taytay099 - Feb 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Everything is junk except for Brown and Bernier says the Kings fan.

      Right now the Kings are mediocre at best. I’m sure your team could make a few improvements like getting a player better than Dustin Penner or an extra Dman now that Johnson is gone.

      • blomfeld - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        And to you friend I offer the same message … denounce whichever team it is you support right now and fall into line with us Kings fans ! … it’ll be the best decision that you could have ever made !

  10. buffalomafia - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Philly & Chicago need a goalie!

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