Thursday, February 9, 2017

NHL Trade Deadline: Sneaky trade targets for March 1st

   Every year on NHL trade deadline day, we see many, many trades league wide. You might see guys who you expected to be dealt change sweaters, but also players who you didn't expect to be swapped traded. These players are guys who scouts track a lot, and if they like that specific player, they'll give the club who they work for feedback. Here are some sneaky trade targets for the next couple of weeks.
    1. Devante Smith Pelly. The 24 year old winger was traded both in 2015 AND 2016 deadlines, going from the Ducks to the Canadiens, and now with the Devils. The Devils are in that wild chase for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 56 points, but if the club drops off, GM Ray Shero should consider trading DSP, who is owed $1.3 mil at the end of this year and next year.
    2. Patrik Berglund. The Blues seem to be sellers, and if they are, Berglund should be dealt. A Berglund trade is overshadowed by the rumors of all star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk leaving town. Berglund is owed about $3.7 million this season, and can fit nicely into a contender's lineup, like the Columbus Blue Jackets.
     3. P.A. Parenteau. Like Smith Pelly, the only reason this trade would be a thing is if the Devils drop off. Parenteau signed with the New York Islanders on July 2nd, a 1 year deal worth $1.25 million. Shockingly, the Isles placed him on waivers, where New Jersey claimed him. Since then, he's had a good season. Like Berglund, a contender can trade for him.
     4. Ron Hainsey. The Carolina Hurricanes are last in the Metro division, but are still in the playoff race. If they drop off even more, they can deal the 35 year old. When Hainsey signed a 3 year deal with Carolina in 2014-15, the deal included a modified NMC, which had Hainsey submit a list of 15 teams he could be traded to. If you think the Hurricanes couldn't pull a deal off, they did ship off 36 year old John Michael Liles to Boston last deadline.
      5. Jordan Martinook/Michael Stone. This one includes 2 Coyotes, because I think they could be packaged in the same deal. Martinook will be a RFA on July 1st, and could be solid depth for another team. This deal can work out like the Shane Prince deal worked out for the Islanders last season. Stone can be a solid top 4 defenseman for any team, and a solid rental player, as he is a UFA this July. He can be moved to the 3rd d-pairing if his team is good enough.
       6. Tyler Johnson. The Bolts are suffering a disappointing season, and Ben Bishop, their no. 1 goalie for many years, will probably be gone soon. Johnson is a UFA this July, and could win a different team a Cup. The Bolts can get some solid prospects in return. Johnson can fit well in Nashville.
       March 1st is only about 3 weeks away, so if these players are traded, it will be soon. (I'll probably write about the trade, if there is one).

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