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2011 NHL trade deadline: top 10 available players

It’s that time of year again and we’re only 12 days from the trade deadline.

With that said we have compiled a list of the top 10 players who could become available by the 2011 trade deadline:

1. Tomas Kaberle D
Age: 32
Cap hit: $4.25 million
Teams interested: Sharks, Blue Jackets, Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers

2. Ales Hemsky RW
Age: 27
Cap hit: $4.1 million
Teams interested:  Rangers, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Kings, Thrasher, Penguins

3. Tomas Vokoun G
Age: 34
Cap hit: $5.7 million
Teams interested: Flyers, Blackhawks, Sharks, Capitals

4. Zach Bogosian D
Age: 20
Cap hit: $3.37 million
Teams interested: Oilers, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Sharks

5. Robyn Regehr D
Age: 30
Cap hit: $4.02 million
Teams interested: Lightning, Sabres, Canadiens, Ducks, Bruins, Thrashers 

6. Dustin Penner LW
Age: 28
Cap hit: $4.25 million
Teams interested: Kings, Canadiens, Predators, Hurricanes, Penguins

7. Stephen Weiss
Age: 27
Cap hit: $3.1 million
Teams interested: Kings, Blue Jackets, Wild, Bruins, Penguins

8. Jason Arnott
Age: 36
Cap hit: $4.5 million
Teams interested: Stars, Hurricanes, Rangers, Penguins, Canadiens, Lightning

9. Chris Phillips D
Age: 32
Cap hit: $3.5 million
Teams interested:  Sharks, Stars, Capitals, Canadiens

10. Bryan McCabe D
Age: 35
Cap hit: $5.75 million
Teams interested: Blues, Lightning, Bruins, Rangers


Panthers trade Frolik to Blackhawks for Skille

via Twitter:

Michael Frolik has been acquired by the #Blackhawks for Jack Skille


via DarrenDreger:

Skille, jessiman and pacan for frolik, salak


Southeast Division Preview

By Peter Levi

Continuing my look at the NHL going into the 2010-11 season.  Today I take a snapshot of the Southeast division.  Conference rankings are listed in brackets next to the team.

Washington (1st)
Roster losses: Brendan Morrison (UFA – Calgary, 74-42), Eric Belanger (UFA, 77-41), Joe Corvo (UFA – Carolina, 52-18), Scott Walker (UFA, 42-8), Milan Jurcina (UFA – New York Islanders, 44-7), Jose Theodore (UFA – Minnesota, 2.81, 0.911)
Roster additions: D. J. King (T St. Louis)
Prospect signings: Marcus Johansson (42-20 SEL), Anton Gustafsson (34-18 Allsvenskan), Stefan Della Rovere (57-41 OHL), Philipp Grubauer (2.37, .906), Dmitry Kugryshev (66-87 QMJHL), Cody Eakin (70-91 WHL), Brandon Anderson (3.49, .892 WHL), Dustin Stevenson (56-47 SJHL)
Forwards: Alexander Ovechkin (72-109), Nicklas Backstrom (82-101), Alexander Semin (73-84), Brooks Laich (78-59), Mike Knuble (69-53), Tomas Fleischmann (69-51), Eric Fehr (69-39), Jason Chimera (78-34), Matt Bradley (77-24), Dave Steckel (79-16), Boyd Gordon (36-10), D. J. King (12-0)
Defence: Mike Green (75-76), Tom Poti (70-24), Jeff Schultz (73-23), Tyler Sloan (40-6), John Carlson (22-6), John Erskine (50-6), Karl Alzner (21-5)
Goaltenders: Semyon Varlamov (2.55, 0.909, 26-15-4-6), Michal Neuvirth (2.75, 0.914, 17-9-4-0)
Strengths: scoring, forward depth
Weaknesses: defence, puck-moving blueliners, goaltending
Analysis: the Caps lead the league in goals by nearly fifty, trying to replicate the success of the offence-first Edmonton Oilers of the 80s; a hot goalie and inability to deal with adversity sunk their playoff hopes.  I like their choice to go with young goalies Varlamov and Neuvirth, but it’s a risk.  I believe the team has to get another blueliner to take the offensive pressure off of Mike Green, although perhaps a maturing John Carlson is the answer.  Regardless, the Caps are a top Cup contender.

Carolina (11th)
Roster losses: Ray Whitney (UFA – Phoenix, 80-58), Rod Brind’Amour (retired, 80-19), Brian Pothier (UFA – NLA, 61-15)
Roster additions: Joe Corvo (UFA Washington), Anton Babchuk (UFA KHL), Patrick O’Sullivan (buyout Phoenix)
Prospect signings: Zac Dalpe (39-45 NCAA), Jeff Skinner (64-90 OHL), Michal Jordan (41-32 OHL), Jared Staal (59-49 OHL), Matt Kennedy (43-34 OHL)
Forwards: Eric Staal (70-70), Jussi Jokinen (81-65), Brandon Sutter (72-40), Tuomo Ruutu (54-35), Patrick O’Sullivan (73-34), Sergei Samsonov (72-29), Chad Larose (56-28), Tom Kostopoulos (82-21), Erik Cole (40-16), Patrick Dwyer (58-12), Zach Boychuk (31-9), Jiri Tlusty (18-6)
Defence: Joni Pitkanen (71-46), Tim Gleason (61-19), Joe Corvo (52-18), Brett Carson (54-12), Bryan Rodney (22-11), Jamie McBain (14-10), Anton Babchuk (49-22 KHL)
Goaltenders: Cam Ward (2.69, 0.916, 47-18-23-5), Justin Peters (2.83, 0.905, 9-6-3)
Injuries: Sergei Samsonov
Strengths: team speed
Weaknesses: lack of depth, youth, health
Analysis: along with other issues, the Hurricanes could not overcome injury problems–something attributable to depth and it remains an open question whether they have filled that need or not.  Their goaltending is thin, their blueline dependent on younger players, and their group of forwards largely filled with under achievers (Samsonov) or players whose production seems to have completely vanished (Cole).  I don’t see them competing for a playoff spot.

Tampa Bay (12th)
GM change: Steve Yzerman
Coaching change: Guy Boucher (80-52-17-11)
Roster losses: Kurtis Foster (UFA – Edmonton, 71-42), Alex Tanguay (UFA – Calgary, 80-37), Andrej Meszaros (T – Philadelphia, 81-17), Brandon Bochenski (UFA – KHL, 28-13), Stephane Veilleux (UFA, 77-9), Todd Fedoruk (buyout, 50-6), Matt Walker (T – Philadelphia, 66-5), Zenon Konopka (UFA – New York Islanders, 74-5), David Hale (UFA – Ottawa, 39-4), Antero Niittymaki (UFA – San Jose, 2.87, 0.909, 49-21-18-5)
Roster additions: Simon Gagne (T Philadelphia), Pavel Kubina (UFA Atlanta), Dominic Moore (UFA Montreal), Randy Jones (UFA Los Angeles), Brett Clark (UFA Colorado), Sean Bergenheim (UFA New York Islanders), Marc-Antoine Pouliot (UFA Edmonton), Dan Ellis (UFA Nashville)
Prospect signings: Johan Harju (55-18 KHL), Niklas Persson (55-37 KHL), Alex Hutchings (68-81 OHL), Mark Barberio (65-60 QMJHL), Charles Landry  (68-30 QMJHL), Carter Ashton (65-51 WHL), Radko Gudas (65-37 WHL)
Forwards: Steven Stamkos (82-95), Martin St. Louis (82-94), Vincent Lecavalier (82-70), Ryan Malone (69-47), Steve Downie (79-46), Simon Gagne (58-40), Dominic Moore (69-28), Sean Bergenheim (63-23), Ted Purcell (60-15), Marc-Antonie Pouliot (35-14), Nate Thompson (71-10), Paul Szczechura (52-7)
Defence: Pavel Kubina (76-38), Randy Jones (48-21), Brett Clark (64-20), Victor Hedman (74-20), Mike Lundin (49-13), Mattias Ohlund (67-13), Matt Smaby (33-2)
Goaltenders: Dan Ellis (2.69, 0.909, 31-15-13-1), Mike Smith (3.09, 0.900, 42-13-18-7)
Strengths: top-six forwards; stability in the front office
Weaknesses: goaltending, defence
Analysis: newly hired Steve Yzerman has begun an overhaul of the roster which, on the surface, has improved the team.  I’m not sold on the upgrade, however, as the mix includes players past their prime (Ohlund) and the unproven (Hedman, Lundin).  Mike Smith may or may not be the real deal, while Dan Ellis lost the starting job he’d earned in Nashville.  There’s talent here, but this is going to be an adjustment year for the Lightning.

Atlanta (10th)
GM change: Rick Dudley
Coaching change: Craig Ramsey (assistant Boston)
Roster losses: Maxim Afinogenov (UFA – KHL, 82-61), Clarke MacArthur (UFA – Toronto, 81-35), Pavel Kubina (UFA – Tampa Bay, 76-38), Colby Armstrong (UFA – Toronto, 79-29), Todd White (T – New York Rangers, 65-26), Vyacheslav Kozlov (UFA, 55-26), Marty Reasoner (T – Chicago, subsequently T – Florida, 80-17), Evgeny Artyukhin (UFA, 54-16), Christoph Schubert (UFA, 47-7), Johan Hedberg (UFA – New Jersey, 2.62, 0.915, 47-21-16-6)
Roster additions: Dustin Byfuglien (T Chicago), Andrew Ladd (T Chicago), Brent Sopel (T Chicago), Ben Eager (T Chicago), Freddy Meyer (UFA New York Islanders), Patrick Rissmiller (T New York Rangers), Chris Mason (UFA St. Louis), Frederik Modin (UFA Los Angeles), Nigel Dawes (UFA Calgary)
Prospect signings: Fredrik Petersson (54-38 SEL), Andrei Zubarev (55-16 KHL), Carl Klingberg (42-13 SEL), Danick Paquette (64-65 QMJHL), Patrice Cormier (31-31 QMJHL), Chris Carrozzi (2.36, 0.916 OHL), Edward Pasquale (3.17, 0.916 OHL), Eric O’Dell (68-68 OHL), Alexander Burmistrov (62-65 OHL)
Forwards: Nikolai Antropov (76-67), Rich Peverley (82-55), Niclas Bergfors (81-44), Andrew Ladd (82-38), Bryan Little (79-34), Dustin Byfuglien (82-34), Nigel Dawes (66-32), Evander Kane (66-26), Jim Slater (61-18), Ben Eager (60-16), Chris Thorburn (76-13), Frederik Modin (44-11), Eric Boulton (62-8)
Defence: Tobias Enstrom (82-50), Ron Hainsey (80-26), Zach Bogosian (81-23), Johnny Oduya (67-13), Brent Sopel (73-8), Boris Valabik (23-2)
Goaltenders: Ondrej Pavelec (3.29, 0.906, 42-14-18-7), Chris Mason (2.53, 0.913, 61-30-22-8)
Injuries: Dustin Byfuglien, Jim Slater
Strengths: size up front
Weaknesses: scoring, goaltending, blueline depth, youth
Analysis: Rick Dudley began his overhaul of the Thrashers by importing four Blackhawks and installing a new coach.  Atlanta is thin in most key categories: I’m not sold on Chris Mason, there’s no signficant depth on the blueline, and the forward group is not going to score a lot. 

Florida (14th)
GM change: Dale Tallon
Roster losses: Nathan Horton (T – Boston, 65-57), Keith Ballard (T – Vancouver, 82-28), Gregory Campbell (T – Boston, 60-17), Ville Koistinen (buyout, 17-4)
Roster additions: Dennis Wideman (T Boston), Steve Bernier (T Vancouver), Michael Grabner (T Vancouver), Chris Higgins (UFA Calgary), Marty Reasoner (T Chicago), Mike Weaver (UFA St. Louis), Nathan Paetsch (UFA Columbus), Darcy Hordichuk (T Vancouver)
Prospect signings: Jacob Markstrom (2.01, 0927 SEL), A. J. Jenks (52-63 OHL), Adam Comrie (68-40 OHL), Scott Timmins (56-54 OHL), Colby Robak (71-66 WHL)
Forwards: Stephen Weiss (80-60), Michael Frolik (82-43), Stephen Reinprecht (82-38), Cory Stillman (58-37), Radek Dvorak (76-32), Rostislav Olesz (78-29), Steve Bernier (59-22), Chris Higgins (67-17), Marty Reasoner (80-17), David Booth (28-16), Shawn Matthias (55-16), Kamil Kreps (76-14), Michael Grabner (20-11), Byron Bitz (52-11), Darcy Hordichuk (56-2)
Defence: Bryan McCabe (82-43), Dennis Wideman (76-30), Dmitry Kulikov (68-16), Bryan Allen (74-13), Mike Weaver (77-10), Nathan Paetsch (21-2)
Goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (2.55, 0.925, 63-23-28-11), Scott Clemmensen (2.91, 0.912, 23-9-8-2)
Strengths: goaltending
Weaknesses: blueline, forward depth, scoring
Analysis: Dale Tallon has begun his rebuild and it’s going to be a long season for the Panthers.  They have no depth on their roster and like many previous years are dependent on the performance of various retreaded veterans (Reasoner, Bernier, Higgins, Dvorak).  Were it not for Vokoun the team would be even worse.  A lottery team with a good chance for the cellar.

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Hawks trade Taffe to the Panthers for Reasoner

via NHL Panthers:

Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired C Marty Reasoner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Jeff Taffe.

“We are very pleased to have acquired Marty,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”


Dominic Moore Traded To Montreal

from Nick Kypreos Twitter,

Trade. Fla..Dom Moore to mtl for 2nd round pick.

added 6:37pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

I can confirm Fla has traded centre Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round draft in 2011, pending trade call with NHL.


Free Agent signings – UPDATED


Tampa trades Eminger to the Panthers for Noah Welch and 3rd rounder

per tsn.


Panthers send Nick Boynton home

via Miami Herald:

Florida defenseman Nick Boynton has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons and will not be with the team for the remainder of the team’s three game road trip. Boynton, acquired from Phoenix over the summer as part of the Olli Jokinen trade, played Thursday in New York and traveled with the team to its suburban New Jersey hotel after the game. According to roomate Keith Ballard, Boynton was upset with the team’s decision to send him back to South Florida. It’s possible, with the NHL trade deadline coming on Wednesday that Boynton has played his last game with the Panthers. Boynton was benched for the third period of Thursday’s comeback win against the Rangers and there have been rumors general manager Jacques Martin was even thinking of waiving Boynton. Martin confirmed that Boynton had been sent home but wouldn’t go into further detail.

Looks like he’s on his way out of Florida.


NHL to open next season with 4 games in Europe

via The Associated Press:

The Detroit Red Wings will open the 2009-10 regular season against the St. Louis Blues with a two-game series in Stockholm, while the Chicago Blackhawks play two games against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki.

The games are scheduled for Oct. 2-3, organizers said Thursday.

“It’s something different and really exciting, for sure,” said Panthers left wing Ville Peltonen, who was born in Finland. “I think they have been waiting to get a real game.”


Bouwmeester plan still in question

via Miami Herald:

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester didn’t offer much insight into his future in South Florida on Tuesday, with the potential free agent saying he wouldn’t ”make any rash decisions.” Bouwmeester’s contract is up at the end of the season, and if the Panthers don’t sign him in the coming weeks, they could trade him by the March 4 deadline.

General manager Jacques Martin said he hasn’t spoken to Bouwmeester’s Edmonton, Alberta-based agent since the two met last month in Canada. Martin did say Bouwmeester is playing the best hockey of his career, and the Panthers think they can convince him to stay in South Florida for a bit longer.

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