The people have spoken. Here is a sampling of deals, scenarios and questions I've received from readers after
I think a big body in the middle -- like Jason Arnott or Nik Antropov -- makes sense. Antropov is intriguing because he can move to the wing when both Crosby and Malkin return.
Malkin, who is out for the season, obviously isn't in play right now. I threw out the names of Arnott and Antropov to the Pens as possible fits, so why not Connolly? However, the Sabres are in the playoff hunt. It's also doubtful that Shero will go into seller mode if Sidney Crosby is coming back and the Penguins look reasonably healthy and in decent form for the playoffs.
Given the recent acrimony between the Islanders and Penguins, I'm not feeling any imminent trades between the two clubs.
The Flames are playing really well right now. I don't think this spring is the time to blow up their roster.
With the Flames playing so well, moving Iginla doesn't really fly. Stuart will be moved, but I'm not sure what an unrestricted free agent defenseman like him really does for the rebuilding Senators. That pick is intriguing, though...
Agreed. Phillips to the Canucks makes sense.
Both Penner and Hemsky are in play before the deadline. But Nashville is no longer a possible destination after the Predators' acquisition of Mike Fisher. Nice try on Seguin, though.
Interesting. The cap hit for Hemsky would be bothersome for Boston, but less onerous if the Bruins make other moves.
Yzerman made his move in goal with Dwayne Roloson. Konopka is likely to move and Anaheim is a good destination. Arnott, too, should end up elsewhere. Phillips would be a nice fit in Dallas. Campbell traded, though? Probably not.
I'm not sure that the Caps won't let their young guys fight it out this year to determine who becomes their number one. Florida is in the playoff mix, so Vokoun isn't necessarily in play, although he probably will be by February 28.
I don't think Thrashers' GM Rick Dudley is thinking big-time trade, which your proposal would be with the Oilers. An interesting premise, though. Booth and Simmonds are similar players, so any deal involving one for the other would be contract driven as Booth is signed at over $3 million more per season that Simmonds.
I like it. Great stuff. Keep the ideas coming. Next week I'll weigh in as we get closer to the deadline.