Five Deals That SHOULD Be Made Before The Deadline

As the late February NHL trading deadline approaches rumors have began to surface in every corner of the hockey world. From buyers to sellers and rentals, a plethora of deals always seem to be made this time of year. This year, as a few top-tier players are slated to become Unrestricted free agents at year’s end, we could see far more interesting action than ever before. Today I’ll take a look at five deals that I believe will be struck between now and 3 P.M. on the 27th. In each of these swaps, the goal was to address the needs of both franchises. Please note that I have taken the salary cap and no-movement clauses into consideration in all of these proposed trades. A special shout-out goes to CapGeek for providing all the salary information for me.

5.) —–> To Chicago: Hal Gill, Travis Moen, 5th Round Pick

—–> To Montreal: Kyle Beach, Brandon Saad, 2nd Round Pick

– Seemingly going nowhere this season it may be time for the Habs and GM Pierre Gauthier to start thinking about unloading some pieces in an attempt to build for the future. Both Gill and Moen are set to become unrestricted free agents this summer and could provide a Cup-hunting Blackhawks team with some added depth and grit for a playoff run this spring. Neither Moen nor Gill give you much in the way of flash or skill, but both are very durable players who have a Stanley Cup on their resume. For Montreal, both Beach and Saad fit the mold of what the Habs need the most: big, strong power forwards who can put the puck in the net. While neither will give Montreal much in the way of immediate assistance, they both have the potential to become cogs in the Canadiens’ lineup for years to come.

4.) —–> To Boston: Tuomo Ruutu, Bryan Allen

—–> To Carolina: Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, 2nd Round Pick

– For a team that has simply run roughshod on the Eastern Conference since the start of November there really aren’t many glaring holes on a roster full of Stanley Cup winners. However, like we saw last February, GM Peter Chiarelli isn’t afraid to tinker with his team in order to add the necessary depth to make another run at Lord Stanley. This trade makes perfect sense for a Boston team that still relies on an inexperienced Steven Kampfer as it’s seventh defenseman. The hard-nosed Bryan Allen isn’t known much for his offense (0G/7A in 51 games this season) but can provide a solid defensive presence in his end of the ice, as well as log some valuable time on the penalty kill. Like Allen, the 28-year-old Ruutu will be a free agent on July 1. The Finland native seems to have been cut from the same mold as Boston winger Rich Peverley in the way that he can be trusted in any situation. Ruutu has posted fifteen goals and added eleven assists in 51 games this season while being shuffled up and down the Carolina lineup.

3.) —–> To Philadelphia: Ryan Suter, 3rd Round Pick

—–> To Nashville: James Van Riemsdyk, Brayden Schenn, Andrej Meszaros, Jody Shelley, 1st Round Pick

– Now, I’d put this trade as the least likely to happen, at least not until this summer. A deal like this makes perfect sense for a Flyers team that will be without captain Chris Pronger for the remainder of the season. Ryan Suter is perhaps the most underrated defenseman in the entire NHL. Often overshadowed by Shea Weber, Suter has quietly stacked together one all-star season after another and is slated to finally cash in this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The question still remains as to if the cash-strapped Predators can re-sign Suter to a long term deal to keep him in Nashville. However, if GM David Poile comes to the realization that he will not be resigning with the Preds, he would be better served to deal him now than let him walk for nothing this July. The package I’ve presented seems like quite a hefty price for one player but keep in mind, true number one defensemen simply do not grow on trees. While I really can’t see this one happening before the deadline, if Suter is adamant about not re-upping in Nashville, I can’t see any better scenario for the Predators’ franchise both now and into the future.

2.) —–> To Toronto: Jeff Carter, 3rd Round Pick

—–> To Columbus: Luke Schenn, Nikolai Kulemin, 2nd Round Pick

– There’s no question that Jeff Carter’s brief stay in Ohio’s capital is coming to an early end. Reportedly frustrated by the entire situation, the former Flyers star has put up only seventeen points (10G/7A) in 30 games this season while playing for the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets. While many teams would be skeptical of accepting any player with ten years left on his contract, the Leafs have been on a league-wide search for a true number one center since Brian Burke took the helm in November of 2008. It’s my belief that if Carter is surrounded by a talented team (like he was in Philadelphia) he will once again be able to return to his elite form. While many could think of this as an overpayment for Carter, I would argue that while Schenn still looks like a future all-star, he seems to be the odd man out on a Leafs’ blueline already manned by Dion Phaneuf, Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles — all of whom are signed to lucrative contracts. Kulemin is a young player with loads of skill and potential who seems to be struggling under the hockey-crazed pressure cooker that is Toronto. Perhaps a change of scenery would do him a world of good. In Toronto, Maple Leafs’ fans may be foaming at the mouth with the thoughts of putting an elite pivot in between all-star wingers Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul.

1.)  —–> To Minnesota: Zach Parise

—–> To New Jersey: Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, Jonas Brodin, 2nd Round Pick

– This trade simply makes too much sense. With Parise still unsigned and the Devils’ ownership situation still uncertain, it’s easy to suggest that New Jersey will be unable to retain Parise at year’s end. Recent speculation has suggested that the 5’11″ Minneapolis would like nothing better than to return to his home state to continue his career, making him a perfect fit for the Wild. However, a former 40-goal scorer with extensive leadership qualities simply does not come cheap. With this package the Devils pick up a solid return for a guy who will likely be gone for nothing on July 1. Devin Setoguchi is a solid young winger who can play top-six minutes and provide some pop playing across from Ilya Kovalchuk. In Coyle and Brodin New Jersey receives two former first round selections who look to be sure bet NHL contributors in the near future. Parise should provide the right type of boost for a Wild team trying to work themselves off of the playoff fringe.

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  1. levinakl says:

    Sorry, but there is zero chance Lamoriello will deal Parise, barring a February collapse of some kind. The ownership issues do not appear to be nearly as bad as the media have made them out to be, but obviously it remains to be seen.

    While I’m far from guaranteeing Parise will be a Devil next season, I think it’s pretty safe to think he will be a Devil in April.

    • I can certainly understand that position, especially from an NJ perspective, but ultimately, I think Lou understood that he’d be in this position when he signed Kovalchuk to the insane deal he’s got. Regardless of such, I don’t think Parise likes the fact that it’s even gotten to this point with him being unsigned. Thus leading me to think that somehow, someway he’ll end up back home in Minnesota next season.

      • James says:

        hey ben im the only one who asked for an answer back and the only one who hasnt got one… you snubbin me?

  2. Al Cimaglia says:

    Stan Bowman might have been born at night but it wasn’t last night.

    Gill and Moen are in the 9th inning of their careers….

    Who would any team give up their top young prospect and a 2nd rounder for a grinder and a 6/7 dman???

    Kyle Beach is a player the Hawks would deal.

    • Al, excuse me a bit there as I am not exactly at expert on the Hawks’ prospects as I’m sure you are. I added Beach To the deal because I had previously heard his name as someone that could be available. Also, I can agree with you on Moen, but I believe that Gill can still be valuable to a contender. The guy eats up all sorts of PK minutes.

      • Al Cimaglia says:

        There is nothing to be sorry about and I hope I didn’t offend you…

        But if you take a step back…

        Saad had the best training camp of any young Hawk prospect even better than those who were older and made the roster.

        So to include him and a 2nd rounder for players who are close to retirement is too much much.

        Beach has been injured but I would deal him if a good deal presented istelf.

        Gill might not be any better than Sean Odonnell, but Moen would add a neded element.

        Good job putting yourself out there and providing some food for thought.

        • Dan says:

          I got to agree with Al. We need a #4 guy to help Leddy. Montador was suppose to be that guy abut he turned out to be a #5/6 guy instead. Montreal has nothing we want that they are willing to part with. Because Hammer is crap and O’donnell is too old we need a Luke Schenn/Ryan Wilson level player. Fact is the #4 guy on Montreal is probably the #6 guy on a cup contending team.

  3. James says:

    If Paul Holmgren traded JVR Schenn and then a first rounder on top of it all for a stay at home Dman, guy will lose his job. He just had to convince everyone in philly that going young was the right thing then he goes and trades a 22 year old second overall pick and a 20 year old 5th overal pick for a 27 year old Dman who is not garenteed to sign their. Suter is great but also plays along shea weber. Then you have Coyle being the center peice of a deal to get Parise… lets just compare the stats we can between Coyle and JVR: Coyle 40 points in 53 games 2 seasons at BU. JVR 74 pts in 67 games 2 seasons at UNH. Player that means more for their team between Suter and Parise is not even a question just look at where NJ is this year compared to last… and oh yea im pretty sure they are in the playoff hunt as well. So please benjamin I want to hear your logic answer about how these deals make sense or if you are just throwing a bunch of shit against the wall hoping something will stick?

    • – Ryan Suter is a top-5 defenseman in this league, and is only 27 years old. Poile isn’t going to just give him away. Also, the deal being dependent on Suter signing an extension, but of course that goes without saying.

      – NJ being in the playoff hunt really means nothing in this situation. How can Lou sit justify to ownership (if they even have any by then) letting one of the best 2-way players in the game walk away for nothing in July? Because his team was in the playoffs? If the Devils were a legitimate Cup contender, you could make an argument but you can search high and wide and I’d bet you can’t find anyone outside of New Jersey who thinks the Devils have any shot at winning it this season. Therefore, you take what you can, while you can. A proven top-six guy (Setoguchi) & two guys with top-tier potential is far better than letting Parise walk for one round of playoff gate money.

      • James says:

        dmen on the top of my head better than suter…
        Chara,Lindstrom,weber,keith,latang,yandle,doughty,green,karlson

        And tell Boston and Philly that being a 7 or 8 seed means you have no chance of winning in the playoffs. do i think they will raise another banner no. but if i was a fan and they got rid of the best player for a marginable top 6 guy and 2 prospects id be pissed. You have the best all time goalie in the league, streaky forwards and young Dmen that can use some improving on the fly.

        and 2 prospects sure but brodin is not that good i know hes a 93 birth but your looking at an average NHLer at best. Coyle is good was USA’s best player in the WJC but the deal doesnt make sense unless they lose marty or they halter down the stretch

        • Boston? You mean last year’s 3 seed, right?

          –I’m not going to go into this with comparing defensemen because at least 2-3 of the ones you’ve listed aren’t in Suter’s class.

          – Credit where it’s due, Brodeur is one of the best to ever play the game, but he’s simply been a shell of his former self for the past 2-3 years. By no means am I advocating a full throttle rebuild in NJ, but with a deal like this (or similar) they can retool an older roster on the fly.

          • James says:

            look at 2 years ago bud boston and philly… philly im pretty sure made the playoffs on the last day with 0 goaltending and came within 2 games of the cup…

            dont disagree with brodeur at all im viewing it as trying to be a jersey fan guys got a lot of miles and i think he is overated sure hes top all time in the record book but i also see that he played for the team that was the best at the neutral zone trap (not sure if you watched hockey before the lockout but the redline slowed the game down and they would get up 1 0 and go into the trap similar to Tampa but with more effictivness due to the two line pass)

            But on suters class i will give you green becuae he is truely a forward but please dont tell me you think suter is better to start a franchise around than yandle karlson or doughhty please dont do it. I love suter but im not dumb enough to say that. his d partner is shea weber.. put erik johnson on shea webers blue line and the guy is in the hall of fame

          • James says:

            I know its short term but 5 games without weber suter has 1A and a -3 +/-

  4. Hawks Fan says:

    Benjamin you are lost and misguided. Please stick to your studies and the home team you root for. Al was just being kind and I will do the same and stop right here.