The Top 10 Most Likely To Be Traded Today
1. Thomas Vanek - LW - Detroit
Vanek is probably Detroit's biggest asset, he's had a resurgence with a brilliant year and also has the best cap hit of the proven goal scorers on the market. He's also a UFA so can't see him not going today.
2. Radim Vrbata - RW - Arizona
Another cheap cap hit but the difference is between him and Vanek is Vrbata comes with a bonus laden contract to pay out at the end of the season for any team acquiring the Czech sniper. He's a UFA and with Arizona blowing it up he'll be dealt.
3. Jarome Iginla - RW - Colorado
Though the future Hall of Famer has slowed down drastically and may pretty much only be used in a checking role and net presence he still brings a big time leadership into any room needing a veteran presence. He's asked for one last shot at a cup and I can't see Sakic holding him back even if the return is tiny.
4. Kyle Quincey - D - New Jersey
Stable, reliable and cheap, what teams couldn't use a defenseman with those tags for playoff depth? We already know their working the phones for Quincey since he was held out of the game in Montreal on Monday night.
5. Patrick Sharp - LW/C - Dallas
A proven winner and one of the last few real marquee names out there on an expiring contract, He can play center if needed and special teams. He's a guy that could put a contender over the top this Spring but he wont come cheap.
6. P.A Parenteau - RW - New Jersey
The second Devil to make this list due to his in expensive price tag that expires at seasons end. He comes with a lot less fan fare and pedigree but it's no secret Parenteau can get hot and score. Teams losing out may kick the tires on this start of the season waiver claim.
7. Jaroslav Halak - G - New York Islanders
The guy had a bad stretch with a bad contract and found himself in the minors with another year left on his deal. He had a phenomenal World Cup which could be the reason he faltered during the regular season. We know the Isles have had offers and he'd be a guy that could easily take on a backup role.
8. Dmitri Kulikov - D - Buffalo
The Sabres have already made an insurance move yesterday bringing in minor league D help which could be a sign their ready to move on from Kulikov and Franson. Kulikov is the more desirable asset as he's has a higher potential. Who knows maybe away from a bottom feeder on a lower depth chart he might pay out as a rental for a contender.
9. Jay McClement - C - Carolina
One of Carolina's last trade chips unless their going to do a strictly hockey deal for that center they've been looking for. He's a veteran presence on the 4th line and a key faceoff man. He's also expendable since he's expiring.
10. Jiri Hudler - LW - Dallas
Another offensive minded player on an expiring contract. Hudler appears to be slowing down but on a cheap tag and an expiring contract for a budget contender he could be a cheap pick up that doesn't put em over the cap.
**Notice I left the big fish of the list like Matt Duchane or Gabriel Landeskog as the Avs don't need to move them. They'd like to but they aren't stuck today moving them, they could easily wait till the draft, These guys are known guys that are being shopped and have realistic trade potential.