The NHL’s trade deadline was supposed to be the one where teams could get creative to improve their rosters, but instead we’re seeing teams going back to basics and reworking their rosters in an attempt to make the playoffs.
While some teams are trying to get creative with their roster, others are just trying to keep things in order.
Here’s a look at which teams are likely to have trades on their hands.
The Dallas Stars had some bad news about their depth, but they’re not going to trade up to get the right piece.
This will not happen.
The Stars have a pair of young centers who are not getting any younger.
Tyler Seguin is 28, and Jaromir Jagr is 34.
They have to trade the two centers and some players to get a top-four forward in return, and that would be a huge risk for Dallas.
The team will have to find some trade bait in order to move one of the centers, which means the team will need to get something in return.
The Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins are all on the lookout for a big-time defenseman.
Buffalo and Ottawa both have centers who can contribute offensively, while the Penguins are looking for help up front.
It will be interesting to see how the Sabres and Wings decide to go about getting a defenseman in return for their assets.
The Senators are looking to get more defensive help from the Detroit Red Wing’s Alexey Marchenko and the Ottawa Senators are hoping to get some help in return from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
They could both get their guys and then be out of the playoff race by the end of the season.
The Minnesota Wild have two players who are going to be unrestricted free agents.
Zach Parise and Jason Zucker are coming off big seasons, and Parise will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
They’ll need to find a way to make some moves in order for them to retain both players.
The Wild is going to have to decide if it wants to trade one of their top two defensemen to a team that wants to take a chance on Parise, and if it decides to let them walk, then they’ll be forced to take an offensive step.
It would be good to see the Wild make a move, and I think they would do well to do so.
The Arizona Coyotes have one of those two guys.
They can get either one or both, and they’ll have to figure out how to make moves to make up for that.
There’s not a lot of competition for Parise’s rights next summer, and the team could use a young player.
It wouldn’t be the worst idea to get one of Parise or Zucker in exchange for a draft pick or prospect, but the team would have to make a trade to do it.
The New York Rangers will be in the market for a defenseman this summer.
The Rangers have a good defenseman in Kevin Klein, but he’s only 28 years old and has only played eight NHL games this season.
He was dealt to the New York Islanders in exchange this past off-season for defenseman Mark Zagurski.
Klein’s contract expires in July, and it would be interesting for the Rangers to find an upgrade at that position next summer in order keep their roster intact.