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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teams Selling, But Who is Buying?

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Teams Selling, But Who is Buying?
By Wild on Sports Analyst Josh Tarr

The April 3rd trade deadline is just over two weeks away and the fight for a playoff seed is official on. If you’re a crazed Hockey fan like me, you start to come up with trade scenarios for your favorite teams. At some point in the next few weeks, every GM around the league will pull together their front office and discuss what types of moves are necessary to better the future of their team, but they won’t come about these plans without establishing whether they are a buyer or a seller in this years trade market. Generally, teams in or around the 8th seed with a lot of cap space are buyers, while teams who are in or on the verge of the rebuilding process are sellers.

The Buffalo Sabres, IMO, are the most obvious of sellers this season. Darcy Regier’s offseason approach has failed miserably and as of result, Drew Stafford, Jason Pominville, Tomas Vanek and Ryan Miller are all believed to be on the market. The Sabres who are eight points out of fourth place in the Northeast Division, are on their way to missing out on the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Without these four guys, it may take years for Buffalo to become a Stanley Cup contender once again.

Despite the fact that the Calgary Flames are only two games out of a playoff spot, GM Jay Feaster is on the hot seat and it has been reported that the team is willing to part ways with guys such as Jarome Iginla, Jay Bouwmeester and Miikka Kiprusoff. The flames, who are now three years removed from a playoff birth, desperately need to regroup. They play exactly like their number show- one of the worst teams in the league.

As of right now, the Penguins and the Bruins seem to be the front runners in acquiring Jarome Iginla, the price, however, is quite steep. Calgary is asking for a top-4 defensive prospect, a roster forward and draft pick(s). The Bruins have the upper hand on cap space to bring in the $7+ million dollar RW, but Pittsburgh may be more flexible to move a defensive piece (Derrick Pouliot or Joe Morrow).

Potential Surprise
There has not been many rumors surrounding Ryan Miller, but considering how valuable he is, what team wouldn’t want to inquire about him? At $6.25 million, he’s not a long term investment with one year left on his contract, history shows that with a lot of goal scoring in front of him (unlike today's Buffalo Sabres), he will win a lot of games for you AND be one of your most valuable players. Tampa Bay's top-notch offense could prove to be a really good destination for Ryan Miller, especially for a team whose goalie tandem is Anders Lindback and Mattheu Garon. Don’t rule out Paul Holmgren making a blockbuster deal to replace an abysmal Ilya Bryzgalov in Philadelphia either.


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