Is it almost time to Sell? Two teams that could sell its assets at the NHL trade deadline
With the NHL trade deadline just three and a half weeks away I got to thinking about teams that could sell whatever assets it has and blowing things up. The teams that I think could be looking to sell its assets have to do so because they are not where they want to be in the standings and age is also a factor in this piece. So lets go through the two teams who I think will be making moves and who I can see getting dealt.
The first team on my list is the Calgary Flames have been a playoff absent since 2008-2009 and they appear to be headed in that same direction. The Flames have pieces that they can deal during the NHL trade deadline, including their Captain Jarome Iginla. Other assets that can be traded include defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, C Matt Stajan, D Mark Giordano, G Mikka Kiprrusoff and forward Mike Cammalleri.
I am not suggesting the Flames sell everyone but more so saying that they have the pieces currently to make a deal and get either draft picks or prospects or a combination of the two. The Flames have never had a poor season in the last 4 years but they are getting older leaving the window of opportunity to be very narrow, especially in this shortened season. The next couple of weeks should give the Flames brass an indication on which way they want to go, and it should depend a lot on their place in the standings.
It will be interesting to see the magnitude of the moves the Flames make if they do make them. They have a few high paid players with long term commitments, but these players are still playing at insanely high levels, so it may be worth trading them at their current levels for the best return possible. Even if players like Jarome Iginla and Mikka Kiprrusoff are fan favorites. It would benefit the teams in the long term.
And that leads me to the second team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have a few really good pieces for trade, players like Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis both of whom were on Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup winning team. Other pieces the Lightning have are Eric Brewer, Mattias Ohland, and Teddy Purcell. Again I am not saying blow the team up, but if you have assets to trade then you should look into it, especially if you can better yourself in the process.
The Lightning have not played that well since losing to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. The Lightning already have a strong chip to build around in Steven Stamkos, so they need to infuse a little youth around him. Cory Conacher has been a welcome inclusion into Tampa Bay’s line up with his hot rookie season.
The thing that strikes me as odd is despite putting up 37 points Steven Stamkos has a minus-2 plus/minus. Which to me says, either that is a lack of defensive skill on Stamkos’ part, or a example of how bad the rest of the team is playing around him. I have not seen enough of the Lightning games to make that determination, however that statistic sticks out like a sore thumb to me.
We will see how the team performs in the next couple of weeks to see if they are still in position to make a move, however if they play this kind of hockey much longer they will be faced with a choice, and one that won’t be easy.
Posted on March 11, 2013, in All Sports, Hockey, National Hockey League and tagged calgary flames, jarome iginla, nhl, nhl trade deadline, tampa bay lightning, vincent lacavalier. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.