How is the market developing that is less than a month from the NHL trading deadline?
"It's interesting, I get a lot of people telling me that there are a lot more sellers than buyers," said Elliotte Friedman to Ryan Pinder and Pat Steinberg on SN960 the Fan. "They think it's a buyers' market . "
In our recently updated list of the top 25 retail candidates, there are many players who would be helpful for a cup contender. However, the problem is twofold.
First, most teams still believe they are so far out in the playoff race, and a run of luck could take a player off the market and turn a team into a buyer. The playoff races are particularly close in this league of parity.
Two: There are many players with expiring contracts that could be achievable, but the value of rental players has been declining for some time. In a recent 31 Thoughts column Friedman spoke to Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois who mentioned that the recent cup champions had not charged a rental fee and had made most of the changes in the off-season or earlier in the year.
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"I think the biggest question is whether there will be guys with futures business," Friedman wondered. "These are people like the ones in Toronto. The Kapanens, the Johnssons, the Kerfoots. And I don't think Toronto is doing that … I think Toronto will wait a little bit until we commit to giving up such an asset . "
Include Matt Dumba's name on this list because the Minnesota Wild defender is under contract until 2022-23 and may be available if he fails.
Friedman actually noted that Chris Kreider the Rangers could be the only rental that could bring his team back a good trade route. And there is talk that New York could still try to re-sign it.
Here is the latest trend in the league.
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WOULD THE SHARKS PROMOTE THE IDEA OF TRADE WITH THORNTON AND / OR MARLEAU?
The San Jose Sharks are nine points from a playoff place and are not in a very familiar area. The last time you missed the post-season 2015 was in the 21st century the second time that the sharks happened.
So we have to consider Doug Wilson's team as a closing trader, although it's hard to say how much the GM would be willing to move. Pending UFA defender Brendan Dillon is most likely to leave, but the Sharks hope they can face each other again next season. So it is very unlikely that a major renovation is on the way.
But we have to wonder about the two oldest sharks. Both Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton play with one-year contracts. Marleau returned to Toronto this season after spending the past two years there, while Thornton has played a key role in the squad since 2005. He has been with the team for the third year in a row as he approaches the end of his career. Both are 40 years old and are still chasing their first Stanley Cup. Marleau also has the chance to break Gordie Howe's record as he plays through the next season.
Neither is at a peak anymore, but the teams are always looking for experienced players at this time of year. Marleau has no trade protection, but Thornton has a full no move clause and should agree to a possible trade.
"I really do, I have to think about it," Thornton told Mercury News. "Of course, this small home balance will be important for our team. But I didn't think about that at all. I'm just trying to win games here and see how it goes. "
Out of the break, the Sharks have three games in the Shark Tank and then play seven of their next nine games on the street before February 24th.
"I'm still optimistic that we can still do it, I really am," said Thornton. "We have to see how the next few weeks develop, and then it continues.
"Then ask me. We will see. But as I said, I am optimistic that this team can change that. I want to stay positive on this aspect and really put pressure on here. That is all we can do. "
Although San Jose dwarfs the real possibility of missing the playoffs, Wilson doesn't seem to be in the hot seat. Last week, team owner Hasso Plattner gave his GM a vote of confidence.
"Doug has a long tradition of leading our team to success," said Plattner . “When we last failed to meet our profit standards in the 2014/15 season, we were able to recover quickly and build a successful culture for the next few years. I support Doug's plan to get our team back on track. "
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SABERS STILL LOOKING FOR MORE HELP
Sabers GM Jason Botterill, who has scored 10 points from the playoffs in the next three weeks, says he has not yet thrown in the towel.
Injuries have injured their front unit and Jeff Skinner's return to the lineup on Tuesday will give the team a first glimpse of Skinner's new trio, Marcus Johansson and Michael Frolik, which Calgary Flames has taken over in a trade Jan 2
Botterill turned to the media on Tuesday morning and was still speaking as if he were buying up-and-coming talent on the cut-off date.
"If we can add more to our offensive mix, we're sure to look for it," he said. "I also think that whenever you can increase the speed of our team in advance, I see it that way too."
We know that Zach Bogosian and Evan Rodrigues requested trading in Buffalo and have been in and out of the lineup since then. To a certain extent, the Sabers have to be sellers, while at the same time looking for ways to improve as they reduce the likelihood of missing the postseason for the ninth time in a row.
Could JOSH ANDERSON OF COLUMBUS BE AN EXTENSION OF THE RETAIL MARKET?
While the blue jackets continue to surprise by hanging around at the Eastern Conference playoff race – actually the first wildcard spot on Tuesday – it is a miracle how GM Jarmo Kekalainen is approaching this year's deadline. With a few big outstanding UFAs last year that went safely, Kekalainen doubled his team, added it, and won a playoff round.
This year is different for Columbus in that there are no outstanding UFAs worth mentioning on the list. This summer, however, there are some key RFAs to be completed, including Pierre-Luc Dubois, Joonas Korpisalo, and Elvis Merzlikins, all of which require expansion.
"We rate this year's team a little differently because we don't have the same situation as last year with upcoming UFAs that were a large part of our team," Kekalainen told Hockey Central last week. "We build. We believe in this process of construction through design and development."
There is also a complicated case with Josh Anderson investigated by The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. Much of last year's Blitz tournament, which took place after career-staggering offensive sums, Anderson had to contend with just four points in 26 games this season. He is currently in the injury reserve but is expected to return soon.
The developing problem is that this summer he will also be an RFA with arbitration rights and is one year before UFA approval. The last time Anderson's contract expired in 2017, the negotiations dragged on into October and Anderson missed the entire training camp. Since he has an injury-related off-season, his value is no longer clear and this could also make this round of negotiations more difficult.
Since the blue jackets are in the playoff race, they can choose to keep it for now and explore trading options in the summer. But only last season did he score 27 goals that attracted many fans in the league, and an aspiring team could have at least two runs with them.
Meanwhile, Columbus has been 15-2-2 since Anderson was injured.
"Josh had some problems," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told Portzline. "I thought he would come (before he got hurt), I thought he would play better. I don't think he was rewarded selectively, but he played better.
"But, you know, we did well here."
PENGUINS LOOKING TO ADD FORWARD
In perhaps the least surprising development of the trading season, penguin GM Jim Rutherford tries to boost his strikers.
The team survived Sidney Crosby's injury without damage, but remains without Jake Guentzel in the long term. The penguins, who are in second place in the subway division, are able to do another cup run, but ideally would make some additions to advance their depth.
"If the right one is out there, that's what we're looking for," Rutherford said to Josh Yohe from The Athletic. "I am not sure if I feel like this if Jake is healthy. But Jake is not healthy. Ideally, I want to give us more depth and more options in the top 6. We can do that in terms of the right player style and do the right costs? That’s the last question, but we’re looking into it. ”
Rutherford added that he was ready to hire a rental company or someone with an outstanding contract term if he felt they would fit the team.