Movers and Shakers Part Two (West 2012)

Ryan Ma

2012-02-18

 

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On Tuesday the first part of the new series was released, because I mistimed the trade deadline you'll get a mid-week special as we'll take a look at the second instalment of players who could find themselves on a new team come Feb. 27th. TSN has pretty good coverage of the Western Conference teams, but it probably lacks a bit of fantasy analysis, so I'll borrow some of their thoughts, but add that extra dimension to gives you Dobberites a clearer picture.

 

Dallas


Much like most of the Western Conference teams, the Stars are still very much in the playoff hunt and should be buyers at the deadline barring a huge meltdown in the next 10 days.

 

Possible Movers


The Stars currently have seven rostered blue-liners which could lead to Sheldon Souray being moved at the deadline. His current stat-line of 18 points, a plus 11 rating, 59 PIMs and 132 SOG, isn't all that impressive, but there is a latent offensive side to his game which most GMs are well aware of and could be willing to gamble for the playoffs.

 

Potential destination: Washington, Florida or Pittsburgh(?) could make sense.

 

The second and most interesting player that could be moved may be Stars' captain, Brendan Morrow. He's a proven leader with a reasonable cap-hit of $4.1 mil for next season, as well as owning 78-games of post-season experience, which could be invaluable come April and May. The only problem is if the Stars remain in contention they'd want a quality roster player back in return, and I don't know if there are any teams out there who would be willing to pay that price.

 

Potential destination: Washington, Toronto, Rangers (Brad Richards connection?), or Flyers could make sense.

 

Possible Gainers


If Souray goes, then obviously there will be less competition on the blue-line in Big D, which means Trevor Daley and Stephane Robidas should receive a bit more ice-time. Philip Larsen or Adam Pardy should also find themselves as regulars.

 

If Morrow is gone, the most logical gainer would be Steve Ott, but it could filter through the rest of the team towards Loui Eriksson, Mike Ribeiro and Michael Ryder. When Morrow was sidelined with a neck/back injury at the end of January, Eriksson, Ribeiro and Ryder averaged 22:06, 20:55 and 19:42 per game respectively.

 

Detroit


After setting a new NHL record of the most consecutive wins on home ice, it'd be hard to argue that any changes are needed in Detroit to prepare for the playoff run. Look for them to only make small adjustments, if any, at the trade deadline.  Expect them to be buyers. The Wings have a quartet of potential UFA's (Jiri Hudler, Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom), in the off-season, but they need to retain them for a playoff run, so none of them will be moved at the deadline.