Discussing hot-topic players from the West who are creating an NHL trade deadline buzz
Once you subtract the two weeks for Sochi, we're really only talking about just over a week of action left before the March 5 deadline. Last week I delved into the trade status of Anaheim, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Edmonton and Nashville heading into the cut-off date; providing my insights into who potentially might be dealt (sellers) or targeted (buyers).
With injuries occurring in the past week to the likes of Johan Franzen, Vladimir Sobotka, etc, we may see even more of a hesitancy to make any deals before the conclusion of the Winter Olympics. GMs are likely to be decreasingly willing to take a risk on a stud going overseas and wait until the NHL resumes to see what is what.
Minny is currently holding down a playoff spot, however the perennially overachieving Coyotes remain just three points back with two games in hand. However, as much as a healthy goalie will determine how far the Wild can go in the postseason, their offense should be able to do enough to get a playoff birth clinched. Zach Parise has returned to the lineup from injury with a bang, notching seven points in his last pair of outings.
Meanwhile, blue-chipper Mikael Granlund has found a permanent home in the NHL, smashing home five points in his last two and is riding a four-game streak. However, the Wild lack the veteran expertise needed for a deep run. When Dany Heatley and Matt C