These 10 NHLers need a ticket out of town…..ASAP!
Sometimes a new team is exactly what a struggling player needs in order to turn his career around.
For proof, one needs to look no further than Kyle Turris. Just four years ago, Turris was toiling away in the minors, unable to crack Phoenix's lineup. After a trade to Ottawa, Turris rejuvenated his career. He's now arguably the team's #1 center and has some people thinking that his success will lead to captain Jason Spezza being traded.
Given how bad things were going in Phoenix back then, it's unlikely Turris would have developed at his current pace had he stayed in the desert.
Of course, some guys are traded and still eventually wind up buried on the depth chart or become entangled in a worse situation. But at least the player was given a fresh chance to succeed.
For this list, I did not consider salary caps and how many years are left on a deal. This list comes down to players who really need to leave town to have a better chance at potential success. We're also looking at it from a fantasy standpoint, so I really couldn't care if a team wouldn't give up such and such a player.
10. Brett Connolly
This off-season will go a long way to determining where Connolly sits with the Tampa Bay Lightning. After a subpar rookie season in 2011-12, Connolly started the next season in the minors and excelled. He put up 31 goals and 63 points in 71 games for the Syracuse Crunch, which was enough for Connolly to be recalled for five games. Last season was more time in Syracuse, where again he excelled, with 57 points in 66 games. However, with all the success of the Tampa Bay youth in the last two years —Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov, and Jonathan Drouin in juniors— it seems as if there is no room on the roster in Tampa for Connolly.
9. James Reimer
Sometimes a player's career can be derailed simply by a move made by the team to bring in someone new. That's what happened with Reimer. After getting the Leafs into the playoffs and Game 7 overtime in 2013, Dave Nonis decided to bring in Jonathan Bernier. Reimer still played well for most of the season, but he began to unravel shortly after Randy Carlyle decided to not publically support him. It seems clear that Carlyle has lost faith in Reimer, so he desperately needs a fresh chance somewhere else to rejuvenate his career.
8. Zach Bogosian
It must be tough for Jets fans to look at the 2008 draft and realize how close their team was to having a superstar. Bogosian was the third overall pick that year, sandwiched between Drew Doughty and Alex Pieteran