It is soon the halfway point of the season and some teams need to make moves quick to remain in the playoff picture. Here is a look at which team's are looking to sell their players and which are looking to buy.
Most information has been gathered from TSN, Sportsnet, and mynhltraderumors.com
Pretty much everyone on the sabres roster is available, and the main trade candidate for this team is Chris Stewart. The problem? The asking price was last known at a 1st round pick and a prospect, causing other GM's to back away because the price does not represent Stewart's current play.
The Bruins are currently in the mix for Chris Stewart of the Sabres, as well as Antoine Vermette of the Coyotes (pictured above). Boston's GM Peter Chiarelli has some holes in his lineup that need to be filled, especially a 1st line winger to go along with Krejci and Lucic. They have been rumoured to have been dangling Loui Ericsson as a trade chip.
Anyone who actively follows the rumour mill knows that Andrej Sekera is on the trade block. He is a UFA at the end of the season and teams are calling because of his stellar play on the woeful Hurricanes. Cam Ward's name has been mentioned numerous times as well.
Detroit Red Wings:
The Red Wings have been on the hunt for a right handed shot defenseman for a while now, and their targets include Mike Green (Washington), Tyler Myers (Buffalo) and Cody Franson (Toronto). They have been reported to be willing to use Tomas Tatar as a trade chip, but are not willing to part with Sheahan, Nyquist, or their past first round draft selections Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin.
The Oilers are constantly looking for improvement, and the names that have popped up as trade chips include Jeff Petry, Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle, and surprisingly Taylor Hall. It seems no one is safe on this roster, and the team needs more depth at centre, a top pairing defenseman, and a No. 1 goalie still. All three of their needs are extremely hard to find, meaning the Oilers will be looking for various trades for a long time. With David Perron now a member of the Penguins, scoring depth will also be sought after.
Coach Mike Yeo has recently expressed his displeasure of his goaltender's play, which has prompt GM Chuck Fletcher to be on the lookout for a goaltender. Recent rumors have had him looking at both goalies in Buffalo, Cam Ward of the Hurricanes, and Martin Jones of the Kings (pictured above). Both Kuemper and Backstrom are posting terrible save percentages, and the Wild are currently fighting for a playoff spot, meaning that a trade for a goaltender can soon happen.
New Jersey Devils:
The Devils have been reported to be willing to trade its veterans at the trade deadline if they arn't in the playoff picture. Scott Gomez, Andy Green, and Jaromir Jagr have all been the names that have been rumored to potentially be on the move in March.
The Sens currently lack scoring depth, and they have been known to be on the lookout for potential goal scorers, such as Chris Stewart (Buffalo).
Toronto Maple Leafs:
Everything is blowing up in Toronto in the recent firing of Randy Carlyle, and GM Dave Nonis has been quoted saying that very few on the roster are untouchable. Trades will soon happen with the Leafs, as teams are starting to call. It has been reported that Morgan Reilly and Jonathon Bernier are the only safe ones on the roster, and Joffrey Lupul is the big name they are currently using as a trade chip.
Zack Kassian has not fit in with the new system in Vancouver, and has been a healthy scratch numerous times. The Canucks aren't really looking to trade him because he is still young (23 years old) and they don't know what his potential is, but they are taking calls on him and listening to what other teams have to offer.
Evander Kane has been a name in the rumor mill for some time now, but the Jets are in no rush to move him. They would like to keep him, but if the right offer comes along for Kane then GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will not be hesitant to make the trade. The Jets have also been reported to be looking for a goaltender, but with the recent play of Michael Hutchinson, the Jets will be patient on that front.