Vincent LeCavalier

Source: Bleacher Report

  1. Vincent Lecavalier will open the season centering the Flyers’ second or third line. If he regains his scoring touch, it should bolster his trade value. However, his contract remains difficult to move.

  2.  If  Cam Ward regains his form and stays healthy, his trade value should improve. Even then, the Carolina Hurricanes could face picking up part of his remaining contract to get a deal done.
  3. Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has all but said he will move one of his defensemen. Chiarelli must free up cap space to re-sign restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.Moving Johnny Boychuk and his $3.366 million cap hit would easily address that issue, but it could hurt their Stanley Cup hopes.
  4. Another early playoff exit this year could lead to Doug Wilson pressuring  Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau into waiving their movement clauses. Antti Niemi, on the other hand, might be moved near the nhl trade deadline if Stalock takes over the starting goalie duties.
  5. Evander Kane’s youth, offensive potential and physical style makes him an attractive trade commodity. Kevin Cheveldayoff seems determined to stick with Kane and the rest of the Jets’ core for the upcoming season.
  6. The Washington Capitals don’t need to move Mike Green right away. However, if Kuznetsov and Laich struggle at center and if Green drops out of the top-two defense pairings, the Capitals could have little choice but to peddle him for a center.
  7. The Ottawa Senators are in the market for a top-nine forward. Given their defensive depth, one of their blueliners could be used to address their needs up front. It appears they want to re-sign Marc Methot, but not at his asking price. He could be used to trade for a forward.
  8. Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is in the market for a centerman. They’re thin at center, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Boyd Gordon, Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander currently on the roster.
  9. New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow might use recently-acquired forwards Mikhail Grabovski or Nikolai Kulemin as assets to land a top-four defenseman. Both players lack no-trade clauses in their new contracts.

  10. The Chicago Blackhawks enter training camp perched $2.2 million above the NHL’s $69 million salary cap. They must shed salary to become cap compliant when the regular season opens in October. Defensemen Johnny Oduya ($3.375 million cap hit) and Nick Leddy ($2.7 million), as well as winger Kris Versteeg ($2.2 million), as potential trade candidates. 


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