2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Features

Here are our 2013-14 NHL trade deadline featured pieces submitted by bloggers, journalism students and first time writers. We hope you enjoy their take on what teams may do leading up to the March 5th trade deadline. In most cases, they are not reporting new rumors, just the state of ‘x’ team leading up to deadline day, and what they could do.

Colored logo’s are teams that have a feature posted already.

Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets
Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks


  1. Jp

    March 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Why wouldn’t the leafs check out Matt Moulson? He always plays awesome against T.O, and he’s a local boy….it would be a perfect fit

  2. TJ

    March 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Why don’t the Oilers go for Joe Thornton? Get rid of Hemsky and Gagner. There would be cap room and they get the size down the middle and leadership they need to teach them young guns.

  3. JT

    March 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Joe Thornton is not a teacher, he’s merely a soldier. Ryan Smyth is already there, and hes the right fit for them as a role model for their young guys. I can see the Oilers getting Ehrhoff, and possibly Chris Stewart.

  4. TJ

    March 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Smyth is most likely gone this week and Thornton is 4 years younger then him and big centre they need. Stewart maybe Ehroff too small.

  5. JT

    March 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    again, thornton is not interested in teaching young players. Im not sure where you’re hearing that Smyth is leaving Edmonton: when they re-acquired him he asked that he be allowed to finish his career in edmonton. The biggest problem with Edmonton making a deal is the only roster player they’re willing to let go of is Ales Hemsky. They are also willing to move most of their draft picks over the next two years. The only team at the moment expressing large interest in picks is Buffalo. Ehrhoff may be small but he is a powerplay QB, eats big minutes, and would be a nice addition to help bring along a player like schultz. Other defense targets are slim pickings; Edler, Phillips ect are garnering interest from more competetive clubs and their teams want more than hemsky and picks for them.

  6. hotwings

    March 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Buffalo could continue to fleece the league by trading some assets that Edmonton might want, such as Tyler Myers or Stafford…perhaps even Chris Stewart.. id love to see Buffalo pickup edmontons first rounder next year…

  7. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    @ hotwings you wont see edmonton move this years first round pick before the draft if at all, Edmonton wants Ekblad end of story. at the draft if he is not available they will move it, i do see them offering up 2015 first tho. possibly offering somthing like N.Schultz 2015 first and Oscar Klefbom OR Martin Marincin for Myers IF they do decide to make a move on him pre trade deadline
    its a steep price but i think thats about what it would take to see Buffalo let him go, and i do think it would be well worth it for the Oil

  8. hotwings

    March 3, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I cant wait for the draft when Buffalo selects Ekblad first overall… hopefully tsn shows MacT’s face at the same time.

  9. francois cote

    March 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    the sabres will trade Halak to capitals for Neuvirth and Burakowsky or a first . Halak to minnesota for Coyle even though he is untouchable if not then Zach Phillips and Rapheal Bussieres which would give more depth. The penguins should trade for Marcel Goc,Shawn Matthias and Tim Thomas in exchange for 1st and 3rd in 2014, and prospects Phillip Samuelsson and Theodor Bleuger..

  10. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    @ hotwings, its possible that buffalo does select him BUT he’s sitting #3 in draft rankings at the moment and i dont see buffalo passing on leon draisaitl but its possible, thats why i said IF he is still avalible edmonton will draft him, if he is not oil will trade there pick then and not before

  11. Datt

    March 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I’m sorry, Joe Thornton is going to require a whole lot more than Hemsky and Gagner. Laughably more. Like RNH, a 1st and 2nd. And SJ will take neither Hemsky nor Gagner

  12. hotwings

    March 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    the “draft rankings” really dont carry much weight this year. it is all over the board as to who the #1 guy is this year… It is very possible they select Ekblad with the #1 pick…

  13. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 3, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    @ hotwings you are right it is possible, yes, but probable no….
    you are also right that the top 4 in this years draft class are very close and it may come down to team needs, with that said i still do not see buffalo passing up on leon draisaitl (currently ranked second buy my prediction to go first over all)

  14. hotwings

    March 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    if the sabres do in fact get the 1st overall… AND.. if they dont want Ekblad, but someone else such as draisaitl or reinhart, then they could of course flip that pick to say edmonton or calgary, who clearly would want to snatch up Ekblad. I’m sure the Sabres could pickup an extra 2nd rounder or prospect for a flip like that…

  15. Canucks fan

    March 3, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    If I’m Tim Murray and I have the first pick I’m moving down no less than 5th to get my hands on del colle. Edmonton and Calgary will be all over it and eventually Edmonton will outbid the flames. Might we see yakupov and a 3rd for buffalos first overall selection?

  16. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 4, 2014 at 7:04 am

    now its hard to say no one will move prior to the end of the year but the standings and the way things are looking now and with the top 4 draft selections being so close you will not see calgary give up much to move up 2 draft positions, unless it was first and fourth or Possibly a third for first they wont pull the trigger, and if you think edmonton as much as they may want ekblad would trade yak’s the second/third over all pick AND another draft pick to get him over lets say reinhart or draisatil i think your mistaken. if they cant draft Ekblad with there own pick i see them trading off the pick all together at the draft

  17. Canucks Fan

    March 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Edmonton keeps their pick and acquires Buffalos. Buffalo isn’t in any particular need to say “we need ekblad” Edmonton is. Also I don’t think the Oilers are very close to being competitive.. Their number one centre is small and only 21 years old, they need to build MORE through the draft and picking up Ekblad first the with the thid overall pick they can snag Draisitl or dal colle which will be a great step towards building a WINNER

  18. Canucks Fan

    March 4, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Oh and Yakupov and Grigorenko would calm eachother, motivate eachother and with Zadorov there they could have some great chemistry in 2-3 years

  19. hotwings

    March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Calgary will try to be aggressive to get Ekblad… Burke loves the guy and has commented many times to this effect.

    Edmonton the same… they know Ekblad is NHL ready and will try to outbid the Flames…

  20. Canucks fan

    March 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    If Edmonton doesn’t draft Ekblad they’ll trade their entire team for Sea Weber. They have no choice but to acquire a top pair defenseman so they will in my mind outbid the Flames no matter what it takes

  21. Chris

    March 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    First of all, if Edmonton wants Tyler Myers it’s going to take a lot more than a mediocre d man (Schultz) a 1st round pick and a mid level prospect like Klefbom or Marincin. If you want a 6 foot 7 Calder winning d man you’re looking at Eberle.

    Gagner and Hemsky for Thronton?

    What is it with Oiler fans? You come up with these trade proposals that always call for other teams giving up significant assets for players you don’t want on your team. Do you think other teams are stupid? What would Buffalo get out of that proposed Myers deal?

    If you want a high end player you will have to give up a high end player. Gagner, Hemsky, Nick Schultz, Ryan Smyth etc. are not high end players.

    Remember when the Oilers traded Omark and Oiler fans though they didn’t get enough for him? Then the same with Dubnyk?

    Both players were placed on waivers and nobody in the NHL took them for free. Neither player is in the NHL, Buffalo gave up nothing because the condition on the draft pick was not met adn Nashville got rid of salary.

    Does that tell you anything about the value of these players around the league?

  22. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 5, 2014 at 12:56 am

    @ Chris, your stretching if you every think Eberly’s name would come up for Myers, first of all Schultz is a solid defensive defense man, who can easily play top 4 roll, and both Klefbom and Marincin are very good prospects about ready for the jump to full time role’s with there big clubs, especially where buff is dumping everyone gives them some good prospects to start to roll next season, that along with another ticket to the connor mcdavid loto thats about exactly what it would take for a player of Myers caliber,
    Myers is a good young d man, with a lot of potential who is making good head way, but that 6’7 calder winner does not use his size to his advantage does not play overly physical and still does make mistakes in the neutral zone and his own end, hence why buffalos been saying they would be willing to move him, for the right offer, if not they would be holding on to him to anchor the new young core, he has a decent contract and is locked up for years still.

  23. Canucks fan

    March 5, 2014 at 3:10 am

    You don’t find defenseman 6’7 with that mobility and offensive ability every day.. I agree it’ll take an eberle type player to start the conversation especially since buffalo currently has maybe one prospect with the title of a possible top two pairing which is ristolainen. Buffalo knowing Edmonton is rushing to find top d men they’ll defenitely start with eberle rnh or yak and a high-ish pick.

    This is why I say Edmonton will undoubtedly get themselves in a position to draft ekblad or trade for sea weber

  24. hotwings

    March 5, 2014 at 4:25 am

    edmonton isnt getting shea weber… poile has said he isnt going anywhere… id believe him at least for another 3 years… also… i think calgary would/will pay more to get Ekblad, if Buffalo is controlling that #1 pick… MacT isn’t as trade saavy as Burke is. Personally I hope Buff selects Ekblad and hopefully get a shot @ mcdavid next year…

  25. Chris

    March 5, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Eastcoast. Nick Schultz is not young (31), not good offensively (4pts) and not a ‘solid top 4 defensive defenseman’ (he’s -11). He has no value beyond a depth move for a 6th round pick. You’re right that Marincin and Klefbom are good prospects but they’re not blue chip prospects and certainly neither of them will end up being as good as Tyler Myers. Every team has prospects like Klefbom and Marincin. They’re good but not special. Tyler Myers is a special d man and is only 24. It would take another special young player like Eberle to make it happen.

  26. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Chris, yes hes 31, witch is not young but not old by any stretch, no hes not an offensive defense man that is also correct, yes he is -11 this year, playing on the second last place team that has no team defense and a revolving door of non legit number 1 goalies . that being said, he has played in all but 15? maybe 16 games in the nhl in the past 10 years, he can log 17-20 minutes a game and not be a liability. hes not flashy but hes a good defense man. yes if he was going to a contender it would be as a depth move, but it wouldn’t be for a 6th,
    i do like Myers but hes still developing and he is not the calder winner he was years ago. he started playing better this season but had a stall for the past few years in his development. Eberle is already been in the league and proven his value, its not a question of will he live up to potential, and end of day to this point Myers has not met his thought potential. it is true a lot of people over value what there team have. but it goes both ways, and just because you play for a poor team does not mean they are all poor players or the player has lesser value. no your not trading gagner for crosby, but a roster player, a young prospect ready to make the jump and a first over all in a very promising draft year is about all a “potential star” defense man is worth we are talking about Myers remember, not Drew Doughty, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber exc exc.