The trade deadline is Wednesday and with the standings so tight a majority of teams are still trying to figure out what to do before they're told they can't do anything at all.
Are they buyers? Are they sellers? Are they willing to stay status quo?
The Pittsburgh Penguins have already reeled in three of the big fish by acquiring Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray last week. Things heated up again Monday night, when the St. Louis Blues nabbed Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames and Robyn Regehr went from the Buffalo Sabres to the Los Angeles Kings.
However, there are enough players still left in the pool for teams willing to cast a line.
Here are 13 players (listed in alphabetical order) that could be on the move before the clock strikes 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday:
Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray is in an envious position with three goalies (Bishop, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner), all of whom he thinks can play at the NHL level. Bishop may be the most expendable of the trio because he is not yet considered a No. 1 like Anderson and he isn't a top prospect ready to carry more of a load in the NHL like Lehner.
Bishop is also a restricted free agent after the season, so any team he goes to would have some control over his rights and potentially could be getting a No. 1 goalie without having to break the bank. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported Monday that the Senators might be inclined to hold on to Bishop for now, unless the return is a top-six forward.
It's unclear whether Sharks general manager Doug Wilson views trading Boyle as part of the roster refresh he has going on in San Jose.
Boyle is still an elite puck-moving defenseman and is not a rental player because he is signed for one more season with a $6.67 million cap hit. He would likely net the Sharks a solid return, potentially a first-round draft pick from a contending team, but it doesn't seem realistic to think that Wilson would look to trade him to a Western Conference team simply because of competition.
Another thing to consider is the Sharks have been playing better of late and Wilson is under no pressure to move Boyle because of his contract status.
Rumors were rampant Monday that Clowe would be traded imminently. He's still with the San Jose Sharks, but that doesn't make it any less likely that Clowe gets traded.
He is in the final year of his contract and doesn't figure to be part of the Sharks' future as Wilson is in what he calls "refresh" mode. Clowe has no goals this season, but Wilson wants a big return for the physical left wing.
This one may seem unrealistic, but it's not totally impossible because Gaborik has underperformed with the Rangers and coach John Tortorella has at times this season pushed him down the lineup or benched him all together. He has one year left on his contract, which has an average annual value of $7.5 million.
Gaborik has a no-trade clause, but he may not be against a change of scenery, especially with the way things have gone this season.
Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has to determine if his team is a legitimate contender not just to get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but to perhaps do some damage as well.
Jagr is well-liked in Dallas and has been a solid performer for the Stars, but he showed last year that he will likely hold out until the free-agent signing period to try to get the best possible offer. The Stars may not be able to convince Jagr to re-sign now, so perhaps trading him could be the best option.
Even though Kiprusoff has reportedly told Flames general manager Jay Feaster he would not report to his new team if he was traded because of family reasons, it appears there is interest and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could be on the move. He has one year left on his contract that carries a $5.8 million cap hit. However, Kiprusoff is due only $1.5 million in actual dollars next season.
TSN reported Monday night that the Toronto Maple Leafs have been granted permission to speak with Kiprusoff's representatives about possibly signing an extension if he were to get traded to them.
Potential destinations: Toronto Maple Leafs
His name is back in the trade discussion as Canucks general manager Mike Gillis confirmed Monday that he is talking to four teams regarding Luongo, who has a no-trade clause. The Canucks have clearly identified Cory Schneider as their No. 1 goalie (he's started eight straight games), and they also have a clear need for another center, even after Ryan Kesler returns from his injury.
However, Gillis still doesn't know if it's better to trade Luongo now or wait until the summer. The Canucks are neck and neck with the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Northwest Division.
Redden may be expendable now that the Blues acquired Bouwmeester from Calgary. He has been playing on a regular basis for the Blues and averaging 15 minutes per game, but he was a healthy scratch Monday against the Minnesota Wild.
Redden is a cheap, experienced defenseman that could have some value on the open market. The Blues may be able to secure a mid-to-late-round draft pick in return from a team that needs some help on the blue line.
Washington reportedly wants to re-sign Ribeiro, but he wants a five-year extension and general manager George McPhee hasn't been willing to go that high just yet.
The Capitals are on the doorstep of the top eight in the East and Ribeiro is their leading scorer with 35 points, so it seems like an easy decision to keep him, which also gives McPhee exclusive negotiating rights for three more months. However, Ribeiro would likely fetch a decent return as a bonafide No. 2 center.
Nieuwendyk is in the same situation with Roy as he is with Jagr. If Nieuwendyk doesn't think his team is a contender this season, he may look to deal Roy, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. That is, of course, unless Nieuwendyk views re-signing Roy as one of his better plays.
The Stars gave up Steve Ott to get Roy, who entered the game Monday against Anaheim with 22 points in 29 games.
Streit and the Islanders have reportedly been working on a contract extension for several weeks, but so far they don't have a deal and time is winding down before the trade deadline. If the Islanders can't get a deal done with Streit before Wednesday, it's possible they look to trade their captain even though they are in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.
Streit is a coveted defender for a contending team because he can play 24-25 minutes a night and play the point on the power play. He is 35 years old.
The Coyotes are falling further and further out of the pack in the Western Conference standings and it could lead to general manager Don Maloney dealing off some expiring contracts. Sullivan has an expiring contract and he's 38 years old, so odds are he doesn't fit into the Coyotes' plans for next season or at least the future.
Sullivan has only 12 points in 32 games this season, but he showed last season in Pittsburgh that when paired with top players he can still produce at a solid rate and especially help a struggling power play.
The Oilers are making a push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but do they need Whitney to get there and is he part of their future? These are interesting questions facing team president Kevin Lowe and general manager Steve Tambellini.
Whitney is in the final year of his contract, but if the Oilers want to get into the playoffs they may consider holding on to the veteran blue-liner, who went to the Stanley Cup Final with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008. However, if the Oilers don't deal Whitney it's possible they lose him in the offseason for nothing.
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