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Trade Deadline primer for Pacific Division assesses team needs, assets, whether GMs are likely to buy, sell or stand pat

by Lisa Dillman @realisa / Staff Writer

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 1, and the 30 general managers in the League have until then to decide if they are going to buy, sell or stand pat. is taking a division-by-division look at where each team stands with less than a month to go before the deadline.

The San Jose Sharks lead the Pacific Division by two points, and they have been surging of late with two regulation losses in their past 12 games (8-2-2). With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in mind, how much does Sharks general manager Doug Wilson tinker with the supporting cast up front before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1? And does he stay with rookie goaltender Aaron Dell as the backup to Martin Jones?

The Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers are in second and third place, respectively, in the division, and the real suspense could come down to the race for the two wild cards into the playoffs from the Western Conference. The Los Angeles Kings lead the Calgary Flames by one point for the second wild card, and the Vancouver Canucks also are in contention.

Here is a trade deadline primer for the Pacific Division:

NOTE: Salary-cap figures from 


SAN JOSE SHARKS (33-18-4, 70 points)


Where they stand: First place in Pacific Division 

What they need: Veteran presence among bottom six forwards

Pending UFAs: C Joe Thornton, LW Patrick Marleau, C Micheal Haley

Pending RFAs: C Melker Karlsson, RW Marcus Sorensen, RW Joonas Donskoi, C Chris Tierney, C Ryan Carpenter, D Joakim Ryan

Projected cap space at deadline: $10,710

Current contracts: 44 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 8 (1, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7)

Potential targets: RW Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes; G Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils

Potential assets: Draft picks

Biggest trade chip: Contending teams rarely trade meaningful assets off their current rosters so the Sharks are most likely to dangle draft picks.

2016 deadline: The Sharks made two trades with the Toronto Maple Leafs leading up to the deadline, acquiring goaltender James Reimer and forward Jeremy Morin in one deal, and defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling in the other.

GM's deadline track record: Doug Wilson is not one to sit idle. Among his biggest deadline moves were the acquisitions of forward Bill Guerin from the St. Louis Blues in 2007 and defenseman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres in 2008.


ANAHEIM DUCKS (29-17-10, 68 points)


Where they stand: Second place in Pacific Division

What they need: Scoring forward

Pending UFAs: C Nate Thompson, D Korbinian Holzer; G Jonathan Bernier

Pending RFAs: LW Joseph Cramarossa, C Logan Shaw 

Projected cap space at deadline: $2.8 million (with LTIR relief)

Current contracts: 46 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 5 (1, 2*, 3*, 4, 5) * conditional pick

Projected targets: RW Radim Vrbata, Arizona Coyotes; RW Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks

Potential assets: D Josh Manson, D Sami Vatanen, D Shea Theodore, G Jonathan Bernier

Biggest trade chip: Bernier. With the Ducks up against the cap, moving Bernier would allow them to add a legitimate goal-scorer.

2016 deadline: Quieter, by the standards of Ducks GM Bob Murray. He "only" made two trades, on deadline day, but did most of his work in January, acquiring forward Ryan Garbutt from the Chicago Blackhawks and forward David Perron from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

GM's deadline track record: "Trader Bob" is refreshingly old school. He likes to make trades, lots of them. He made four on deadline day in 2015 and two other in the week leading up to the deadline.


EDMONTON OILERS (29-18-8, 66 points)


Where they stand: Third place in Pacific Division

What they need: Top offensive defenseman, experience up front

Pending UFAs: LW Matt Hendricks, D Kris Russell, D Eric Gryba, D Andrew Ference

Pending RFAs: RW Zack Kassian, C Leon Draisaitl, LW Jujhar Khaira, RW Iiro Pakarinen, RW Tyler Pitlick, F Anton Lander

Projected cap space at deadline: $24.8 million (with LTIR relief)

Current contracts: 48 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 8 (1, 3, 3*, 4, 5, 5*, 6, 7) * conditional pick

Potential targets:  RW Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche; D Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche; D Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues

Potential assets: RW Jordan Eberle, D Oscar Klefbom, C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Biggest trade chip: Eberle

2016 deadline: It didn't get a lot of attention at the time, but the trade with the Anaheim Ducks for forward Patrick Maroon is certainly paying off this season. The Oilers needed size, and it was their first move in that direction.

GM's deadline track record: In addition to the Maroon trade with the Ducks, Peter Chiarelli sent then-underperforming defenseman Justin Schultz to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2016 third-round pick.


LOS ANGELES KINGS (28-23-4, 60 points) 


Where they stand: Fourth place in Pacific Division, second wild card in Western Conference

What they need: Someone to play with C Anze Kopitar

Pending UFAs: LW Dwight King, RW Devin Setoguchi, LW Teddy Purcell, D Tom Gilbert, D Rob Scuderi, G Peter Budaj

Pending RFAs: C Tyler Toffoli, LW Tanner Pearson, C Nick Shore, F Andy Andreoff, D Paul LaDue, D Kevin Gravel

Projected cap space at deadline: $12.6 million (with LTIR relief)

Current contracts: 45 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Potential targets: LW Michael Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils; RW Jarome Iginla, Colorado Avalanche.

Potential assets: LaDue, D Kale Clague

Biggest trade chip: Clague, selected in the second round (No. 51) of the 2016 NHL Draft, is a mobile, offensive-minded defenseman with 31 points in 36 games this season with Brandon of the Western Hockey League.

2016 deadline: The Kings got forward Kris Versteeg in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes and also acquired a familiar name in a minor league trade: Brett Sutter, a forward and the son of Kings coach Darryl Sutter.

GM's deadline track record: Lombardi's biggest hits have come in deals with the Columbus Blue Jackets; he acquired forward Jeff Carter in 2012 and forward Marian Gaborik in 2014, helping Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup in each year. Lombardi gave up a 2016 first-round pick to get defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015, and Sekera departed via free agency in the summer.


CALGARY FLAMES (28-25-3, 59 points)


Where they stand: Fifth place in Pacific Division, one point behind Los Angeles Kings for second wild card in Western Conference 

What they need: Second-pair defense partner for TJ Brodie

Pending UFAs: F Kris Versteeg, D Dennis Wideman, D Deryk Engelland, G Brian Elliott, G Chad Johnson, LW Brandon Bollig 

Pending RFAs: C Sam Bennett, LW Micheal Ferland, RW Alex Chiasson, RW Garnet Hathaway, D Jyrki Jokipakka, D Brett Kulak

Projected cap space at deadline: $0

Current contracts: 45 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Potential targets: C Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes; D Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche; D Dmitry Kulikov, Buffalo Sabres

Potential assets: Soon-to-be-ready NHL defensemen such as Brandon Hickey, Rasmus Andersson and Oliver Kylington 

Biggest trade chip: Wideman, who is on an expiring contract and scored 56 points two seasons ago

2016 deadline: The Flames traded defenseman Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars for Jokipakka, forward Brett Pollock and a 2016 conditional second-round pick. They also sent forward David Jones to the Minnesota Wild for goaltender Niklas Backstrom and a 2016 sixth-round pick.

GM's deadline track record: Treliving, hired in April 2014, has done an outstanding job in short time as a seller, getting maximum value for Russell, forward Jiri Hudler and forward Curtis Glencross.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS (24-24-6, 54 points)


Where they stand: Sixth place in Pacific Division, six points behind Los Angeles Kings for second wild card in Western Conference

What they need: An infusion of youth up front

Pending UFAs: RW Alexandre Burrows, RW Jack Skille, C Jayson Megna, D Philip Larsen, G Ryan Miller

Pending RFAs: C Bo Horvat, C Reid Boucher, RW Anton Rodin, C Michael Chaput, D Erik Gudbranson, D Nikita Tryamkin

Projected cap space at deadline: $5.9 million (with LTIR relief)

Current contracts: 46 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 5 (1, 2, 3, 4, 7)

Potential targets: Prospects, preferably at forward

Potential assets: Burrows, Miller

Biggest trade chip: Miller, who has a limited no-trade clause

2016 deadline: The Canucks acquired Larsen from the Edmonton Oilers for a 2017 fifth-round draft pick in 2017 and acquired Markus Granlund from the Calgary Flames.

GM's deadline track record: Another trade with the Flames was productive in 2015, when Jim Benning acquired forward Sven Baertschi for a second-round pick in that year's draft.


ARIZONA COYOTES (17-28-7, 41 points)


Where they stand: Seventh place in Pacific Division, 19 points behind Los Angeles Kings for second wild card in Western Conference

What they need: Forward depth, prospects

Pending UFAs: RW Shane Doan, C Martin Hanzal, RW Radim Vrbata, C Ryan White, D Michael Stone, D Zbynek Michalek

Pending RFAs: C Alexander Burmistrov, C Peter Holland, LW Jordan Martinook, RW Josh Jooris

Projected cap space at deadline: $4.8 million (with LTIR relief)

Current contracts: 49 of 50

2017 NHL Draft selections: 6 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)

Projected targets: Draft picks

Potential assets: Hanzal, Doan, Vrbata, Stone

Biggest trade chip: Hanzal. He would give any team more size (he's 6-foot-6, 226 pounds) and depth down the middle and is defensively responsible. It's no surprise his name comes up at every trade deadline.

2016 deadline: In the Coyotes' most notable trade, then-GM Don Maloney sent forward Mikkel Boedker to the Colorado Avalanche for forwards Alex Tanguay and Connor Bleackley and defenseman Kyle Wood.

GM's deadline track record: The kid is on the clock. John Chayka, 27, will be going through his first trade deadline as Coyotes GM.

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