While many believe that the major deals before this year's trade deadline may have already been made, there are still a number of big names on the market, according to various reports.
In fact, as the deadline approaches -- it is 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday -- NHL.com looks at nine of the biggest names that could be on the move today. Other names may pop up as Wednesday progresses; but, right now, these are among the biggest names believed to be in play throughout Wednesday's swap meet.
Ray Whitney, Carolina --
Whitney is the veteran forward that most teams with a legit chance at the Stanley Cup are usually clamoring for in the days leading up to the deadline. As a result, the price for this scorer, who won the Stanley Cup in 2006, has been climbing steadily. Pittsburgh was one of the teams believed to be in the running for Whitney's services, but likely dropped out when it dealt for Alex Ponikarovsky Tuesday night.
Dan Hamhuis, Nashville --
The Predators were already deep on the blue line and became deeper when they recently traded for Edmonton's Dennis Grebeshkov. That move has been read by many to suggest that Hamhuis' days with the Preds are drawing to a close. Hamhuis is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and the Preds have a history of moving such players before losing them without compensation on July 1. Philadelphia is the biggest suitor, according to several reports.
Tomas Vokoun, Florida --
The trade market is flooded with goalies, but Vokoun could be the best of the bunch if he enters the market. Vokoun has a no-trade clausse, but the Panthers may ask him to waive it as they attempt to kick-start the rebuilding of their team, a move that was heralded by Panther management earlier this year. Vokoun, who played for the Czech Republic in the Olympics, would automatically assume the No. 1 role on several potential playoff teams, including Philadelphia, Ottawa and Chicago.
Dennis Seidenberg, Florida --
Another Panther that could be on the move, Seidenberg is a solid two-way defender that likely increased his stock with a strong showing for Team Germany in the Olympics. Seidenberg was also a member of the Carolina Hurricanes
team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Seidenberg had 6 points in that run and has proven he is capable of handling playoff hockey. Update:
Seidenberg was moved to the Boston Bruins
for Byron Bitz
, Craig Weller
and a second-round pick.
Sheldon Souray, Edmonton --
Defensemen are always a big attraction at the deadline and the Edmonton Oilers
have made it public that they are looking to move several players from a roster that has disappointed this year. Souray, the hard-hitting, heavy-shooting defenseman, is usually in demand. But, he will likely be out another two weeks with a broken hand suffered in early February. He is expected back around mid-March.
Wojtek Wolski, Colorado --
A late addition to the trade market, Wolski is not a typical deadline-deal type of guy. He is still young (24), producing (37 points) and not unrestricted. Wolski, who is making $2.8 million this season will be a restricted free agent this summer and Colorado would love to see what it could get for a second-line forward in his prime. Unlike most deals at the deadline, this would not be a rental.
Brad Boyes, St. Louis --
Last year at this time, this deal would be unthinkable as Boyes was in the middle of a two-year run as the Blues' go-to scorer, scoring 76 goals during that span. But Boyes has hit the skids a bit this season and has just 10 goals. While any contender would happy to have a proven goal scorer, Boyes has two years remaining on a deal that pays him $16 million over four years.
Thomas Kaberle, Toronto --
Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke
promised to be active in the market before the deadline and has already moved Alex Ponikarovsky, to Pittsburgh. But Burke would love to get a huge haul for Kaberle, the best offensive defenseman to hit the market if he does so. Kaberle would have to waive his no-trade clause to be put on the market. That has yet to happen.
Marty Biron, Islanders --
Speculation about which goalie the Islanders will move at the deadline has been rampant for the better part of a month, and now it appears that Islander GM Garth Snow
has decided to hold on to starter Dwayne Roloson
and see what the market is for Marty Biron, the backup. Biron, just back from injury, will not rate the same payoff as Roloson, but will still have several suitors. Buffalo, Biron's former home, has been mentioned as one of those teams with interest. He would serve as cover for Ryan Miller
In that scenario.