Four NHL Players Who Should Prepare to Call Moving Vans MondayMichael Buteau
Call the moving van. The National Hockey League’s annual trade deadline is Monday, and last year 38 players were traded in 20 deals. Following are some of the players who might move before the 3 p.m. New York time deadline.
Tyler Bozak: The Rangers, who lost to the Los Angeles Kings in last year’s Stanley Cup Final, might also be looking to add some offensive punch, possibly Toronto Maple Leafs center Bozak, according to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie. Toronto is out of the playoff picture and may be looking to dump some salary. Bozak, 28, has three years left on his contract after this season, with an annual salary cap hit of $4.2 million.
Chris Stewart: The Buffalo Sabres forward’s production has dropped every year since he scored 28 goals during his sophomore season with the Colorado Avalanche in 2009-10. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and probably will be dealt by the last-place Sabres, according to the Buffalo News. Stewart, 27, who is being paid $4.15 million this season, leads the Sabres with five power-play goals.
Jan Hejda: The 36-year-old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and probably will be dealt by Colorado, the Denver Post reported. At playoff time, when the prevailing belief is that defense and goaltending win championships, veteran blueliners are always needed. Colorado also might be willing to part with center Danny Briere, 37, the newspaper reported.
Jeff Petry: The only team worse than the Coyotes in the Western Conference is the Edmonton Oilers, whose General Manager Craig MacTavish has been trying and failing to sign defenseman Petry, 27, to a contract extension, according to the Edmonton Journal. Petry might be seeking a contract that pays him close to the $4.9 million Marc Methot got from the Ottawa Senators, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.