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5 NHL Teams That Will Be Sellers At The Trade Deadline

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Sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline

Sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline
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Though teams are bunched up for the final playoff spots in the NHL, recent trends will dictate which teams are sellers. With a lower salary cap, teams will need to be more creative to take on players, so it would be wise for the teams selling assets to wait until the last minute to pull the trigger. This will ensure the best value for their players and hopefully a better return as a result of a bidding war.

The Buffalo Sabres have already started their selling by sending Ryan Miller to St. Louis. They are not done, and could ship off Chris Stewart, one of the players they received from the Blues. Sabres president Pat Lafontaine decided to take back his job with the NHL just after Miller was sent packing. Lafontaine was only on the job for three months, so it is easy to say that things are not settled in Buffalo.

The New York Rangers are an interesting team ahead of the Wednesday trade deadline. They were able to work out a deal with Dan Girardi, but are still bargaining with Ryan Callahan. Callahan originally wanted a seven-year deal worth about $7 million per year. Now the reports say he has softened that a bit to only six years and $6.5 million. The Rangers are staying pat on a $6 million per year figure, so they could be both buyers and sellers at the deadline. The Rangers have been on a hot streak so they would love to be equipped for a playoff run.

The deals should come fast and furious on Wednesday as long as the cap can be navigated. It is clear that there is a high level of ambition heading into the last days before the deadline.

Douglas Smith is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DFresh39, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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5. Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks Ryan Kesler
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The rumors started flying over the weekend that teams have been working on deals for Ryan Kesler since before the Olympics. Roberto Luongo could be on the market as well. The Vancouver Canucks are still in the playoff race, but are slumping with only one win in the last 10 games. The Sedin twins are not scoring either, so the winds of change are blowing.

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4. Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators NHL Trade Deadline
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The Nashville Predators have to look up at the standings and realize that there are too many teams ahead of them. David Legwand's contract is expiring and will surely bring interest. They also have several restricted free agents that could be in play as depth players for other teams.

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3. New York Islanders

New York Islanders NHL Trade Deadline
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The New York Islanders have been in this situation a lot over the last few years and should be fielding plenty of calls from other GMs again this year. They have the second-smallest payroll in the league but will be looking to move future unrestricted free agents Thomas Vanek and Andrew McDonald. Their goalie situation is unsettled for next season, so they may be looking for a prospect in return.

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2. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators NHL Trade Deadline
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Despite a good comeback win in the Heritage Classic, the Ottawa Senators would have to leapfrog too many teams to make the playoffs. Prior to that win, they lost the previous two games by a combined deficit of 10 goals, showing their defensive weakness. Milan Michalek and Chris Phillips are the most attractive rentals.

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1. Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes NHL Trade Deadline
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It's been a very disappointing season for the Carolina Hurricanes. They are currently on a five-game losing streak and are seven points out of the playoff race. The recent losing streak put the Hurricanes on the sellers list, and now they are willing to trade longtime members of the franchise. Cam Ward will get looks from some teams and Darren Dreger of TSN says they will listen to offers on all of their goaltenders.