By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on June 11, 2014
Seemingly every year, big name players get traded at the NHL Entry Draft. From Chris Pronger to Cory Schneider, at least one big name seems to switch addresses while other players are having their names called. With the plethora of players involved in rumors, it is a safe bet at least some of the following players will be switching teams in Philadelphia in two weeks.
With the rise of Jonathan Bernier and the Leafs needing help in other areas, Reimer is good as gone in Toronto. It’s a shame how the situation was handled, but it epitomizes the dysfunction that is the Leafs. Look for the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames to have interest in bringing the former WHL star back to Western Canada.
With the Sabres in the middle of a major overhaul, sending Ehrhoff and his massive contract out of town may be the best thing for all parties considered. Look for his former team, the San Jose Sharks, who are making whole scale changes themselves, to inquire about the puck-mover’s services.
Despite being signed long term, it looks like Edler could be on the move. All-around defensemen who play as many minutes as Edler are a sought-after commodity and Vancouver will be looking for such a return. The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins will definitely be making calls about the former Kelowna Rocket.
With his playoff struggles and notorious party-boy reputation, the Boston Bruins are reportedly looking to move the agitating winger. Given his uncanny ability to get opponents off their game and the fact he’s a lock for 20+ goals per year there’ll be teams inquiring about him. The Anaheim Ducks could use a player like “Bad Brad” on their second line, as could a number of other teams.
After a failed trade to Pittsburgh at the deadline Kesler still wants out of the Canucks as they begin their rebuild. His veteran leadership as well as two-way acumen will make him a big catch for teams looking to get over the hump. The Penguins could renew their pursuit, but look for the Anaheim Ducks to be the leading bidder for the US Olympian’s services.
The Carolina Hurricanes are seemingly always either broke or spending money foolishly (there’s likely a correlation). Staal could very well be a casualty of their frugality this summer. The big center would be leaving his (overpaid) brother Jordan and amazing legacy behind in Carolina. His home province Toronto Maple Leafs could make a move as they have been looking for a #1 center for a long time.
Much like the Carolina Hurricanes, the Phoenix Coyotes are seemingly always going through financial difficulties. All-star defenseman Keith Yandle could be a victim of these financial troubles. A trip home in the form of a trade to the Boston Bruins would be a great human-interest story, but is unlikely. The New York Islanders will also surely be interested as he’d surely be a great weapon on their power play.
Kane has had difficulties off the ice in Winnipeg and for all of his talent it may be time for the two sides to part ways. Look for the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings to be at the forefront especially if they lose Jarome Iginla and Marian Gaborik, respectively.
Thornton’s poor playoff reputation was personified like never before as the Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings. With changes promised, and the coaching staff and front office staying on board, those changes will likely happen on the ice. If Thornton does get moved, look for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs to be leading the charge.
With the Senators in transition and Spezza entering the last year of his contract, he could very well see himself in a different uniform for the first time ever next year. The St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers will be among the teams trying to acquire the center.
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