Identifying the trade deadline sellers

February 4, 2014, by
Available again. (Photo: USATSI)

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This is a unique season for the NHL. The last time there was a roster freeze for the Olympics, the unofficial trade deadline was the day before the freeze. This year, the same thing appears to be happening, as teams are beginning to make trades. The difference between four years ago and today is that unlike four years ago, this is a “salary cap correction” season.

For those unfamiliar with cap space, it is accrued over time. It is why Capgeek has a “deadline space” section for each team. As each day passes, the team accrues more cap space. Without getting into the intricate details, teams have the most cap space to work with at the actual trade deadline. That’s important because this year is one where teams desperately need cap space due to the lockout.

Due to this, we are likely going to see action at both deadlines. But which teams are sellers? The Bettman Bonus Point has blurred the lines between pretenders and contenders.


Your sellers are your bottom feeders, the ones we know won’t be making the playoffs this year. ┬áThese are teams that will likely be looking to deal their UFAs for picks and prospects. I made the cut off here 50 points or less.

Buffalo Sabres – Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Cody McCormick, Zenon Konopka, John Scott, Linus Omark, Matt D’Agostini, Henrik Tallinder, Alex Sulzer, Ryan Miller

Florida Panthers – Marcel Goc, Brad Boyes, Scott Gomez, Krys Barch, Jesse Winchester, Mike Weaver, Tom Gilbert, Mike Mottau, Tim Thomas, Scott Clemmensen

New York IslandersThomas Vanek, Peter Regin, Eric Boulton, Radek Martinek, Andrew MacDonald, Evgeni Nabokov

Calgary FlamesMike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Kevin Westgarth, Ben Street, Chris Butler, Kris Russell, Reto Berra

Edmonton Oilers – Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth, Ryan Jones, Nick Schultz, Mark Fraser, Anton Belov, Corey Potter, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ben Scrivens

Likely Sellers

These are teams that are more than five points out (assuming each team wins their games in hand) with multiple teams to leap-frog in the standings. It’s not that they don’t have a shot, it’s just unlikely they overtake multiple teams in the standings.

WinnipegOlli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi, Chris Thorburn, Mark Stuart, Adam Pardy, Al Montoya

Nashville – David Legwand, Devan Dubnyk, Carter Hutton

Yea, that’s it for bona-fide sellers at the Olympic deadline. Pickings are pretty slim right? There’s three, maybe four that might be worth it for the Rangers. Problem is, those are the only players really worth it to the other 22 buyers at the moment.

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  1. Walt says:

    I was listening to the Hockey Insiders on TSN, and they mentioned that Callie is asking for nearly $7 million a year, and seven years. It appears that he is pushing the envelope, and forcing Sather’s hand. The question then becomes “Does he really want to be a Ranger”?????

    If these reports are true, move him now, get what we can, and wish him well. Stewart isn’t the fastest player out there, but getting him for Callie looks better, and better each day, after hearing these reports!!!!!

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Yea, that’s unfortunate if that is the case. $7M@7years is just a crazy figure. You have to imagine he’ll be willing to negotiate off of that, but if not, then it’s a pretty sad situation.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Hey guys. Look at it this way. If you’re looking to sell a car and you want $10,000 for the car. You aren’t listing it at $10K. You post the asking price at $12,000 or $1,150. So when a buyer makes a lower offer you meet in the middle. Somewhere near the $10K you wanted for the car originally. That’s all Callahan and his agent are doing. I heard the Rangers are talking to Callys agent Bartlett again. After he was allowed to talk to some other teams, that says to me that Callahan’s agent either got a market value or a low ball offer from theses other teams he spoke to. Smart move by Sather. He’s no fool and a very good business man. I’d bet Callahan ends up getting $5.5 mil to just over/under 6 mil if he takes a shorter term. If he wants 7 mil then it’s a 3-4 year contract. This is how these things go. There is a media battle going on between Sathers cohorts and Bartlett. That’s why we here all of this.

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        That’s understood, it’s negotiating 101. The problem arises when the player does not move the intial asking price from and the team is forced to make a decision.

        Callahan also probably knows some team out there will pay him what he’s asking.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      I really want Stewart. I don’t know who I’d take out of the lineup since the team is playing so well but he’s a much needed righty shot. Could help in front of the net on the PP.

    • Paco33 says:

      That certainly explains why Sather has been so aggressive over the past week.

  2. SalMerc says:

    I don’t want Slats to buy someone like Vanek. A guy on the downside looking for a last chance. Get me a speed guy or a PP quarterback. I do not think we need more 3rd & 4th line wingers.

    • Ray says:

      Whoa. Vanek is a whole fourteen months older than Callahan and five months older than Nash. His career PPG is better than that of Nash. This is neither a guy on the downside nor a third line player. The price may be too high and Sather may be wise to stay away for that reason, but he’s certainly a player we could use.

      In 38 games last year, he scored more points than Cally has in all but two of his seasons.

      • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

        Vanek is a top line player, for sure. He’s probably the biggest impact player on the trade market this deadline. I agree that price may be too high (I’m not the biggest fan of expensive rentals – the Islanders HAVE to get a 1st for him), but there’s no denying the impact Vanek would have on any team that acquires him.

        • SalMerc says:

          I think Vanek’s days of being a top line player are behind him. People look at 2+ y/o numbers and think they can do it again. To me, Vanek has peaked (and so has Cally).

      • Walt says:


        He will go to the Wild. He went to college in Minni, and his wife is from there as well. He will be ver expensive, but the Wild is where he will end up!!!!!

  3. paulronty says:

    I’d rather trade Callahan for prospects & draft picks instead of a guy like Stewart who is an on & offer like Pouliot. There are some good young guys coming up & that’s where I’d like to see the changes come.

  4. Chris F says:

    This list focuses on the rebuilding organizations that are blowing up their teams looking for young players, prospects, and picks. These are the sellers and likely sellers.

    What about contention teams looking for even swaps or “change or scenery” trades? Plenty of teams are open to tweaks vis-a-vis balanced trades that can help both teams this season, rather than trades that look to the future.

  5. Leatherneckinlv says:

    We may have to sell callahan and Girardi with a lesser extent Girardi. Callahan and Girardi opt to test free agency we are better off trading them both than to lose them for nothing. Callahan has a suitor in Buffalo willing to over pay him in free agency. Girardi might want to go for the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow. If this is the case then trade them both now and bid for their services in the off season. We can get assets and players now or risk the chance of losing them both for nothing

  6. Arisrules says:

    I would trade both Girardi and Cally. They have taken an absolutely beating the past couple of years, and both have noticeably digressed this year. Cally is arguably a third line winger, who claims he deserves $7m per for 7 years. He doesn’t even play PP. Ludicrous.

    I could see the argument for keeping Girardi, as he’s a righty, pretty durable, etc. His game has digressed though, and I think there is some risk. Plus the Rangers have built in buffer with Klein and Stralman (who for me is a must-sign, totally undervalued), and with Allen in the AHL.

  7. HARLEMBLUES says:

    If Callahan wants 5mill plus trade him.If he wants more than 5yrs trade him.This over paying for players must stop.He’s a hard working player i get it.He gives his all i get it.Do you think the LA Kings like that Dustin Brown contract now.Never over pay it will bite you in the ass.See BRich and many others.Look at David Backes contract just under 4.8mill. this yr.I would trade callahan for Backes in a NY minute.Callahan is not a superstar no superstar money.

  8. ranger17 says:

    Torts wants too make changes in Vancouver , how about Cally and a 3rd for Kessler