Thanksgiving is traditionally when general managers size up their rosters and begin to strategize their trade plans for the months ahead. Mind you, I would argue in todays salary-cap/crushed beer-can standings era, some teams dont know if theyre buyers or sellers until 24 hours before the deadline. Still, lets look at five players (in no particular order) who could be moved before the March 1 deadline:Evander Kane, LW, Buffalo SabresEver since he scored 30 goals as a 20-year-old with the Winnipeg Jets?in 2011-12, you figured there was more of that to come for the Vancouver native. And certainly his 17 goals in the lockout-shortened, 48-game season of 2012-13 suggested as much. But hes essentially been a 20-goal scorer ever since, and thats disappointing, probably as much to him as anyone else given the pure goal-scoring talent this guy has. No question the Sabres would be open to moving him, and a top-four defenseman is what they would covet in return. On the one hand, given some of Kanes off-ice issues, you wonder if teams will be scared away. On the other hand, hes still only 25, and you know the talent is there. Hes got one more season left on his contract at $5.25 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent in July 2018 -- which happens to be the same summer both Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart will have lucrative new contracts kick in for 2018-19. Can the Sabres move Kane for a decent return?Martin Hanzal, C, Arizona CoyotesYou cant teach 6-foot-6. The pending unrestricted free agent would be some kind of addition for a playoff contender. The postseason becomes a grind-fest and Hanzals beast-like strength would be a handy addition. The Coyotes talked contract extension with him before the season, but nothing seemed to gain traction. I figure the Coyotes are wary of giving him term; theyve got a bevy of young forwards and dont want to block their way long-term. But you cant blame Hanzal, 29, if he wants to cash in for what really will be his last chance to do so. The buyer-beware tag on the Czech is that hes hurt a lot; he hasnt played 70-plus games since 2009-10 (although he played 39 of 48 in 2012-13 lockout season). My guess is the Coyotes will try to re-sign Hanzal before March 1. But if they cant, it goes without saying the rebuilding club needs to acquire an asset or two in exchange for letting him walk. He would help any team, but boy, would he ever look good helping the Montreal Canadiens get bigger down the middle.Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh PenguinsIt was a good idea, in theory, that the Penguins would benefit from having two No. 1 goalies in this seasons compressed schedule and then wait until after the season to figure out where to send Fleury before the expansion draft while protecting Matt Murray. But I think reality is setting in. There is just not enough net to accommodate two guys who need to play a lot. So I think the Penguins would be open to moving Fleury before March 1 if a team stepped up. And Fleury certainly controls a lot of this with a full no-movement clause, but the Penguins want to do right by him because hes been such a classy guy for the community and organization. The question is whether Fleury would waive his no-movement clause for the purpose of the expansion draft and simply go to Vegas in June. Thats possible. But I have to think hed rather get this over with sooner and find a new home before March 1. If Brian Elliott (unrestricted free agent on July 1) doesnt turn around his game, would the Calgary Flames come calling? Or the Dallas Stars? Fleurys contract has two more years left after this season at a $5.75 million cap hit, which is a nice bargain for a guy with two Cup rings and who remains one of the leagues elite netminders. If youre a team needing a goalie upgrade, wake up and call Pittsburgh. Youre not only getting an elite goalie, but an even greater person in the dressing room.Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay LightningThe Flames problems run deeper than their goaltending, but its hard not to wonder how things might look for Calgary with Bishop in net if a deal with Tampa Bay at the June draft not fallen through . Bishop is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and its pretty clear the Lightning made their choice when they extended young Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year, $10.5 million deal last summer (a deal that kicks in next season). Not to mention the fact that they agreed to trade parameters with the Flames only to see the deal fall through because Bishop couldnt agree to contract terms with Calgary on a new extension. The question, however, is whether a serious Cup contender such as Tampa Bay would actually deal Bishop before March 1 or just keep him and all hands on deck for a championship run and let the chips fall where they might after the season. If Bishop walks away for nothing July 1, its not nothing: The Bolts get $6 million in cap room, which they can use on new contracts for Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin, all pending restricted free agents. Plus, perhaps, Bishop helping the Bolts win a Cup before leaving? I suppose it all comes down to what kind of offers the Lightning get for Bishop before March 1.Dennis Wideman, D, Calgary FlamesThe 33-year-old veteran is an unrestricted free agent July 1 and given all the money tied up on the Flames blue-line, it seems unlikely they re-sign Wideman unless somebody else is moved out, which is also a possibility. But if the Flames dont get back into the playoff race before March 1, they would look at recouping an asset. Hes a right-handed, top-four blue-liner who still has bite in his game, playing more than 21 minutes a night. Theres got to be a market for that among serious playoff teams, right? Authentic Predators Jerseys
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The contest offers the Canucks a chance to build momentum following their dramatic 5-4 comeback overtime victory against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.Rookie defenseman Troy Stecher suggested the Canucks, who have only two wins in the past 12 games, do have the character that they need to climb up the standings. He was inspired by veterans actions Sunday as Vancouver overcame deficits of 2-1 after the first period, 3-1 after the second and 4-3 in the third.We came in here (in the dressing room) after the first period and some things were said from some of the leadership guys, and thats huge for myself and for the rest of the guys in the room, with the young guys that weve got -- that its unacceptable to keep losing, said Stecher, a 22-year-old Richmond, B.C., native who scored the goal that forced overtime Sunday.Tuesdays affair also gives the Canucks an opportunity to show that their convincing 5-3 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden a week ago was no fluke. The win in New York was the lone bright spot as the Canucks went 1-5 on their recent road trip.The Rangers entourage includes coach Alain Vigneault, who become Vancouvers all-time winningest coach before he was unceremoniously fired after the 2013-14 season and promptly hired by New York.The Rangers also feature Michael Grabner, a former Canucks first-round draft pick (2006, 14th overall) who never stuck before being traded to Florida prior to the 2010-11 season. He never played a regular-season for the Panthers and bounced to the New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs before winding back in the Big Apple with the Blueshirts.Grabner, a 29-year-old Villach, Austria, native, leads the Rangers in scoring with 10 goals -- one more than he had with Toronto last season -- and three assists following his reunion with Vigneault. He maintained his hot scoring Sunday night by scoring two goals in a 3-1 victory over the Oilers in Edmonton.When I signed here, I knew how they were playing would benefit my style -- a fast-paced game, Grabner, who joined the Rangers as free agent on a two-year, $3.3 million contract from the Maple Leafs in the offseason, recently told The Vancouver Province. Its been perfect from training camp to right now and it helped knowing Vigneault and (Rangers assistant Scott Arniel) from my days with the Moose.Grabner was referring to Vancouvers foormer Manitoba Moose farm club in the American Hockey League.dddddddddddd.Arniel formerly served as a Canucks assistant under Vigneault as well as head coach of the Moose. Ironically, their rare trip back to Vancouver could be a factor as Canucks ownership and management evaluate current coach Willie Desjardins, who earned a reprieve with the win over Dallas.Vigneault definitely knows a few things about the Canucks. Vancouvers core players expanded their skills significantly under his watch. He guided them within one victory of the Stanley Cup in 2010-11. So the Canucks will likely try to mix a few things up. One of the change-ups will likely involve more duty for Brandon Sutter on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin -- or at least the power play with them.Sutter was moved to the top line in the third period Sunday and scored a power-play goal -- Vancouvers first man-advantage marker in 11 games -- and assisted on Markus Granlunds overtime winner after winning a face-off.Sometimes when its not working and were not getting anything going, its good to try and shuffle it up a bit, said Sutter. We did it and a couple lines got a few things going, and we went from there. Its just one of those things where you have to change things up.Coach Desjardins may also try to change things up by inserting second-year winger Jake Virtanen back into the lineup after he was recalled Sunday from Utica of the AHL, where he completed a two-game conditioning stint. Virtanen, 20, is one of Vancouvers few naturally gifted scorers -- when he is on his game. But he has not been lately.Meanwhile, Vigneault is expected to adjust his lineup by inserting rookie winger Cristoval (Boo) Nieves, who was called up from Hartford of the AHL on Monday after injured forwards Chris Kreider (upper body) and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) could not play Sunday. If he gets the nod, Nieves, a 22-year-old Baldwinsville, N.Y., native who had one goal and five assists with Hartford this season, will make his NHL debut.Nieves will give the Rangers a full complement of forwards after Vigneault was short one Sunday and dressed an unused extra defenseman, Adam Clendening, who is also a former Canuck. Chances are that Clendening would have been used as a forward -- if Vigneault felt that he needed him up front.But the Rangers had little difficulty improving to 4-1 in their last five road games -- a stat that provides another reason why Tuesdays contest is a character test for the Canucks. China NFL Jerseys White Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Black China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China Black China NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys
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