The biggest name at this year's deadline is Dallas Stars center, Brad Richards. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Richards will only be willing to move his no-trade-clause if GM Joe Nieuwendyk can work out a deal with the New York Rangers. The Kings and Leafs were said to be highly interested in Richards, but obviously the asking price is too much -- it was rumoured that Brayden Schenn would be on the move, or Clarke MacArthur from Toronto -- and Richards has a big cap hit of $7 million. If the Stars trade Richards to the Rangers, it could take a 1st-round pick, a high prospect and a couple of roster ready players -- Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan, maybe. You could also see Wojtek Wolski be included in the deal to Dallas.
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John-Michael Liles is rumoured to be leaving the Colorado Avalanche and his destination was thought to be Toronto, but the two teams have supposedly ended talks. So where does Liles go if he's dealt? The Columbus Blue Jackets could be one destination for him. With the Jackets just acquiring veteran defenseman Craig Rivet off waivers from Buffalo, they may also want to acquire Liles for his puck moving ability and experience on the back end. He's a power play guy, which is something the team lacks (Anton Stralman is their best powerplay defenseman) and he has playoff experience, which can help a young team looking to make the playoffs for the second time in the last four years.
It's believed that the Edmonton Oilers intend on trading forward Ales Hemsky by the deadline today, and the Los Angeles Kings seem to be the front runners. The asking price by GM Steve Tambellini seems to be fairly high, and Hemsky also has another year on his contract at $4 million. Most teams are not willing to take on the extra year on a player's contract at this year's deadline because they fear that it will not be affordable in the future.
No big moves yet, but look for Nashville and San Jose to make some moves to try and strengthen their teams for the playoff race.
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