With two trade deadlines right around the corner, I thought I would give you my take on what teams might be interested in our players and what I feel we should be looking for in return. The Canes players listed are the players that I feel have a shot of being traded. The teams interested in them are teams that I feel could use their services. The players, prospects, and draft picks are what I think we could get in return for said player. This obviously does not mean that these are the only options out there, this is just my opinion.
I am breaking the FanPost down by players, because one would be just too large. Part Two includes a possible hot commodity in Matt Cullen. Other players will follow over the next couple of days. Please let me know what you think or what trade returns you would like to see.
Matt Cullen – Ottawa, Calgary, New Jersey, Minnesota, NY Islanders
Ottawa – Ottawa thinks they might have a run in them and they are considering adding a piece to their puzzle. Cullen would provide them a player that could fit into many positions as well as play on the PP and PK. Their cap situation is tight, they don’t want to mess up their chemistry, and they are reluctant to overpay for anyone’s services. Cullen would be an ideal fit; he provides versatility, experience, is not to expensive and has an expiring contract.
The players that interest me are F-Peter Regin, D-Jared Cowen, D-Patrick Wiercioch, and C-Jim O’Brien. I don’t think Cullen would be Ottawa’s first choice, but again makes sense. If they believe they have a good shot, I’m sure JR would gladly exchange Cullen for Ottawa’s 1st round pick. This would allow them to keep their young players and if they do advance far into the playoffs, it would only be a low round pick.
Calgary – Is their a team out there that needs the center position more? Cullen would step in and almost immediately play with future Hall of Famer Iginla. He could provide them with a smart, two-way player that knows how to dish the puck. He could also provide some scoring, which has been lacking in Calgary, and could play on the PP.
The players that interest me are RW-Greg Nemisz, D-Tim Erixon, F-Rene Bourque, and F-Dustin Boyd. While this would make sense for Calgary, I don’t know if it would work for Carolina. Calgary has no picks in the first two rounds and their prospect pool is somewhat shallow. Unless they are willing to give up Bourque (which I doubt), I would pass on any trades with the Flames.
New Jersey – This would be an interesting situation. It appears they know time is short and they are going to make a run at the Cup this season. They have attempted to shore up a lagging offense with Kovalchuk, could they be looking for some depth experience now? Cullen could slide into a 3rd line center role and probably help improve their average PK.
The players that interest me are C-Jacob Josefson, D-Matt Corrente, D-Brandon Burlon, D-Tyler Eckford, C-Adam Henrique, and D-Andy Greene. There is no 1st round pick available, so any deal would have to be for prospects or a prospect and low 2nd. They have plenty of defensive prospects that interest me and they might be willing to give one up since their blueline is somewhat set. None of the prospects are what I consider to be high-level, but Carolina could replenish the minors and see how they develop.
Minnesota – Minnesota is still currently in the playoff picture and they are thinking they might try to make a run at them. Cullen would be a good addition to a team that is somewhat lacking in talent. He would fit in the 2nd line center role, would play on both special team units, and he would be “going home.”
The players that interest me are D-Tyler Cuma, D-Marco Scandella, D-Nick Leddy. The Wild are very weak in the prospect department and are trying to build their prospect ranks back up. They would likely not include a 1st round pick, but maybe one of their defensive prospects and a 2nd.
New York Islanders – “The Isles” are currently outside looking in on the playoff picture, but if they could go on a streak; anything is possible in the East. This young team needs some added experience and while Doug Weight provides some, he’s unproductive (0 goals this season). Cullen would be able to come in and play a top 6 role, help mentor the kids, and could be used on the PP to set up the positionally excellent Tavares.
The players that interest me are F-Josh Bailey, D-Calvin D Haan, C-Trevor Smith, and RW-Kirill Petrov. Are they going to make the playoffs; probably not. The Islanders also don’t want to trade away any of their young players and that is fine. If we could coax them out of their 1st round pick, that should be enough for Cullen. Especially if that pick turns into a top 10 selection
Here are the trades that I would like to see happen, in order of which one I would most like to see.
Trade C-Matt Cullen to New York Islanders for a 1st round pick.
We would get a probably high 1st round pick that should turn into an impact player in a year or two, possibly earlier. They would get a 1st or 2nd line center with experience to possibly help them sneak into the playoffs for the first time in many years.
Trade C-Matt Cullen to New Jersey for C-Adam Henrique and D-Brandon Burlon.
We would get two solid prospects that are not quite ready for the big leagues. Henrique is a center that should develop into a 3rd line role and would be used in PK situations. Burlon is a two-way defenseman that has good skating ability. These two would not be immediate help, but would replenish the A and should develop into solid role players. They would get a 3rd line center and someone to help their PK. Cullen would add Cup experience to a team looking to win it all this year.