The NHL’s April 3 trade deadline is still on the horizon but that won’t stop teams from making deals and exploring their options now. Recently, there have been a couple clubs that have expressed interest in parting ways with and taking on new players.
If NHL teams have learned anything, it’s that they still don’t know what they don’t know. Knee-jerk reactions may be common as this season’s shortened duration may make teams more willing to pull the trigger on potential deals.
Teams may be looking to trade for a multitude of different reasons ranging from salary cap to roster improvement for a playoff run. At the end of the day, we won’t truly know what’s going on until the deals are announced.
Despite that reality, it’s always interesting to see what is going on behind the scenes around the league. Let’s take a look at some of those recent rumblings.
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, a pair of All-Star forwards for the Anaheim Ducks, will hit free agency this summer, but one or both of them could be gone before then, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:
Many don’t believe -- of the two -- Getzlaf is going anywhere because he’s settled into Anaheim. There was talk before the lockout the two sides were close to a long-term agreement in the $60-million range. That hasn’t materialized yet.
With both in unsettled contract situations, it would make sense for the Ducks to deal one or both them in order to get something back before losing them for nothing this summer.
Still, the team is currently atop the Pacific Division and second in the Western Conference (as of Feb. 10). If their success continues, dealing either of these two would be incredibly hard with a Stanley Cup weighing in the balance.
Devin Setoguchi, Minnesota Wild
A lot of question marks have surrounded the Minnesota Wild as the team has struggled to remain consistent in the early goings of the shortened 2013 season. They are just 5-5 after an offseason splurge set expectations to an all-time high.
As a result, the trade rumors are already beginning to surface. Garrioch, in the same report from above, said Devin Setoguchi was also on the trade block:
"There is talk Setoguchi is available, but he does have one year left at $3 million."
Setoguchi was recently relegated to the team’s fourth and third lines due to a lack of production. That changed on Saturday night. The right wing hit a timely overtime-winning goal on Saturday night may have helped his desirability on the market, if nothing else.
Ben Bishop, Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators are looking to move reserve goalie Ben Bishop, but for a steep cost, according to ESPN Insider (subscription required to view). The 26-year-old’s availability means he could be sought after by a number of teams around the league.
His most recent appearance on the ice, a fine performance in a 0-1 loss on Feb. 9, demonstrated his ability to play at a high level. The backup goalie allowed just one goal and had 36 saves, although his team wasn’t able to bail him out for that lone blemish.