Now that the New Jersey Devils officially own the rights to Ilya Kovalchuk, they are approximately $3 million over the cap. The Devils will now have to go the trade route to shed some salary.
The most likely trade candidates appear to be Bryce Salvador, Colin White, Brian Rolston, and Dainius Zubrus.
My take: Based on what I have heard, Bryce Salvador and Dainius Zubrus appear to be the most likely to be moved as several teams are expected to express interest in at least one of these two players.
I have heard whispers that the Maple Leafs could show interest in Dainius Zubrus if the price is right; however, I cannot confirm this report.
My take: I think Zubrus would be a good fit in Toronto and would come at a reasonable price; however, the Leafs may not be too interested.
My take: Salvador would be a great fit on all three teams as he would provide both leadership and toughness on the back end.
David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the Sharks could trade Thomas Greiss.
My take: I think they could get a decent defenseman with Thomas Greiss as a lot of teams would love to add another young goaltender to their system.
Various media outlets are reporting the Red Wings are interested in bringing Kirk Maltby back; however, it would have to be a two-way contract.
My take: This would be a great move by the Red Wings, especially on a two-way contract as they would add more depth to their system.
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