Your Trade Deadline Primer

With the Olympics over and the trade deadline a mere two days away, today feels a bit like the eye of the storm. Flames Nation has a number of Calgary focused articles in the hopper, but for now here’s a general overview of what to expect on Wednesday.

Sellers – Who’s Available:

Atlanta Thrashers – Colby Armstrong, Slava Kozlov, Max Afinogenov

Carolina Hurricanes  – Aaron Ward, Ray Whitney, Scott Walker, Joe Corvo

Columbus Blue Jackets- Raffi Torres, Fred Modin

Edmonton OIlers – Everybody over the age of 25

Florida Panthers – Rostislav Olesz, Radek Dvorak, Jordan Leopold, Dennis Seidenberg, Kamil Kreps

New York Islanders – Doug Weight, Andy Sutton, Martin Biron, Richard Park

St. Louis Blue – Paul Kariya, Keith Tkachuk, Darryl Sydor

Toronto Maple Leafs – Alexei Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak, Wayne Primeau, Tomas Kaberle (?)

Buyers – Wants/needs:

Anaheim Ducks – offensive depth

Boston Bruins – offensive impact player, veteran defender

Calgary Flames – Offensive impact player, back-up goalie

Chicago Blackhawks – Established goaltender

Dallas Stars – Offensive and defensive depth

Detroit Red Wings – Offensive depth

Los Angeles Kings – Offensive depth, goaltending

Montreal Canadiens – Impact forwards, offensive depth

Nashville – Impact forwards, offensive depth

Ottawa – Defensive depth

Philadelphia – Goaltending

Reading the tea leaves on trade deadline day is tough. There are always a few obvious moves, but they are typically surrounded by a litany of trades that would have been nearly impossible to predict. In addition, sometimes sellers will deal with each other as long as their haves/needs matchup and they aren’t direct rivals. As such, this handy "cheat sheet" isn’t exhaustive, but it does give one the lay of the land.