The NHL's trade deadline is the 29th so let's take a look at some teams that should make some moves in the NHL odds boards and some that should stay put in their quest for the Stanley Cup.
The Boston Bruins have a big dilemma as the deadline comes into focus. The Bruins are in a position to make some noise in the playoffs but the reality is they can't keep Loui Eriksson, no matter how well he's preformed lately. He won't re-sign in Boston and he's too valuable to not get anything back for him. The Bruins need a defenseman and he could be the piece to give them that. Boston would have been much better if general manger, Don Sweeney, addressed their defensive needs after letting Dougie Hamilton go.
There are some reports that at least 10 teams are interested in acquiring, Tampa Bay Lightning, winger Jonathan Drouin who is currently suspended by the team because of his failure to report to their AHL affiliate because he felt a trade was pending and didn't want to risk injury. General Manager, Steve Yzerman, isn't under the gun to make an immediate deal considering Drouin's contract isn't up until next season. He will bring a tremendous amount of speed and be in the mold of a Dylan Larkin but again you have to be careful because he hasn't played in a NHL game for awhile.
Love what the Washington Capitals are doing. They just acquired Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres while making Buffalo pay for half his salary. The Sabres also get a third round 2017 pick. He will give them some veteran defensive depth while adding size. The Washington Capitals are definitely the favorite in the NHL odds boards, so be sure to keep an eye on them.
The Minnesota Wild are definitely looking for a top six forward. Reports are that GM Chuck Fletcher is willing to part with a 1st round selection but will not overspend. That may change with the Jason Zucker injury. With Zucker healthy I'd like to see them get some defensive depth.
The New York Rangers have talked about moving Keith Yandle for weeks now but with the Ryan McDonagh jaw injury it may be better to hang on to Yandle. McDonagh is expected to be back either Thursday or Saturday.
Andrew Ladd is the new hot commodity as the deadline appears and the Chicago Blackhawks look as if they are the team that is in hot pursuit. Hawks General manager, Stan Bowman, attended the Jets / Dallas game, Tuesday. I expect the Blackhawks to make a move for Ladd because when a GM or executive attends games they are serious about a deal.
The Los Angeles Kings have been looking for a defensemen, even though they would be better suited to look for some top line forward help, especially with Marian Gaborik injury being long term.
The St. Louis Blues have placed Brian Elliot on long-term injury reserve. He will be out at least four weeks. The Blues have been dealing with injuries all season. They are comfortable with Pheonix Copley as their back-up goaltender but the injury to Alexander Steen is huge. They may keep him out through the rest of the regular season to use that money to get some top line help.
The Florida Panthers will be buyers. They are strong in goal and defense in front of Roberto Luongo but they desperately need to add some scoring. Dale Tallon will be looking to make a deal that will help the team this year but also in the future.
Garth Snow should be happy with the team he has at this point. The New York Islanders could make some deals to get tougher but I think they like where they are at. The current UFA's on the team cant be moved if they want to make a run at the Cup. Ryan Strome may be in a package with him being in the last year of his deal.
The Dallas Stars are my NHL pick to win the Stanley Cup as of now, are pretty solid at every position. I expect minor upgrades from Jim Nill. I would like a few defensive upgrades. I would like to see them get a Dan Hamhuis from Vancouver because I think Nemi and Lehtonen could use all the quality defense in front of them that Nill can find. @DanaLaneSports