Since the All-Star week is boring as sin, I thought I'd make up a thread for the inevitable trade/movement discussions. Big news today coming out of San Jose, as Antero Niittymaki is placed on waivers. Does this mean that he has no trade value? Are no other teams interested? Is Niittymaki being a pain in the ass for the Sharks organization, giving them trouble during his conditioning stint? What could this mean for Sharks pieces available for trade?
First, let's take a look at our current stable of players, for reference in these discussions.
Marleau - Thornton - Pavelski
Clowe (IR) - Couture - Havlat (IR)
McGinn - Handzus - Ferreiro
Winchester - Desjardins - Mitchell
Boyle - D. Murray
Burns - Vlasic
Demers - Braun
Vandermeer - White
Now. Sharks seem to be in the market for a top-six forward; one that can not only that can fill in for current injuries, but can also swap out with our current top six if someone falters. I'd also be inclined to think we're looking for someone that can PK reliably. Goaltending is fine. Defence should be alright, since we have 8 guys that can play reliably.
Personally, I think some of the names the Sharks will target include Derek Roy, Paul Gaustad, and any other Sabres that may be available and able to contribute, MAYBE Ryan Suter if he's available (and the Sharks think they can sign him long-term), and any piece from a selling team that can be had at the right price. I also predict that we will see a few big, blockbuster trades this year, though I'm not sure San Jose will be a part of those. I could forsee a team like Edmonton trading a young star or two to get someone equivalent to a Thornton or a Marleau, and maybe a high pick. That could just be crazy speculation, but something has to give for these struggling franchises.
Pieces San Jose have a available include any of their bottom four defencemen, Mitchell, Niittymaki, draft picks, and possibly prospects. A top six forward may move if the return is right.
Anyway, feel free to contribute any thoughts and insights, and keep FTF updated on any big trades that happen around the league. Crazy speculation welcome.