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Which NHL players are most likely to be traded?
Mon, March 2, 2009

By BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

Jay Bouwmeester's actions don't just speak louder than words. They speak volumes.

The big 24-year-old blueliner could have inked a long-term deal with the Panthers in the summer. Instead, Florida's first-round pick (No. 3 overall) in 2002 signed on for just one season at $4.875 million US.

The sense is Bouwmeester won't be back next season.

Slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, Bouwmeester will likely be one of the most sought-after players leading up to the March 4 trade deadline.

Which players do you see being traded before the deadline? Have your say in our forum.

Bouwmeester has plenty of suitors



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Maegen, most of what you say is quite true. But why did you have to end it with that juvenile drivel? It makes you sound like a 6th grader.
Gary O., 2009-03-02 20:17:40

Ok I am confused....Brian Murray, GM of the Sens is saying that Ottawa will be sellers for the trade deadline, however he is unwilling to get rid of most of the dead weight that is the senators and only talking of Neil and Kuba...this guy must really be off his rocket....I say he does what Brian Burke will try to do...rebuild, start fresh, and give up because the sens are not going anywhere this year... suckers!!! hahaha...go habs go!!
Maegen, 2009-03-02 16:21:52

It will be very funny, once Chris Neil signs with the Leafs in the summer. All the people in TO who have criticized him since day one will suddenly be wearing Chris Neil sweaters.
Disco Stu, 2009-03-02 12:32:14

I just hope the Leafs don't trade anyone.... we will come back and win the Cup this season with the guys we have.... You'll see.
Toronto Tonto, 2009-03-02 12:22:43

I think they should trade some of these GM's, with some of the bonehead moves they make spending millions of dollars and not getting nearly the return it's a wonder they still have their jobs, Glen Sather, Kevin Lowe, Brett Hull come to mind, along with the Ottawa GM, what a disaster, and they still make big bucks for running their teams into the ground, any other business and they would have been gone a long time ago....
Ed, 2009-02-25 18:19:22

All of the above!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha. Naaaaaah. You guys have no humor; at all. None, absoloutly none, whatsoever. Great, why is no one saying anything, and I though Wayne Gretzky stopped playing last year. You guys are hopeless.
raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawr., 2009-02-12 16:15:25

Wayne Gretzky and Alexei Yashin!
Vince in Ottawa, 2009-02-06 08:05:00

What has age got to do with it? Neither Spezza nor Fisher are worth anywhere NEAR what they are being paid to fumble and stumble, looking for the ocean from the very end of the pier.

The trick will be to get some dumb GM to think THEY can turn either one of them around, and if that means letting them go for 2nd or 3rd round picks so what? They contribute next to nothing now - certainly nothing with respect to what they're being paid.

Using the freed-up cash to bring in UFAs this summer can't turn out any worse - unless it's Murray doing the signing.

A GM with greater ability could bring in the right types - or perhaps even several of the $3 to $3.5 million types rather than sink the greater portion of your cap in 3 or 4 players. That formula does NOT work - as the Oilers, Lightning and a couple of others are well aware of.
Gary O., 2009-02-05 13:31:32

Yes, give Spezza and Fisher away and get UFA's who are about the same age or older - and you're still in the same spot.

Why not get a draft pick for Spezza and Fisher (decent ones) at least and start the rebuild with some more picks - plus get a few free agents.

Don't just give them away.

Spezza is going to be hard to trade though, since he makes $7m a year.
gordholio, 2009-02-05 02:05:15

Look, when it comes to people like Spezza and Fisher it doesn't really matter what they get back in any deals. The "who" is irrelevant. What they're getting, in effect, is $12 million to spend on the next crop of UFAs in the summer and hopefully by then they'll have the right man in place as GM who knows the type of player to pursue.

Even with Spezza and Fisher in the line-up they're not going anywhere this season so they may as well free up that money and stick a pair of bodies in their place and let the chips fall where they may. And the lower they finish the better draft pick they'll have to use on a good young player who can step in and play right away and not some 3-year project.

They'll also have another $3 mil to add to the $12 when Gerber's contract expires at the end of the season.


Gary O., 2009-01-11 18:11:05

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