Let the wheeling and dealing begin.
The NHL trade freeze for the Olympic break will be lifted Sunday at midnight, which means teams that want to bulk up for the playoffs will finally be able to make moves again in advance of Wednesday’s deadline.
“There are going to be some trades and I would think there could be some done before the actual (deadline) day,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray.
“Nobody reacts until they have to react. The deadline is all about urgency and some teams are going to feel the urgency.”
Here’s a team-by-team look at what could happen:
ATLANTA: There’s plenty of interest in D Pavel Kubina. Expect to see RW Colby Armstrong moved, while LW Slava Kozlov would have to waive his no-movement clause.
ANAHEIM: D Scott Niedermayer and C Saku Koivu were both available earlier, but the Ducks are back in the playoff hunt. GM Bob Murray might try to add a forward.
BOSTON: The Bruins have had issues scoring and are looking for a Top 6 forward. RW Michael Ryder is available. Teams have called about G Tim Thomas. It would take a big deal to pry him away.
BUFFALO: The Sabres want a defenceman to help run the power play. They have an interest in Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle and Carolina’s Joe Corvo. The Sabres don’t want to deal off their roster, hoping to package prospects or draft picks.
CAROLINA: GM Jim Rutherford is dying to deal. LW Ray Whitney, who is asking for a contract extension, will be a valuable commodity. D Aaron Ward and Corvo will move.
CALGARY: The Flames have already made big deals with the Leafs and Rangers earlier. GM Darryl Sutter has a history of adding a defenceman at the deadline. And he likes Armstrong, who would bring depth.
CHICAGO: The Blackhawks have been sniffing around for a goalie. Thomas, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun and Nashville’s Dan Ellis are all options. This could be interesting.
COLORADO: The Avs have an interest in Corvo to help run the power play. Colorado would like to move underachieving D John-Michael Liles and D Ruslan Salei.
COLUMBUS: LW Raffi Torres, LW Frederik Modin, D Milan Jurcina and D Jan Hejda have all been offered around the league. The Blue Jackets are more interested in draft picks than players in return.
DALLAS: The Stars have insisted they won’t trade G Marty Turco and want him to work with Kari Lehtonen. LW Steve Ott, a soon-to-be UFA, wants more than $3 million per season and will be moved.
DETROIT: The Wings won’t likely make any moves. They are up against the cap, can only make dollar-for-dollar moves and most of their top players have no-trade clauses.
EDMONTON: GM Steve Tambellini has huge issues: He has players nobody wants. Teams are calling about D Ladislav Smid, but the Oilers want to keep him. D Sheldon Souray is drawing minor interest.
FLORIDA: GM Randy Sexton wants to hold a fire sale. Vokoun, C Gregory Campbell, C Kamil Kreps, LW Cory Stillman, LW Rostislav Olesz and D Jordan Leopold are available. Vokoun could fetch a good return.
LOS ANGELES: The Kings would like to add scoring. After falling short in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, they may be closing in on a deal for Whitney.
MINNESOTA: The Wild is in the hunt for a playoff spot and wants to add help down the middle. Upcoming UFA D Marek Zidlicky is expected to re-sign soon. They would trade C Eric Belanger.
MONTREAL: The Habs have been searching for offence this season. They’d like to add a big forward up front, but the pickings are slim. It would take a huge package to acquire G Jaroslav Halak.
NASHVILLE: The Predators are willing to move D Dan Hamhuis and Ellis. Both are potential UFAs. Ellis could be a No. 1 goalie elsewhere.
NEW JERSEY: After acquiring Kovalchuk from Atlanta, the Devils would love to add a defenceman. They’d like to bring back D Scott Niedermayer. That appears doubtful. They will look at Corvo.
NY ISLANDERS: GM Garth Snow is ready to deal. All eyes are on G Martin Biron, but Dwayne Roloson might be a more attractive option. The Isles would move D Andy Sutton without expecting much back.
NY RANGERS: GM Glen Sather would like to bring in an extra defenceman and a scoring winger. The Rangers have interest in Souray, but the Oilers would have to take D Wade Redden in return.
OTTAWA: The Senators are looking for a defenceman to play a No. 6 or 7 role. Ward is on the radar screen. So is Kubina. GM Bryan Murray doesn’t want to subtract from his active roster.
PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers looked at Vokoun to replace the injured Ray Emery, but the price was too steep for GM Paul Holmgren. The club could trade LW Scott Hartnell, but he’d have to waive his no-movement clause.
PHOENIX: The Coyotes don’t have a lot of money to spend, but they’d like to rent a defenceman. They’d be willing to move C Peter Mueller if they were able to get an established veteran in return.
PITTSBURGH: The Penguins would love to get Whitney, but are in a tough spot cap-wise. D Sergei Gonchar could be a UFA, but he won’t be going anywhere. They could add a depth defenceman.
SAN JOSE SHARKS: GM Doug Wilson really doesn’t want to tamper with his team or upset the chemistry. The club has been in first place all season. He would add a defenceman if it’s not going to cost them much.
ST. LOUIS: The Blues might be willing to move LW Paul Kariya and his $6-million salary isn’t so daunting for a six- week run. Montreal is a possible destination for Kariya.
TAMPA: The Bolts would love to find a puck-moving defenceman and a scoring winger for C Vinny Lecavalier. The club is willing to deal D Andrej Meszaros, who has been disappointing.
TORONTO: Despite denials from GM Brian Burke, Kaberle is available and could be asked to waive his no-movement clause. LW Alexei Ponikarovsky is getting a lot of attention from Pittsburgh. He will be dealt.
VANCOUVER: Canucks GM Mike Gillis wants to add a third-line centre. He’d rather deal draft picks than lose somebody off the team’s roster.
WASHINGTON: There is talk the Capitals will make a pitch for Vokoun or Thomas. Goaltending might be all that holds them back from a Cup run. They have offered D Brian Pothier around.