As the 2016-17 NHL season draws closer and closer to the playoff race, the trade deadline is on the horizon. With this season already being a year for ups and downs for many teams, changing up the lineup may be the right move to getting back in the race.
Teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins are facing the trade deadline as a result of cap space. They are in an excellent position as they are the defending Stanley Cup Champions with a remarkably similar lineup to the one they had last year. The one player that seems to be question is goalie Marc-Andre Fluery. Like mentioned in earlier posts, Fluery has cooled off a lot since the emergence of Matt Murray. With so many highly paid players on the team, clearing out Fluery’s contract will clear up some cap space to further cement their dominance.
Teams like the Dallas Stars are in the position where they desperately need something to reinvigorate them. Having had a rather disappointing season thus far, the team is in need of a change. Rumors have been circulating the veterans like Patrick Sharp may be on the chopping block. That may be the best choice for the team. Like in the Penguin’s case, Sharp takes up a large portion of the cap space, getting rid of him would free up some space in order to get more depth on all positions.
With big named players like Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, and even Ben Bishop on the rumored trade list, the next few weeks may prove to be interesting for the landscape of the NHL and the playoff push. Its been a while since there has been big blockbuster trades in the NHL, and it seems like this year we may be seeing a few.