SI's Kostya Kennedy takes a look at a few big-name players who could be dealt before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Super Tuesday, also known as the NHL's trade deadline, is almost upon us, hockey fans. A lot of teams are looking for defensive help and you can expect to see several veteran, second-tier blueliners dealt to contending teams. Atlanta's Jiri Slegr, Calgary's Igor Kravchuk, Columbus' Lyle Odelein and Buffalo's Richard Smehlik are some names you might see stitched on the back of a new sweater or two come Wednesday night. The list of truly high-profile trade candidates is far shorter -- if we get one or two blockbusters we'll be lucky. Here are the top five big-name trade candidates and the skinny on each player's situation.
Season stats (56 games) 22 goals, 27 assists, minus-14
Career stats (651 games) 406 goals, 323 assists, plus-29
Headed to: New York Rangers
The Return: The Panthers will receive defensemen Igor Ulanov and Filip Novak, as well as the Rangers' first and second-round picks in this June's draft and a fourth-round pick next year. The Rangers also received Florida's second-round pick this year.
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Season stats (68 games) 2 goals, 11 assists, minus-4
Career stats (636 games) 21 goals, 107 assists, plus-13
Headed to: Colorado Avalanche
The Return: The Penguins will receive left winger Ville Nieminen and defenseman Rick Berry.
Season stats (55 games) 1 goal, 16 assists, minus-6
Career stats (285 games) 27 goals, 78 assists, plus-8
Headed to: New York Rangers
The Return: The Oilers will receive right wing Mike York and a 2002 fourth-round draft pick. Left wing Rem Murray also went from Edmonton to New York in the deal.
Mike Richter/Ed Belfour
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Season stats: Richter (53 games)
23-26-4, 2 SO, 2.97 GAA, .906 SP Season stats: Belfour (50 games)
18-22-9, 1 SO, 2.67 GAA, .896 SP
Career stats: Richter (651 games)
295-252-72, 24 SO, 2.89 GAA, .904 SP Career stats: Belfour (725 games)
361-237-98, 58 SO, 2.47 GAA, .906 SP
The Word: If you know these players' personalities, you'd never expect to see the two lumped together. But there are a lot of similarities. They're both older goalies (Belfour is 36, Richter 35) on the verge of free agency and both have excellent playoff pedigrees. Richter is more valuable because he's having a better year, and he'll also be harder to procure because he's the Rangers' best hope in their attempt to reach the playoffs. In any deal New York makes, the club would want to bring back a solid veteran goaltender to complement young Dan Blackburn in the short term. The Stars are comfortable making their playoff run with Marty Turco in the nets, but Belfour is a nice insurance policy they won't just give him away.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Season stats (67 games) 15 goals, 14 assists, minus-6
Career stats (1,428 games) 587 goals, 651 assists, plus-78
The Word: Does he qualify as a big name anymore? Well, he's big (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and he's a name most people know. Andreychuk, 38, can still be productive in his favorite spot -- down low, in front of the net -- and with his experience will attract some interest, especially from teams which can't afford to make a larger deal. Andreychuk would come cheaply because he's being wasted on the perpetually rebuilding Lightning. As a short-term boost he could be a very nice addition.