*Over the weekend, Elliotte Friedman on the Hotstove panel on Hockey Night in Canada had a discussion on the current NHL trade market and why the action might not be as exciting in years past.
"Right now, general managers will tell you that prices are outrageous and there's three reasons for that," stated Friedman. "Right now in the West nearly every team is still in it, there are very few teams who are out. Number two, the cap next year will be at $63.4 million and no one wants to take on salary and number three, they don't like the free agent market and if they want to improve it's going to have to be through trade."
"It's just a ridiculous market for only a few available players," Friedman notes, stating that teams are all chasing the same players and pointing out Derek Roy, Brenden Morrow and Ryan Clowe as targets -- with several teams unable to pull off trades they expected to be able to make to improve their team.
*Speaking of Derek Roy, Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail mentions that the Dallas Stars center could be moved at the deadline if a contract extension is not agreed upon in the coming weeks. The Stars essentially swapped Mike Ribeiro for Roy last summer in hopes of changing the dynamic of the team at center and now it seems that Dallas will attempt to avoid another Brad Richards situation and move Roy before losing him for nothing. Duhatschek notes that Vancouver, rumored to be in the Roy sweepstakes, makes sense as a possible destination.
*Mike Ribeiro, who leads the Capitals in scoring, is also a possible center on the move at the deadline. Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions Ribeiro, Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Leopold, Anton Babchuck, Ladislav Smid and Milan Hejduk as all possible rental players the Penguins could target ahead of the April 3 deadline.
*Damian Cristodero speculates on whether Martin St. Louis and the Tampa Bay Lightning could part ways, stating that it would make sense for the right wing and GM Steve Yzerman to at least have a conversation about the possibility.
*Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun notes that the Buffalo Sabres could be looking to clean house and undergo an overhaul of the NHL roster. The Sabres have apparently offered up every player not names Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson or Alexander Sulzer -- Tyler Myers could be had, if any team is willing to take on that contract. While the Sabres could certainly be looking for complete change, Garrioch states that it's going to be tough to follow through on as Darcy Regier is tough to work with on trades and not every contract on that roster is exactly attractive to other teams.
*Bruce Garrioch relays reports from sources that say that Sharks GM Doug Wilson is in "full panic mode" as the Sharks sink closer to becoming the lowest-scoring team in the NHL while fighting tooth and nail for the postseason. Garrioch states that Ryan Clowe, Douglas Murray and Michal Handzus are all available.
*To add on to that, Pierre Lebrun of ESPN states that while the Sharks could certainly be active at the deadline he doesn't expect San Jose to opt for a full rebuild.
And because there are already some young and in-prime core players in place -- such as Niemi, Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, 2012 first-rounder Tomas Hertl -- it doesn't need a full, Edmonton-like rebuild.
But it needs something. And that something is coming, whether it's one or two moves before the April 3 trade deadline and more moves in the offseason.