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Looking East At The Trade Deadline

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Buffalo Sabres: It's hard to nail down exactly what players GM Darcy Regier would be willing to deal before the deadline, but chances are he'll listen on just about anybody. If teams are looking for defensemen, they can inquire about Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold -- both have expiring contracts. Regier recently floated the possibility that goalie Ryan Miller and forwards Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek could be available. Miller, Pominville and Vanek all have contracts that expire after next season.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are in the market for a center and possibly a defensemen. It's possible they won't have to add on defense if Jake Gardiner proves he can stick around this time and make a difference. But the Leafs definitely are thin at center and could use help there, especially if they want to get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004. One name being floated in Toronto is Mike Ribeiro, but it's not clear what the Washington Capitals want to do with him. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

more on the 13 other Eastern Conference teams...

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redxblack's avatar

Vanek to Detroit to wing for Datsyuk in exchange for Franzen and Filppula?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/22/13 at 10:02 AM ET

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Vanek to Detroit to wing for Datsyuk in exchange for Franzen and Filppula?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/22/13 at 11:02 AM ET

Vanek and Miller for Howard, Franzen, and Filppula. smile

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/22/13 at 10:36 AM ET

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Vanek and Miller for Howard, Franzen, and Filppula.

Posted by RedMenace from aboard the Crazy Train on 03/22/13 at 11:36 AM ET

Howie has hands-down grown into the better goalie, both in terms of play right now and upside for the future. Miller hit his peak and has been sliding ever since. He’s also too much talk, not enough saving for the Wings’ culture, IMO.

Vanek?  For sure but there’s no way he gets moved I say.

Posted by BrendonR on 03/22/13 at 11:04 AM ET

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I’m salivating in an unhealthy, A2Y sort of way at the thought of #13 and Vanek on the same line. Vanek could be the magician’s apprentice.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/22/13 at 12:07 PM ET

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Posted by BrendonR on 03/22/13 at 12:04 PM ET

Eh, he’s not been bad (especially on a mediocre-to-bad Sabres team); he and Howard are neck and neck as far as stats go, but Miller has played on inferior teams for most of his career and still put up those numbers. Who knows, he play lights-out consistently with the Wings.

Besides, even if he falters, Mrazek will be ready soon enough.

I’m not saying it would, or ever should, happen, but just tossing it out there.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/22/13 at 12:44 PM ET

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Paying $6.25M plus whatever you give up in trade for Miller is a worse idea than paying more than $4M for Howard.

Posted by Garth on 03/22/13 at 01:04 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 03/22/13 at 02:04 PM ET

Except that contract expires after next season, so it wouldn’t be a long-term handicap.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/22/13 at 01:08 PM ET

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Miller’s not sliding. He’s the only thing keeping Buffalo in games for years now. The guy’s under siege.

If there’s an issue with Miller, it’s not that he’s a lateral move from someone like, say, Howard. Miller’s a lot better and that’s not disrespect to Howard.

It’s that the guy is a self-centered, tall drink of arsenic.

Posted by larry on 03/22/13 at 01:50 PM ET

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Except that contract expires after next season, so it wouldn’t be a long-term handicap.

That’s the worst part though.  The cap goes down next year and they already need to add a top-six forward and a top-two defenseman, so they would be completely kneecapped by having $6M+ tied up into a goalie.  Possibly just for one year.  If he was still in his prime and he had several years left on his deal it would be worth it, but I would hate the idea of tying up that kind of money on a goalie in a year that the cap drops by $6M.

Posted by Garth on 03/22/13 at 01:56 PM ET

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... I would hate the idea of tying up that kind of money on a goalie in a year that the cap drops by $6M.

Posted by Garth on 03/22/13 at 02:56 PM ET

The unfortunate part is, that may happen anyway (or close to it, at least).

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 03/22/13 at 03:17 PM ET

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