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The Top UFAs Who Could Be Moved By Trade Deadline

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Here are the top 20 unrestricted free agents who could move on April 3, mostly as rentals:

1. Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks). Perry falls under the Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk umbrella, only Anaheim is a much better club than Atlanta ever was when they traded their studs in their prime at the deadline....

2. Jarome Iginla (Calgary). Iginla is 35, Perry is 27. There’s a big difference in compensation. The Flames captain has a no-trade clause in his contract and has never wanted to play anywhere else, but if Calgary is out of the playoffs, I’m betting Jay Feaster will come to him and says, “Here’s three teams that want you. Take your pick.” ...

3. Ryane Clowe (San Jose Sharks). Only 30, he’s a prototypical snarly power forward, although his stats are nothing to jump up and down about this season. Clowe of two years ago was a better buy, but it’s tough to knock his ability to get to the blue paint.

4. Valtteri Filppula (Detroit Red Wings). The Red Wings have to make a decision on the Finnish centre, who likely wants considerably more than the $3 million he’s making now....

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Hootinani's avatar

Why would you list Weiss when you know he can’t be moved due to injury?  Dont think I’ve read alot of Matheson articles, but much like his home team, I am not impressed for far.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 03/11/13 at 11:31 AM ET

Paul's avatar

It’s not only Matheson Hootinani, in a paid subscription article from Craig Custance of ESPN, he wrote this...

Stephen Weiss, Panthers: Weiss is out for the season, which hurts his trade value significantly but there’s still a case to be made for acquiring him before the trade deadline. For one, it gives interested teams a longer window in which to negotiate with him before free agency. Plus, it allows the flexibility of an eight-year contract extension if you want to go down that path. He was clearly playing hurt this season as his numbers suggest (four points in 17 games). When healthy it’s safe to expect 20-plus goals and close to 60 points from Weiss. Nobody took more faceoffs for Florida last season than Weiss, who finished the year with a 53.2 percent success rate.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/11/13 at 11:35 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

Wow, some of these writers are a joke.  What Custance wrote about Weiss is even dumber then what Matheson wrote.  Nobody is going to trade for an injured 60 pt forward just to be able to negotiate an 8 year extension with him.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 03/11/13 at 01:21 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Off the top 20 list i’ll take Streit and Weiss.

1 - Streit is just what the Red Wing PP needs ... and he’s swiss so him & Brunner can BS about skiing the Alps in the lockerroom.  NYI can have White or Coli in return.

2 - Weiss has a bad wrist ... oh dear ... so Fil has a bruised shoulder and a knee that probably needs surgery after the season, Sounds like a deal to me.

I like us better with Streit and Weiss.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 03/11/13 at 05:35 PM ET

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