Defence21 wrote:Here are my thoughts:
1. I think Leclair will head to a team looking to add some size and power. A team like the Wild could use some size and might look at him for a defenseman or a draft pick.
I agree. Not sure about the Wild. But LeClair will go somewhere. he is by far the most likely guy to be dealt. Maybe Buffalo? Odds of going: 80 percent.
Defence21 wrote:2. Recchi may have the option of staying in Pittsburgh, but if a contending team comes calling, I would be surprised to see him stay. Philly, Montreal and Ottawa all could use some depth. I can't say what we'd get in return, but based on the Weight trade, I would think it could be higher than most would anticipate.
go, but I'm not convinced. The return would be marginal, IMO. Toronto is a possible destination. But the fact he seems to have come to the Pens to retire lessens the chance of him going anywhere. Chance of him being dealt: 40 percent.
Defence21 wrote:3. While shedding the vets, Odelein, might be a good fit for a younger team heading to the playoffs -- or even a team just in need of a 7th defenseman. I'd expect nothing more than a late pick for him, but the return the Penguins got for Poapst leads me to believe that the Pens could possibly get a servicable player.
You will get nothing for Cornelius and you will like it. He is not even a serviceable 7th in the new NHL. Teams going to the playoffs will trust a rookie beforee they will trust him. If he is dealt, they'll be lucky to get anything other than future considerations. Chance of him being dealt: 50 percent.
Defence21 wrote:4. Instincts tell me that the Czech Former Penguins, also known as the New York Rangers, will have an interest in Melichar. He and Roszival have played well together in the past, he's somewhat young, cheap, and servicable. I don't expect much of a return here, either, but a 3rd or 4th liner probably wouldn't be too much to ask.
Nope. He might go, but it won't be there. They don't need another defensive d-man. They need offensive help back there. Likely return would be about a 5th rounder, no player. Chance of him going: 30 percent
Defence21 wrote:5. Gonchar will stay with the Pens unless someone is willing to take his big contract without trading another big contract. And I am fine with that, as I believe Gonchar is coming into his own and returning to his old form -- at least offensively.
Agreed. Chance of him being dealt: 5 percent
Defence21 wrote:6. Lastly, guys like Rita, Cross, Endicott, Roy, Vandebnbussche, etc should all be shopped for utility players, prospects, or draft picks. Heck, I'd even take future considerations, a bag of pucks -- or even just 1 puck -- to get rid of some of these guys.
None of them has the least bit of value. Zero, zip, nada. The only chance of anyone going anywhere is if it is as a throw-in to another deal.
Orpik is a possible casualty. It would be a stupid thing to do, but this is Patrick and he holds grudges forever.
Malone? Possibly, though his move to center seems to have silenced much of this talk.
Bottom line is, the Pens will not be busy. They will get little, if anything, of value in any deals. This deadline will be just like the last one--totally boring.