With the end of the Winter Olympics and the re-igniting of the NHL season, all the talk recently is about the upcoming trade deadline date on March the third and who will be moving where.
We have already seen a few trades but no doubt the biggest and best of them is yet to come. The Edmonton Oilers are clearly building for the future by trading Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick. Now they must hope Nashville finish in a decent position to gain the most from that trade.
Grebeshkov has been a fairly solid defenseman all season, despite the terrible position the Oilers find themselves in. However, it seems to be all about shaking up the pack right now at Rexall Place and trying to offload some of the higher wage earners at the franchise.
With the likes of Grebeshkov on his way, players such as Steve Staios, Pisani and Horcoff must be looking over their shoulders because of their high salaries and their below average performances all season. It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, will want to take these veterans of the game.
Kovalchuk being traded to the New Jersey Devils from the Atlanta Thrashers was a huge trade for the former team. The Devils have been playing very well all season and find themselves near the top of the league, keeping the pace with the likes of Washington and San Jose. With the arrival of the create Kovalchuk, the Devil’s firepower going forward just got a massive boost and, if he starts firing like we know he can, it could just propel the Devils into the Stanley Cup series.
As the deadline date nears, it will be interesting to see who is moved around and which teams get the best of the trades. I can’t wait.