While HNIC/ESPN correspondent Pierre Lebrun reports GMs in the Western Conference are telling him 'things are dead' from a trade viewpoint, the picture in the East may be very different.
Toronto and Carolina are languishing near the bottom giving rise to rumours of all kinds...but with just four points separating teams from 5th to 12th place, and the playoff race already looking like an ongoing dogfight, some clubs will be looking for an edge.
Looking down the rosters, there are also impending UFAs who might be dealt sooner than the March deadline.
NHLNumbers.com has the player lists and cap space at a glance:
As our Members know, CapGeek.com also provides the Daily Tracker, giving you up to date estimates on how much salary teams can take on; while letting you plug in to each roster, players you think might move and who might come on board.
A snapshot of the Eastern Conference shows the Thrashers and Islanders have the most cap flexibility, and both Don Waddell and Garth Snow have been given the OK to make the moves they need to make. The Panthers, under new ownership, are eager to show their fans they are serious about making the team a contender.
As for the other teams, a 'tweak'--in the words of Bryan Murray--may be on the agenda.
But what might those tweaks be?
Bob Gainey just sent Latendresse to Minnesota for Pouliot in the first 'tweak'...who pulls the trigger next?
GM Hockey Members who make this forum THE PLACE for the most intelligent hockey discussions on the web, have their ideas...
So let's hear 'em...who will make moves, and what are your predictions on acquisitions?
Let the games begin!