Mar 13, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne (12) skates with the puck while being chased by New Jersey Devils center Andrei Loktionov (21) during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Trade deadline sellers: Lightning, Flyers, Coyotes and Stars

If you believe Kevin Allen of USA Today, there are only a few teams who are outright sellers at the deadline: Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado and Florida.  Conceptually it makes sense; any GM worth his salary knows that a team out of the playoffs increases employment uncertainty.  In a world where GMs would be agnostic to their job status, here’re 4 teams that should be outright sellers:

Tampa: How long do we have to wait until Vincent Lecavalier actually makes it to Montreal to play?  Make it this seasons, please.  Keep Steven Stamkos, of course, maybe even Martin St. Louis still, but set Vinny free.

March 7, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) shoots against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia: The past 6 months have been crushingly disappointing for Philly fans.  First there’s the massive underperformance of the Vince Young anointed “Dream Team” Eagles, and now this.  This team has a lot of nice younger pieces in place, so I’d be an advocate of them holding onto players like the Schenn brothers and instead look to move some older pieces and retool for a real, long-term sustainable run at several Cups, not just one.  Players like Simon Gagne, even though he’s just back from LA, should go by Tuesday.

March 10, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne (12) against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Sabres, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix: Shane Doan has to be regretting his decision to stay in Phoenix, particularly with the recent rumors of them moving.  With Mike Smith on IR they’re a lost cause.  They should be unloading their older players.  If Shane Doan didn’t have a no movement clause he’d be on the top of this list.  Instead?  Steve Sullivan and Raffi Torres should be packing their bags soon.

Mar 9, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Raffi Torres (37) and Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (top) collide during the first period at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas: Even if Joe Nieuwendyk the GM guts the team and they don’t win another game this season he will be given enough slack from management to build this team in his image.  The bloodletting started with Brenden Morrow and it has to continue.  Jaromir Jagr is the most obvious next piece.

Mar 23, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) skates in the Colorado Avalanche zone during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Avalanche 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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