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.
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.
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.
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.