Everybody Hates Raymond Posted February 19, 2015 Share Posted February 19, 2015 http://thehockeywriters.com/18-players-nhl-trade-deadline/ The author of the article is an NHL analyst for Forbes SportsMoney and (obviously) a writer for The Hockey Writers. In his deadline summary, he writes... Erik Cole (Dallas) to Vancouver: As usual, the Dallas Stars are stuck in the middle. Not good enough for the playoffs; not bad enough to be definite deadline sellers. They’ll eventually decide to clear the decks and Cole will be shipped out. Vancouver is on the other end. They’re hanging onto a playoff spot and need a spark to stay in contention. Michael Del Zotto (Philadelphia) to Vancouver: Even before Alex Edler went down with an injury, I thought Del Zotto would be a good fit in Vancouver. Edler has bounced back as one of the Canucks’ best players this season. If he’s out for an extended period of time, that’s a huge blow. Del Zotto has been playing some good hockey in Philadelphia lately and would at least fill the void on the Canucks’ powerplay. How would you guys feel about this? Cole has a caphit of 4.5m, but he's a UFA at the end of the season. He's also 36, and a left winger. Could be a great, chippy addition to add some points. 15 goals and 13 assists so far this year on a mediocre Stars team. He might bring some leadership in, but... He has 14 points in 46 career NHL playoff games and is a -11. I think the Canucks should pass. Del Zotto is only a caphit of 1.3m, and he's also a UFA at the end of the season. He's only 24, has a lot of upside, and would probably come fairly cheap. He has 12 points in 32 playoff games, and 147 points in 362 career regular season games. He's on about the pace to beat or match his best regular season, sitting at 21 points through 45 games this year. Another LHD, though. Will be interesting to see what happens. Would love MDZ - he's got the potential to be a core Canuck for years to come, but pass a thousand times on Cole. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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