In case you missed it, The Hockey News put Mats Sundin, Marian Hossa and Brian Campbell on the cover of our trade deadline preview issue wearing projected new team uniforms.
Ken Campbell’s cover story prognosticated NHL deadline deals that had Sundin going from Toronto to Vancouver, Hossa from Atlanta to Ottawa and Campbell from Buffalo to San Jose. There were scores of other deals under the proviso that made a semblance of sense to both teams; not necessarily that they were actually in the works.
In fact, the first trade of significance Monday, involving Ottawa and Carolina, included Patrick Eaves, a player Campbell spotlighted in the trade deadline preview.
Here are 10 other players not mentioned in the article that will get the dreaded (or anticipated) phone call by Feb. 26.
10. Toronto’s Bryan McCabe. Surely, there’s another team out there willing to eat a big salary.
9. Toronto’s Pavel Kubina. Surely, there’s two more teams out there willing to eat a big salary.
8. Los Angeles’ Jaroslav Modry. Reliable defender could help any contender’s top six.
7. Chicago’s Yanic Perreault. His faceoff strengths are always vital in the playoffs.
6. Columbus’ Adam Foote. He’s enough to put a contender over the top.
5. Phoenix’s Derek Morris. His mobility and physical approach are always in demand.
4. Carolina’s Bret Hedican. Slick skater isn’t flashy, but always reliable.
3. Florida’s Jassen Cullimore. Playoff experience makes him a valuable reserve.
2. Tampa Bay’s Vinny Prospal. He has proven he can produce on a top line.
1. Islanders’ Mike Sillinger. Because it’s time. His next team will be lucky No. 13.
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