Seeking: A fourth-line centre. Marty Reasoner of the Florida Panthers and Zenon Konopka of the New York Islanders are options. The Canucks would have to move salary to secure a bigger piece. A low-cost reinforcement may be all they get.
Willing to deal: Cody Hodgson and Cory Schneider play secondary roles and would be enticing chips if general manager Mike Gillis is going all in.
- Matthew Sekeres
Seeking: One more depth defenceman, because an injury to Adam Pardy leaves only six credible NHL rearguards. If an experienced rent-a-forward comes available for cheap, they could go down that road too.
Willing to deal: With their 2011 first- and second-rounders already gone, they're limited in what they can dump, apart from a lot of bad contracts (Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman). Essentially, mid-to-late round picks available for help on the fringes.
- Sean Gordon
Seeking: Defencemen who'll be around for the long haul. Aside from Ryan Whitney and Ladislav Smid, the Edmonton blueline is weak and thin, a bad combination.
Willing to deal: Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner are available. Hemsky has never developed into the star forward the Oilers expected, while Penner has never been a force consistent with his size and talents. Both players earn slightly more than $4-million (U.S.) and are slated to be unrestricted free agents in 2012-13.
- Allan Maki
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Seeking: In the wake of his recent selloff, GM Brian Burke has two key needs - a first-line centre and a point-producing defenceman. Neither will be easy to fill.
Willing to deal: Fredrik Sjostrom, Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Clarke MacArthur, Mike Komisarek, various draft picks (including two late first-rounders).
- James Mirtle
Seeking: Everything from draft picks to a Zamboni driver. No, the Zamboni driver has a no-trade clause, so it's draft picks and prospects as the Senators dynamite their mess and look to the future.
Willing to deal: Anyone but the holy trio - loyal captain Daniel Alfredsson, impossible-contract Jason Spezza and sophomore defenceman Erik Karlsson. Those left to peddle include tough-guy forward Chris Neil, who may be too injured to deal, and playoff-experienced defenceman Chris Phillips, who may or may not waive his no-trade clause.
- Roy MacGregor
Seeking: Despite bringing in former Canadien Paul Mara and Brent Sopel from the Atlanta Thrashers, the Habs' defence would still benefit from further reinforcements. They could also use more skilled bulk up front.
Willing to deal: Winger Andrei Kostitsyn, but keener to talk about midrange picks or minor-leaguers like defenceman Mathieu Carle. Goalie Karri Ramo, who is dominating the Kontinental Hockey League, might have value.
- Sean Gordon