David Legwand, Nashville Predators
Given how few centers appear to be available, Legwand might fetch a reasonable return, if that's the direction that GM David Poile decides to go. The Preds are on the edge of the playoff discussion in the West, but given the team's history of losing players such as Ryan Suter and Dan Hamhuis to free agency and the young assets the Preds have sent away in bolstering for playoff runs the past few years, our guess is that Poile will see if there is a fit to move Legwand, who has a no-trade clause but would no doubt enjoy a shot at a Cup somewhere. An original Predator, Legwand is from the Detroit area and would be a nice fit for a Wings team that missed the boat with the Stephen Weiss signing and could use help down the middle. Legwand has had a nice campaign for the Preds with 10 goals and 40 points. His cap hit is a manageable $4.5 million.
Our guess: Detroit. And there would also be a chance for the Wings to keep Legwand beyond this season at a modest salary given his connection to the community.
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Not sure what kind of impact Brodeur might have on a playoff-bound team, but it is interesting to consider the possibilities now that the torch clearly has been passed to Cory Schneider in Jersey. The Devils' playoff chase will come down to the wire, and after allowing Zach Parise to walk for nothing in 2012 and losing Ilya Kovalchuk to the KHL last summer, GM Lou Lamoriello should make it a priority to get assets in return for a player who isn't going to be around long-term. Even if that means trading the franchise's Hall of Fame netminder. Brodeur appears to be open to such a move and there are a couple of teams looking to shore up goaltending. We mentioned the Wild and maybe a Kuemper-Brodeur tandem wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. And what of the Pittsburgh Penguins? Tomas Vokoun has been given permission to practice, but he's missed three-quarters of the season and to expect him to be in playoff shape in seven weeks is a bit much, no? Marc-Andre Fleury has been terrific for the Pens, but he's also coming off multiple subpar playoff years. Would Brodeur be a nice safety net or a constant distraction? The Pens could also play the Devils in the first round if New Jersey sneaks in. Hmmm.
Our guess: And what about Chicago, which rode Corey Crawford all the way to the Stanley Cup last spring but had Ray Emery as a Plan B? Not sure Antti Raanta is the same kind of safety net yet, so perhaps Brodeur would fit.