Heres whos left as NHL trade deadline looms

Heres whos left as NHL trade deadline looms

The biggest fish in the NHL trade market are disappearing fast.Kevin Shattenkirk is gone, dealt to Washington on Monday night; Martin Hanzal went from hopelessness in the desert to hockey country in Minnesota; Ben Bishop joined fellow American goaltender Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles; and hulking six-foot-six centre Brian Boyle is off the market too, dealt to Toronto as the Lightning reload.“If there was one guy we were going to pursue that could make our team better it was him,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said of Shattenkirk.MacLellan described the landscape ahead of the Wednesday trade deadline as a “pure rental market” and, although the glitziest names are almost all gone, a few helpful players on expiring contracts still remain:Thomas Vanek, DetroitArticle Continued BelowPosition: Right wingCap hit: $2.6 million (U.S.)The Montreal Canadiens picked up Vanek at the deadline three years ago and he helped them by scoring 15 points in 18 regular season games before adding five goals and 10 points in the playoffs. Although no longer the prolific scorer he was in Buffalo, the 33-year-old Vanek is still headed for his 10th 20-goal season and could offer a nice boost at limited cost on the cap.

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