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Trade Deadline Issue 2019

Trade Deadline Issue 2019

Our 76-page Trade Deadline Preview breaks down each NHL team's needs and availability and lists our Trade Bait Power Rankings. Also in the issue: we have features on Johnny Gaudreau, Brayden Point, how China plans on becoming a hockey power, the Russian Penguins, and much, much more.

Feature

THE RUSSIAN PENGUINS: AN ORAL HISTORY

IT’S 1993, AND THE HISTORIC CSKA Moscow program – a.k.a. the Central Red Army Hockey Club – is nearing defeat. All of the team’s best players – Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov and many others – have headed for the greener pastures of the NHL. Funding for sports clubs is no longer a priority for the Russian government, and CSKA is broke. It can’t afford uniforms or equipment, and almost no fans come to watch the team. SERGEI BRYLIN: (Left winger, CSKA 1991-92 to ’92-93 & CSKA/Russian Penguins 1993-94) The whole country was going through a transition, from the Soviet Union to Russia. Obviously, hockey wasn’t the main priority. My first two years playing for the Red Army were pretty challenging years. CSKA reaches out to several NHL teams looking…

NHL

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

NEEDS: There are several Stanley Cup winners on the Islanders, but it would be a great signal to add another veteran to a team that has earned that sort of confidence from management. AVAILABILITY: New York has some nice prospects in its pipeline if GM Lou Lamoriello chooses to add. UFAs: A. Lee (LW), J. Eberle (RW), R. Lehner (G), B. Nelson (C), V. Filppula (C.), L. Sbisa (D), T. Kuhnhackl (RW) TRADE BAIT: Five years after being drafted, Josh Ho-Sang still hasn’t found his place with the Islanders. Ultra-talented with the puck, the youngster still hasn’t earned the trust of management, even though the Islanders are statistically better when he’s in the lineup (they win about two of every three games). Is it time for a fresh start elsewhere?…

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RISE OF THE RED DRAGON

IN DECEMBER 2016, Mike Keenan was at an IIHF symposium in Moscow, where a delegation from China’s Kunlun Red Star had flown in just to meet with him. With the 2022 Olympics approaching, the group wanted him to review a plan it had put together for the Chinese national teams and for growing the game in China. Kunlun’s reps handed Keenan a five-page outline. After looking it over quietly, he put it down, smiled and then politely laughed. Now, Keenan wouldn’t detail what that original plan was, but suffice to say in his mind it missed the mark wider than a Dion Phaneuf slapshot. So, never one to mince words, ‘Iron Mike’ spoke his mind. “I said, ‘You really have no idea what you’re doing, do you?’” Keenan recalled. “‘Or maybe…

NHL

DETROIT RED WINGS

NEEDS: Everything everywhere. The Red Wings are the midst of a painful rebuild that has no clear end in sight. AVAILABILITY: There is a lot from which to choose, but the problem is the rest of the league isn’t interested because the players are too old/unproductive and on long-term deals. UFAs: G. Nyquist (RW), J. Howard (G), T. Vanek (LW), N. Kronwall (D), N. Jensen (D), L. Witkowski (RW) TRADE BAIT: His days of being a high-20s goal-scorer are behind him, but there’ll be a market for Gustav Nyquist. And of course there’s wash-rinse-repeat Thomas Vanek, who was born to be dealt at the deadline. GM Ken Holland has been loathe to trade players at the deadline for pennies on the dollar, but he won’t get much other than futures for what he…