With the NHL’s trade deadline a month and a half away, it’s time for teams to start thinking about what they need to prepare for a run at the Stanley Cup.
The competition is tight as ever this year – with many teams within striking distance of a playoff spot if they aren’t already in one. However, this could see many clubs opting to hold on to their current generation of players in hopes they will be in the hunt.
Additionally, a rigid, inflexible salary cap has left many teams with no leeway for players. It’s hurting teams at the top and bottom as weaker franchises look to improve their chances in the draft lottery to land a generational talent in the form of Connor Bedard.
So, with just a few weeks until the deadline, Dailymail.com takes a look at the names to watch out for on March 3rd.
As the NHL trade deadline nears, competitors will look to add players to improve their chances in their pursuit of hockey’s ultimate prize: the Stanley Cup
At the same time, those not in the running will be selling players to improve their chances of being the top pick in the NHL Entry Draft – with the beauty of the ball in the form of Connor Bedard
Jacob Chychrun, D, Arizona Coyotes: Let’s start with a simple name and a name that has been the stuff of trade rumors for what feels like forever.
The Arizona Coyotes are very bad at hockey. They’re surprisingly not the worst team in the league, but they’re miles away from being good and playing in a college hockey arena, so trying to make the playoffs now isn’t a good idea.
Chychrun is a great two-way defender who has spent a lot of time recovering from a wrist injury this season. He has two years left on the contract with an affordable cap of $4.6 million – so the competitors will be interested in him.
Where could he go? The 24-year-old Chychrun will be a valuable addition to a number of teams that either need one last stretch to fight or are looking to ramp up their D-Corps. There wasn’t a single team he was closely associated with, but teams like the Buffalo Sabers, Ottawa Senators or Edmonton Oilers fit his profile.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is one of the rare players here who has several years left on his contract, making him a very attractive trade for many teams
Patrick Kane, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane is already a Chicago legend and one of the last members of the dynasty that won three trophies between 2009 and 2015.
The 34-year-old is collecting points, but his goal-scoring ability has waned significantly this season.
Still, Kane brings a strong offensive spirit and great veteran presence to any team that takes an interest in him.
That said, Kane’s current contract has two things that automatically hurt a trade’s chances: 1) It has a full no-movement clause, meaning Chicago can’t trade it, cut it, or downgrade it unless it’s right to . and 2) he carries a $10.5 million cap hit
Where could he go? Kane’s situation is difficult. Wherever he goes, this team needs to have room for him in one of the top two lines and room in his salary structure to stay under the cap. While a move to his hometown of Buffalo sounds like an interesting prospect, Kane is more likely to switch to a solid contender like the New York Rangers or Carolina Hurricanes.
At 34, Patrick Kane’s chances of winning another Stanley Cup are dwindling
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues AND Ryan O’Reilly, C, St. Louis Blues: Those next two are both difficult, as St. Louis is currently four points from a wild card spot and one game ahead of the two teams in the Western Conference currently sitting there.
But things could change quickly, and if the Blues stumble further, they’d have to scout for potential trading partners for Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly’s expiring deals.
Tarasenko reportedly requested a swap in the summer of 2021 and rumors of his move have been circulating ever since. St. Louis left him unprotected to allow the Seattle Kraken to accept the 2021 expansion draft, but Seattle foolishly passed him on.
Meanwhile, O’Reilly has been struggling to pick up points this season, but at 31 he’s still got a lot under his belt. He’s a solid two-way forward who backchecks well and wins faceoffs – making him a valuable asset.
Where could they go? Starting with Tarasenko, teams that are currently on the outside looking in, like the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings, could bolster their ranks by adding him. Other teams in wild card positions, such as the Rangers and Washington Capitals, may also be interested.
When it comes to O’Reilly, his presence as a veteran could be crucial to younger frontrunners like the New Jersey Devils. His defensive presence could also be attractive to teams that lack defensive forwards like Edmonton.
If the Blues are out of the playoff race, they should trade Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko
John Klingberg, D, Anaheim Ducks: It’s been a tough season for the Ducks, who narrowly missed the playoffs last season. Their response was to charge up for a run this season, but they fell further behind in their quest for a trophy.
One of those big-name takeovers was the Dallas Stars’ John Klingberg, who didn’t play in Anaheim — with an appalling plus-minus rating of -25.
Even Klingberg’s remarkable puck movement and goal-shooting skills have been lacking as the Swede has only 15 points in 38 games this season.
Moving to Anaheim is a bad marriage and it seems both parties may be interested in ending things now. Just a few days ago, Klingberg submitted a list of ten teams he would like to join.
Where could he go? The Toronto Maple Leafs need a defenseman soon as Jake Muzzin remains on long-term reserve following his spinal injury in October. That seems like the most logical place for him. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Edmonton is one of ten places on his list.
The John Klingberg experiment didn’t work in Anaheim and both parties appear to want out
Timo Meier, LW/RW, San Jose Sharks: This next player is a piece that is serving teams well now while also setting those clubs up well for the future.
San Jose is one of the teams on the right track in the Bedard race, so trading in Timo Meier could aid their pursuit of that top draft pick.
The Sharks are a team with a bloated salary situation and very little to show for it. So now could be the time to delay some big deals or snag players with expiring deals like Meier.
While a deal is possible, there are rumors that Sharks GM Mike Grier and Meier’s rep are working to negotiate a deal – so there’s a chance it won’t go anywhere at all.
Where could he go?: The Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets seem like a great landing spot for someone like Meier, as do the three New York-area teams: the Devils, Islanders and Rangers. Dark horses could include Buffalo, Detroit and Seattle.
Although other parties are working on a contract to keep him in San Jose, Timo Meier is still a commercial candidate for a number of teams such as Winnipeg, Buffalo, Detroit or Seattle
As of the deadline, Bo Horvat is the perfect trade candidate for the league-leading Boston Bruins
Bo Horvat, C, Vancouver Canucks: Vancouver is a city that takes its hockey VERY seriously, and the current state of the team has fans calling their heads.
They might find some redemption if they make the choice Bedard brings them, but to require that they need to start selling players ASAP.
Team captain Bo Horvat is a free agent this offseason and he’s probably seen enough to move on from the Pacific Northwest.
At 27, he’s a terrific two-way forward who is averaging more than a point a game and could become the top line center of the future for any franchise lucky enough to win him.
Where could he go?: Boston is the perfect destination for Horvat. Sure, the Bruins are the best team in the league and scoring isn’t exactly a problem for them, but the team lacks center longevity. The Bruins have persuaded both Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci to return to the NHL for another season this summer, but it’s likely they will retire this offseason. The acquisition of Horvat now strengthens their lineup while securing their future. It’s time to take Bo to Boston ([Bo]ston if you will) happen.
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