The busiest part of the NHL season that has come and gone has been the completion of the NHL draft and the beginning of the free agent signing phase. However, there are still plenty of potential deals that can be made involving some key players. Teams are still going over the pay cap, candidates still have holes to fill, and rebuilding teams still have veteran pieces that can be traded for future assets before the season begins. Early or 2023 NHL Trading Term. Here we look at 15 NHL players who could still be on the move in the coming weeks and months.
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Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes
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Chychrun’s name has been in the commercial rumors for more than half a year now, and it’s easy to see why other teams are hounding him. He’s still young, and in the prime of his career; he’s really good, and on top of that, he’s still signed to a long-term contract with an incredible limited/teammate signing that only charges $4.6 million over the limit per season for three next year. That alone makes him a desirable commercial target. It also means that Arizona shouldn’t just let him go. That’s right, they’re deep into rebuilding and weeding out players for future assets. But at some point, you have to hold someone, and don’t rush to move a player like this until they A) absolutely have to, or B) he asks.
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Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawkss
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The Blackhawks are gutting the list. If Alex DeBrincat isn’t the one they’re going to keep, no one is off limits including the other two core players. This will require a few things to make a deal happen. First, Toews will have to agree to his travel ban. Second, the Blackhawks will almost certainly have to withhold a significant portion of his remaining $10 million salary cap in order to facilitate merchandising due to his play and production activity. reduced. It may not happen during the off-season, but he could be gone before the trade deadline.
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Josh Bailey, New York Islander
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No one really knows what Lou Lamoriello and the islanders were up to. They still need to get better. They were supposed to be in the market for freelance agent Nazem Kadri and still had to re-contract with restricted free agents Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov. They may need to make a move to make all of that possible. Bailey charges $5 million more than the limit over the next two years, in his 30s, and showing signs of slowing down dramatically. There may not be a huge market for that, but there are always ways to dump contracts that teams no longer want. What might make his contract a little more attractive is that his remaining actual salary is below his salary cap. That can be attractive for a team that needs to hit a wage floor.
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Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
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This will really kick-start the Blackhawks’ rebuilding. While the Toews contract transfer will be an issue, there is still a lot of interest in Kane if the Blackhawks let him be available and if he wants to move. Like Toews, he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season, and at this point, there’s really no point in re-signing given the franchise’s current state of affairs. He can be a defensive liability, but he can still create an offensive way of the highest level.
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JT Miller, Vancouver Canucks
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The Canucks has been trapped in hockey purgatory for several years now and shows no sign of getting out of it. Miller is one of their best players, but he is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and the team has, up to this point, been unable to renew his contract. with him. The longer he goes without one, the more likely he will be dealt with in the coming months. The longer they wait, the less they get.
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Jesse Puljujarvi, Edmonton Oilers
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At the end of the 2021-22 season and the start of the season, a purchase of Puljujarvi seems inevitable. However, the longer the offseason gets, the more likely it is that the Oilers are backing away from that. As they should. Puljujarvi may not have scored the way they expected at this point in time with the draft and his teammates, but he is still an outstanding player that helps his team play better when he is on the ice. . Honestly, his career trajectory at this point is similar to that of Valeri Nichushkin. If he is present, every team in the league should be interested.
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John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
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The Ducks have made some serious investments this season in Ryan Strome, Frank Vatrano and John Klingberg in an attempt to add to their young core Trevor Zegras, Troy Terry and Jamie Drysdale. So they can move beyond the point of dismissing veterans and try to compete in a fairly open division. But Gibson’s play has really faltered over the past few years and his contract means a lot to the level of play he has brought to them in recent years. If they don’t want to deal with him at the moment, it should at least be on the table.
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Marcus Pettersson, Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Penguins overhauled their defense this season with the addition of Jeff Petry, Ty Smith and Jan Rutta, as well as the departures of Mike Matheson and John Marino. Maybe more changes are being made? Penguins still have to take some pay cuts to comply with the limit and give themselves some flexibility for transaction deadlines. Pettersson’s name has been floating around in commercial speculative circles since the term of his contract.
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Brian Dumoulin, The Pittsburgh Penguin
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Everything that was said about Pettersson still applies here to Dumoulin. The problem with a potential trade here: Penguins still appreciate Dumoulin, and he’s a regular protection partner for Kris Letang. He may actually have more commercial value than Pettersson, as he has only a year left on his trade. I wouldn’t expect to see him move, but something still has to come with a contract in Pittsburgh.
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Pierre-Luc Dubois, Winnipeg Jets
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There had been much speculation surrounding Dubois in the off-season, and he has quashed rumors that he has requested a trade away from Winnipeg. However, his future seems to be anywhere but Winnipeg. He signed a one-year, $6 million contract and will still be a restricted free agent upon completion. He is still only 24 years old and a top player. Whether it happens this season or the next, it looks like this situation is trending to trade at some point.
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Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
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This will be a complicated deal, but the jets have explored its possibilities. Wheeler is 35 years old, trade-free and can submit a five-team roster, doesn’t have a good defense, and he’s still charging $8 million over the limit in two years’ time. The jet will almost certainly have to withhold some paychecks. But for all those flaws, he is still a very effective attacking player.
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James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers
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What are the Flyers even doing? No one really knows. The team stinks, but they seem content to try to win. But they’re not willing to do what it takes to reduce pay to do a serious activity at a substantial freelance agency. van Riemsdyk must be a good candidate. He is in the final year of his current contract, and given how bad the Flyers are likely to be this season, he appears to be an inevitable commercial candidate before the season ends.
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Conor Garland, Vancouver Canucks
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In terms of value and salary cap, Garland is perhaps the best part of Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s deal for the Canucks. But the Canucks has a new front office that wants to build its own team, and Garland is someone who could have some real value.
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Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning
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This is purely about the salary cap. The Lightning has always pushed the upper limit of the limit to the extreme, and they have locked in three more key players for long-term deals (Mikhail Sergachev, Anthony Cirelli and Erik Cernak) this season that will kick off in the summer. next prize. They also need to try some salary to be able to match the cap for this season. Killorn is the obvious player to go here as he’s not really one of the core superstars but still carries a pretty substantial salary cap. They traded Ryan McDonagh and lost Ondrej Palat this season. Killorn could be next.
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Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
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The Canucks won’t trade all of Miller, Garland or Boeser, but there’s a pretty good bet that at some point one of them, and possibly two, will go away as they attempt to change a list. Books have been mostly discounted over the past few years. Boeser has signed a new three-year, $19.95 million contract that will be attractive to a new team looking to add some scoring punch.