20 gamers who could possibly be on the transfer
The NHL commerce deadline is simply over a month away, however we have already got one blockbuster swap within the books. Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders struck early by buying Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat in change for Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Räty, and a 2023 first-round draft decide. With that, the highest title out there is off the board however there may be nonetheless loads of affect expertise up for grabs.
Most of the “patrons” on the deadline — groups like Toronto, Boston, Edmonton, Carolina, and maybe Seattle — will likely be trying to make strikes. Proudly owning just a little extra cap flexibility than others, Minnesota, Winnipeg, and the New York Rangers might additionally look to bolster their lineups.
The “sellers” are already turning into crystal clear, with some boasting cap house to quickly tackle unhealthy contracts (Chicago, Arizona, Detroit, Anaheim), whereas purchasing big-name pending free brokers in change for prospects, picks, and younger NHLers.
Here’s a have a look at 20 gamers who may be on the transfer earlier than the 2023 NHL commerce deadline:
1. Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks
Replace: Horvat was traded to the New York Islanders on Jan. 30
Nothing has gone proper in Vancouver this yr, and with the workforce saddled with just a few unhealthy contracts, the Canucks have to make main personnel adjustments. Horvat constructed his popularity and has agency connections in Vancouver, however organizationally, he’s too valuable to lose, and too valuable to keep.
Whereas the asking value will likely be excessive given his 50-goal tempo, it’s believed Seattle, Minnesota, Detroit, Boston, and Carolina are all within the star.
2. Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Just like Horvat, O’Reilly is a fan favourite workforce captain who brings lots to the desk. His scoring is down this season, however he provides a dimension each workforce covets. Add his historical past as a Selke Trophy winner, and Conn Smythe recipient whereas main St. Louis to a Stanley Cup, and he’s a rental participant that would profit any contender.
Chatter surrounding O’Reilly has included the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, however he’s the form of veteran addition we’ve seen groups like Colorado and Tampa Bay go after not too long ago as nicely.
3. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
It’s the top of an period in Chicago. Kane may be the primary chip to fall, however on a workforce that was constructed prefer it was extra targeted on drafting Connor Bedard than profitable this season, Kane doubtless received’t be the one participant transferring in Chicago. Kane has been tied to the New York Rangers for a while, and with the Rangers trying like a workforce that would make playoff noise, his addition may match. It could contain wage retention and futures, as New York is unlikely to sacrifice a lot from its current roster.
If Kane, and/or longtime Chicago captain Jonathan Toews are traded, it is going to be on their phrases to locations they select based mostly on their no-movement clauses.
4. Matt Dumba, Minnesota Wild
Let’s name this a 50/50, possibly. Minnesota appears like a purchaser, not a vendor, however items should go in each instructions in any commerce. Shifting Dumba would give Minnesota ample camp house, however the workforce taking him on would virtually actually be taking a look at a trade-and-sign scenario, for the reason that 28-year-old defender is a UFA at season’s finish. Regardless of scratching him a number of occasions this season, the issue for the Wild will likely be in the event that they consider they’ll sacrifice the blue-line depth in change for an additional asset.
If coping with one other playoff workforce, Dumba would virtually actually be headed to the Japanese Convention, however thus far, there has been little speculation. Nonetheless, Dumba is a participant whose title will likely be tossed round in commerce talks over the following month.
5. Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit Purple Wings
The Detroit Purple Wings are going to be sellers. They obtained off to a implausible begin, however extra not too long ago have regarded like a workforce nonetheless nicely inside its rebuild fairly than one popping out of it. Tyler Bertuzzi is ready to hit the open market this summer season, and whereas it’s not a given, Steve Yzerman has continued to place his personal stamp on the roster and Bertuzzi was not his choice or signing. Bertuzzi would add physicality and middle-six scoring to a contender, and Detroit must proceed to rebuild.
Regardless of the actual fact he couldn’t even play in Canada final yr because of his vaccination standing, preliminary rumblings level to the Edmonton Oilers and Maple Leafs as potential suitors. The Hurricanes is also a match with current accidents impacting their roster.
6. Sean Monahan, Montreal Canadiens
7. Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes
8. John Klingberg, Anaheim Geese
9. Jesse Puljujärvi, Edmonton Oilers
10. Timo Meier, San Jose Sharks
11. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
12. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
13. Luke Schenn, Vancouver Canucks
14. Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
15. Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks
16. Shayne Gostisbehere, Arizona Coyotes
17. James Van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers
18. Gustav Nyquist, Columbus Blue Jackets
19. Dmitry Kulikov, Anaheim Geese
20. Joel Edmundson, Montreal Canadiens
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