NHL Trades I Would Like to See Happen this Summer

Boston Bruins

Trade Possibilities

  • D Torey Krug/Brandon Carlo/Charlie McAvoy to Colorado for LW Gabriel Landeskog
    • The Bruins need scoring as was evident by their playoff “run” this year.  Landeskog makes more sense to me for the Bruins than Duchene does because the Bruins already have two quality centers for their top two lines. Landeskog is also under contract for more years with a cheaper cap hit, something that is important to a Bruins team that is regularly up against the salary cap.  It will not be cheap to bring Landeskog in so the Bruins should probably expect to give up one of their three young defensemen.  I am pretty confident that they are not going to part with Charlie McAvoy, the youngest of the group, and they seem hesitant to include Brandon Carlo in a deal.  That leaves Torey Krug, who is still just 26 but is under contract for three more seasons.  He would likely be the most attractive target for the Avalanche and a one-for-one trade for him would make sense.  The problem is that he is also the Bruins best defenseman currently and would be their anchor for the foreseeable future.  Either way, the Avalanche need defensemen and that is likely the only way they’ll move Landeskog or Duchene, so the Bruins would have to make a decision as to who they are most comfortable parting with.

Buffalo Sabres

Trade Possibilities

  • Evander Kane to Anaheim for Sami Vatanen
    • This trade would solve a problem for both teams – Anaheim has plenty of defensive depth but had problems scoring goals in the playoffs; Buffalo needs quality defensemen and would probably like to be free from Kane.  Kane has one year left on his deal, which makes perfect sense for the Ducks, who are in win now mode and Vatanen’s shoulder injury isn’t much of a concern to a Sabres team who may not be ready to be a playoff team next season.  The only thing that could hold up this deal is that the Ducks are already up against the cap and Kane has a higher cap hit ($5,250,000) than Vatanen ($4,875,000).  The Sabres may need to absorb some of Kane’s salary for next season in exchange for a pick in order to make the deal work for Anaheim.  This could be a very good and realistic move.
  • Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, and possibly a pick (I don’t think it will be their 8th overall though) to Chicago for Patrick Kane
    • Okay, so this trade is more of a dream transaction.  Players of Kane’s caliber don’t get moved very often, although P.K. Subban and Taylor Hall for both traded last offseason.  The Blackhawks are in a really bad situation, cap wise, and need to free up some space in order to have a hope of staying competitive in the next couple of seasons.  They have already said that they’d like to move a core piece and that it won’t be Jonathan Toews.  I know that they’d like to move Marian Hossa or Brent Seabrook but they’ll have to give up something in addition to move either of those.  To me, this leaves Kane, who is coming off his two best seasons and is under contract through the 2022-23 season, when he will be 33.  He is 28 now but doesn’t seem to be slowing down and while his cap hit of $10.5 million is quite large, the Sabres are in as good of a place as any team to take that on.  It helps that Kane is from Buffalo so he would likely have interest in playing with the Sabres and since he has a full no-move clause, he has to approve any deal and buffalo may be one of the few teams he’d approve a trade to.  Kane on the wing of Jack Eichel could instantly make Buffalo a playoff contender and he’d be wonderful for the franchise in terms of ticket sales and marketability.  For the Blackhawks, they need help defensively and Ristolainen could provide that.  He has struggled with the Sabres but a move to a team that values shot control could help elevate his game.  He is under contract through 2021-22 with a cap hit of $5.4 million and he will still be just 26 when his deal expires.  The Blackhawks could then re-sign him since Hjalmarsson, Hossa, and Anisimov’s deals will be off the books by then.  Reinhart is also the kind of player who could succeed in Chicago by playing on a line with Toews.  He is coming off his best season and by playing with significantly better talent, he could easily become a 25-30 goal scorer.  He would also help make the Blackhawks younger, something they desperately need and could work to extend their window to win.  For this deal to work, however, it almost guarantees that Evander Kane is traded for a defenseman to replace Ristolainen.

Carolina Hurricanes

Trade Possibilities

  • Haydn Fleury or Brett Pesce to Minnesota for Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba
    • This trade benefits both teams but would help Minnesota dig out of the Expansion Draft problem they find themselves in.  They have five solid defensemen all eligible to be taken by Vegas and, at most, four protection slots.  Getting rid of either Brodin or Dumba for Fleury or Pesce would allow the Wild to free up a protection slot and keep them from losing a valuable asset for nothing while also freeing up some much needed cap space.  The best part of this trade is that neither Fleury nor Pesce are eligible to be taken.  For the Hurricanes, I would want Brodin as he is just one year older than Dumba and is under contract for three more seasons after next season while Dumba needs a new contract after next year. Acquiring a solid top four defensemen who is controllable will allow the Hurricanes to then move one of their young defensemen for a forward.
  • Trading the remainder of Fleury, Pesce, or Jaccob Slavin, plus D prospect Jake Bean, and two second round picks to Colorado for C Matt Duchene
    • Matt Duchene needs out of Colorado and the Avalanche would probably like to move him and work to rebuild their blue line, which has been horrible in recent seasons.  The Hurricanes need a true first line center and Duchene would absolutely fill that need, allowing Jordan Staal to move down to the second line, a role more in line with his skillset.  Duchene could be really good playing with talented wingers and on a team that is actually attempting to win. The Hurricanes also have enough money to extend him when next summer when he eligible to sign an extension as he is a free agent after the 2018-19 season.  Carolina can afford to lose one of the three talented, young defensemen since they have more defensive prospects in their system and if they acquire Jonas Brodin, they’d already have that player’s replacement on their roster.
  • Trading the remainder of Fleury, Pesce, or Jaccob Slavin, plus D prospect Jake Bean, and two second round picks to Colorado for LW Gabriel Landeskog
    • Essentially this would end up being the same offering for Landeskog as it would be for Duchene.  I think that there is a chance that Landeskog costs more since he has more term left, yet Duchene is the better player so I’m uncertain.  There is always the chance that the Hurricanes truly go all-in and trade multiple defensemen and picks and try to acquire both players.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Trade Possibilities

  • There is already a deal in place to send David Clarkson, a first round pick, and a prospect to Vegas in return, I’m guessing, for Vegas to not touch Korpisalo.
  • Jack Johnson and Gabriel Carlsson or Pierre-Luc Dubois to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle.
    • This trade took a lot for me to figure out because I wasn’t sure what Edmonton would want back for Eberle and also because the Blue Jackets would have to send some salary back to take on Eberle’s contract.  I think this contract works because Edmonton wants rid of Eberle and it seems that a change of scenery could help him.  He still probably has the potential to be a 30 goal scorer and Columbus needs that kind of skill.  I’m not certain that Edmonton is interested in draft picks for Eberle unless it’s a future first rounder and so that’s where Carlsson and Dubois come in.  I included Johnson because he is one of the few pricey Blue Jacket players that doesn’t have a no move or no trade clause in his contract.  Johnson could help Edmonton’s defense next season and they could be rid of him after next season as he’ll be a free agent next offseason.  Carlsson would help them long-term on the blue line and Dubois would give them another young forward to develop and put in their lineup.

Detroit Red Wings

Trade Possibilities

  • Jimmy Howard to Calgary for Adam Fox and next year’s second round pick.
    • If Calgary loses out on trading for Marc-Andre Fleury, Howard may be the next best proven goaltender available.  Detroit is going to be looking to move his contract and have no need for him on their roster with Petr Mrazek.  I don’t think that Detroit will be looking to get much in return and I think Fox and a second is a fair return.

Montreal Canadiens

Trade Possibilities

  • Alex Galchenyuk, Noah Juulsen, and a first round pick to Colorado for Matt Duchene
    • First of all, I don’t think that this trade will actually happen.  The Avalanche have made it known that they want defense pieces in return for any trade they make and I don’t think that Juulsen will be enough for the Avalanche to pull the trigger.  If Montreal still had Mikhail Sergachev on their roster, then I think the deal would go through.  Duchene is precisely the kind of player they need though.
  • Alex Galchenyuk to Minnesota for Jonas Brodin
    • This fits a lot of needs for the Wild.  They free up a protection slot on defense, plus get the cap relief of not having his salary on their books.  That money would then go a long way to re-signing Galchenyuk, and they would still have the money to re-sign Granlund.  This trade makes sense for Montreal in that they are getting a puck-moving defenseman in return, but they still have to fill their need at center and wouldn’t have the pieces to make a trade work.  I think ultimately the trade for Jonathan Drouin cost them the opportunity to acquire a first line center.

New Jersey Devils

Trade Possibilities

  • Trading the 1st overall pick to Vegas for their 6th pick plus at least one more 1st RD pick they acquire in trades for the Expansion Draft
    • New Jersey needs a good defenseman and not necessarily Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier, the two players almost guaranteed to go top two.  The 6th pick is right in the middle of a pack of solid defensemen in the draft including Miro Heiskanen and Cale Makar.  It would be great for Vegas to have the first overall pick in their first year in the league and drafting a potential franchise center would go a long way to jump starting the franchise.
  • Trading the 1st overall pick to Arizona for the 7th overall pick and Connor Murphy
    • This trade most likely won’t even be entertained but I think that New Jersey GM Ray Shero would consider moving the top pick in exchange for another top ten pick and a puck-moving defenseman. Murphy fits that need since he is just 23 and is under contract through the 2021-22 season with a cap hit of just $3.85 million. Arizona could use the first overall pick on the center they want, and also a position they need to address, and the Devils could still take a defenseman with the 7th pick.
  • Trading the 1st overall pick to Florida for either Alex Petrovic or Mark Pysyk and the 10th overall pick
    • See Above
  • Cory Schneider to Buffalo for a first round pick, Robin Lehner’s rights, Sam Reinhart, and defense prospect Brendan Guhle
    • Cory Schneider is essentially wasting away with the Devils.  He is a top ten goaltender in the league and is playing behind perhaps the worst defense unit in hockey.  He would be served much better by playing in Buffalo and the Sabres have a need for a true number one goaltender.  The Devils could get another top ten pick in return (if it is this year’s pick), the negotiating rights to a starting goaltender to replace Schneider, a good young goalscorer in Reinhart, and a prospect in Guhle who could develop into a regular NHL defenseman.

New York Islanders

Trade Possibilities

  • Travis Hamonic to Edmonton for Jordan Eberle
    • This trade is pretty straightforward.  The Islanders need scoring help to skate alongside John Tavares and Edmonton needs some controllable defensemen.  Hamonic is a top four defenseman on every team and is under contract for three seasons.  Assuming that Mikhail Grabovski is put on LTIR or the Islanders lose a salary in the Expansion Draft, they will have enough money to make the trade work.
  • Travis Hamonic, Ryan Pulock, and a first round pick to Colorado for Gabriel Landeskog
    • See above.  Landeskog is under contract longer and is younger than Eberle.  That’s why he would fetch a bigger return.

New York Rangers

Trade Possibilities

  • C Derek Stepan to Montreal for C Alex Galchenyuk
    • The Rangers would probably like to get younger and they would with Galchenyuk, plus he brings more offensive upside than Stepan, and Montreal wants to strengthen their center situation. Stepan would help this problem.
  • C Derek Stepan to Winnipeg for D Jacob Trouba
    • This is a one-for-one trade.  The Rangers need defensemen, especially if they are unable to sign Kevin Shattenkirk or don’t want to pay his asking price.  The Jets need center help and Trouba has been unhappy in Winnipeg and will be again when Tyler Myers returns and Trouba is pushed down to the third pairing again. This trade will need to be made before July 1, however, as Stepan has a NTC that kicks in on that day.

Ottawa Senators

  • Dion Phaneuf to Calgary for Dillon Dube and a future compensatory pick
    • Ottawa really would like to move one of Marc Methot, Cody Ceci, or Phaneuf before the Expansion Draft.  Phaneuf chose not to waive his no trade clause and Ottawa can’t really choose to go the four and four route with protection or they would lose a key forward. A return to Calgary for Phaneuf would be interesting because he was really good for Ottawa this season and Calgary needs help on their blue line.  They are also one of the few teams with the cap space to take on his $7 million cap hit.  Ottawa can’t expect much in return and I don’t know if the Flames have an NHL forward they’d be willing to part with that Ottawa would take back.  Dube is a talented and young center prospect who could develop into a second line NHL center, something the Senators need.
  • Dion Phaneuf to Buffalo for Evander Kane
    • Similar trade as above but that Ottawa would get a forward who can play immediately instead of a prospect.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Trade Possibilities

  • Olli Maatta and next year’s 2nd RD Pick to Winnipeg for Jacob Trouba
    • Many people who watched Maatta in this year’s playoffs, and especially the finals will have recognized that he got beat pretty bad several times.  His lackluster play goes back beyond the playoffs, however, as he has struggled with injuries for several years now. The Penguins were quick to give him a lengthy deal out of his entry level contract and he has struggled to live up to the deal.  He does have a modest cap hit of just over $4 million, very manageable for a top four defenseman.  He would probably be best served from a change of scenery.  That is similar to the situation Trouba finds himself in with Winnipeg.  He held out until November to sign a deal to play this past season as the Jets were unwilling to offer him a long-term deal and it seems like a foregone conclusion at this point that he will be moved.
  • Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot to Colorado for Tyson Barrie
    • Similar situation for Barrie in Colorado as Trouba in Winnipeg.  He went to arbitration with the Avalanche last offseason before agreeing to a new four year deal.  Colorado has mentioned that they would move Barrie but only in a hockey move that improves their team.  I think that the combination of Maatta and Pouliot could do that.  Pouliot is a former first round pick who hasn’t had much of a chance to develop at the NHL level due to the amount of NHL defensemen the Penguins always seem to have.  In Colorado, he could get the chance to play without pressures being placed on him. Barrie would fit the Penguins style very well as he is a solid two way defenseman who has put up very good numbers even on a mediocre Avalanche roster.
  • Kris Letang to Dallas for John Klingberg and the third overall pick
    • Anyone who has read my stuff knows I am not a fan of Kris Letang. I don’t think he plays enough and makes too many mistakes to be considered an elite defenseman.  I also think that since he is already 30 years old his injury problems could only continue to get worse.  When he is healthy, he is really good, and has been nearly a point per game player in recent seasons, something almost unheard of from a defenseman.  Dallas needs a true number one defenseman and Klingberg coming back to the Penguins could help them overcome the loss of Letang along with their other defenseman.  And since Letang is more valuable than Klingberg, throwing in a first round pick seems warranted.
  • Kris Letang to the Oilers for Oscar Klefbom and Drake Caggiula
    • The Oilers are looking to solidify their defense group and Letang on a top pairing with Adam Larsson would do just that.  Any trade that involves Letang will have to be pricey and Klefbom coming back would be helpful to the Penguins and Caggiula is the type of forward who succeeds in Mike Sullivan’s system.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury to Calgary for Hunter Shinkaruk and a future pick
    • Calgary needs a starting goalie and the Penguins would probably like to trade Fleury instead of losing him for nothing to Vegas. Shinkaruk is a talented forward prospect that the Penguins could use.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Trade Possibilities

  • Brayden Point and a 2nd RD Pick to Minnesota for Jonas Brodin
    • The Lightning need a defenseman and Brodin is the type that they will be interested in.  In return the Lightning give up a good, young forward in Point and a pick.  The key for the Wild is that Point is exempt from the Expansion Draft so he wouldn’t take up one of their protection slots.
  • Brayden Point and a 2nd RD Pick to Anaheim for Sami Vatanen
    • Same as above

Toronto Maple Leafs

Trade Possibilities

  • Kasperi Kapanen, Connor Carrick, and a 1st RD Pick to Los Angeles for Drew Doughty
    • The Maple Leafs have two years before their payroll skyrockets with Nylander, Marner, and Matthews all need new deals.  While those three are still playing on their ELCs, Toronto should take advantage and go all-in right now and attempt to win a Stanley Cup. Their one shortfall this season was on defense, where their bottom pairing let the team down.  Acquiring Doughty, who is from the Toronto area, would immediately put the Maple Leafs defense into the upper tier of the league.  A trade for Doughty would not be cheap, but the Maple Leafs are in a position where they can give up prospects without harming their present or future teams too much. Doughty is only under contract for two more seasons so he fits in the window mentioned above.
  • Kasperi Kapenen and a 1st RD Pick to Anaheim for Sami Vatanen
    • A similar deal to the trade for Doughty but doesn’t include Carrick.

Washington Capitals

Trade Possibilities

  • Alex Ovechkin to Florida for Reilly Smith, prospect Henrik Borgstrom, and a 1st RD Pick
    • To be honest, I don’t think that Ovechkin will be moved no matter the amount of chatter.  There aren’t many teams who could take on his salary without having to give someone with a comparable cap hit back.  The Capitals will also have to want to get some production value back in return to overcome the loss of Ovechkin’s 30 plus goals every season.  Finally, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would have to approve any deal involving Ovechkin considering how much he loves Ovi.  Either way, it is still fun to discuss.
    • Reilly Smith has a $5 million cap hit and has scored 25 goals before, making the loss of Ovechkin manageable for Washington. Borgstrom is a very talented center prospect currently playing for the University of Denver and would be valuable to the Capitals. For Florida, they need some offensive production that Ovechkin could do that.  He’d also be a very marketable player for a franchise that struggles with getting fans into the building.  Finally, Florida may be one of the few teams Ovechkin wouldn’t mind going to since there is no state sales tax there and living in Florida would certainly be nice.
  • Alex Ovechkin to Buffalo for Evander Kane, Sam Reinhart, and a 1st RD Pick
    • This could actually be a realistic option if Ovechkin wanted to go to Buffalo.  Buffalo could use the offensive output and Kane and Reinhart going back to Washington would help offset the loss of Ovechkin and give them more cap flexibility.
  • Alex Ovechkin to Calgary for Michael Frolik, Hunter Shinkaruk, and a 1st RD Pick
    • Frolik has three years left with a cap hit of $4.3 million and is typically a 20 goal scorer.  Shinkaruk is a talented forward prospect with lots of potential.  This trade could make sense for both teams.
  • Alex Ovechkin to Montreal for Alex Galchenyuk’s rights, and a 1st RD Pick
    • Ovechkin has always talked very positively about the Canadiens, they need scoring help and are looking to move Galchenyuk, and the Capitals could use another center/winger with lots of upside.

Chicago Blackhawks

Trade Possibilities

  • D Niklas Hjalmarsson to Buffalo for D Jake McCabe and a 2nd RD Pick
    • Chicago needs to find some cap relief in some way and trading Hjalmarsson may be one of the few places to find that.  I don’t think they’d ever trade Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook’s contract makes him almost unmovable.  Hjalmarsson is 30 years old but he is under contract for just two years with an annual cap hit of $4.1 million, a very reasonable number.  He would instantly strengthen a team’s blueline that needs a solid defensive defenseman.  The Sabres could use that type of player, especially if they are looking to upgrade their goaltender position.  Losing Jake McCabe would be rough but the Blackhawks aren’t going to trade Hjalmarsson for nothing.
  • D Niklas Hjalmarsson to Florida for D Mark Pysyk and a 2nd RD Pick
    • Essentially this is the same trade as the one I came up with for the Sabres.  The only difference is that it would have to be a sign and trade as Pysyk is an RFA currently.

Colorado Avalanche

Trade Possibilities

  • C Matt Duchene to Nashville for D Roman Josi, C Yakov Trenin, D Samuel Girard, and a 1st RD Pick
    • I think that the value in this trade are actually pretty close to being of equal value and is something that both teams would feel comfortable with.  Duchene is a true first line center and is one of the best players in the game.  He also loves country music and the city of Nashville, so I think he would be pushing for this trade to be made.  Josi is one of the Predators’ best defenseman but he may be the one easiest to part with given some of his defensive breakdowns in this year’s playoffs.  Trenin and Girard are both prospects and should develop into regular NHL players in the near future.  I feel confident that the Avalanche would ask for defensive prospect Dante Fabbro but I doubt Nashville will be willing to part with him.  Any trade that includes one of their NHL defensemen means that they will want to keep Fabbro to fill in the void on their blueline.  This trade will fix Nashville’s biggest weakness in the playoffs of center depth while also helping to fix Colorado’s defense group.  They also will get two quality prospects to help their rebuild and a first round pick gives them the luxury of picking a prospect they want.
  • C Matt Duchene to Anaheim for D Sami Vatanen and D Josh Manson
    • The Ducks had an offensive shortcoming in the playoffs this year and Duchene would certainly help fix this problem.  The Avalanche need defensemen and the Ducks have a surplus of good ones. Vatanen is the most likely defenseman to be moved by Anaheim but I think it will take more than just him to move Duchene.  If I am Colorado GM Joe Sakic, I am asking for Josh Manson or Shea Theodore.
  • LW Gabriel Landeskog to Pittsburgh for D Olli Maatta, D Derrick Pouliot, and a 1st RD Pick
    • Pittsburgh could have a need for Landeskog’s offensive skillset now that Chris Kunitz is likely to be leaving via free agency and with Patric Hornqvist potentially departing next offseason.  Add to that their young players needing new contracts in the next couple of offseasons and the Penguins would probably like to have a player under contract for the future.  Landeskog has put up high levels of production on some really bad Colorado teams and it is fun to think about what he could do with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin as his center.  The Penguins probably wouldn’t hate to lose Maatta with his poor defensive play in the playoffs and he could use a change of scenery.  The same can be said for Pouliot, who has struggled to cement his place in the NHL.  The only question about this trade is how would the Penguins fill out their blueline.  With only Kris Letang, Ian Cole, and Maatta the only Penguins defensemen under contract for next season, they are already needing to make some savvy signings for next season.  Regardless of that, I think the Penguins could use Landeskog’s production and could find defensemen either through free agency or in their minor system. They have already proven that they don’t need an elite defense to win with how Mike Sullivan’s system takes a lot of the strain off them.

Dallas Stars

Trade Possibilities

  • 3rd Overall Pick in this year’s draft, D Jamie Oleksiak, and G Antti Niemi to Arizona for D Oliver Ekman-Larsson
    • Dallas needed a lot of help in net and on the blueline before next season as they were bottom five in the league in goals allowed, penalty kill percentage, and save percentage.  They have attempted to fix these issues by bringing in head coach Ken Hitchcock, arguably the most defensively-minded coach in the league, and by trading for and then signing Ben Bishop to be their starting goaltender.  That leaves their blueline to be remedied.  When they completely overhauled their defense last offseason, allowing Kris Russell and Alex Goligoski to both leave.  A trade for OEL would greatly improve this Stars team as he is an offensive defenseman who is also good in his own zone; think of him as a bargain-priced Erik Karlsson.  The third overall pick plus Oleksiak is a high price to pay but this is a win now team and a player drafted with that pick likely won’t be ready to play for at least a year.  That doesn’t help Dallas but will help Arizona in their rebuild.  The Stars could also get rid of Niemi’s contract in this move, which would help them and Arizona, which needs to get to the salary floor.

Edmonton Oilers

Trade Possibilities

  • RW Jordan Eberle to Dallas for C Cody Eakin and a conditional pick of some sort
    • It is pretty much a guarantee that Eberle will be moved this offseason.  While he is still a productive player, he has struggled to produce enough to match the hype placed on him or equal the $6 million salary he receives.  He is coming off a 50 point season, a mark he has reached in four of his six full seasons, and that is something a lot of teams need in today’s NHL where scoring is down.  The problem is that there aren’t a lot of teams with the cap space to take on Eberle’s contract without sending a big contract back.  An Eberle for Eakin trade would work well for both teams because Dallas needs help on the right side and Eakin would be a good third line center for Edmonton.  Additionally, if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is moved and the Oilers aren’t ready to have Draisaitl play center, Eakin can be a solid second line center as well.  It also helps Edmonton from a salary cap standpoint with Draistaitl needing a new deal this offseason and being able to open negotiations on an extension for Connor McDavid July 1.
  • C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Carolina for C Elias Lindholm, D Haydn Fleury, and two 2nd RD Draft Picks
    • This could be a fallback option for Carolina if they can’t make a deal with Colorado for Matt Duchene.  I think that the asking price for RNH will be slightly lower than the one for Duchene, but in the similar ballpark.  The difference is that while Colorado is asking almost exclusively for defensemen, Edmonton would need a center to replace RNH and a defenseman.  Elias Lindholm going back gives Edmonton a 22 year old center with a good bit of potential and could be the replacement for RNH.  They will also get Haydn Fleury in return and he could be a regular NHL defenseman already but is lower on the prospect tier for Carolina.  The two 2nd RD Picks are also included to help sweeten the deal.
  • C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Nashville for D Roman Josi
    • This is basically the same trade that I suggested the Predators make for Matt Duchene.  Edmonton needs a good defenseman, which Josi is, and the Predators need a first line center.
  • C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Montreal for C Alex Galchenyuk
    • Montreal wants a number one center and doesn’t believe that Galchenyuk is that player (which he may be) and Edmonton would like a more productive player than RNH.  Galchenyuk is likely to be cheaper than RNH as well, something Edmonton must keep in mind as they attempt to re-sign their young players.

Los Angeles Kings

Trade Possibilities

  • D Jake Muzzin to the New York Rangers for F J.T. Miller
    • Rumor is that the Kings are looking to move either Muzzin or Alec Martinez before next season.  I have no idea which one of the two the Kings or other teams value more, so I will use them interchangeably.  The Rangers need to do something to bolster their defense and even with the potential addition of Kevin Shattenkirk, they will still need another defenseman.  If they don’t sign Shattenkirk, then they will especially need a proven defenseman. I think that could be Muzzin, who has won two Stanley Cups with the Kings, one at the hand of the Rangers.  He is under contract for three seasons with a modest cap hit of $4 million, a number that is comfortable even for the Rangers moving forward.  The Kings will probably want a young forward in return and I think J.T. Miller is one of the few who the Rangers would be comfortable parting with. He can center or on the right wing, which is great for the Kings, as they like versatility.

Minnesota Wild

Trade Possibilities

  • LW Nino Niederreiter to Vegas to not take Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba
  • D Jonas Brodin to Florida for C Nick Bjugstad
    • The Wild would probably like to move one of their defense contracts in order to open up space to be able to re-sign Mikael Granlund and, potentially, Nino Niederreiter.  They have a need at center with Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu making up their top two centers with the potential to lose Staal in the Expansion Draft. Bjugstad is just 24 years old and is under contract through the 2020-21 season with a cap hit of $4.1 million.
  • D Jonas Brodin to the New York Rangers for C/RW J.T. Miller
    • This trade would be made for the same reason as the Jake Muzzin deal.  The Wild also have a need for a player like Miller, as he can play center or on the wing and is young and controllable.

Nashville Predators

Trade Possibilities

  • See above for trade for Matt Duchene or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
  • D Roman Josi to the New York Rangers for C Derek Stepan
    • The Predators need center depth, especially at the top, and the Rangers need defensive depth.  Josi has three years left and Stepan has four years left on their respective deals, giving both teams similar value.  Nashville can also afford to part with Jose because they have Dante Fabbro in the minors.  The same cannot be said about the Rangers losing Stepan, however.
  • D Roman Josi to Tampa Bay for C Brayden Point
    • Same idea as the trade I think Tampa would make for Jonas Brodin
  • D Roman Josi to Toronto for RW Kasperi Kapanen and a 2018 2nd RD Pick
    • The Maple Leafs need some help on defense and there aren’t going to be much in terms of value in free agency this offseason behind Kevin Shattenkirk.  Most free agents will be overpaid on the open market and it would be smart for the Maple Leafs to trade for a proven defenseman rather than sign a free agent like Karl Alzner and hope that he can play in a more important role.  Josi is a good defenseman who could fit in a pairing with one of Toronto’s young defensemen and help bolster that pairing.  Kapanen is the perfect player to go back to Nashville because he is ready to play in the NHL right now and the Predators need some young, cheap forward help.  I threw in a 2nd round pick because I do believe that Josi has more value than Kapanen and the pick helps to balance this out.

Vancouver Canucks

Trade Possibilities

  • Sedin Twins to Edmonton for Anton Slepyshev and a 2nd RD Pick
    • Vancouver would have to absorb roughly half of the Sedin twins’ contracts to make this trade possible.  I think that they would have to do this in order to move them to any contending team.  Sedin’s could help the Oilers next season because they are still productive. This trade allows the Canucks to recoup some value from them but it is mostly just doing the Sedin’s a solid by giving them the chance at a Stanley Cup before they retire.
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