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NHL Trading Deadline Part 4: Who will be Buyers or Sellers?

Dec. 21, 2019 - Michael Stewart

NHL Trading Deadline Part 4: Who will be Buyers or Sellers?

Introduction: Teams around the NHL are starting to be a little more active in adding a player or two to improve their team’s chances to make the playoffs. In my final article (Part 4) we’ll look at the Western Conference and the Pacific Divison where lots of names are being mentioned. We’ll look and see which players could be on the move and where they could wind up. 

Pacific Division:

  • Edmonton Oilers:
  1. Jesse Puljujarvi: Puljujarvi has been in limbo as he awaits his fate (unsigned RFA) playing in Finland. The Oilers have exclusive rights to Puljujarvi and have been rumored of waiting for the best offer. There have been teams showing interest and it’s a strong possibility that Puljujarvi will find a new home at the deadline. Possible Destinations: New York Rangers or Carolina Hurricanes.
  • Calgary Flames:
  1. Michael Frolik: The Flames have been looking to trade Frolik for some time now as they thought they had a deal made for Jason Zucker in last year’s trade deadline; unfortunately that deal fell through. Other notably trade options include defensemen T.J Brodie and Travis Hamonic. Possible Destinations: Nashville Predators or Buffalo Sabres.
  • Vancouver Canucks:
  1. Nikolay Goldobin: The Canucks could be running out of patience with the 23 year old winger as his production has dropped and he seems to be treading in the wrong direction. Many believe that Goldobin has 50-60+ point’s potential right now and his ceiling could even be higher. Possible Destinations: Arizona Coyotes or Nashville Predators.
  • Vegas Golden Knights:
  1. Cody Eakin: Eakin is in the final year of his contract and has seen a drop in his production thus far this season. Eakin is 28 years old and plays a solid two-way game; which should draw some interest from teams looking for a top 6 forward for a playoff push. Possible Destinations: Montreal Canadiens or Winnipeg Jets.
  • Arizona Coyotes:
  1. Zbynek Michalek/Keith Yandle: Despite the addition of forward Taylor Hall from the Devils, the Coyotes are looking to move some contracts and load up for next season. Defensemen Zbynek Michaelek and Keith Yandle could catch the eye of some playoff bound teams looking to add depth on their B-line.  Look for the Coyotes to add prospects and younger players by the deadline. Possible Destinations: Vancouver Canucks or Los Angeles Kings.
  • Anaheim Ducks:
  1. Adam Henrique or Jakob Silfverberg: The Ducks seem to be in full gear with a rebuilding process and Henrique and/or Silfverberg could net the Ducks a solid return in either prospects or draft picks. Possible Destinations: Carolina Hurricanes or Buffalo Sabres
  • San Jose Sharks:
  1. Brenden Dillion: The Sharks are in a tough situation with their cap space ($1.730M) and several players locked into long term deals that seem untradeable. Dillion will be a UFA at the end of the season and is due for a raise (currently at $3.270M), however; with Karlsson, Burns and Vlasic all locked in to long term deals; it only makes sense to possibly trade Dillion to free up cap space and receive either a young prospect or a draft pick. Possible Destinations:  Los Angeles Kings or Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • Los Angeles Kings:
  1. Tyler Toffoli: Toffoli will be a UFA at the end of the season and if the Kings fall out of the playoff picture, rumors are swirling that Toffoli could be made available.  The Kings could be looking to bring in a solid defenseman in return for Toffoli’s services. Possible Destinations: Buffalo Sabres or Philadelphia Flyers.

Final Thoughts: The next month will gauge the decision of most of these teams on whether they will be buyers or sellers. Some teams are having outstanding seasons; such as the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche as they either lead their respective division or are breathing down the backs of the front runners. One solid trade could be the deciding factor to push some of these teams over the top or even make them even tougher to beat come playoff time.