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NHL Trading Deadline: Who will Buyers or Sellers?

Nov. 15, 2019 - Michael Stewart

NHL Trading Deadline: Who will Buyers or Sellers?

Introduction: The NHL trading deadline is still a few months away (February 24, 2020), however; teams are already assessing they wants and/or needs as some will be buyers; while others will be sellers. In this four part series, I will breakdown each division and select one or two players from each team that could be moved before the deadline.   First up will be the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division:

  • Boston Bruins:
  1. Torey Krug: The Bruins could be faced with a tough decision on whether to trade Torey Krug or not. The gifted Defenseman is in his prime and has been a very productive player. However; the Bruins will be facing a tight salary cap in 2020 once RFA’s Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are signed. Krug would bring back a solid package at this time. Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Kings or Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs:
  1. Martin Marincin: Marincin’s name has been coming up as a possible trade candidate for the Maple Leafs. Marincin lost his starting spot to Kevin Gravel on the 3rd pairing and if Gravel plays well, Marincin would be expandable. Defensemen are viewed highly come the deadline, so expect to see a number of team’s showing interest. Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Kings or Edmonton Oilers
  • Buffalo Sabres:
  1. Rasmus Ristolainen: The Buffalo Sabres have shown interest in trading defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for the right deal and he should garner a lot of interest from teams looking for a solid defenseman. Ristolainen has three years at $5.4M (annually) remaining; which is a value considering what Ristolainen brings to the table. Possible Destinations: Calgary Flames or Los Angeles Kings.
  • Florida Panthers:
  1. Mark Pysyk: The Florida Panthers could be open in trading defenseman Mark Pysyk for the right price. Pysyk would certainly help a lot of teams in need of a solid defenseman and who might have a surplus of forwards or young prospects to offer. Possible Destinations: Winnipeg Jets or Calgary Flames.
  • Montreal Canadiens:
  1. Jonathan Drouin: Could Drouin be expandable in Montreal? Report’s out of Canada suggests that the Habs could be shopping the forward around to see what they can get in return. Drouin’s minutes have dropped recently; which could be a strong indication that something is brewing. Possible Destinations: New York Rangers or Carolina Hurricanes.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning:
  1. Brayden Point: Brayden Point is still unsigned and we could see a major trade occur either at the deadline or before the draft. Lightning GM Julien BriseBois is staying in close contact with Point’s agent Gerry Johannson, although talks have not progressed enough to warrant a possible deal coming soon. Possible Destinations: Arizona Coyotes or Edmonton Oilers.
  • Ottawa Senators:
  1. Bobby Ryan: The Senators come be incline to trade fan favorite Bobby Ryan by the deadline. However; there is a snag as Ryan has not produce enough to warrant his current contract (2 years remaining) and the Senator might have to get creative to entice a team to pull the trigger. Possible Destinations: Carolina Hurricanes or Arizona Coyotes.
  • Detroit Red Wings:
  1. Andreas Athanasiou: There hasn’t been print on whether or not the Red Wings would consider trading the gifted forward, but Athanasiou is in his final year of his contract and due for a big raise. Although Athanasious would improve any team with his offensive game, the Red Wings could get a nice haul of prospects/draft picks for Athanasiou. Other notable players to be traded are defensemen Trevor Daley, Jonathan Ericsson and Mike Green. Possible Destinations: Nashville Predators or Carolina Hurricanes.

Final Thoughts: Based on the rumors and possible movement during the deadline, if these teams can execute the trades needed to either improve the team for the playoff run or to build for the future. It will give the NHL much more balanced and diversity. Next article: The Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference.