The 2020 NHL All-Star Game is history and the 31 teams are going back to action. With the Feb. 24 trade due date less than a month away, fans and experts will focus in the coming weeks on which players might alter clubs.
Non-contending teams generally try to trade away pending totally free representatives prior to due date day, instead of danger losing them for absolutely nothing this summer season. That pattern is anticipated to continue this year.
Here’s a take a look at the top 10 trade candidates and their possible suitors ahead of the 2020 trade due date:
1. Chris Kreider, New York City Rangers
The top offered forward in this summer season’s unlimited totally free representative market, the 6-3, 217- pound Kreider is a huge, fast, knowledgeable left winger. While the Rangers are playing coy about his future, they won’ t absence for suitors ought to they put him on the trade block. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman just recently connected Kreider to the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, and St. Louis Blues.
2. Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings
A quick, flexible two-way forward who can play center or wing, the 27- year-old Toffoli might be luring to clubs reluctant to await the Rangers to moveKreider The Kings are reconstructing and might look for a quality draft choice and a possibility in return. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun hypothesized the Calgary Flames might target Toffoli. Their cross-province competitors, the Edmonton Oilers, might likewise come calling.
3. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa Senators
With 19 objectives and 31 points in 47 games, Pageau is on speed for a career-high 30 objectives and 50points Like Toffoli, he’s a competent, two-way forward who can play at center or on the wing. He likewise raises his play in the postseason. Pageau’s finest matched for third-line task and would be a welcome addition to any club’s penalty- eliminating system. The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch thinks as lots of as 15 clubs would reveal interest in the 27- year-old forward.
The Penguins, Oilers, and New York City Islanders might be amongst them.
4. Alex Martinez, Los Angeles Kings
Unlike a lot of on this list, Martinez isn’t a totally free representative at season’s end. He’s signed to the end of 2020-21 with an inexpensive $4 million yearly typical wage. The expert 31- year-old defenseman has substantial playoff experience, assisting the Kings win 2 Stanley Cups. LeBrun recommended the Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets as possible locations.
5. Sami Vatanen, New Jersey Devils
With the Devils having actually currently shocked their management and coaching personnel, and having actually delivered star winger Taylor Hall to Arizona, more modifications might be in store prior to the due date. A skilled, underrated entertainer, Vatanen is a trustworthy well-rounded defenseman who will draw interest in the trademarket In early December, Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun recommended the 28- year-old blueliner would be an excellent fit with the Vegas Golden Knights.
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6. Alexandar Georgiev, New York City Rangers
Georgiev has actually succeeded supporting seasoned goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. With assuring Igor Shesterkin thought about Lundqvist’s successor obvious, Georgiev might be the odd-man-out The 23- year-old netminder brings an extremely budget friendly $792,000 wage and ends up being a limited totally free representative this summer season. The Toronto Maple Leafs remain in alarming need of a dependable, affordable backup. The Athletic’s James Mirtle reports they have actually made several questions about Georgiev.
7. Brenden Dillon, San Jose Sharks
Dillon keeps emerging in the report mill as the Sharks playoff hopes fade. The 6-4, 225- pound defenseman’s size and physical design might make him appealing for playoff competitors looking for a shutdown rearguard. Friedman hypothesized the Maple Leafs might be thinking about Dillon. The Jets, Islanders and Florida Panthers might likewise enter into the bidding for his services.
8. Mikael Granlund, Nashville Predators
A slick playmaker with 2 60- point seasons on his resume, Granlund’s had a hard time considering that getting traded to Nashville last season. If the Predators stop working to make headway in the playoff chase, the 27- year-old winger might be patronized the due date. While the decrease in his production is unpleasant, he may restore his discuss a much deeper lineup. He might show a good choice for the Penguins or bruins.
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9. Andreas Athanasiou, Detroit Red Wings
Athanasiou, 25, is slated to end up being a limited totally free representative with arbitration rights this summer season. He tallied a career-high 30 objectives and 54 points in 2018-19, however his production plunged to simply 5 objectives and 19 points so far this season. Obstructed by injury and disparity, he may not have a future with the restoring Red Wings. GM Steve Yzerman might test Athanasiou’s worth in the trade market.
10 Ilya Kovalchuk, Montreal Canadiens
The 36- year-old former scoring star was thought about washed-up following his agreement termination with the Kings last month. Signed to a 1 year, $700,000 handle the Canadiens, Kovalchuk tallied 8 points in 9 games and appears invigorated in Montreal. That’s created growing speculation he might be delivered to a playoff competitor for a draft choice.
If he keeps his existing level of production, his trade worth ought to rise as due date day techniques.