With the NHL 2019-20 calendar entering a new calendar year, the trading deadline of February 24 is less than eight weeks. Speculation will soon increase between fans and those for whom players could be traded.
Most groups that are sellers can wait until the deadline to buy their available assets in the hope of attracting better returns. Potential buyers, especially those at risk of getting out of the playoffs, could aggressively pursue this talent in January.
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Here is a look at several players who could be on the move long before the trade deadline.
Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
With Taylor Hall no longer available, Kreider may become the most wanted player in the commercial market. Rangers’ rebuilding could part ways with the 28-year-old left wing, who is slated to become a free agent in July. The Blueshirts tend to wait until the deadline to send players, but they may be tempted to join Kreider earlier for the right price.
Tyler Tofoli, Los Angeles Kings
If the Rangers stay at Kreider by the deadline, Toffoli could become a more attractive trading target. The versatile 27-year-old wing is also wide to become a UFA at the end of the season and may not fit in with the Kings’ long-term renewal plans.
Los Angeles needs to relocate its outlet, and could use Toffoli as a trade chip to meet that need. A recent report linking Toffoli to the Edmonton Oilers.
Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman recently speculated that several clubs could be interested in the 27-year-old Saad, who is currently sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury. Unlike the other players on that list, Saad still has one more year on his contract – and an annual salary of $ 6 million.
If the Blackhawks are willing to absorb part of that blow in the cap, Saad could bring them a promising young defender.
Mikael Granlund, Nashville predators
The 27-year-old has struggled since joining the Predators from the Minnesota Wild in the last trade deadline. Having reached or surpassed 41 points five times during his seven-season tenure with the Wild, Granlund has managed just 19 points in 48 games in Nashville. Athletic’s Adam Vingan suggested he could make an interesting chip for the Predators and, as a free agent in July, could hit the trading block again if the Predators fail to gain ground.
Alex Galchenyuk, Pittsburgh Penguins
Like Granlund, Galchenyuk is a pending UFA struggling to score with his current team. The 25-year-old plays for Pittsburgh’s fourth line and has scored just 13 points in 30 games, well below the 40-point mark of his previous five seasons in Montreal and Arizona.
As injured penguins become healthier, Galchenyuk could become the odd man out on their front lines.
Zach Bogozian, Buffalo Sabers
The 29-year-old defender called for a trade ahead of the recent holiday roster freeze. The history of Bogosian’s injuries and the success of the $ 5.14 million profit could make him cruel. Given the lack of quality T-shirts available in the commercial market, perhaps a club looking for defensive depth could get a chance for the veteran backfielder.
Craig Anderson, Senators of Ottawa
Most senatorial trade talks focus on the pending UFA center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, but there is no certainty that it will be purchased by the trade deadline. With Anders Nilsson considered the starter of Ottawa, the team could choose ways with 38-year-old Anderson.
His contract has $ 4.75 million and a list of 10 non-trade teams, but a candidate who is in dire need of help could consider Anderson a viable option as a backup – especially if the senators are part of the salary. of.