NHL News: NHL Trade Rumors 2/20/16
NHL Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
February 20, 2016
The NHL trade deadline is coming up in just nine days, and in the meantime we’ve got a lot of rumors to go over concerning which players may be dealt before then. Let’s check out some of the notable headlines on the NHL trade rumors front and see if any deals seem feasible.
Let’s start things out in Chicago with the defending champions. The Blackhawks are reportedly looking for a top-six forward ahead of the trade deadline, an effort to fortify one of the team’s only notable weaknesses.
Ideally speaking, Chicago would like to get a left winger to place alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Due to financial restraints, the team is probably looking at a rental situation with an expiring contract.
Some possible targets here include Andrew Ladd, Mikkel Boedker and Eric Stall (who would be tough to land due to salary restraints). The catch is that their teams have to make them available first.
The big thing holding the Blackhawks back here is the salary cap. They’re under by just about $4 million, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of room.
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Speaking of the aforementioned Eric Staal, he’s not the only one who the Hurricanes could jettison before the deadline.
Kris Versteeg, Cam Ward and John-Michael Liles each have expiring contracts and could be on the block as well.
Staal has a no-trade clause, but sounds like he could waive it if the right situation came along.
Here’s an interesting situation. The Canadiens are reportedly dipping their proverbial toes into the water to test the market on No. 1 defenseman P.K. Subban.
Subban has found his way into the doghouse this week for his performance on the ice (specifically a late turnover against the Avalanche) and with the team not performing up to snuff it could be time for a significant lineup shakeup.
Realistically, we doubt Subban will go anywhere. He’s undoubtedly the team’s best player and will in all likelihood outlast head coach Michel Therrien. That said, if the right deal comes along we could see Montreal thinking seriously about this.
In other Canadiens news, forward Dale Weise and the team remain pretty far apart on a potential contract extension, making him a prime candidate for a fire sale.
Weise has posted 13 goals and 10 assists so far this year, and only counts $1.025 against the cap. That’s nice value for a team looking to add a low-end scorer.
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