Will the Dallas Stars trade Tyler Sequin?
Dallas Morning News: Is Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin worthy of a contract extension, or does it depend on the club’s record before the NHL trade deadline. Mike Heika doesn’t believe the Dallas Stars will trade Seguin this season, but wonders if the club extends him next summer or let it run into his UFA season of 2018-19. If he has a healthy and successful playoff, Heika bets the Stars re-sign him. If he doesn’t, “the question about trading him before or during next season is very relevant.”
Could a major trade be coming for the Pittsburgh Penguins?
Sportsnet: Sonny Sachdeva lists the Vegas Golden Knights, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild as five potential trade partners for the struggling Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Vegas Golden Knights were among three teams to reach out to the Penguins about veteran defenceman Ian Cole. If Vegas is still keen on the blueliner, Pittsburgh could look at Erik Haula or Cody Eakin, currently the Golden Knights’ second- and third-line pivots, to start a serious conversation.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were another of the teams that inquired about Cole, and there’s one name on their roster that could fill a number of Pittsburgh’s needs: Tyler Bozak. Bozak would undoubtedly be an upgrade for the bottom six, and history would be a key factor here as well. Bozak has some well-established chemistry with Phil Kessel from the duo’s time leading the Leafs offence.
Derick Brassard could be an option if the Ottawa Senators decide to shake up their struggling roster. While his $5 million cap hit could be difficult to absorb, Sachdeva reminds us of the Pens’ earlier interest in Matt Duchene ($6 million cap hit) prior to the Colorado Avalanche shipping him to Ottawa. Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau could be another player of interest for the Pens. The Senators could seek defensive help, prompting Sachdeva to suggest Cole or Olli Maatta as possibilities.
The Colorado Avalanche were also among the clubs with interest in Ian Cole. Sachdeva suggests Carl Soderberg, whose offensive skills could be a good fit with the Pens. There’s also a chance the Penguins could try to bring back Matt Cullen, who departed last summer to sign with the Minnesota Wild. Cullen seems like an odd man out with the Wild and Sachdeva doubts it’ll cost the Penguins much to acquire him.
Could the Ottawa Senators trade Mike Hoffman?
Sportsnet: Nick Kypreos speculates if the Ottawa Senators decide to shed some payroll, the easiest way to do so would be to trade winger Mike Hoffman. “Some have suggested to Kypreos that the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers have had conversations on Hoffman. Hoffman could be a good fit for the Oilers as a shooter on Connor McDavid’s line. However, Hoffman does have a 10-team no-trade list.