Eric Staal

Usually the American Thanksgiving marks the start of of the NHL trade season. There have been many trade rumors floating around already. Here are 6 players that could be traded before the NHL trade deadline.

  1. New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic: He has asked to be traded to teams out West for family reasons, and the Islanders are trying to accommodate him. Most likely destination is either Edmonton or Winnipeg.
  2. Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal: Although Staal has said he would like to re-sign in Carolina,  the Hurricanes may not be in a position to pay him the kind of money he could receive on the open market when he becomes a free agent next summer. Eric Staal does have a no-movement-clause. If he does waive it, he will most likely be traded at the NHL trade deadline.
  3. San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau: Multiple reports have suggested that Marleau would accept a trade to a small number of teams. Marleau has been playing well for the Sharks, not sure a trade will happen.
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen: TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that the Blue Jackets are at listening to offers on the skillful center. It would, however, require a major offer to pry him loose. Johansen and Blue Jacket management have not got along for over a year, a trade could happen if the right offer did come along?
  5. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor Daley: After averaging at least 21 minutes for seven consecutive seasons in Dallas, he’s averaging 15:46 for Chicago. Daley has not been a good fit for coach Joel Quenneville. A trade makes sense for the team and Daley. Daley will most likely be traded. The Oilers seem to be the most talked about team where he will end up.
  6. Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman: The Flames have a deep defense, and they could afford to move a defenseman for a forward. Wideman’s $5.25 million salary cap hit is an impediment to getting a deal done. Wideman will most likely be traded at the NHL trade deadline as his salary cap hit is a little too hight for most teams to take on right now.

Source: USA Today


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