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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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