NHL Rumors: Teams That Could Be Sellers Before The NHL Trade Deadline

NHL Rumors: Teams That Could Be Sellers Before The NHL Trade Deadline

Looking at teams that could sellers before the NHL trade deadline.
On teams that could be sellers before the NHL trade deadline

Greg Wyshynski of ESPN: Looking at four teams that could become sellers in the next couple weeks.

Arizona Coyotes: With the Coyotes likely looking ahead to the 2018 draft and Rasmus Dahlin already, anyone not named Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Niklas Hjalmarsson, as well as anyone on an entry-level contract could be up for grabs. Anthony Duclair has already requested a trade.

Montreal Canadiens: Max Pacioretty might be better with a change of scenery. It could become a fire sale on Montreal.

Buffalo Sabres: The LA Kings might be interested in winger Evander Kane, but they won’t be the only team. Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt may be the only ones safe.

Ottawa Senators: Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci, and Derick Brassard may become available.

Rory Boylen of Sportsnet: Looking at teams that could be sellers at the trade deadline.

Montreal Canadiens: Max Pacioretty’s name has already been in the rumor mill. He’s been a reliable 30-goal scorer and is under contract for one more season at $4.5 million.

Vancouver Canucks: The Canucks started the season off well but are falling back in the standings as many expected. The Canucks could move Thomas Vanek for a prospect or draft pick(s).

Defenseman Erik Gudbranson could be another trade option for the Canucks, possibly for a draft pick or two. Gudbranson isn’t the quickest of foot and has negative possession metrics this season. There have been no talks about re-signing him.

Ottawa Senators: Have been a disappointment this season. Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau are trade options. All are under contract beyond this season. Trading Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone are long shots.

Buffalo Sabres: Have the top rental player in Evander Kane, who is on┬ápace for a 30-goal season. He’ll likely be dealt for a package of draft picks and prospects. Do the Sabres consider trading 2014 second overall pick, Sam Reinhart?

Arizona Coyotes: The Coyotes made some moves this past offseason in the hope of making a playoff push, but it hasn’t worked out well for them. They will be sellers, and Anthony Duclair has asked for a trade. Teams would be┬álined up and ready to pay big if the Coyotes made defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson available.

Detroit Red Wings: Defenseman Mike Green could be a top rental option for a team looking for power play help on the point. In the non-rental side of the things, forward Andreas Athanasiou could be another option. The Wings may be better off holding onto Athanasiou, but they didn’t go through a contract dispute this offseason.