With the NHL Draft fast approaching, here’s several lists of trade candidates, along with a list of offer-sheet candidates and more.
NHL Draft trade candidates.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger lists Chicago’s Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell, Ottawa’s Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner, Colorado center Ryan O’Reilly, New York Rangers’ Cam Talbot and Rick Nash, Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, St. Louis winger T.J. Oshie and Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa or Dan Hamhuis as possible trade candidates leading up to the NHL draft.
NBC SPORTS: Ryan Dadoun lists Kessel, Sharp, Talbot, New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo and Anderson or Lehner as noteworthy players who could be dealt at the draft.
Ten NHL goalies who could be on the move.
ESPN.COM: Ben Arledge lists New York Rangers’ Cam Talbot, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen, St. Louis’ Brian Elliott, Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec and Vancouver’s Eddie Lack as possible trade candidates (Fleury and Howard as hypotheticals). He recommends the Toronto Maple Leafs move on from RFA goalie Jonathan Bernier, and lists Calgary’s Karri Ramo and San Jose’s Antti Niemi as UFAs likely to sign elsewhere this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleury, Howard, Pavelec and Bernier aren’t moving this summer. Talbot and Lack very likely will. I also expect Ramo and Niemi will be moving on from their current teams via free agency.
Possible offer sheet targets.
CBS SPORTS: Adam Gretz lists St. Louis winger Vladimir Tarasenko, Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli and Martin Jones, Chicago’s Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger and Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton as possible targets for offer sheets.
Highlights from Friedman’s “30 Thoughts.”
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the Maple Leafs are willing to take salary back in a trade of Phil Kessel but there’s a limit. They’re more interested in draft picks and prospects but that alone won’t be enough. They also don’t want to receive a contract similar to Kessel’s in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said for months, Kessel has value but his contract is a sticking point. The Leafs might have to absorb part of his salary to facilitate a trade.
The “free-agent courting period” begins on Thursday (June 25). Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk will attract interest if he’s not re-signed before then. Friedman wonders if the San Jose Sharks might speak to Dubnyk.
The inability to open contract talks with Cam Talbot until Jan. 1, 2016, could affect his trade value. That’s because he’s on a one-year deal taking him up to UFA status.
The Anaheim Ducks don’t want to address the Frederik Andersen/John Gibson contract situation for another year.
Friedman doubts the Vancouver Canucks trade Eddie Lack to teams within their division, like Calgary, Edmonton or San Jose.
Regarding recent news Islanders winger Kyle Okposo might be on the trade block, though Friedman feels in this situation it’s a case of a team testing a player’s market value at this time of year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. Though it would be a bold move by the Isles, it doesn’t necessarily mean Okposo will be dealt.
If the Colorado Avalanche re-sign Ryan O’Reilly, could another higher-salaried Avs player move?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think one of them will have to. I still believe O’Reilly’s days with the Avs are numbered.
Friedman believes the Boston Bruins still consider Milan Lucic a foundational player. He also suggests the lack of a no-trade clause is why Carolina’s Jeff Skinner is floating in the rumor mill. Skinner has an injury history.
The Kings and UFA Justin Williams don’t appear any closer to a deal.
Friedman wonders if the Arizona Coyotes might attempt to bring back Antoine Vermette.
Chicago’s Marcus Kruger could be more attainable via offer sheet than Brandon Saad.