List of this summer’s top trade candidates & unrestricted free agents in your NHL rumor mill. 


Summer of 2016’s top NHL trade candidates.

Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could be this summer's top trade candidate.

Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could be this summer’s top trade candidate.

TSN: Frank Seravalli lists this summer’s top-20 NHL trade candidates:

1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers,

2. Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche,

3. Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues,

4. Edmonton Oilers’ fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NHL draftk

5. Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks,

6. Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild,

7. Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets,

8. Rick Nash, New York Rangers,

9. Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks,

10. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets,

11. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins,

12. Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers,

13. Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild,

14: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning,

15. Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets,

16. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings,

17. Hampus Lindholm, Anaheim Ducks,

18. Nail Yakupov, Edmonton Oilers,

19. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings, and

20. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No argument from me over the top-five candidates. I’d remove Granlund from this list as I think the Wild will give him another season.I’d move Yakupov up into his spot in the top-10 as I expect he’ll be moved this summer. I also doubt the Jets will move Trouba, as he’s coming off an entry-level contract and lacks arbitration rights. Unless he pulls a Dougie Hamilton and insists on a trade (which, to the best of my knowledge, he hasn’t), Trouba has no leverage here and the Jets aren’t pressed to move him to free up cap room. Nash could be dealt but I’d slide him out of the top-10. Eberle’s been oft-mentioned as a trade candidate but I think the Oilers will keep him and instead move Nugent-Hopkins and Yakupov. 

If expansion comes to pass as expected, Fleury and Bishop could be shopped, pushing them into the top-10 on this list. The Jackets are trying to move Hartnell. They’re also reportedly trying to shop Fedor Tyutin, not Johnson. I doubt the Ducks part with Lindholm. The Wings could try to move Howard, though his contract is a sticking point. I doubt the Kings will find any takers for Brown and his hefty contract. As for Subban, I understand why Seravalli put him on this list and why he placed him where he did, but I don’t see the Habs moving him. Trading Subban for a top-line center or right wing addresses one problem but creates another. 

 

Updated NHL UFA list.

SPORTSNET: Luke Fox updated his listing of this summer’s top unrestricted free agents.

1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning. Will the postseason performances of Nikita Kucherov and Jonathan Drouin, combined with the Bolts advancing to the Eastern Conference Final without Stamkos, affect how much the Lightning are willing to offer him?

2. David Backes, St. Louis Blues. Following the Blues elimination from the Western Conference Final, Backes said there’s no question he wants to return. Blues GM Doug Armstrong would love to keep him, but said his top priority is re-signing RFA Jaden Schwartz. Fitting Backes under their cap won’t be easy.

3. Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders. There’s been no contract discussions between Okposo and the Islanders.

4. Milan Lucic, Los Angeles Kings. He and Kings GM Dean Lombardi are believed working on a contract extension.

5. Andrew Ladd, Chicago Blackhawks. Ladd recently acknowledged the cap-strapped Blackhawks probably can’t afford to re-sign him.

6. Keith Yandle, New York Rangers. He’d love to return but knows both sides have to weigh their options.

7. Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins. The Bruins are reportedly still trying to re-sign Eriksson, who could receive interest from the Philadelphia Flyers or Vancouver Canucks.

8. Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks. Despite the recent addition of rugged blueliner Erik Gudbranson, Canucks GM Jim Benning claims he’d still like to keep Hamhuis.

9. Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers. Most recent report claims Campbell hasn’t told the Panthers he’ll test the UFA market.

10. Kris Russell, Dallas Stars. The Stars can’t afford to retain all of his UFA blueliners. Russell could be among those who depart.

11. Mikkel Boedker, Colorado Avalanche. No update on his status with the Avs or his plans.

12, Jiri Hudler, Florida Panthers

13. James Reimer, San Jose Sharks. He claims  his focus right now is on the Stanley Cup Final. Understandably so.

14. Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes. He’s supposed to meet with Hurricanes management this month.

15. Eric Staal, New York Rangers.

16. Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks.

Latest on Radulov.

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings spoke with former NHL winger and KHL free agent Alexander Radulov  and his agent following the Wings playoff elimination. They’re interested in signing him, but only to a one-year contract. A source claims it could be in the $4-$5 million range. “Radulov might be more motivated to prove himself and earn a longer contract and the Red Wings could part with him after one season if the move backfires,” said Khan. The Wings also have concerns over whether Radulov could a negative effect upon their younger players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agree on the one-year deal, but the salary is too high in my opinion.