NHL trade deadline 2020: Top candidates to be moved, by position

first_imgThe NHL’s Feb. 24 trade deadline is less than a week away, but there’s already recent significant activity in the trade market.On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings sent winger Tyler Toffoli to the Vancouver Canucks. The day before, the New Jersey Devils shipped Andy Greene to the New York Islanders and forward Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last week, the Minnesota Wild traded Jason Zucker to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goaltender Ryan Miller, Anaheim DucksIt’s a thin market for goalies heading toward the trade deadline. For clubs seeking an experienced backup, Miller could be the best bet.While he’s years removed from his Vezina Trophy heights of a decade ago, the 39-year-old Miller has plenty of playoff experience. If he willing to waive his modified no-trade for one last shot at the Stanley Cup, he could provide worthwhile goaltending depth for a contender.Honorable mention: Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators), Aaron Dell (San Jose Sharks), Alexandar Georgiev (New York Rangers). We recently listed the 10 players most likely to be moved by the trade deadline.NHL TRADE TRACKER: Deals completed ahead of the deadlineHere’s a look at the best trade candidates by position:Left wingChris Kreider, New York RangersA fast, physical winger, the 6-3, 217-pound Kreider also possesses good offensive skills. With 23 goals and 42 points, he could finish this season with 30 goals and 60 points.Kreider’s attributes make him very attractive to playoff contenders. He’s been linked to the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks suggested the Rangers send him to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Josh Anderson.Honorable mention: Andreas Athanasiou (Detroit Red Wings), Mikael Granlund (Nashville Predators), Ilya Kovalchuk (Montreal Canadiens).CenterJean-Gabriel Pageau, Ottawa SenatorsWith 24 goals and 40 points, the 27-year-old Pageau is the Senators’ leading scorer. A versatile two-way forward who can play center or on the wing, he’s on track for a career-best 30 goals and 50 points.Pageau’s also a proven playoff performer, with 12 goals in 35 post-season contests. The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders could covet his all-around skills.Honorable mention: Derek Grant (Anaheim Ducks), Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks), Vincent Trocheck (Florida Panthers).Right wing Mike Hoffman, Florida PanthersA reliable offensive winger, the 30-year-old Hoffman has exceeded 20 goals and 40 points for the sixth consecutive season. He’s also among the Panthers’ leading scorers.Slated for UFA eligibility this summer, there’s talk he could be swapped for a top-four defenseman. He carries an annual salary-cap hit of $5.187 million. Contenders with salary-cap space seeking scoring punch – the Avalanche, Blue Jackets, and Dallas Stars – could come calling.Honorable mention: Kasperi Kapanen (Toronto Maple Leafs), Ondrej Kase (Anaheim Ducks), Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils).Left defense Alec Martinez, Los Angeles KingsWinner of two Stanley Cups with the Kings, Martinez is a skilled defenseman who plays well at both ends of the rink. He has a year left on his contract with an affordable $4 million salary-cap hit and lacks no-trade protection.Martinez will be enticing for teams in need of blue line help. It’s believed the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets could be among the suitors.Honorable mention: Jonas Brodin (Minnesota Wild), Ron Hainsey (Ottawa Senators).Right defenseMatt Dumba, Minnesota WildThe Wild’s trade of Jason Zucker to Pittsburgh is fueling speculation that more moves are in store if they don’t gain ground in the playoff race. Dumba, 25, has frequently surfaced in recent media trade chatter.A talented puck-moving blueliner, he’s struggled to regain his form since suffering a season-ending pectoral injury in 2018-19.Dumba has three seasons left on his contract with an annual average value of $6 million. A club with cap space seeking long-term defensive help could pursue him before the deadline. Honorable mention: Sami Vatanen (New Jersey Devils).last_img read more