Trade activity should resume in September during training camp and preseason as NHL general managers and their staffs evaluate their respective rosters. Player movement will increase over the course of the regular season, culminating in the usual frenzy of deals by the March trade deadline.
This listing explains why each player could be dealt, the potential asking price and possible trade partners. Contract status, performance, skills, age, injury history and roster needs were factored into the compilation.
Why he’s likely to be traded: If Jakob Silfverberg loses out to Devante Smith-Pelly for the second-line right wing position, he could become a trade candidate. Acquired last summer from the Ottawa Senators in the Bobby Ryan trade, Silfverberg was hampered by injury last season, netting 23 points in 52 games. The Ducks recently re-signed the 23-year-old right wing to a one-year, $850,500 contract.
Potential asking price: The Ducks could use Silfverberg as a trade chip to address an additional roster need. If he has another sub-par season, however, it will hurt his trade value.
Possible trade partners: Silfverberg could interest the Carolina Hurricanes, as they lack depth on right wing. Rebuilding teams like the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers could also become trade destinations.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Antoine Vermette will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. CBC.ca’s Elliotte Friedman reports teams will be eyeing the skilled veteran center. If Vermette won’t re-sign and the Coyotes are out of contention by the trade deadline, they could put the 32-year-old on the trade block.
Potential asking price: The Coyotes currently lack depth at left wing. They might also need a top-six right winger if aging captain Shane Doan struggles this season.
Possible trade partners: CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley recently listed Vermette among possible second-line center options for the Capitals.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The Boston Globe‘s Amalie Benjamin reports the Bruins currently have nine NHL-ready defensemen. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty believes Adam McQuaid and David Warsofsky are likely trade candidates.
The Bruins will receive cap relief by placing concussed center Marc Savard ($4.027 million) on long-term injured reserve. Moving McQuaid’s $1.566 million cap hit could free up additional space to address other roster needs as they arise this season.
Potential asking price: If the Bruins shop McQuaid to shed salary, they could seek a draft pick or prospect. They could also package him in a larger deal.
Possible trade partners: Though often injured, the 6’5”, 209-pound McQuaid plays a rugged style that could entice teams in need of a physical shutdown defender. The Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild could be potential destinations.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Chris Stewart will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. Though acquired from the St. Louis Blues before last season’s trade deadline, in April, the Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch claimed Stewart was among several players the Sabres were shopping. In May, Stewart acknowledged to Chris Ryndak of Sabres.com the possibility he could be on the move again.
Potential asking price: The Sabres are in the midst of a significant rebuild. They could seek a young player along with a draft pick or prospect for Stewart.
Possible trade partners: Garrioch cited sources claiming the Senators may have inquired about Stewart’s status with the Sabres. If the Senators are unable to re-sign right wing Bobby Ryan, they could consider Stewart an affordable replacement.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Curtis Glencross will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. NBC Sports’ Mike Halford cited an interview Glencross gave in July to Sportsnet Fan 960 radio claiming he’d like to re-sign with the Flames. However, he won’t accept a hometown discount as he did on his current deal.
His current annual cap hit is $2.55 million. If he proves too expensive to re-sign, the Flames could peddle him near the March trade deadline.
Potential asking price: The Flames are a rebuilding club. They could seek a young player and either a pick or prospect in return.
Possible trade partners: Glencross is a physical two-way forward whose experience and leadership would be highly prized. His no-movement clause, however, gives him final say over where the Flames could ship him. The Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks lack depth among their top-six forwards and could be among the suitors.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Hampered by injuries that limited him to only 30 games in 2013-14, Cam Ward lost the starting-goalie job to backup Anton Khudobin. The Hockey News‘ Matt Larkin believes if Ward can stay healthy this season, there could be interest in him by the March 2015 trade deadline.
Potential asking price: Ward carries an annual cap hit of $6.3 million through 2015-16. The Hurricanes could try to move him as a straightforward salary dump, meaning they’ll want an affordable young player, plus a draft pick or prospect.
Possible trade partners: Given the current stagnancy in the trade market, it’s too soon to tell which clubs could pursue Ward. He also has a full no-trade clause, giving him final say over where the Hurricanes can send him. Interested teams could insist the Hurricanes pick up part of his remaining salary.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The Blackhawks are currently above the $69 million salary cap by over $2.2 million. They must shed salary to become cap compliant when this season opens in October. ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers recently noted Oduya was mentioned in trade rumors earlier this summer.
Oduya has a year left on his contract at a cap hit of $3.375 million, plus a modified no-trade clause. He’s also slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Potential asking price: As the Blackhawks seek to shed salary, the asking price could be a draft pick.
Possible trade partners: The 32-year-old Oduya’s experience would be invaluable for clubs seeking skilled blue-line depth. His no-trade clause, however, gives him some say over where he could be shipped. The Edmonton Journal‘s David Staples recently suggested Oduya as an option for the Oilers. Other rebuilding clubs (Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders) could also express interest.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Jamie McGinn’s name surfaced a few times in last season’s rumor mill. Back in December, the Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch claimed McGinn had “fallen out of favor” with head coach Patrick Roy and was being shopped for blue-line help. A month later, the New York Post‘s Larry Brooks reported the Rangers were interested in the left winger.
In June, however, the Avalanche re-signed McGinn to a two-year deal at an affordable annual cap hit of $2.95 million. Still, if the Avs still feel the need to bolster their defensive depth, McGinn could resurface in this season’s trade chatter.
Potential asking price: The Avalanche could shore up their third defense pairing. They could need a second-pairing rearguard if Tyson Barrie remains affected by last spring’s knee injury.
Possible trade partners: The Rangers are thin on left wing beyond Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin and could revisit their interest in McGinn. The Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators could also use more depth at left wing.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Nick Foligno is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. His current annual cap hit is over $3.083 million but in actual salary he’ll earn $3.75 million. Though he’s a valuable checking-line winger for the Blue Jackets, it could cost around $4.5 million per season to re-sign him long term.
Potential asking price: If the Blue Jackets are jockeying for playoff contention, they could use Foligno to boost their depth elsewhere in their lineup. If backup goalie Curtis McElhinney struggles this season, they could seek an experienced replacement.
Possible trade partners: If the Jackets move Foligno, it’ll likely be near the March trade deadline. The Buffalo Sabres could be a destination. Foligno’s younger brother Marcus is a Sabres forward, and Sabres general manager Tim Murray knows Foligno from their days with the Senators.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The Dallas Morning News‘ Mike Heika reports the Stars were willing to absorb half of Sergei Gonchar’s $5 million salary for the 2014-15 season to move him this summer. They couldn’t find any takers.
The 40-year-old Gonchar’s performance declined last season. Heika believes the Stars could start the season with Gonchar in the lineup and continue to seek a team where he might be a better fit.
Potential asking price: At this stage in Gonchar’s career, the Stars won’t get very much in return. Figure on a draft pick or prospect.
Possible trade partners: Heika speculates the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins (two of Gonchar’s former teams) might “take a flier” on the veteran defenseman. Given the decline in Gonchar’s stock, it’s going to be tough to find a suitable trade partner.
Why he’s likely to be traded: In April, MLive.com’s Ansar Khan reported the emergence of centers Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening might make Joakim Andersson expendable. The 25-year-old center is earning a very affordable $765,000 this season and will be a restricted free agent next summer. His youth and salary could make him attractive for clubs seeking affordable depth at center.
Potential asking price: On his own, Andersson won’t fetch much, perhaps a draft pick or prospect. He could be packaged as part of a larger deal for a right-handed top-four defenseman.
Possible trade partners: Khan speculated earlier this summer that the Red Wings could have interest in Washington Capitals blueliner Mike Green. With only $1.13 million in cap space, the Capitals won’t want to take much salary back. Andersson could be packaged with another young player and a draft pick.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Earlier this summer, CBC.ca’s Elliotte Friedman reported Petry had popped up in trade talks. Though the Oilers re-signed Petry to a one-year deal worth $3.075 million this summer, the Edmonton Journal‘s Jonathan Willis suggested a trade remains “a real possibility.”
Potential asking price: In July, the Edmonton Sun‘s Robert Tychkowski reported Oilers GM Craig MacTavish hopes to add a center before the start of this season. Petry could be used as bait for an experienced second-line centerman.
Possible trade partners: The Detroit Red Wings are in the market for a right-handed top-four defenseman. Petry would fit the bill. The Dallas Stars could also use a right-handed rearguard. Defending Big D blogger Wes Lawrence notes all the Stars’ defensemen are left-handed shots.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Tomas Fleischmann will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. The 30-year-old left winger had a disappointing performance last season, tallying only 28 points in 80 games. He might not fit into the rebuilding Panthers’ future plans.
Potential asking price: Sun-Sentinel.com’s Harvey Fialkov reported earlier this summer that Panthers GM Dale Tallon was in the market for a scorer. The Panthers are also deep in blue-line prospects. Tallon could package one of them with Fleischmann for a sniper.
Possible trade partners: Fleischmann’s decline last season and $4.5 million salary could prove difficult to move. The Panthers could be forced to wait until later in the season in hopes of attracting interest from clubs seeking an experienced left wing. The Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators could be among them.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Robyn Regehr is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. Given the improvement of younger blueliners Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez, Regehr might not fit into the Kings’ long-term plans. They also coped well when he was sidelined by injury during the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Potential asking price: The Kings have a number of players to re-sign or replace after this season. They might not want a salaried player in return. It’s possible Regehr could be had for a draft pick or prospect.
Possible trade partners: There’s no need for the Kings to move Regehr now, but developments over the course of the season could change that. Teams in need of an experienced shutdown defenseman (Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators) could pursue Regehr.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The Wild are carrying three goaltenders. In addition to Niklas Backstrom, they also have Josh Harding under contract. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune‘s Michael Russo reports GM Chuck Fletcher will also work on re-signing restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper.
Potential asking price: Earlier this summer, Russo noted the Wild lack blue-line physicality. They could try moving Backstrom for a shutdown defenseman. Failing that, they could opt to accept a draft pick, prospect or young player to free up cap space for other moves.
Possible trade partners: At this point, it’s too early to determine potential trade destinations. Backstrom has a recent history of lower-body injuries. Russo reported that’s what prevented the Wild from buying out the remainder of his contract this summer. Teams will need assurances the 36-year-old is fully recovered before pursuing him. His modified no-trade clause gives him some say in where he can be dealt.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Though Rene Bourque lit it up during the 2014 NHL playoffs (eight goals, 11 points in 17 games), he’s struggled offensively with the Canadiens during the regular season. In May, ESPN.com’s Craig Custance suggested (Insider subscription required) the Habs should capitalize on his strong postseason and try to move him. Another poor regular season could make him a trade candidate.
Potential asking price: A subpar season will hurt Bourque’s trade value. A draft pick could be the best they can get to clear him from their books. Interested parties could try to get the Canadiens to pick up part of his remaining salary.
Possible destinations: Though he’s earning an annual cap hit of $3.3 million, Custance notes his actual salary this season is $2.5 million, which could interest budget teams. The Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators could be options.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The Tennessean‘s Josh Cooper reports the Predators are currently negotiating a new contract with Ryan Ellis, who’s a restricted free agent. They’re already loaded with puck-moving defensemen (Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Seth Jones), which could make Ellis a future trade chip to address other needs.
Though Ellis is a small (5’10”, 175 pounds) NHL defenseman, he has good offensive instincts and an excellent point shot. As he’s coming off an entry-level deal, he’s likely to get an affordable two-year bridge deal, which will also enhance his trade value.
Potential asking price: The Predators could use another scoring forward, especially at left wing. Ellis could be used in part of a trade package to address that need.
Possible trade partners: Ellis is a right-handed blueliner. The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars are lacking right-shooting defensemen and could have interest if he becomes available.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Adam Larsson’s struggled to crack the Devils defense since his promising debut in 2011-12. Earlier this summer, Newark Star-Ledger‘s Rich Chere reported of speculation that the 21-year-old blueliner would return to Sweden, but the Devils re-signed him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Though Larsson has considerable promise, he could end up on the trade block if his struggles continue.
Potential asking price: On his own, Larsson might fetch a draft pick or a young player. The Devils could try packaging him in a larger deal to address other needs, especially if their offensive woes from last season (their 2.40 goals-per-game average ranked 27th) carry over into this one.
Possible trade partners: Larsson’s a right-handed shot, which could attract interest from the Dallas Stars. His youth could also attract attention from clubs seeking depth in young blueliners.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Josh Bailey’s name popped up in trade rumors earlier this summer. In June, TSN’s Darren Dreger claimed general managers were saying Bailey was a trade target but could prove costly to obtain. Newsday‘s Arthur Staple countered by noting that Islanders GM Garth Snow could easily move Bailey for little return but that there’s no chance of that.
Potential asking price: The Islanders need experienced depth on defense. If Snow were to put Bailey on the trade block, he could seek a blueliner in return. Bailey’s salary could be a sticking point. He’s under contract through 2017-18 at an annual cap hit of $3.3 million, but his actual salary rises with each season, reaching $4 million in the final season.
Possible trade partners: The Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators could use a top-six winger. They have depth in defensemen to interest the Islanders.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The New York Post‘s Larry Brooks reports Rangers management has yet to open contract talks with Staal, who’s eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. His agent expects talks will start at some point before training camp opens in September. Staal’s current cap hit is $3.975 million, but his actual salary this season is $5.45 million.
Brooks speculates Staal, who turns 28 in January, could seek a seven-year deal worth $6 million annually to remain in New York. The Rangers, however, have over $52 million invested in just 11 players for 2015-16. If Staal’s asking price is too high, they could peddle him at the trade deadline, just as they did last season with former captain Ryan Callahan.
Potential asking price: As with their swap of Callahan for Martin St. Louis at last year’s trade deadline, the Rangers could seek an established player in return—most likely a defenseman.
Possible trade partners: The Carolina Hurricanes could be keen to reunite Marc with brothers Eric and Jordan. The Minnesota Wild could be another suitor.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Bobby Ryan is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer and could be among the most coveted players available. His cap hit for this season is $5.1 million, but he’ll earn $5.5 million in actual salary.
The Ottawa Citizen‘s Ken Warren reports the Senators have opened contract talks with Ryan’s agent. As a four-time 30-goal scorer, Ryan could command around $7 million on the open market. That could prove too rich for the cost-conscious Senators. He could also prefer moving from the rebuilding, young Senators to a Cup contender.
Potential asking price: The Senators could put him on the block at the trade deadline if he’s unwilling to re-sign by then. They could seek a top-six forward as part of the return, along with a draft pick and/or prospect.
Possible destinations: The Pittsburgh Penguins could have interest if Patric Hornqvist fails to play up to expectations. So could the Boston Bruins if Loui Eriksson doesn’t work out as their first-line right wing. The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils could also come calling.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Earlier this summer, The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Sam Carchidi reported Flyers GM Ron Hextall tried to trade Lecavalier, who’s entering the second year of his five-year, $22.5 million contract. Rival clubs, however, wanted Hextall to pick up part of Lecavalier’s remaining salary.
With Chris Pronger ($4.9 million) and Kimmo Timonen ($2 million) likely going on long-term injured reserve, there’s no urgent need to shed Lecavalier’s contract, but that doesn’t mean Hextall won’t try.
Potential asking price: As the purpose of moving Lecavalier is to shed as much of his salary as possible, a return of a draft pick and prospect might be all Hextall seeks.
Possible destinations: Carchidi reported Hextall tried dealing Lecavalier to Nashville or Ottawa. Both clubs, however, addressed their needs via free agency. Hextall will have little choice but to wait and see if other trade opportunities arise over the course of the season.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Paul Martin will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, coming off a five-year deal worth an annual cap hit of $5 million. The Penguins must also re-sign Christian Ehrhoff, who’s a better puck-moving blueliner. Erhoff could prove more affordable to retain than Martin.
The Penguins also have depth in promising young defensemen like Olli Maatta, Derrick Pouliot, Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin and Robert Bortuzzo. As they develop, the Penguins will have to make room for them.
Potential asking price: If Patric Hornqvist or Beau Bennett fail to blossom as scoring wingers, the Penguins could need offensive depth. Martin could be used as trade bait for a scoring forward.
Possible trade partners: Martin’s limited no-trade clause gives him some say over possible destinations. The Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders could have interest.
Why he’s likely to be traded: CSN Bay Area.com’s Kevin Kurz believes the Sharks were interested in moving Niemi earlier in the offseason. He now expects Niemi and backup Alex Stalock will be their tandem in training camp. Niemi is an unrestricted free agent next summer. If Stalock outplays Niemi, Kurz suggests there could be clubs interested in him later in the season.
Potential asking price: Given the current stagnant goalie market, the Sharks won’t get a decent return by shopping Niemi now. Kurz suggests they could get a better return by waiting until later in the season. They could seek a good young player, perhaps another goaltender.
Possible destinations: The Buffalo Sabres could be a destination if current goalie tandem Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth fails to pan out.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Though Patrik Berglund was the subject of trade rumors last season, the Blues re-signed him to a three-year deal worth $3.7 million annually. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jeremy Rutherford speculated Berglund could still attract interest from rival clubs, but general manager Doug Armstrong wants to retain him. If Berglund struggles again, his name will resurface in the rumor mill.
Potential asking price: They could seek a two-way forward to replace Vladimir Sobotka, who bolted earlier this summer for the KHL. They could seek an established starting goalie if their tandem of Brian Elliott and Jake Allen struggles this season.
Possible destinations: The Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals could use additional depth at center this season.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Eric Brewer will become an unrestricted free agent next summer. After 15 NHL seasons, the 35-year-old defenseman might not fit into the Lightning’s future plans. They added Anton Stralman and Jason Garrison this summer. Younger blueliners Radko Gudas, Andrej Sustr and Mark Barberio could receive more playing time this season.
Potential asking price: Brewer could fetch a decent draft pick or young player. He could also be packaged in a larger deal for a scoring winger if Jonathan Drouin fails to crack the lineup this season.
Possible trade partners: Brewer’s modified no-trade clause gives him some control over possible trade destinations. The New York Islanders lack depth in experienced defensemen and could be a trade option.
Why he’s likely to be traded: Leafs management appears unwilling to invest long term in Cody Franson. The Toronto Star‘s Dave Feschuk noted they attempted earlier this summer to ship Franson to the Montreal Canadiens for defensive blueliner Josh Gorges, but Gorges used his no-trade clause to scuttle the deal.
In July, he signed his third straight one-year contract with the club. The 27-year-old defenseman will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
Potential asking price: The Leafs gave up the most shots against per game (35.9) among NHL teams last season. They attempted to swap Franson for a stay-at-home defenseman, and that could remain their asking price.
Possible trade partners: The Canadiens already looked elsewhere for a puck-moving defenseman by signing Tom Gilbert. CBC.ca’s Elliotte Friedman believes the Calgary Flames had some interest earlier this summer. MLive.com’s Ansar Khan listed Franson as a trade option for the Detroit Red Wings, who seek a top-four blueliner with a right-handed shot.
Why he’s likely to be traded: The Canucks signed starter Ryan Miller to a three-year deal. That leaves Jacob Markstrom jockeying with Eddie Lack for the backup role.
The Vancouver Province‘s Jason Botchford reported in July that it was believed Markstrom requested a trade. Vancouver radio station News 1130 Sports subsequently reported the 24-year-old goalie denied this. If Lack becomes Miller’s backup, Markstrom could be dealt or demoted.
Potential asking price: As Markstrom has yet to fully establish himself at the NHL level, the Canucks won’t get much in return. Expect a draft pick or a prospect.
Possible trade partners: The goalie market is currently stagnant. If the Canucks try to trade Markstrom, the earliest could be during training camp or the preseason, when injuries could open up trade opportunities.
Why he’s likely to be traded: CBC.ca’s Elliotte Friedman reported the Capitals prefer to see how Mike Green performs under new head coach Barry Trotz. However, their recent additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik doesn’t bode well for Green’s long-term future in Washington.
He’s earning over $6 million this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. Assuming the Capitals top two defense pairings are Orpik-Niskanen and Karl Alzner-John Carlson, Green becomes an expensive third-pairing rearguard.
Potential asking price: CSN Washington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports the Capitals could use a second-line center. They could prefer one whose salary is more affordable than Green’s.
Possible trade partners: Gormley notes the Detroit Red Wings seek a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot. Green would certainly address that need, and they have depth in promising youngsters to tempt the Capitals. ESPN.com’s Tim Kavanagh suggested (Insider subscription required) the Colorado Avalanche as another possible trade partner.
Why he’s likely to be traded: As the Winnipeg Free Press‘ Ed Tait observed earlier this summer, Kane’s been the subject of trade speculation for most of his days with the Jets. Tait noted the 23-year-old left wing did little to squelch the rumors during an interview with The Team 1040 in Vancouver, declining to state directly that he wants to remain with the Jets.
Tait subsequently reported Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff declined to directly answer questions about Kane’s future with the club, other than saying Kane “is a Winnipeg Jet and that’s how we’re going forward.” Should the club struggle to reach playoff contention, Kane could become its best trade chip if Cheveldayoff decides to shake things up.
Potential asking price: The risk for Cheveldayoff in moving Kane is not getting a decent return. He could seek a comparable young forward. Failing that, he could request a package of one or two promising young players as well as a top prospect or first-round pick. Interested parties must also have the cap space to absorb Kane’s $5.25 million annual cap hit.
Possible trade partners: In July, Sun-Sentinel.com’s Harvey Fialkov reported Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon was seeking a goal scorer. The Panthers have depth in young talent to interest the Jets.
NESN.com’s Nicholas Goss believes Kane’s power-forward skills would make him a good fit with the Boston Bruins, but they already have Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand at left wing. The Arizona Coyotes lack scoring punch at left wing and could also come calling.