Dead trade rumors that may come back to life during the season
There’s been plenty of trade talk dating all the way back to the last NHL trade deadline. We know that many things are still up in the air, but at some point during next season, GMs will start feeling themselves again.
Whether that’s a month into the new season or right before the next trade deadline, these old trade possibilities may resurface again.
Boston Bruins trading for Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Oh the drama that was between OEL and the Arizona Coyotes this offseason. From asking him to waive his no move clause, to OEL laying down the hammer by only doing so for two teams, Boston and Vancouver.
If Zdeno Chara indeed opts not to play this season, maybe even retiring, then the Bruins will be calling for OEL again. Should the Coyotes be out of playoff contention by the deadline, I could see OEL agreeing to a trade to the Bruins.
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Carolina Hurricanes trading for Marc-Andre Fleury
Speaking of drama, what unfolded during the playoffs between MAF, his agent Allan Walsh, and the Golden Knights was Oscar worthy. From tweeting out pictures of MAF being stabbed in the back, to begging teams to take him at the draft, this had it all.
To refresh your memory, the Knights offered Fleury to the Hurricanes at 50% retention and a second round pick. Carolina got greedy and demanded at first rounder too, which obviously killed the deal.
The Canes should have made the trade because for as talented as they are, their goaltending is suspect. I would not be surprised if these two teams worked out a deal during the season at some point. And for less than the initial offer.
New York Islanders trading for Zach Parise
It was rumored at the last NHL trade deadline, the Minnesota Wild and NY Islanders were working on a trade that would send Zach Parise to the Island. Andrew Ladd was said to be one of the pieces going the other way.
There is a lot to unpack here, but the Islanders feel they are a contender and Parise, who is 36, could help. Surely, Lou Lamoriello has to take care of his own house and get Mathew Barzal signed, but this is something to keep an eye on.
If the two sides could make this work financially, I see a deal at the next deadline. Minnesota will have to eat salary since Parise has 5 years left at $7.5 million AAV. There’s also the question of Parise waiving his no-move-clause, but I doubt it would be a roadblock.