NHL Rumors: Eichel’s agent change and Giroux free agent talk headline latest NHL Trade Bait Tracker

Eichel and Giroux lead latest update.

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Dec 14, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) carries the puck against Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

In this edition we’ve added the Flyers Claude Giroux to the list. Although the Flyers sound optimistic; they will not negotiate until the end of the season. Since Giroux could be lost for nothing as a UFA, his name will be of interest come the trade deadline.

Two other names that were believed to be as good as gone by the time NHL Free Agency opened are still with their respective teams. Both Jack Eichel and Vladimir Tarasenko appear to be staying put for now. The big news to report on Eichel is he fired his old agents and is now represented by Pat Brisson; one of the NHL’s top agents.

After the move, I spoke with a team executive familiar with the situation stating this was a long overdue. Brisson was referred to as a “true professional” and exactly what Eichel needs to get a trade moving forward again. The Ducks are also reportedly back in the mix.

The NHL Trade Bait Tracker has been updated to reflect the latest information around some of the top names rumored to be on the block.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

jack Eichel changes agents

#1 Jack Eichel (C), Buffalo Sabres
Trade Status:
Available
Destinations:
Rangers, Golden Knights, Wild, Ducks, and Canadiens
Notes: Pat Brisson now represents Eichel. A much needed change.
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#2 Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Islanders, Rangers, Devils, Hurricanes
Notes: Blues don’t want to retain salary, and have told Tarasenko to be ready to return. He needs expand his trade list.
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Alexandar Georgiev

#3 Alexandar Georgiev (G), New York Rangers
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Sabres, Coyotes
Notes: Georgiev may want a crack as a starter, and the Rangers are still shopping him.
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#4 Phil Kessel (F), Arizona Coyotes
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Golden Knights
Notes: Kessel has asked for a move to Vegas, but they can’t take him on right now. He’s in the process of being traded.
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christian Dvorak trade rumor

#5 Christian Dvorak (C), Arizona Coyotes
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Bruins, Rangers, Devils, Flames
Notes: Arizona is still cutting costs and Dvorak is wanted. The Flames may be another team interested.
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sean monahan

#6 Sean Monahan (C), Calgary Flames
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Rangers, Wild, Blue Jackets
Notes: Monahan’s name has come back up as a trade chip to fill their holes on defense.
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#7 Evgeny Kuznetsov (C), Washington Capitals
Trade Status:
Available
Destinations: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Kraken
Notes: The Caps are walking back talk that they want to trade him. The Seattle Kraken may be a top contender to land him.
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johnny Gaudreau

#8 Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Flyers
Notes: Things have died down here. Maybe they will start up closer to the season. However; it sounds like the Flames want to sign him.
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evander kane

#9 Evander Kane (F), San Jose Sharks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: TBD
Notes: Some Sharks players don’t want him back. SJ is trying to move on as Kane deals with gambling accusations.
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rangers ryan strome

#10 Ryan Strome (F), New York Rangers
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Senators, Kraken, Sabres
Notes: Strome will only get moved if the Rangers trade for Eichel or another high end center. His name has died down in recent weeks.
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joonas korpisalo

#11 Joonas Korpisalo (G), Columbus Blue Jackets
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Oilers
Notes: Elvis Merzlikins appears to be their #1, Korpisalo now expendable.
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nhl trade rumors rickard rakell

#12 Rickard Rakell (F), Anaheim Ducks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: TBD
Notes: He was wanted at the trade deadline, but the price was too high. Maybe it will come down now.
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nhl rumors claude giroux

#13 Claude Giroux (C), Philadelphia Flyers
Trade Status: TBD
Destinations: TBD
Notes: With Giroux a pending UFA and the Flyers not talking contract until the end of the season, he is a prime trade deadline rental.
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