NHL rumors extremely quiet; updated Trade Bait Tracker

12 players likely on the move before the season starts.

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Apr 17, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) attempts a wraparound against Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) and Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during the first period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Two 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. However a new name (or should I say an old one) has been added to the list in Sean Monahan.

Here’s the list of top names still out there. We will continually provide updates until the season starts.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

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#1 Jack Eichel (C), Buffalo Sabres
Trade Status:
Available
Destinations:
Rangers, Golden Knights, Wild, or maybe no one
Notes: All that is known is he will be traded. Buffalo overplayed their hand here.
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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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#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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#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, Kings, Blue Jackets
Notes: The Caps are walking back talk that they want to trade him.
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#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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#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.
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#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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#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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