NHL Rumors: Latest NHL Trade Bait Board

Buchnevich battles Laine (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

The next NHL season is in doubt, but the hope remains there will be one. That is if Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr can work things out by next week in order to start in early January.

That isn’t stopping the NHL Rumors Mill from moving forward. Here’s The Daily Goal Horn’s updated Trade Bait Board with updates.

The Daily Goal Horn NHL Trade Bait Board

First let’s take a look at the previous board from November 17 with some notes.

  • Jack Eichel, BUF
  • Mitch Marner, TOR
  • Patrik Laine, WPG
  • Matt Dumba, MIN (GM Bill Guerin says he’s not shopping him)
  • Johnny Gaudreau, CGY
  • Tyler Johnson, TB
  • Alex Killorn, TB
  • Shayne Gostibehere, PHI
  • Jaden Schwartz, STL
  • Phil Kessel, AZ
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (temporarily removed – Vegas going with him and Lehner)
  • William Nylander, TOR (temporarily removed due to no further info)

Now here’s the updated board adjusted to the latest news and rumors.

  • Patrik Laine, WPG
  • Johnny Gaudreau, CGY
  • Tyler Johnson, TB
  • Alex Killorn, TB
  • Shayne Gostibehere, PHI
  • Jaden Schwartz, STL
  • Phil Kessel, AZ
  • Pavel Buchnevich, NYR (Added)
  • Josh Bailey, NYI (Added)
  • Ryan Getzlaf, ANA (Added)
  • Jack Eichel, BUF (moved down)
  • Mitch Marner, TOR (moved down)

NHL Rumors: Johnny Gaudreau moves up to number 2

Johnny Gaudreau moves up from number 5 all the way up to 2, thanks to Matt Dumba being taken off the market and both Eichel and Marner dropping down.

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Fire up those Gaudreau trade rumors again (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

In a recent article on Bleacher Report, they looked at 5 possible trade destinations for the 27 year-old NJ native.

  1. Buffalo Sabres
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets
  3. NJ Devils
  4. NY Islanders
  5. Philadelphia Flyers

My opinion is that the Sabres, Devils, and Flyers make the most sense. While the Jackets are interesting, I don’t see a perfect fit. As for the Islanders, not sure who they could trade to make room for Gaudreau’s cap hit of $6.75 million.

NHL Rumors: New York trade chatter to watch out for

Rumors around Mathew Barzal will continue around the Isles until he’s signed. The Islanders have been real aggressive in trying to shop veterans like Leo Komarov, but no takers.

Florida Hockey Now said that a source suggested to them the Islanders may trade forward Josh Bailey. He makes $5 million AAV for the next three seasons, so the Islanders may need to eat salary or throw in a high draft pick to facilitate a move.

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Rangers to be sellers at deadline (NYPOST/Paul J. Bereswill)

From the Long Island Expressway and through the Midtown Tunnel, we head to the Rangers. There a young right wing could be a top trade candidate for the Blueshirts.

While the Rangers continue to make strides and have MVP finalist, Artemi Panarin and sniper Mika Zibanejad on the roster, they are not yet Cup contenders. This had Rick Carpiniello thinking the Rangers will be sellers at the trade deadline again.

Over at Forever Blueshirts, I dove into the possibility of trading Pavel Buchnevich who is also in the last year of his deal. That would depend on how Kakko is progressing and if they believe Vitali Kravtsov belongs on the second line.

Keep your eyes on the Isles to make moves before camp, and the Rangers by the NHL trade deadline.

NHL Rumors: Ryan Getzlaf on the block

Jimmy Murphy of Florida Hockey Now reported that the Anaheim Ducks are aggressively shopping players. That’s because they are trying to get cap compliant and he suggests that Ryan Getzlaf is being shopped.

Is there a market for a 35 year-old center with one year left at $8.25 million? The answer is yes, but the Ducks will likely have to eat half that salary AND throw in a draft pick. Apparently three teams have checked in on his availability.

Other Ducks that could be on the move are Jakob Silferberg and Rickard Rakell.

Patrik Laine is almost as good as gone next season

At the top of the list is Patrik Laine. He wanted it well known that he did not ask to be traded. Laine did so because of all the rumors swirling around that he was available on the market.

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Patrik Laine (Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)

[Laine’s] agents also made clear that it’s fair to say that given that Laine knows his name has been in trade discussions, and given that his usage in the lineup the last couple of years has been a constant topic of conversation, the fact that he doesn’t get consistent first-line minutes, his agents Mike Liut and Andy Scott do confirm that it probably would be mutually beneficial to both the player and to the team he is traded.”Pierre Lebrun on a recent Insider Trading.

I don’t know about you, but when a player’s agent says it would be “mutually beneficial ” for him to be traded, I’m not sure what else Jets GM, Kevin Cheveldayoff can do but get the best return possible.

The relationship between both parties may be reaching a breaking point. There is also a lot of talk that Kevin Hayes is in the ear of coach Alain Vigneault to push for a trade to bring his old line-mate to the Flyers.

Will the New Jersey native make his way to Philadelphia soon? I am betting on this happening at some point next season.

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