NHL Rumors: Who are the top Trade Bait candidates for the 2021-22 season?

Check out the 2021-22 NHL Trade Bait Tracker.

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Oct 12, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (88) and center Tomas Hertl (48) attempt to defend against Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (15) in the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Trade Bait Tracker for the 2021-22 season has been set. While training camps continue, a few names have emerged as possible trade deadline rentals already.

The top names are still the same with Jack Eichel and Vladimir Tarasenko leading the pack, but the Flames Johnny Gaudreau is starting to move up the list. Same for pending UFA’s like Tomas Hertl of the Sharks and Claude Giroux of the Flyers.

Stick with us all season as we will update this list regularly.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

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#1 Jack Eichel (C), Buffalo Sabres
Trade Status:
Available
Destinations:
Rangers, Golden Knights, Wild, and Ducks

Notes: The Sabres took away the C and he needs surgery but will not go for Eichel’s requested disc replacement. NHL may need to step in.
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#2 Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: TBD
Notes: Tarasenko has reported to camp and looks great. He doesn’t want to talk about his trade request, but despite all the goodwill he’s still likely to be moved.
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#3 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 is currently nursing an injury and is likely a prime trade deadline rental.

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#4 Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Flyers, Devils
Notes: There was some thought that the Flames would extend him this summer but it never came to be. Gaudreau has told the press he isn’t talking about his contract.
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#5 Tomas Hertl (C), San Jose Sharks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Rangers, Kraken, Golden Knights, and Blue Jackets
Notes: Hertl is a pending UFA with a history of knee injuries. He’s open to a deal with the Sharks but made it a point he wants to play for a winner. He could be moved at the trade deadline.
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#6 Joonas Korpisalo (G), Columbus Blue Jackets
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Oilers and Maple Leafs
Notes: Columbus committed to Elvis Merzlikinsas their #1, Korpisalo is now expendable. He could be a trade deadline rental.
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#7 Evander Kane (F), San Jose Sharks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: TBD
Notes: SJ is trying to move on as Kane deals with NHL investigations. The latest reports make it clear that trading him is impossible. He could be a buyout candidate.
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#8 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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#9 Filip Forsberg (F), Nashville Predators
Trade Status:
TBD
Destinations: TBD
Notes: Nashville would like to sign Forsberg, but the forward isn’t interested in contract distractions now. He is a name to look for at the trade deadline.
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#10 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. NY has Keith Kinkaid as a backup for the season, if a deal is done.
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#11 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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#12 Ryan Strome (F), New York Rangers
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Senators, Kraken, Sabres
Notes: Strome is unlikely to be moved at the moment. Depending on where they are in the standings come trade deadline, he could be a rental due to his pending UFA status.
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