NHL Trade Bait Board dominated by defensemen

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Mar 16, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (29) reacts after scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Daily Goal Horn’s NHL Trade Bait Board has been updated reflecting the latest NHL trade rumors.

The Daily Goal Horn NHL Trade Bait Board

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

  1. Patrik Laine, WPG (TRADED)
  2. Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ (TRADED)
  3. Jack Roslovic, WPG (TRADED)
  4. Keith Yandle, FL (moved up)
  5. Leo Komarov, NYI (removed)
  6. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (moved down)
  7. Tyler Johnson, TB (moved down)
  8. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK (moved down)
  9. Shayne Gostibehere, PHI (moved down)
  10. Tony DeAngelo, NYR (moved up)
  11. Phil Kessel, AZ (removed)
  12. Max Pacioretty, VGK (removed)

Now here’s the updated board adjusted to the latest news and rumors. The Daily Goal Horn’s Dirty Dozen.

  1. Tony DeAngelo, NYR
  2. Vince Dunn, STL (added)
  3. Sam Bennett, CGY (added)
  4. Keith Yandle, FL
  5. Derek Stepan, OTT (added)
  6. Travis Dermott, TOR (added)
  7. Victor Mete, MTL (added)
  8. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY
  9. Tyler Johnson, TB
  10. Jonathan Marchessault, VGK
  11. Shayne Gostibehere, PHI
  12. Phillip Danault, MTL (added)

NHL Trade Bait: Tony DeAngelo tops the list

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Jan 31, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) takes a shot during pregame warmups prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers 25 year-old defenseman was warned numerous times but did not listen to his coach or GM. The final straw came after an altercation with his goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Last year’s fourth leading scorer among defenseman is now sitting at home waiting for a trade. Teams reported interested are the Flames, Kings, Ducks, and Red Wings.

Conflicting reports suggest a trade for Sam Bennett is being discussed, but Darren Dreger did say a deal could happen within days.

NHL Trade Bait: Vince Dunn and other defensemen on the board

The St. Louis Blues have put Vince Dunn on the trade block but thus far no takers. It was reported that at one time the Penguins were close but then Jim Rutherford shockingly resigned.

Also on this list are the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Travis Dermott and Montreal Canadiens’ Victor Mete. Dermott is currently injured but was linked to Sam Bennett in a deal with the Flames. Mete has requested a trade but the Habs are in no rush there.

NHL Trade Bait: Three new forwards join the mayhem

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Mar 8, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett (93) during the face off against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

As we mentioned earlier, Sam Bennett has been rumored to be involved in a trade for a defenseman. Whether that happens or not is questionable since reports out of Calgary say nothing’s imminent. Which probably means he’ll be traded in the next 24 hours.

Nick Kypreos is reporting that Derek Stepan may be available. He and his co-host Doug MacLean noted that Stepan’s family is in Arizona with a newborn. Quarantine issues make seeing his family difficult and could be a major issue here.

Finally, Phillip Danault has been added to the list. While a trade isn’t imminent, it is worth keeping an eye on when the deadline approaches. He turned down the Canadiens contract offer in September. No progress has been made and Montreal has reportedly stopped talks.