NHL Trade Bait Board gets some star power

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Feb 22, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) and New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) battle for position during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

As the NHL Trade Deadline approaches (April 12), there is a lot of belief that deals could start in weeks. That’s because many teams have concerns with quarantine protocols, especially with any transaction involving border crossings.

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 Daily Goal Horn’s Dealing Dozen from February 5:

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

Now here’s the updated board adjusted to the latest information:

  1. Jeff Skinner, BUF
  2. Brandon Montour, BUF
  3. Sam Bennett, CGY
  4. Bobby Ryan, DET
  5. Jack Eichel, BUF
  6. Tony DeAngelo, NYR
  7. Jake Virtanen, VAN
  8. Mikael Granlund, NSH
  9. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM
  10. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY
  11. Phillip Danault, MTL
  12. Tyler Johnson, TB

Jack Eichel back on the Trade Bait Board with some fellow Sabres

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Jan 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) warms up before a game against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Eichel was last on the DGH Trade Bait Board on November 17. That was due in large part to a piece in The Athletic where NHL agents anonymously chose him as someone likely to be traded this season.

Well, Eichel is back on this list. Albeit at #5, but that’s because he and his agent haven’t said much as NHL analysts continue to bring him up in trade talk. The longer he stays silent, the higher he will climb.

Joining Eichel are teammates Jeff Skinner who finally made his way back into the lineup today after three straight healthy scratches. His future in Buffalo is on thin ice. Brandon Montour was also cited as being shopped recently.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins joins the crowd

During the offseason both sides were talking about an extension until the wheels fell off the bus. The speed bump came in the form of Oilers GM Ken Holland telling RNH they wouldn’t go a penny over $7 million.

“It’s got to be a deal that works for both sides,” Holland told Sportsnet 590. “The way the system is built, it makes it more difficult to compete. We’ve got to find a solution that works for Ryan and his agent and also for the Edmonton Oilers.”

As talks remain stalled, a player like RNH will be a hot commodity at the deadline. Expect to see his name climb higher on this board with each update.

Bobby Ryan leads the rentals

Bobby Ryan wants to stay in Detroit, but he knows that may not be the case come the trade deadline. He along with players like Mikael Granlund are attractive rentals for playoff bound teams.

Expect more rental players to be added as we draw near. They could possibly replace names like Johnny Gaudreau and Tyler Johnson soon. They were both talked about a lot prior to the season starting, but things have cooled considerably.

As we get closer to the deadline, I will expand the list to 20. Stay tuned.