NHL Trade Bait Tracker: 2022 Offseason Edition

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Nov 1, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Daily Goal Horn has launched its NHL Trade Bait Tracker for the 2022 Offseason.

The 2022 NHL offseason could be one of the more interesting ones in years. While the NHL salary cap going up only by $1 Million to $82.5M, it still is a much needed increase.

Then you have the dynamic of teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, and possibly the Winnipeg Jets all ready to jettison expensive vets to launch a rebuild. Add in the fact that some big names rumored to be on the move at the Trade Deadline remained with their current teams and we are in for a sizzling summer of trades.

Starting at the NHL Draft in Montreal set for July 7, these 20 players will be at the forefront of rumors.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker for the 2022 Offseason

RankPlayer (Team)POSAGETERM – AAV
1Jakob Chychrun (ARI)D233 YEARS – $4.6M
2J.T. Miller (VAN)F281 YEAR – $5.25M
3Jake DeBrusk (BOS)LW252 YEARS – $4M
4Mark Scheifele (WPG)C292 YEARS – $6.125M
5Patrick Kane (CHI)F331 YEAR – $10.5M
6Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)F301 YEAR – $7.5M
7Brock Boeser (VAN)F26RFA – $5.875M
8Tyler Bertuzzi (DET)F271 YEAR – $4.75M
9Bo Horvat (VAN)F261 YEAR- $5.5M
10Jeff Petry (MTL)D343 YEARS – $6.25M
11Vitali Kravtsov (NYR)F22RFA – $925K
12Alexandar Georgiev (NYR)G26RFA – $2.425m
13John Gibson (ANA)G285 YEARS – $6.4M
14Jonathan Toews (CHI)C331 YEAR – $10.5M
15Conor Garland (VAN)F264 YEARS – $4.95M
16Sean Monahan (CGY)C271 YEAR – $6.75M
17Pavel Zacha (NJD)C24RFA – $2.25M
18Dominik Kubalik (CHI)F26RFA – $3.7M
19Nils Lundkvist (NYR)D212 YEARS – $925K
20Semyon Varlamov (NYI)G331 YEAR – $5M
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A look at the top five trade candidates

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Nov 18, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) celebrates his goal scored against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jakob Chychrun: When it was announced that Chychrun suffered a lower-body injury that would keep him out 2-4 weeks, it basically put the kibosh on a trade at the deadline. The Coyotes were asking for a package that started with a first round pick, a young player, and a prospect. They will likely get that at the draft. Keep an eye on the Ducks, Kings, and Islanders.

J.T Miller: The Canucks leading scorer will be a hot topic of trade conversations again this summer. There’s speculation that his next deal will be a huge raise to $8.5 Million per Elliotte Friedman. Will the Canucks be willing to go that high? If they do it may come at the cost of trading Bo Horvat or Brock Boeser. As far as trade destinations go, the Rangers may still be interested but a long list of suitors will present themselves if he is really available this time.

Jake DeBrusk: The Boston Bruins announced a new two-year contract extension at the trade deadline but per multiple reports DeBrusk did not pull his trade request. DeBrusk was making $3.675M before the extension and the hope was that having a new deal in place would make a trade easier. That didn’t happen on March 21, but will likely take place at the draft.

Mark Scheifele: The center plays a big and tough game, which many teams would love to add to their team. If the Jets opt to rebuild/retool, trading Scheifele will land them plenty of picks and prospects to get started. One team that apparently will be in on him is the Rangers, especially if Ryan Strome walks via free agency.

Patrick Kane: The 33 year-old is having another dominant season with has 82 points in 68 games. If the Chicago Blackhawks are dead serious about rebuilding, Kane is the player that will provide the biggest jump start to those efforts. The Buffalo, NY native has called Chicago home for the last 15 years and said he could certainly see himself staying put. He has a full no-move clause, but if the right opportunity were to arise, I could see him waiving it to help the Hawks.