NHL Trade Bait Tracker: J.T. Miller signing puts Bo Horvat on the list

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The NHL Trade Bait Tracker gets a shakeup now that J.T. Miller and the Vancouver Canucks have come to terms on a massive 7-year deal.

Miller was considered the top candidate on the board in August, but that honor moves to Jakob Chychrun. He climbs up one slot as some new names enter the Top 5.

As training camps get set to open this month, some teams remain over the cap and will need to make some room. That could lead to some preseason trades before the puck drops officially in October.

New to this list are Nils Lundkvist of the New York Rangers, whose request for a trade dating back to last season is now public. The Canucks are over the cap at this moment, but will need to make more space for when Miller’s contract extension kicks in. This puts Bo Horvat in the crosshairs of rumors this upcoming season.

Let’s take a closer look at who could be moved between now and the next trade deadline.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

RankPlayer (Team)POSAGETERM – AAV
1Jakob Chychrun (ARI)D243 YEARS – $4.6M
2Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)F301 YEAR – $7.5M
3Patrick Kane (CHI)F331 YEAR – $10.5M
4Nils Lundkvist (NYR)D222 YEARS – $925K
5Bo Horvat (VAN)C271 YEAR – $5.5M
6Torey Krug (STL)D315 YEARS – $6.5M
7Josh Anderson (MTL)F285 YEARS – $5.5M
8Jonathan Toews (CHI)C341 YEAR – $10.5M
9Jake DeBrusk (BOS)F252 YEARS – $4M
10Blake Wheeler (WPG)F362 YEARS – $8.25M
Trade Bait Tracker

A look at the top trade candidates

Nov 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6) against the Detroit Red Wings at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jakob Chychrun: The Coyotes were asking for a package that started with a first round pick, a young player, and a prospect. Chychrun registered 21 points in 47 games last season and indicated he’s like to be moved. One team that appears to be aggressively in pursuit are the Ottawa Senators, so keep an eye on Ontario.

Vladimir Tarasenko: Latest reports indicate that Tarasenko has not rescinded his trade request and is very open to a move. He’s entering the final year of his contract which comes with an AAV of $7.5 million. Tarasenko is also coming off a great season where he recorded 34 goals and 82 points in 75 games. If he isn’t willing to extend, the Blues will most certainly deal him at the deadline.

Patrick Kane: With one year left on a deal that hits the cap at $10.5 million and a full no-move clause, it’s really up to him if he wants to go. He registered 92 points in 76 games last season and would return a haul of picks and prospects for Chicago. A recent report by David Pagnotta indicates that Kane is ready to move on, but Hawks GM Kyle Davidson dismissed that notion.

Nils Lundkvist: His agent Claude Lemieux revealed to Forever Blueshirts that they asked for a trade last season when he was sent down in favor of Braden Schneider in January. “We did request a trade when Nils was sent down last year,” Lemieux said. “We hope something can get done in the next few weeks.” The 2018 first-round pick has 4 points in 25 NHL games.

Bo Horvat: With Miller signed and Horvat possibly becoming a UFA in July of 2023, he pole-vaults into the top 5. The captain of the Canucks scored a career high 31 goals last season and finished with 52 points in 70 games. You can expect to start hearing rumors regarding his future soon.

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Apr 12, 2022; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat (53) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Torey Krug: He’s been in and out of the rumor mill since last season. He still has a lot of term left on his deal but will generate interest. In 2021-22, he scored 43 points in 64 games. The St. Louis Blues have a few key players they need to sign for 2023-24 including Ryan O’Reilly. They will like try and shed some salary to make sure they can.

Josh Anderson: The Canadiens are looking for cap flexibility as they continue their rebuild efforts. One player teams will find attractive is Josh Anderson as they hope they can get him at reasonable price. Last season, he registered 19 goals and 32 points in 69 games. He’s a John Tortorella type player, who coached him in Columbus, so look for the Flyers to be in on him if they can work something out.

Jonathan Toews: He is no fan of the rebuild Chicago is planning and will likely be looking to waive his no-move clause come the next trade deadline. So what’s the market for an aging center on a clear decline after scoring just 37 points in 71 games? The Hawks will have to eat half of his $10.5M contract in order to entice a team to take the pending UFA. I’m not so sure that will be enough unless Toews can find that old scoring touch this season.

Jake DeBrusk: After publicly requesting a trade, he’s now publicly rescinded it. Although GM Don Sweeney did not dismiss the notion of possibly moving the young forward on. DeBrusk has a nice second half to last season and finished with 42 points in 77 games. He will have teams interested if he’s shopped.

Blake Wheeler: He had a solid season with 16 goals and 65 points in 60 contests. However, the Jets are going to have to eat a chunk of his cap hit in order to facilitate a trade. He has two years remaining with a whopping $8.25M AAV and very few playoff contenders can afford him at that cost. This is more likely a trade deadline deal if he gets moved at all.

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