NHL Trade Bait Tracker: Timo Meier heading to New Jersey Devils

The NHL Trade Bait Tracker has been updated as we are less than a week away from the March 3 Trade Deadline.

Patrick Kane was a healthy scratch on Saturday and returned home as the New York Rangers clear cap space to acquire the three-time Stanley Cup champion. Meanwhile the race for Timo Meier is believed down to two teams, the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights.

Jakob Chychrun’s never-ending saga with the Coyotes continues as it’s unclear if he’ll be moved at this point. Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov is expected to be moved this week, likely to the Edmonton Oilers.

Finally, James van Riemsdyk has enough contenders interested in him and was also held out of action on Saturday in anticipation of a trade.

UPDATE: New Jersey Devils acquire Timo Meier

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

RankPlayer (Team)POSAGETERM – AAV
1Patrick Kane (CHI)F341 YEAR – $10.5M
2Timo Meier (SJS to NJD)F261 YEAR – $6M (RFA)
3James van Riemsdyk (PHI)F341 YEAR – $7M
4Vladislav Gavrikov (CBJ)D271 YEAR – $2.8M
5Jakob Chychrun (ARI)D243 YEARS – $4.6M
6John Klingberg (ANA)D301 YEAR – $7M
7Dmitry Kulikov (ANA)D321 YEAR – $2.25M
8Sean Monahan (MTL)C281 YEAR – $6.375M
9Matt Dumba (MIN)D281 YEAR – $6M
10Nick Bjugstad (ARI)F301 YEAR – $900K
11Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ)G281 YEAR – $1.3M
12Max Domi (CHI)F271 YEAR – $3M
13Jake McCabe (CHI)D292 YEARS – $4M
14Nick Ritchie (ARI)F271 YEAR – $2.5M
15Sam Lafferty (CHI)F272 YEARS – $1.15M
16Cam Talbot  (OTT)G351 YEAR – $3.66M
17Kevin Shattenkirk (ANA)D341 YEAR – $3.9M
18Patric Hornqvist (FLA)F361 YEAR – $5.3M
19Shayne Gostisbehere (ARI)D291 YEAR – $4.5M
20Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM)F241 YEAR – $3M (RFA)
21Nathan Beaulieu (ANA)D301 YEAR – $850K
22Luke Schenn (VAN)D331 YEAR – $850K
23James Reimer (SJS)G341 YEAR – $2.25M
24Joel Edmundson (MTL)D292 YEARS – $3.5M
25Mattias Ekholm (NSH)D323 YEARS – $6.25M
26Zac Jones (NYR)D221 YEAR – $925K (RFA)
27Erik Karlsson (SJS)D325 YEARS – $11.5M
28Brock Boeser (VAN)F252 YEARS – $6.65M
29Lars Eller (WSH)C331 YEAR – $3.5M
30Tyler Bertuzzi (DET)F281 YEAR – $4.75M

Notable Trades:

Bo Horvat to New York Islanders

Vladimir Tarasenko to New York Rangers

Ryan O’Reilly to Toronto Maple Leafs

Tyler Motte to New York Rangers

Nik Zaitsev to Chicago Blackhawks

Nino Niederreiter to Winnipeg Jets

Dmitry Orlov to Boston Bruins

Vitali Kravtsov to Vancouver Canucks

Ivan Barbashev to Vegas Golden Knights

A look at the top trade candidates

NHL Recaps Patrick Kane
Feb 19, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) salutes the crowd after the Blackhawks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 at United Center. Kane had three goals and one assist in the game. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Kane: Even though no one is officially saying it, the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks are finalizing a trade that will send Patrick Kane to Broadway. GM Chris Drury traded Vitali Kravtsov on Saturday and is making room for Kane, who apparently will only waive his clause to join the Blueshirts. This season, Kane’s been dealing with a nagging injury but has managed 45 points in 54 games.

Timo Meier: The 26 year-old has 31 goals and 52 points in 57 games to date. The New Jersey Devils are linked as the strongest suitor to acquire him and now the latest reports have the Vegas Golden Knights aggressively pursuing Meier. According to Pierre LeBrun, the Carolina Hurricanes have informed San Jose they are out of the mix.

James van Riemsdyk: The 33 year-old has 23 points in 40 games this season. Interest has been building with multiple suitors that includes the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, Vegas Golden Knights, and Minnesota Wild. He was held out of the lineup on Saturday in anticipation of a deal.

Vladislav Gavrikov: This 27 year-old defenseman is garnering a lot of attention with the Edmonton Oilers rumored to be the most likely landing spot. This year, he has 10 points in 52 games and could solidify a contender’s top 4. Another team emerging as a serious candidate are the Boston Bruins.

Jakob Chychrun: The trade saga continues between the Arizona Coyotes Chychrun. With 2 more years remaining on his contract and an excellent AAV of at $4.6 million, he’s a great cost-controlled top 4 d-man. At this point, people are wondering if this trade will ever happen and the Los Angeles Kings still remain the top landing spot. Through 36 games, Chychrun has 28 points on the season.