NHL Trade Bait Tracker: Top 25 candidates for 2023

The NHL Trade Bait Tracker has been updated as we look at the top 25 players likely to be moved by the trade deadline on March 3, 2023.

Jakob Chychrun remains at the top of the lost and his sizzling play has to have a few teams willing to give up what the Arizona Coyotes are looking for in a deal. A few new names have been added, including San Jose Sharks pending RFA, Timo Meier.

Let’s look at the names to watch in 2023.

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NHL Trade Bait Tracker

RankPlayer (Team)POSAGETERM – AAV
1Jakob Chychrun (ARI)D243 YEARS – $4.6M
2Patrick Kane (CHI)F341 YEAR – $10.5M
3Bo Horvat (VAN)C271 YEAR – $5.5M
4Ryan O’Reilly (STL)F311 YEAR – $7.5M
5John Klingberg (ANA)D301 YEAR – $7M
6Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)F301 YEAR – $7.5M
7Jonathan Toews (CHI)C341 YEAR – $10.5M
8Timo Meier (SJS)F261 YEAR – $6M
9Dylan Larkin (DET)F261 YEAR – $6.1M
10James van Riemsdyk (PHI)F341 YEAR – $7M
11Matt Dumba (MIN)D281 YEAR – $6M
12Max Pacioretty (CAR)F341 YEAR – $7M
13Brock Boeser (VAN)F252 YEARS – $6.65M
14Anthony Duclair (FLA)F272 YEARS – $3M
15Jack Roslovic (CBJ)F252 YEARS – $4M
17Sean Monahan (MTL)C281 YEAR – $6.375M
18Max Domi (CHI)F271 YEAR – $3M
19Jonathan Quick (LAK)G371 YEAR – $5.8M
20Tyler Bertuzzi (DET)F281 YEAR – $4.75M
21Blake Wheeler (WPG)F362 YEARS – $8.25M
22Kevin Shattenkirk (ANA)D341 YEAR – $3.9M
23Patric Hornqvist (FLA)F361 YEAR – $5.3M
24Tyler Motte (OTT)F271 YEAR – $1.35M
25Ryan Merkley (SJS)D221 YEAR – $863K

A look at the top trade candidates

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Apr 14, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates after he scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Jakob Chychrun: Arizona’s most valuable commodity is back from injury and playing extremely well. This season, he’s posted 17 points in 19 games and looks completely healthy. The 24 year-old defenseman has 3 years remaining on his contract (this season plus two more) with an excellent AAV of at $4.6 million. The Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres are two of the more recent teams associated with Chychrun in a trade. Of course, will anyone pay Arizona’s asking price believed to be at least one first round pick and top prospects.

Patrick Kane: The future hall of famer has 27 points in 36 games for a really bad Blackhawks team this season. Recent reporting noted that he and Jonathan Toews will meet with the organization in January to discuss their futures. Kane will be a UFA this summer and has a full no-move clause to control where he lands. The Blackhawks will also need to retain 50% of his $10.5M cap hit. Potential landing spots are the New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, and Edmonton Oilers.

Bo Horvat: The Canucks captain is likely on his way out of Vancouver based on the latest reports. According to Rick Dhaliwal, the pending UFA rejected the Canucks most recent offer which makes him a top candidate for a trade at the deadline come March 3. The 27 year-old is having an excellent season with 40 points in 36 games. Expect Horvat to bring in a first round pick and a top prospect.

Ryan O’Reilly: St. Louis’ captain is currently on LTIR. The 31 year-old has 16 points in 37 games and is expected to miss at least six weeks with a broken foot. There was some concern about how the injury would impact his trade value, but many contenders will jump at that the chance to land this proven winner at the deadline. O’Reilly will be a UFA in July and the Blues would do well to bring in future assets.

John Klingberg: The 30 year-old is having a respectable season with a young and maturing Ducks squad. He has 11 points in 31 games and is likely to be the top rental defenseman at the deadline. Anaheim will surely eat 50% of his $7M AAV to facilitate a trade and get back a first-round pick