West Division Trade Targets: Top player to trade for from each team
The NHL trade deadline is less than two months away. Let’s take a look at one potential trade target from each team in the Central Division. They will range from names churning in the rumor mill to some intriguing possibilities as well.
West Division NHL Trade Targets
Anaheim Ducks – Ryan Getzlaf (C, UFA at $8.25M): Recent reporting out of Anaheim have them not thinking about asking Getzlaf to waive and leaving that decision to him. Regardless, teams will come asking about him at the deadline for a playoff run.
Arizona Coyotes – Alex Goligoski (D, UFA at $5.475M): The Coyotes have plenty of players coming up on expiring contracts and will be moving many for draft picks. However, the 35 Goligoski would be my pick of the litter to go after first.
Colorado Avalanche – Brandon Saad (W, UFA at $5M): The Avalanche are going to be buyers at the deadline. That being said, what is the future of Saad? If they can’t come to an agreement, he could be used in a bigger trade. No doubt, some teams will ask about the 28 year-old with 6 goals and 10 points on the season.
Los Angeles Kings – Jonathan Quick (G, 2 years left at $5.8M): Now that Marc-Andre Fleury has officially been moved out of play by Knights owner Bill Foley, teams are going to come asking for the 35 year-old Quick. The Seattle Expansion is coming up and it looks like Quick will be the goalie L.A. exposes.
Minnesota Wild – Nick Bonino (C, UFA at $4.1M): At 32 years-old he can still add much needed depth to a contender’s playoff aspirations. While Matt Dumba will be the talk for the Wild at the deadline, Bonino is the easy target to acquire.
San Jose Sharks – Tomas Hertl (C/W, 1 year left at $5.625M): I can’t put my finger on what the Sharks are just yet. At this point they are middle of the road team with not much hope for success. If the Sharks want to move the needle, they’ll need to listen to offers on one of their more desirable pieces. With one year left on his deal, some teams will come asking about Hertl.
St. Louis Blues – Vince Dunn (D, RFA at $1.875M): The Blues have already put his name out there. Expect talks to ramp up for Dunn at the deadline. This was an easy one to pick.
Vegas Golden Knights – Alec Martinez (D, UFA at $4M): Blue-liners are always sought after at the trade deadline. Teams are going to ask about 33 year-old pending UFA Martinez. I see the Knights as buyers at the deadline, but that’s the guy teams will ask them about.