Tons of NHL rumors flying as the Trade Deadline is just two days away
There’s a lot of action with regards to NHL rumors and the top insiders are working overtime.
Hockey fans’ phones are buzzing with notifications from their favorite insiders and websites as to what’s going on with the Trade Deadline two days away.
Where will Claude Giroux go? Who might be traded next that no one expected? These are the type of questions that are driving all the latest speculation.
NHL Rumors: Claude Giroux
Our top trade bait candidate, Claude Giroux played his 1000th and possibly final game on Thursday as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Florida Panthers appear to be the front runners despite not having a first round pick after trading for Ben Chiarot from Montreal. Colorado and St. Louis are also believed to be suitors.
Per Pierre Lebrun: The Flyers continue to grind away on a Claude Giroux trade. Sense is there was a bit of progress yesterday. But still not where they need it to be. Lots of time still before Monday’s 3 pm ET deadline
Winnipeg Jets sellers?
The Winnipeg Jets could be coming to the realization that they need to be sellers. They are currently 4 points out of the final Wild Card spot with two other teams ahead of them. The Dallas Stars are two points up on the Jets with three games in hand.
What really looms large is the future of Mark Scheifele this summer if the team opts to retool with younger players. If he’s available it’s believed the New York Rangers are a top suitor.
Hurricanes will not trade their 1st rd pick
According to Pierre LeBrun, the Carolina Hurricanes have informed teams they WILL NOT trade their 2023 first-round pick. This will hamper their ability to land any of the top trade deadline rentals.
New York Rangers still working rental market
Elliotte Friedman noted in his latest podcast that the Rangers are still shopping the rental market. He mentioned that they still would like a left defenseman and that they made a pitch for Alexander Radulov from the Dallas Stars.
Their two top trade targets remain Anaheim Ducks rental forward Rickard Rakell, and Seattle Kraken’s rental defenseman Mark Giordano.
Other options include Phil Kessel, Andrew Copp, and Max Domi up front. On the backend Colin Miller and Calvin de Haan are candidates.
Max Domi on the move
David Pagnotta updated pending UFA forward Max Domi’s situation which points to a trade by Monday.
“There haven’t been any recent contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Max Domi, who will become a UFA this July. The expectation, I’m told, is that he will be traded ahead of Monday’s 3pm ET deadline,” Pagnotta tweeted. “Columbus & Domi’s camp spoke earlier in the season about an extension. Clearly, that didn’t lead to anything. We’ll see where he ends up in the coming days.”
Filip Forsberg talks
Filip Forsberg remains on some team’s wish lists.
He was one of the early rumored names to be available but quickly taken off the market thanks to GM David Poile saying he wasn’t trying to trade him.
At this time, there appears to be no progress made on his contract.