The trading market has been mostly quiet with less than a week to go before the March 21 deadline at 3 p.m.
The Colorado Avalanche dealt with an injury to Samuel Girard and added value to its blue line by acquiring physical defenseman Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks for Boston College defenseman Drew Helleson and a 2023 second-round pick.
Looking ahead, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers could look to goal for help, but the main goalkeeper has a lot to say about whether he moves. Additionally, some key business targets have been hurt.
The Montreal Canadiens, Seattle Kraken, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Arizona Coyotes are expected to provide the players who will be traded for draft picks and prospects.
Here are some that could be moved before the deadline:
F Claude Giroux, Ruffles
The longtime Flyers captain is the team’s best player on an expiring contract, but he would have to waive his entire no-trade clause. The All-Star, who called this season “probably the worst year I’ve been here,” would bolster a team’s top six, playing center or wing. The Flyers will likely have to retain some of their $8.275 million salary cap for the deal to work. He will reach 1,000 career games, all with the Flyers, on Thursday and will be honored with a pregame ceremony.
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“Obviously there are still some meetings and some things to talk about with management and see what the game plan is, not just for this year, but for the future,” Giroux said Sunday after the Flyers lost for the 24th time in his last match. 29 games.
D Ben Chiarot, Canadians
The Canadians have already passed Tyler Toffoli. Chiarot, a pending unrestricted free agent with a modified trade clause (he can submit a 10-team roster), is 6-3, weighs 225 pounds, kills penalties and plays more than 23 minutes a game. He will attract a lot of interest.
D Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes
He could bring a strong return, especially since he signed through 2024-25 with a salary cap of $4.6 million, which could hasten the Coyotes’ rebuild. But the price could be too high, and he left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury that Arizona says will keep him out two to four weeks.
F Tomas Hertl, Sharks
He will be heavily pursued as a rental if the Sharks decide they won’t be able to re-sign him. Hertl’s modified no-trade clause allows him to submit a three-team list of places he would be willing to go.
G Marc-André Fleury, Blackhawks
The Blackhawks have made it clear that it’s up to Fleury to decide if he wants to be moved to a contender. If he does, a team will get a goalie who has three Stanley Cup rings and has been to two other Finals. He won a Vezina Trophy last season with the Vegas Golden Knights before being traded to Chicago in the offseason. You can submit a list of 10 teams. Forward Dominik Kubalik and defender Calvin de Haan could also spark interest.
D Mark Giordano, Kraken
The Kraken captain offers a good mix of skill and leadership. He is 38 years old, but he won a Norris Trophy three seasons ago.
D. John Klingberg, Stars
It’s a pending UFA, but the Stars are at the center of the playoff hunt. It would make sense to hang on to him, especially with Miro Heiskanen out indefinitely with mono. Klingberg does not have a no-trade clause.
Anaheim Ducks free agents
New general manager Pat Verbeek said he has been working to re-sign his pending UFAs and may need to trade them if he can’t. “I’d be worried about letting you walk out the door and not get anything in return,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing my job right if I let that happen.” He did it by moving Manson. The group also includes forward Rickard Rakell, who would provide a secondary marker, and defender Hampus Lindholm.
Winnipeg Jets free agents
The Jets, currently four points out of a playoff spot, could buy Andrew Copp and Paul Stastny if they decide they won’t make the postseason. Copp, a two-way forward, would attract the most interest, but he left Sunday’s game after a big collision.
He is more of a midfielder this season than a scorer. The cost of acquiring the two-time Stanley Cup winner would not be high. Warning: his first child was born this month and has a modified no-trade clause.
F Jake DeBrusk, Boston Bruins
His agent had called for a trade, and DeBrusk is getting an audition on the Bruins’ top line. The 25-year-old will be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning an acquiring team would have rights to him.
F Jarnkrok Street, Kraken
He would fit in as a third-row center who could move up to the second row. He has a salary cap of $2 million.
D Nick Leddy, Detroit Red Wings
He’s mobile, can help a team’s power play and has 121 games of playoff experience, but he’s also rated -31. UFA’s pending teammate Vladislav Namestnikov, a striker, could also take a look.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL Rumors, News: Trade deadline could see these players move