Everyone loves trades in the NHL. They’re so exciting. Everyone gets to judge who won and who lost? “Oh that team is so stupid!” “Wow that team is so smart!” “Why couldn’t my team do that trade?” If you cheer for a team involved you get strangely defensive of the move regardless of how good or bad it was. So why not profile the top five players that could be traded this season?
By: Adam Pyde - @Adam_Pyde
Just going to stick to some of the bigger names out there.
5. Dustin Byfuglien, Defence, Winnipeg Jets This is a weird situation. He hasn’t asked out and he’s been the perfect soldier publicly, but there have always been rumblings. His relationship with new coach Paul Maurice is also a little wonky.
He wants to play defence. Maurice continues to play him at forward, but only on the third line. The team seems to have no idea what to do with him, despite the fact he’s probably their greatest weapon. With another losing season on the horizon, you have to wonder if things come to an amicable end.
He’d have no shortage of suitors on the trade market and Winnipeg could get a solid return.
Suitors: New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings
4. Johnny Boychuk, Defence, Boston Bruins Boychuk is a good player on a contending team on a very reasonable contract. Why would he be traded?
The Bruins are in a cap crunch and are desperate for some scoring in their top-six and general forward depth that is good and not bad. Things are so thin up front their most recent draft pick, 25th overall, has been talked about as making the team.
With the emergence of the depth defenceman on the Bruins beginning to break through and Boychuk’s upcoming UFA status, he makes for the kind of trade chip a team would use to push for a championship in a mid-season trade.
Suitors: Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche