It’s never too early to start thinking about which players can potentially be moved by this year’s trade deadline. This trade bait list consists of players who can help in most leagues, especially if moved. If you’ve managed to draft some of these players, you might get rewarded by the end of the season. Those with no-trade clauses and no-move clauses will have to agree to waive them in order to be traded.
10. Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ – G)
Sergei Bobrovsky is no doubt one of the best players on this list, but it’s going to be hard to trade him, especially with his no-move clause. He and his fellow Russian teammate, Artemi Panarin, are probably talking about where to go next. If a goalie on a contending team gets injured – this will open up discussions. General Manager, Jarmo Kekalainen, has to get something for his stars. Can you imagine if they don’t trade them and they both walk after the season?
9. Craig Anderson (OTT – G)
Craig Anderson is one of three Ottawa Senators on this list. Bobby Ryan could have easily made this list, but he hasn’t had a good season since 2015-16. Just like Bobrovsky, Anderson needs a team to need a goalie. With the team shredding the payroll, Anderson is trade bait and is a cheaper than Bobrovsky.
8. Mathieu Perreault (WPG – LW)
With approximately $7 million in cap space, someone is going to be leaving the Winnipeg Jets in order to re-sign key players. The Jets are so deep that I peg Perreault as the one who might get dealt, but maybe not until the off-season. He’s a versatile player that can play up and down the lineup, and is also on the team’s top power-play unit. He has two years remaining on his deal so that entices teams.
7. Thomas Vanek (DET – LW, RW)
Here is everyone’s favourite rental player. At 34 years of age, Vanek can still produce on the right team. As of right now he will start the season with the Detroit Red Wings, but will most likely finish the season somewhere else if he waves his no-trade clause. He’s not worth drafting in shallow leagues so keep an eye out where he goes.
6. Mats Zuccarello (NYR – RW)
With the New York Rangers in the middle of a rebuild/retool year, Zuccarello is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He’s been a consistent 50+ point player for them, but if they want to get younger he’s the odd man out.
5. Mike Green (DET – D)
Mike Green was not traded last season, so the question is, will he be traded this season? He signed a two-year contract this off-season which includes a no-trade clause. He will have to waive it, but wouldn’t he want a chance to win the Stanley Cup?
4. Wayne Simmonds (PHI – RW)
Wayne Simmonds is at the end of his six-year deal and will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Last year was disappointing, and now that the Philadelphia Flyers signed James van Riemsdyk, it seems like Simmonds is being pushed out. He played mostly on the third line and lost his spot on the top power-play unit. So will the top unit have both of them? There’s no reason to put JVR on the second unit. I guess we’ll wait and see.
3. Matt Duchene (OTT – C)
Here comes the next two Ottawa Senators players. Matt Duchene has not been happy with management’s moves. If the Senators don’t deal both of them by the deadline, they will risk losing them for nothing. He’s in the prime of his career so why go through the pain of a rebuild?
2. Mark Stone (OTT – RW)
If you plan on drafting one of these Ottawa Senators players, just know that there is a great chance these guys will be traded before the deadline. Great value lies ahead for those who wait out the storm.
1. Artemi Panarin (CBJ – LW)
Panarin was pretty straightforward with management, saying he doesn’t know if he wants to stay. There have been pictures of him, Nikita Kucherov, and Andrei Vasilevskiy down in Tampa Bay, but realistically they don’t have the cap space. I wonder if his good buddy, Vladimir Tarasenko, has told him to come to St. Louis, but again, not enough cap space. Any deal will involve a lot of moving parts and Columbus needs to consider it.