We’ve seen one NHL trade already: the Montreal Canadiens acquired Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres for a third and fifth-round pick in 2021. A few days ago, that trade likely wasn’t going down if the 36-year-old Staal was going to be forced to sit 14 days before he could suit up for the Habs. Now, with a seven-day quarantine mandate a reality, what kind of trades might take place that weren’t as likely before?
We’ll take a look at five trades that were rumored but could have been held up thanks to teams in Canada being forced to wait too long for their acquisitions to play. At the same time, U.S. based teams might now be interested in players from Canadian clubs when they might have previously thought twice.
Mikael Granlund to the Maple Leafs
Expect this deal to go down sometime within the next few days. Most insider reports suggest Granlund has been on the Toronto Maple Leafs radar for a while and that GM Kyle Dubas was spearheading the push to get the quarantine time reduced. Many believed it was in an effort to trade for a player like Granlund and we’ll find out soon enough if that’s true.
The top-six forward will be coming over from a Nashville Predators team that is likely to be a seller and the Leafs are actively looking to improve their depth up front. The fit makes sense, the dollars make sense and there are too many connections here from insider comments for this to be ignored.
Ryan Dzingel Out of Ottawa
The Senators will be sellers and forward Ryan Dzingel has steadily moved up most trade bait boards as the deadline approaches. The 28-year-old has seven goals and nine points in 20 games for the Senators and is a pending UFA on a $3.375 million dollar deal. It’s not a value contract for an NHL club, but if the Senators retain some salary, he could be a nice scoring option for a contending team that could use some depth.
While he could be a fit in Edmonton, there is more chance he gets moved to a team outside of the Canadian market and that might not have been as likely before the quarantine time had been reduced. Expect teams to kick tires on the player that might have gone a different direction if Dzingel wasn’t going to be available.
Alex Kerfoot Out of Toronto
If the Leafs are going to have to make a dollar out trade for every contract they take on, the most likely player to see leave the organization is Alex Kerfoot. And, if the Leafs can trade him to an American market now, it could be easier to offload his $3.5 million salary.
Because Kerfoot is not a rental, Dubas will have to find a team that wants to take the player on a someone that could be part of the long-term plans for a club that sees him as a fit. Perhaps he goes to Nashville as part of a deal or to Detroit where the Red Wings have some salary cap space and assets the Leafs might be interested in.
Luke Glendening to Edmonton
The Oilers are interested in grabbing a third-line, right-shot faceoff specialist and rumor has it, they’re setting their sights on a player like Luke Glendening. He’s leading the NHL in faceoff percentage and he can kill penalties, thus he fills a need for the Oilers that wasn’t filled with the signing of Kyle Turris.
There could be a chance Edmonton also looks at bringing back a player like Riley Sheahan who is a lot less expensive, played well for the Oilers last year and does a lot of the same things Glendening does.
Mattias Ekholm to Winnipeg
I’m not sold that the Jets are the favorite to land Ekholm before the trade deadline, but I will suggest that the veteran defenseman being moved just got a lot more likely with the quarantine change. The Predators aren’t sold on even trading Ekholm because he could get better value in a deal after the NHL Expansion Draft. But, the Jets are a team that wants to make a push and could use a defenseman.
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