Only 10 days remain until the Feb. 25 NHL Trade Deadline. I’ve said it every week and I’ll say it again, it feels like things are really getting closer and with only 10 days remaining, it is crunch time for NHL general managers. The picture in certain cities has gotten a little clearer and in some other places, the picture is blurry as all hell.
Who ranks in our Top 10 this week? You can listen to a few opinions on the latest edition of The Hockey Writers Podcast but here’s my take for today:
1. Artemi Panarin, Columbus Blue Jackets:
The latest update on Artemi Panarin is the Columbus Blue Jackets are fielding offers and after a media scrum, Panarin sent out the kind of vibes virtually guaranteeing he would not be returning to the Blue Jackets organization after the season came to a close. This leaves the team with 10 days to not only maximize the return but flip some of those assets for a rental or term player coming back from another organization.
— NHL Trade Talk (@bigbangjim) February 15, 2019
Speculation is that the Blue Jackets have their eyes on Matt Duchene. Could a Duchene into Columbus with Panarin going out be possible?
2. Mike Hoffman, Florida Panthers:
Apparently, one player to watch out of Florida might be Mike Hoffman. Elliotte Friedman was on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650 recently and said, “He’s a really talented guy. He’s got one more year at I think $5.5 million. I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody trades for him because you’re always looking for scoring.”
Hoffman has been a strong player for the Panthers since coming over from Ottawa but if there’s room to make a sacrifice on offense to clear space for potentially landing players like Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky, Hoffman might be the odd man out.
3. Ilya Kovalchuk, LA Kings:
Ilya Kovalchuk is willing to waive his no-trade clause if the Los Angeles Kings can find a taker. With a good chunk of time and money left on his contract, that could be easier said than done.
It’s yet to be determined if these particular teams have expressed interest but Jimmy Murphy reported on Twitter that he heard on Tuesday, Kovalchuk could be willing to waive his no-movement clause for the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins.
4. Andre Buravoksky, Washington Capitals:
Andre Burakovsky out of Washington is nothing new. But, he was a useful player in the postseason for the Capitals last season and it stands to reason the organization would want something useful coming back if they were to move him.
During his spot on TSN 1050 in Toronto yesterday, Pierre LeBrun cited the Colorado Avalanche are in on Burakovsky. He added that Avs GM Joe Sakic is looking for buy-low for a high-upside player and that Burakovsky could be that guy.
5. Matt Duchene, Ottawa Senators:
Matt Duchene stays on our list, this time coming in at No. 5. Talk of him being on the move won’t go away until he’s either dealt or isn’t dealt on the 25th and shocks everyone. The $8 million per season for 8 years is about all Ottawa will go. Duchene is more likely to test the market.
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