The NHL is finally back to normal and with a normal season comes trade rumors. Early into the season, the NHL has already given us a few trades to talk about already, trades such as The Buffalo Sabres acquiring goaltender Malcolm Subban from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for future considerations or the Vegas Golden Knights acquiring superstar Jack Eichel from the Sabres in a package that included Alex Tuch and a boatload of future draft picks. Although a normal NHL season does not see a lot of stars moving teams during the season when was the last time hockey fans saw a normal NHL season? It has been a while. Let’s take a look at some players who could move homes this season and where they may end up.
Young Men On The Move
There are a few young players who will more than likely be delt at some point during the season. Although they may not be stars they definitely have the potential to be impact players regardless of where they land in the future.
Jake DeBrusk: On November 29th news broke in Boston that Bruins young forward Jake DeBrusk had requested a trade out of Beantown. The young left-winger showed promise in his first three seasons with Boston scoring 64 goals and adding 58 assists in 203 games played but over the last two seasons, he has seemed to fade back a little. Change is definitely needed for the soon to be restricted free agent, but now the question is where does DeBrusk land?
Clayton Keller: The former seventh overall pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft is one of the Arizona Coyotes cornerstones, Keller is locked up through the 2027-28 season but being locked up for the next seven-season and possessing the tremendous talent he does gives the Coyotes all the more reason to deal him to a playoff hopeful. It is clear the Coyotes do not have a plan for anything, including paying their taxes. Therefore a trade could help propel their rebuild.
Alexandar Georgiev: The New York Rangers have a strong goalie pipeline with the likes of Igor Shesterkin, Adam Huska, and Tyler Wall. With needs to fill outside the crease, Georgiev may find himself expendable before the NHL trade deadline in order for the Rangers to make a run late in the season. Luckily for the Rangers, either Huska or Kieth Kinkaid could fill Georgiev’s backup role.
Potential Suitors: Edmonton Oilers, Vegas Golden Knights, and Chicago Blackhawks
Not So Young Guys
With three young players named above, now is the time to look at older stars who more than likely will find themselves playing somewhere new come to the end of this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury: Things did not get off to the right foot with Fleury and the Chicago Blackhawks when Fleury was traded to Chicago during the offseason, many reports indicated the defending Vezina winner would opt for retirement rather than play in Chicago, but in the end, Fleury decided to stick it out and play for the Blackhawks. Now with the Blackhawks struggling and a rebuild looming Fleury finds himself at the center of trade rumors. Who will get the potential team Canada starting goaltender?
Phil Kessel: Yet another former Penguin, Phil Kessel may not be the 30 goal scorer he used to be or be able to garner two fire-round picks and second as he could way back in 2009, but Kessel still holds enough value from a contender to make a move well worth it for the Coyotes.
Vladimir Tarasenko: It is still unknown if the St. Louis Blues are ready to move on from their star forward, but during the offseason, Tarasenko did in fact request a trade out of St. Louis but nothing transpired. The trade request had nothing to do with team performance and all to do with his trust surrounding the organization as a whole. The thought of Tarasenko not being a Blue does not sit well with many and after a decade with the Blues, this may just be a reality.
Above are six players who could very well be moved with the more likely being Kessel, Fleury, and Tarasenko. There are many more stars who could be dealt such as J.T. Miller, Ben Chiarot, Reilly Smith, and Evander Kane. Crazy things happen all the time and during the 2021-22 NHL fans could see many star players move cities and the NHL landscape be changed for years to come.
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