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Off-Season Trade Candidates

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

As we call it around these parts, GM Week is about to kick off, and that includes all you armchairs out there calculating what your favourite team could, or should, do.

With the off-season comes the renewed outlook for trades to occur, and next week's draft is usually a great incubator for swaps, this year especially since everyone will be back under the same roof and on the same floor in Montreal.

But trades can really start happening any time now and we know there are a number of teams unhappy with how their seasons went or finished, who now are motivated to shake things up and try a new approach.

So, we'll begin with a list of 15 off-season trade candidates whose names you're going to hear as the rumour mill kicks into high gear. We'll update this list as news develops.

Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks

When Kyle Davidson was introduced as the full-time GM of the Blackhawks back in March, the term "rebuild" was thrown around to describe his plan on how to get the franchise back on a winning track. The hiring of Luke Richardson as the team's next head coach also indicates this will be the direction of choice, as Richardson is recognized as a great teacher for a younger core.

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Hippy Dave's avatar

The three trade candidates I’d like to see us get a whiff at are Necas and Zacha in that order.  Chychrun I’m not sure sure about.

Zacha’s shown flashes of offensive potential in the past and is a very good face-off guy; he’s buried on a New Jersey roster deep at center - the plus/minus is a concern. 

Necas is a defensively responsible center and a good playmaker, is at is 200 game breakout threshold and stands to regress to his 2020-2021 production levels.  He also shoots right.

The guy that sounds good until you look at the stat lines is Chychrun; he’s past his breakout threshold, is a defensive liability and injury risk.  There is good offensive upside to him still but at what cost?

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 06/28/22 at 01:10 PM ET


Seems like a fair number of GMs are facing cap pressure this summer while needing to resign guys who are due for (in some cases) substantial raises. Hope Stevie can take advantage of this situation to our benefit.

Posted by exor54 on 06/28/22 at 03:37 PM ET

d ca's avatar

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 06/28/22 at 01:10 PM ET

Why do you think the Wings need 3rd or 4th line centres?

Suter, Sundqvist (if he truly was hurt last year and has a speed besides super slow), Veleno, Stephens (arbitration eligible) are already here. Unless you are moving 2 of those guys out there is simply no need.

Besides Necas would take a ton to acquire…he’s young and still under club control as a RFA (therefore cheap). Right now he’s barely a 40 point guy with just under 20% of that from the power play. He also lost time on ice—especially during the playoffs—a huge concern. Beyond those, I question if he would ever become that 2nd line centre on the Wings….a position that Larkin is best suited for if they can ever acquire a true #1 centre—-and most likely will regress to anyways if they don’t. So your going to spend a ton of capital for a 3rd line centre? Doesn’t seem like the best use of resources.

Zacha is the older version of Necas with less upside offensively.

Jakob Chychrun is a top 4 LHD at 24 years old. Their costs are premium picks, young guns, and prospects. Certainly more than Pavel Datsyuk’s contract at this point for a chance to get a player that hasn’t returned your phone calls—-thanks KH—but I digress. If you can get him—-short of having to trade the untouchables (Larkin, Vrana, Raymond, Seider, Edvinsson, and Cossa): do it. Especially since the new coach is supposed to be defensive minded and a player developer secondly.

DeBrincat is a 24 year old 40 goal scorer—so figure same thing as Chychrun cost wise. If possible—go for it.

This is a critical summer rebuild-wise as you have got guys that are now in their primes (Larkin, ‘lil Bert, Vrana, and Nedeljkovic.  If you are not going to go out and spend and make moves to take advantage of this time—-you need to start moving some of these guys out while their value is also peak. Given the 2nd half collapse of this team (which was very predictable due to the schedule), you know you must get much better to compete. Patience is great—-but hanging around the 6-10th spot in the draft will not get the team picks that can impact the needle while these players are in their primes.

Simply put: it’s time to take the rebuild into the next phase or it’s time to trade the older core players (see ‘lil Bert first) for high picks—-like the Avs were forced to do with Matt Duchene.

Posted by d ca on 06/28/22 at 04:31 PM ET

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