NHL Trade Bait: Top 30 candidates to be moved at the deadline

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Jan 27, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) smiles before the start of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Trade Bait list at the All-Star Break has been updated with the top 30 candidates likely to be moved by the trade deadline on March 3, 2023.

Timo Meier is the name that skyrockets to the top of this list as the most likely to be dealt after Bo Horvat was traded to the New York Islanders. His situation is similar to Horvat’s even though he’ll be an RFA in July and not a UFA. Any team that’s trading for Meier has longterm plans in mind.

Jakob Chychrun also stays near the top of the list and probably would’ve been traded by now if not for the Arizona Coyotes high asking price. For New York Rangers fans, you’ll see that two Blueshirts have been added.

Let’s look at the latest names on the trade list.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

RankPlayer (Team)POSAGETERM – AAV
1Timo Meier (SJS)F261 YEAR – $6M (RFA)
2Jakob Chychrun (ARI)D243 YEARS – $4.6M
3Patrick Kane (CHI)F341 YEAR – $10.5M
4Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)F311 YEAR – $7.5M
5Ryan O’Reilly (STL)F311 YEAR – $7.5M
6James van Riemsdyk (PHI)F341 YEAR – $7M
7Vladislav Gavrikov (CBJ)D271 YEAR – $2.8M
8Matt Dumba (MIN)D281 YEAR – $6M
9Jonathan Toews (CHI)C341 YEAR – $10.5M
10John Klingberg (ANA)D301 YEAR – $7M
11Sean Monahan (MTL)C281 YEAR – $6.375M
12Ivan Barbashev (STL)F271 YEAR – $2.25M
13Max Domi (CHI)F271 YEAR – $3M
14Brock Boeser (VAN)F252 YEARS – $6.65M
15Tyler Bertuzzi (DET)F281 YEAR – $4.75M
16Dmitri Kulikov (ANA)D321 YEAR – $2.25M
17Kevin Shattenkirk (ANA)D341 YEAR – $3.9M
18Patric Hornqvist (FLA)F361 YEAR – $5.3M
19Nick Bjugstad (ARI)F301 YEAR – $900K
20Joel Edmundson (MTL)D292 YEARS – $3.5M
21Jack Roslovic (CBJ)F252 YEARS – $4M
22Luke Schenn (VAN)D331 YEAR – $850K
23Vitali Kravtsov (NYR)F231 YEAR – $875K (RFA)
24James Reimer (SJS)G341 YEAR – $2.25M
25Tyler Motte (OTT)F271 YEAR – $1.35M
26Dylan Larkin (DET)F261 YEAR – $6.1M
27Shayne Gostisbehere (ARI)D291 YEAR – $4.5M
28Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM)D241 YEAR – $3M (RFA)
29Nathan Beaulieu (ANA)D301 YEAR – $850K
30Zac Jones (NYR)D221 YEAR – $925K (RFA)
NHL Trade Bait Tracker

Notable Trades:

Bo Horvat to New York Islanders

A look at the top trade candidates

Patrick Kane New York Rangers
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Timo Meier: The 26 year-old is having a great year with 28 goals and 48 points in 51 games. The New Jersey Devils are linked as the strongest suitor to acquire him but the Buffalo Sabres could also be a contender for his services. According to Pierre LeBrun, the extension for Timo Meier is expected to be at least $9 million per season.

Jakob Chychrun: Arizona’s most valuable commodity is playing great after being plagued by injuries that delayed that start of his season. Through 34 games, he’s notched 25 points. With 3 years remaining on his contract (this season plus two more) and an excellent AAV of at $4.6 million he’s a great cost-controlled top 4 d-man.

Patrick Kane: The future hall of famer has 34 points in 45 games for a really bad Blackhawks team this season. Kane will be a UFA this summer and has a full no-move clause to control where he lands. The Blackhawks will also need to retain 50% of his $10.5M cap hit for potential suitors like the New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, and Edmonton Oilers. Although recent injury concerns make his status at the deadline murky.

Vladimir Tarasenko: The 31 year-old forward has 29 points in 38 games and just came off the injured list. The pending UFA is believed to be testing the market this summer and has yet to rescind a public request to be traded prior to the start of the 2021-22 season. So is this going to be a showcase for the big right wing until the March 3 NHL Trade deadline? It sure seems that way.

Ryan O’Reilly: St. Louis’ captain is currently on LTIR and wants to stay with the Blues. Of course, St. Louis’ playoffs hopes are growing dimmer by the day and they’ll likely want to retool this lineup with younger players. The 31 year-old has 16 points in 37 games and is expected to be back by the trade deadline.

Note: This article originally appeared on our NHL site The Daily Goal Horn

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