NHL Trade Bait Tracker update: Rangers could have some interest in Tomas Hertl; latest on Eichel and Tarasenko

The latest NHL Trade Bait Tracker.

By Forever Blueshirts
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Dec 12, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) watches the puck go wide of the net defended by New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) during the second period at SAP Center in San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports

In this edition, we’ve added the Sharks center, Tomas Hertl to the list. Based on his pending UFA status and his own admitted uncertainty at what comes next, San Jose could trade him at some point this season.

Two other names that were believed to be as good as gone by the time NHL Free Agency opened are still with their respective teams. It appears that both Jack Eichel and Vladimir Tarasenko will not be traded at the moment.

For Vladimir Tarasenko, two of three suitors have capped their way out of any potential trade. The Hurricanes are out after adding Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the Islanders announcing all their signings have very little cap space.

Regarding Jack Eichel, he may be getting neck surgery per TSN’s Shawn Simpson which will put him out until December. Teams will likely wait to see if the 24 year-old comes back healthy before making any move.

The NHL Trade Bait Tracker has been updated to reflect the latest information around some of the top names rumored to be on the block.

NHL Trade Bait Tracker

eichel

#1 Jack Eichel (C), Buffalo Sabres
Trade Status:
Available (ON HOLD)
Destinations:
Rangers, Golden Knights, Wild, and Ducks

Notes: Eichel will be traded but with a lack of any real offers per the Sabres it appears any deal will come after surgery.
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#2 Vladimir Tarasenko (F), St. Louis Blues
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Rangers, and Devils
Notes: Blues don’t want to retain salary, and have told Tarasenko to be ready to return. With both the Isles and Canes putting themselves out of the running, he needs expand his trade list.
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Alexandar Georgiev

#3 Alexandar Georgiev (G), New York Rangers
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Sabres, Coyotes
Notes: Georgiev may want a crack as a starter, and the Rangers are still shopping him.
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#4 Phil Kessel (F), Arizona Coyotes
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Golden Knights
Notes: Kessel has asked for a move to Vegas, but they can’t take him on right now. He’s in the process of being traded.

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#5 Christian Dvorak (C), Arizona Coyotes
Trade Status: TRADED TO CANADIENS
Destinations: Bruins, Rangers, Devils, Flames
Notes: Once the offer sheet for Kotkaniemi was signed, the Habs began working on a deal for Dvorak.
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tomas hertl

#6 Tomas Hertl (C), San Jose Sharks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Rangers, Kraken, Golden Knights, and Blue Jackets
Notes: Hertl is a pending UFA with a history of knee injuries. The Sharks must decide soon if they will be going into a full rebuild. He could be moved at the trade deadline.
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evgeny kuznetsov rumors

#7 Evgeny Kuznetsov (C), Washington Capitals
Trade Status:
Available
Destinations: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Kraken
Notes: The Caps are walking back talk that they want to trade him. The Seattle Kraken may be a top contender to land him.
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joonas korpisalo

#8 Joonas Korpisalo (G), Columbus Blue Jackets
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Oilers
Notes: Elvis Merzlikins appears to be their #1, Korpisalo now expendable. There has been very little news on a trade, so it looks like he will start the season with Columbus.
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#9 Ryan Strome (F), New York Rangers
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Senators, Kraken, Sabres
Notes: Strome will only get moved if the Rangers trade for Eichel or another high end center. His name has died down in recent weeks.
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sean monahan

#10 Sean Monahan (C), Calgary Flames
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Rangers, Wild, Blue Jackets
Notes: Monahan’s name has come back up as a trade chip to fill their holes on defense. Monahan appears to be an in-season trade if he’s moved at all.
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#11 Johnny Gaudreau (F), Calgary Flames
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: Flyers
Notes: The biggest tell will come if the Flames extend him or not soon. The closer we get to the trade deadline the probability he gets trade will grow.
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#12 Claude Giroux (C), Philadelphia Flyers
Trade Status: TBD
Destinations: TBD
Notes: With Giroux a pending UFA and the Flyers not talking contract until the end of the season, he is a prime trade deadline rental.
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#13 Rickard Rakell (F), Anaheim Ducks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: TBD
Notes: He was wanted at the trade deadline, but the price was too high. Maybe it will come down now at the trade deadline.
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evander kane

#14 Evander Kane (F), San Jose Sharks
Trade Status: Available
Destinations: TBD
Notes: Some Sharks players don’t want him back. SJ is trying to move on as Kane deals with gambling accusations. The latest reports make it clear that trading him is impossible. He could be a buyout candidate.
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-This article first appeared at The Daily Goal Horn.