NHL Trade Deadline: Ranking top candidates, and possible destinations

The NHL Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away and over at The Daily Goal Horn we’re keeping tack of things with our NHL Trade Bait Tracker.

The top NHL Trade Targets are plentiful as we approach the March 21 Deadline. With teams continuing to clearly draw the lines as to whom are the playoff contenders and pretenders, we will start to see more trade action.

As we draw closer, Claude Giroux is at the top pf the list, but with recent news other players have dropped significantly. Names like J.T. Miller and Tomas Hertl are no longer ranked high, with Filip Forsberg removed off the list completely.

This is all expected to change again in the coming weeks. As more teams fall out of the playoff race and contenders (buyers) feel they can take on the cap hits.

Next update will appear at The Daily Goal Horn on Monday, March 14, 2022.

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Oct 31, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) moves the puck while being defended by Seattle Kraken defenseman Mark Giordano (5) during the second period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Our rankings are based on two factors:

  • The likelihood a player will be traded by March 21, 2022
  • Impact they will have if traded

Stick with us and The Daily Goal Horn until the trade deadline passes, as we will update this list often.

RankPlayer (Team)POSAGESTATUS/AAVLINKED TO:
1Claude Giroux (PHI) C34UFA/$8.275MFLA, COL, STL
2Ben Chiarot (MTL)D30UFA/$3.5MSTL, NYR, FLA
3Phil Kessel (ARI)RW34UFA/$6.8MPIT, BOS, NYR
4Mark Giordano (SEA)D38UFA/$6.75MCGY, FLA, NYR
5John Klingberg (DAL)D29UFA/$4.25MCAR, TOR, FLA
6Max Domi (CBJ)F26UFA/$5.3MNYR, TOR, BOS
7Jakob Chychrun (ARI)D233 YEARS/$4.6MANA, LAK, NYI
8Rickard Rakell (ANA)RW28UFA/$3.8MNYR, TOR, COL
9Jake DeBrusk (BOS)LW25RFA/$3.675MSEA, EDM, NYR
10Justin Braun (PHI)D35UFA/$1.8MCGY, BOS, FLA
11Colin Miller (BUF)D29UFA/$3.875MCGY, NYR, EDM
12Marc-Andre Fleury (CHI)G37UFA/$7MWSH, COL, PIT
13Calvin de Haan (CHI)D30UFA/$4.55MCGY, BOS, FLA
14Alexandar Georgiev (NYR)G26RFA/$2.425MVKG, EDM, NJD
15Zdeno Chara (NYI)D44UFA/$750KBOS, TBL, TOR
16Tomas Hertl (SJS)C28UFA/$5.625MMIN, BOS, NYR
17J.T. Miller (VAN)F291 YEAR/$5.25MNYR, CAR, TOR
18Andrew Copp (WPG)F27UFA/$3.64MWSH, PIT, BOS
19Reilly Smith (VGK)RW30UFA/$5MNSH, NYR, WSH
20Vitali Kravtsov (NYR)RW22RFA/$925KVAN, OTT, VGK
21Pavel Zacha (NJD)C24RFA/$2.25MVAN, WSH, NYR
22Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ)G27UFA/$2.8MWSH, EDM, COL
23Nils Lundkvist (NYR)D212 YEARS/$925KVAN, MTL, BUF
24Anton Khudobin (DAL)G351 YEAR/$2.2MEDM, WSH, VGK
25Artturi Lehkonen (MTL)F26RFA/$2.3MNYR, NJD, MIN
26Josh Manson (ANA)D30UFA/$4.1MTOR, FLA, CAR
27Lawson Crouse (ARI)F24RFA/$1.53MBOS, NJD, MTL
28P.K. Subban (NJD)D32UFA/$9MBOS, FLA, CGY
29Filip Chytil (NYR)F221 YEAR/$2.3MVAN, MTL, VGK
30Hampus Lindholm (ANA)D28UFA/$5.2MTOR, CAR, FLA
31Nick Leddy (DET)D30UFA/$5.5MCGY, FLA, TOR
32Owen Tippet (FLA)F23RFA/$863KPHI
33Paul Stastny (WPG)C36UFA/$3.75MNYR, STL, CGY
34Brock Boeser (VAN)F26RFA/$5.875MBOS, FLA, WSH
35Marc Staal (DET)D35UFA/$2TOR, FLA, CAR
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