NHL Trade Rumors Roundup 2/16/20
Good Morning! Time for our daily trek through the cloudy waters known as NHL Trade Rumors. As we navigate our way to the deadline, now just 8 days away, expect to see more activity and if we are lucky some big whales.
Capitals Looking Around
The Capitals like every other team is looking to beef up for the playoffs. Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period recently noted that UFA forward rental Trevor Lewis of LA is someone they are looking at.
According to TFP the Caps have been attached to Kings Derek Forbort of LA and Andy Greene of NJ. They also kicked the tires on the Rangers Chris Kreider, which is the first time I’ve heard that tidbit.
Vincent Trocheck on the Market
Elliotte Friedman dropped a new name last night when he said the Florida Panthers would be willing to move Vincent Trocheck for a defenseman. The 26 year old center has 2 years left on his deal at $4.75M. He only has 32 points in 51 games this season, but many people remember his 31 goals and 75 point campaign in 2017-2018. Friedman is right when he says there will be plenty of interest in him.
Jesper Fast Overtakes Chris Kreider as Most Likely to be Traded
Jesper Fast has moved up to the top of the list of Rangers to be moved. First off, there has been no reports that the two sides have met or will be meeting before the deadline. I reached out to KO Sports and they did not respond. Second, Chris Kreider’s play is further moving the needle towards the Rangers retaining him. And finally, the team needs to make room for Vitali Kravtsov on the overloaded right side. With Phil DiGiuseppe’s excellent play on the 4th line, Fast has become expendable. Nashville remains a top destination.
Canucks Want A Big Forward
We’ve already noted that the Canucks are looking at NJ’s Wayne Simmonds to beef up for the playoffs and remain the favorite to land him. TFP is also noting that Trevor Lewis could be of interest too. For Canucks fans, it has to be nice to become buyers at the deadline after being sellers for so long.
The Canucks have expressed interest in the likes of New Jersey Devils winger Wayne Simmonds and Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis, two different types of players that could fit two different needs – Simmonds brings a power forward element to the table, which might be the priority for the Canucks, while Lewis brings a two-way style and can be an asset on the penalty kill.THE FOURTH PERIOD