With the NHL trade deadline just around the corner, NHL.com is counting down the players who have been moved to make room for new players.
With a lot of NHL teams still searching for the right pieces to replace their injured or injured players, it seems like a good time to start counting down who will be in play in the upcoming weeks.
We’re still working on finding the right time for this, but here’s a look at the players we know will be on the move this season: Ryan Suter, Ottawa Senators: Suter is set to be a free agent this summer, and while he might not be a big name in the trade market, he’s a top-10 talent.
He’s been a top goalie for the Ottawa Senators for years, but he’s never had a playoff year and that’s not going to change this year.
Suter has a contract that is set for the 2022-23 season, and he’ll be the highest-paid goalie in the NHL next season.
With Ryan Miller and Erik Karlsson also set to turn 35 this month, Suter could be a great fit on the Ottawa blue line, which is going to need help at that position this season.
Brett Connolly, Winnipeg Jets: Connolly is a solid option for the Jets, but his cap hit could be prohibitive to move him, especially if the Jets don’t re-sign him to a long-term deal.
Connolly has had a terrific career with the Jets and his play has been a big reason why the team made the playoffs in every season since he joined the team in 2012.
He might be on his way out in Winnipeg, but with Connor Hellebuyck set to return to the Jets for the first time since his injury in January, Connolly could be ready to contribute immediately next season if he signs a long term deal with Winnipeg.
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild: Parise is set on a new contract with the Wild, and his team could be desperate for some help up front, especially at the position.
He has three years left on his deal, and it’s unlikely that Minnesota will let him walk anytime soon, so Parise could be looking to get a big-name free agent deal done before the trade deadline.
Niklas Backstrom, Carolina Hurricanes: Backstrom’s career is over, and that is a huge blow for the Hurricanes.
He was a top two goalie in Carolina for most of his career, but now he’s going to be 32 years old and in the twilight of his NHL career.
He could be on an unrestricted free agent market, and the Hurricanes could be one of his destinations.
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers have been a huge disappointment this season, but they could use a goalie to fill out the goaltending corps next year.
McDavid is one of the most talented goalies in the game, and Edmonton has shown it could compete for a playoff spot this year with the emergence of Connor McDavid.
With Edmonton still in the hunt for a Stanley Cup this year, McDavid could be the perfect piece to help the Oilers reach that goal.
Jordan Eberle, Minnesota Twins: Eberl is a big upgrade over the Minnesota Wild’s starting goaltender this season and he could help the Twins in the short term.
Eberlis contract will be expiring in 2022-21, so it could be hard for the Twins to trade him at the trade cutoff.
Ebers contract is set at $1.9 million per season, which would be a lot for a team like the Twins, but it’s also a lot less than what Eberles contract will cost in 2019-20.
If Eberlich is on the market, Minnesota might be willing to give up a little salary to land the big guy.
Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings: Mrazeks contract expires in 2021-22, so Detroit could look to trade Mrazes for some draft picks to help fill out their goaltending situation.
Mrazks cap hit will be set at just under $5 million per year for the next two seasons, which sounds like a lot to pay for a backup goalie.
But Mrazkes deal also includes a $6.5 million cap hit for the final two seasons of his contract, so he could potentially be the Red Wings’ backup goalie for another season.