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NHL: Hypothetical Trades based on rumors

Get ready folks, the NHL trade season is in full swing.

I’m sure that I’m not alone when I say that trades are incredibly interesting. Looking into how a trade may benefit the teams involved is pretty exciting sometimes, not all.

Here are some hypothetical NHL trades:

It’s time to move on from Evgeni “I am Score” Malkin in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Penguins v New Jersey Devils
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I would say Shea Weber for Evgeni Malkin straight up with some retained salary, but Nashville recently acquired Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones. Doesn’t make sense anymore. The trade deadline is fastly approaching on February 29th.

On the other hand, the topic of Geno being moved has been pondered by many over the past year or so, now’s the time. I don’t think the Pens would mind trading him to the Western Conference. The trouble is finding a team who will take on his massive contract. Malkin signed an 8-year, $76 Million contract in June of 2013 with an AAV of $9.5M, big-time money. You may be thinking, who in the world would want that contract? It could be the St. Louis Blues. A move for Malkin could positively influence the Blues in both the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues could use a new No. 1 Center to replace Paul Stastny ($7M AAV) or C/RW David Backes ($4.5M AAV). Paul Stastny has had an injury-ridden, inconsistent start to his brief Blues career, maybe centering a combination of Chris Kunitz, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel, or new addition, speedster Carl Hagelin could give him a spark. One problem is that Paul Stastny might not be willing to leave his hometown of St. Louis after such a short tenure and would have to waive his no-trade clause. David Backes is another big contract that they could try to move, but he has a no-trade clause and is a UFA at the end of the year, so a rental player for Evgeni Malkin wouldn’t make much sense. Malkin also has a no-movement clause. This would be no easy trade. Stastny makes more sense. Big contract for big contract and other pieces. The Pens could use another defensive prospect as well after trading Former Boston University defenseman Adam Clendening and David Perron for Carl Hagelin, maybe 2015 Blues 2nd Round Pick, talented offensive defenseman, Vince Dunn? Pittsburgh needs major defensive help, which leads me to my next point.

Hmm… Maybe it makes more sense now. The key word there is maybe.

This is where it gets a much more interesting, Kevin Shattenkirk. He’s been heavily discussed in the rumor mill over the past two months or so. Yes, the Pens already have Letang on the right side, but it can’t hurt, right? He would also be moved to the Eastern Conference, which would benefit the Blues in the Regular Season, like Malkin going to the Western Conference. Pittsburgh needs another pulverizing force on defense. Kevin Shattenkirk is an A+ answer and he will be 27 on January 29th. Pittsburgh needs to pull the trigger on a move like this, and who knows maybe with Malkin was gone, the freed up ice-time could benefit the slumping superstar, Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin and Vladimir Tarasenko. Wow.


Evgeni Malkin


Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Vince Dunn

Kevin Shattenkirk possibility, or maybe Dustin Byfuglien to Beantown?

St Louis Blues v Calgary Flames
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Ever since trading Johnny “Rocket” Boychuk, who’s known for his insane slap shot and hard-nosed physical play, in October of 2014 and 2011 9th overall pick, Dougie Hamilton before the epic 2015 draft, the B’s have sorely missed the presence of another solid top 4 defenseman who can log good minutes consistently. Don Sweeney has been scouting for a top 4 defenseman for quite some time. Kevin Shattenkirk is a realistic possibility. He doesn’t have any sort of no movement or trade clause, which could make the deal much easier. He played college hockey at Boston University, not too far from TD Garden, doesn’t carry a crazy cap hit ($4.25M AAV), and is only 26 years old. The best part is this may not even be his prime yet. The Bruins have pieces to move. Would Zdeno Chara make sense? It may sound nuts, but hear me out. He is old, and slowly declining but he has tons of playoff experience, a fair amount of points this season and a Stanley Cup ring. Oh and not to forget he is an absolute giant. It’s likely that the Blues would laugh in the Don Sweeney‘s face if they offered Chara, but maybe not. Maybe the Bruins would offer to eat some of Big Z’s big salary. The Bruins need a top 4 right-handed defenseman, the Blues need playoff experience badly, due to some poor performances in the past. Now we’re cooking.

Another couple of pieces could be Loui Eriksson and Malcolm Subban. Loui Eriksson has finally found his groove in Black and Gold since the Tyler Seguin Blockbuster just a few summers ago. Eriksson is a UFA after this season and could be a great rental for a team trying to make a playoff push or improve their chances of going further in the playoffs, like the Blues. Loui is smart, disciplined, can score and make plays often at clutch moments, and has some pretty sick hands that many people don’t notice. If he impresses enough, St. Louis may try to sign him long term. The Blues may want more in a deal for a possible rental.

The Blues have some solid goaltending but could use another strong prospect. Let’s face it, Subban isn’t a good fit in Boston and very likely won’t be called up anytime soon. But he may still have some pretty high trade value to some teams, being the Bruins 2012 first-round pick and a highly coveted goaltender prospect by many over the years. A change of scenery and a better NHL chance in St. Louis could extremely benefit his growth. Brian Elliott is a UFA after next season and will be aging slowly. That could be the chance Subban has been waiting for. Part of the reason for Subban’s struggles with the Providence Bruins this year is the poor team all around play. The Baby Bruins are currently 17-15-6 and are in 7th place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Maybe the Bruins would need to add a prospect.


Kevin Shattenkirk


Loui Eriksson, Malcolm Subban, and a prospect



Kevin Shattenkirk, 25% of Chara’s Contract


Zdeno Chara (75% of Chara’s contract), Malcolm Subban and a 2016 second-round pick

Plan Double B: Big Buff

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Dustin Byfuglien is another interesting option. He has been linked to the Bruins for quite some time and could be a good top 4 right-handed defenseman fit. He has a five team no trade list, but it’s not likely that the Bruins are on that list. The downside to Big Buff is he is a UFA at the end of the year and the Bruins probably wouldn’t be able to resign him. But… the Bruins may not be able to sign Loui Eriksson. A rental for rental swap, would they do it? We’ll just have to wait and see. The Jets could honestly use anything near the very bottom of the standings. Especially a rejuvenated scoring winger like Loui Eriksson.


Dustin Byfuglien


Loui Eriksson

What do you think?

Written by Mike Cratty

Talking about sports is what I live for. Hockey, Football and Baseball.

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