Until 3 p.m. comes on Monday we won’t know for sure who might go where, but there are some players who are more likely to move than others.
After a slow start in late 2015, early 2016 has seen a lot of player movement. Big-name players like Andrew Ladd, Dion Phaneuf and Ryan Johansen have already been traded before we even reach the NHL trade deadline.
The list of players who could be moved is extensive. There are plenty of rumors about who could go where. Until 3 p.m. comes on Monday we won’t know for sure. But there are some players who are more likely to move than others.
Here are three player that will definitely have a new home on Monday, according to our experts.
Mikkel Boedker, Coyotes
Mikkel Boedker is as good as gone. The Arizona Coyotes pulled their contract extension offer to him, he’s a pending unrestricted free agent, and his skill set will attract at least a half dozen suitors. He’s blindingly fast and skilled enough to play among a contender’s top six forwards, even if his finishing ability leaves something to be desired. The Desert Dogs showed last year they know how to sell off parts for good future returns, as they did with Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, and GM Don Maloney will do it again with Boedker, further strengthening the franchise’s elite prospect crop. (Matt Larkin)
PA Parenteau, Maple Leafs
Depth scorers like PA Parenteau are great options for teams who either don’t have the assets or willingness to fork over what’s needed for the top-flight deadline rentals. Be it picks, prospects or cap space, not every team is going to be able to compete for the big fish still available.
Parenteau has been able to put up 15 goals and 30 points on an awful Maple Leafs team. That’s only four points fewer than what Andrew Ladd has been able to muster this season and eight less than Boedker. And, in all likelihood, Parenteau is going to cost a fraction of what Boedker will, and there’s every chance he could put up just as many — if not more — points in a new locale than the current Coyotes winger.
Add in Toronto’s want to shed expiring contracts to land draft picks and/or prospects and Parenteau is an absolute lock to be moved. Don’t put it past him to be one of the more effective players once traded, either. (Jared Clinton)
Jamie McGinn, Sabres
Jamie McGinn has to be gone in Buffalo, simply because he’s the perfect trade deadline acquisition and Sabres GM Tim Murray is cold-blooded in the best sense of the term. McGinn is in the final year of his contract with a very reasonable cap hit of $2.95 million, so most teams would be able to afford his mercenary services. He’s the type of player who will block a shot with his face and can also provide secondary scoring.
For a Sabres team still in the midst of a rebuild, McGinn is a much tastier asset than say, David Legwand or Carlo Colaiacovo to dangle, and would bring the best return. While I’m sure a lot of Sabres fans would like to keep McGinn, it only makes sense to harvest his services for futures and Murray knows that. (Ryan Kennedy)
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