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Top 4 NHL Trade Candidates to Watch in 2022: Central Division

With the roster freeze in effect, here's a look at four of the top NHL trade candidates from the Central Division heading into 2022.
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The NHL's holiday roster freeze is in effect until 12:01 am ET on Dec. 28. This week, we'll look at the notable trade candidates from each division to watch in 2022. On Monday and Tuesday, we examined the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions. Today, we focus on the Central.

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported the Coyotes were believed to be gauging the market on the 23-year-old defenseman. A talented puck-mover with an affordable $4.6-million cap hit through 2024-25, Chychrun should draw lots of interest but the asking price could include at least one or two good young players and a first-round pick.

Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago Blackhawks

Following a shaky start, the 37-year-old Fleury has regained his Vezina Trophy form. An unrestricted free agent at season's end, he could prefer another shot at a Stanley Cup, something he won't get in the immediate future with the rebuilding Blackhawks. Perhaps the Colorado Avalanche come calling or a reunion with the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the cards.

Phil Kessel, Arizona Coyotes

Kessel is no longer an elite scorer but the 34-year-old right winger has Stanley Cup experience. He's netted 17 points in 29 games with the low-scoring Coyotes but those stats could improve on a playoff contender with the right linemates.

Anton Khudobin, Dallas Stars

The 35-year-old goaltender recently cleared waivers and was sent to the Stars' AHL affiliate. The Dallas Morning News' Matthew DeFranks reported some teams showed interest in Khudobin but wanted to see him play more games. A solid effort with the Texas Stars could make him enticing for playoff contenders seeking goalies with postseason experience.



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