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

With the NHL about to shift into the new year, Lyle Richardson completes the week by looking at the top trade targets from the Pacific Division.
Mark Giordano

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. Today, we complete the week by shifting our focus to the Pacific Division.

Mark Giordano, Seattle Kraken

Giordano's eligibility for unrestricted free agent status next summer earned him fourth place on TSN's December Trade Bait Board. The Kraken could shop the 38-year-old defenseman to a playoff contender if unable to re-sign him before the March 21 trade deadline.

Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks

Contenders will line up to bid for the 28-year-old Hertl's services if the Sharks put him on the trade block. The versatile two-way forward is also eligible for UFA status at season's end and will seek a healthy raise over his current $5.625-million annual cap hit. He could prove too expensive for the Sharks to retain.

Evander Kane, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks are reportedly trying to find someone to take the 30-year-old Kane off their hands. Despite his personal baggage and hefty contract through 2024-25, there was speculation suggesting an Eastern Conference club could be interested. It could take a three-way trade to divide his $7-million annual average value to make the dollars fit.

Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights

Jack Eichel's anticipated return from neck surgery in February will force the Golden Knights to shed salary to accommodate his $10-million salary-cap hit. Smith and his $5-million cap hit could be the likely cost-cutting candidate. The 30-year-old winger is slated to become a UFA next summer and lacks no-trade protection.

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