We are one month into the new NHL season and there are several teams that have been struggling to stay competitive in their conferences.
Fans are growing impatient, meanwhile managers are trying to turn things around quickly.
As a result, trades may come soon.
Let’s take a look at two NHL teams that may make a move soon.
The most obvious place to start is with the Arizona Coyotes.
Despite making some nice additions (Derek Stepan, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jason Demers) over the summer, the team has gotten off to a horrendous start early in the 2017/18 season.
Their current 1-12-1 record doesn’t look pretty. Fans are growing impatient and it is still too early for the team to call it a year.
In the meantime, general manager John Chayka still has assets at his disposal and it might be necessary for him to bring in some immediate help to salvage the season.
Players who might be traded soon:
Dylan Strome is an interesting name that could be on the trading block.
Despite being a high draft pick in 2015 (4th overall), Strome has done little to show that he is an NHL-caliber player. Strome has one goal, nine assists in six games in Tucson of the AHL.
This is rather frustrating as many players taken in the same draft (Connor McDavid, Mitch Marner, Jack Eichel, Zach Werenski, Ivan Provorov, Mikko Rantanen) have already established themselves in the NHL.
Perhaps a new environment and a new team is what Dylan Strome needs to get a jump-start to his NHL career.
Exploring trade options for Strome might be a strong consideration for the Coyotes at this point. As they have a stockpile of young talent including Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller, Nick Cousins, Brendan Perlini who are all ahead of Strome on the depth chart.
Strome is still young at 20-years-old, so it is hard to call him a complete bust and his potential should still hold some trade value.
Trading Strome might net the Coyotes some extra help on defense or a veteran forward to give the team a new look on offense.
Could Strome be a bargaining chip for the Arizona Coyotes to bring in some immediate help?
Tobias Rieder looks like a perfect buy-low candidate for teams around the NHL right now.
With the Arizona Coyotes struggling badly and looking for ways to improve, Rieder should generate interest from teams around the NHL.
He is one of the more underrated players on the Coyotes’ roster but is a versatile forward that could improve any NHL team that acquires him.
Rieder has seen a decent amount of time on the Coyotes’ top-six this season, but the numbers haven’t been there (four points in 14 games).
The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and it is uncertain if the Arizona Coyotes will re-sign him to a long-term deal; especially, when names like Max Domi, Jakob Chychrun, Christian Dvorak, will all be needing new contracts soon.
Perhaps trading Rieder can bring in someone new to change the complexion of the top-six right now.
New York Rangers:
The New York Rangers had a busy off-season, parting ways with some long-time players including Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan, meanwhile landing one of the biggest names (Kevin Shattenkirk) in free agency.
The moves made this summer were supposed to get the Rangers back to being a top team in the Eastern Conference but their early (5-7-2) record is speaking otherwise.
They still have some decent players on their team including Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk and a few promising young players in Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey, and Kevin Hayes.
But things haven’t been working out on Broadway this season.
Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is not young at 35-years-old and it looks like he might be on his last legs. If general manager Jeff Gorton wants to salvage the season for his franchise goalie, he might have to make moves before it’s too late.
Players who might be traded soon:
Rick Nash is 33-years-old and is in the final year of his contract. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and it doesn’t look like the Rangers will give him a long-term contract extension.
He is no longer the player he once was, and it doesn’t appear Nash’s presence can make the Rangers into a serious Stanley Cup contender this year.
If the Rangers agree to take back salary, they might find a deal to trade Nash. As several teams in the NHL could use Nash for his veteran leadership and secondary offense.
It is uncertain what Nash could get them in return but perhaps a change-up on the team’s top-six forward group could turn things around in New York. This might give younger players like Jimmy Vesey, J. T. Miller, and Jesper Fast a good opportunity to play a bigger role and change the outlook of their team.
Chris Kreider is an interesting name that has come up in recent trade rumors.
During a Sportsnet broadcast last week, Nick Kypreos reported that the Oilers were looking for a scoring winger to improve their offense and Elliotte Friedman wonders if Chris Kreider might generate interest from the Oilers’ brass.
Like many players on the New York Rangers, Kreider has been struggling this year, scoring only six points in 14 games.
Kreider still holds a lot of trade value as he is only 26-years-old and only comes at a $4,625,000 cap-hit until 2020.
Kreider is in his sixth season with the Rangers and is at a pivotal point in his NHL career.
However, the team is well aware of his inconsistency issues. He can be the most dominant player on the ice but he also goes through stretches where he is invisible.
Ultimately, Kreider could be the one big name traded that could get a significant upgrade in return. If the Rangers feel like they can improve by trading Kreider, then they probably won’t wait too long before they pull the trigger.
Trading a player like Kreider can change the outlook of the New York Rangers’ offense and give the team the shakeup they need to get back on track.
To play along with the idea, could they could net a player like Alex Galchenyuk or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in return……
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