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2022 NHL Trade Rumors: 10 NHL Players Who Could Still Be Traded This Offseason

The initial burst of free agency is over but there are still moves to be made, even trades. Here's 10 NHL players who could still get traded this offseason.
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2022 NHL Trade Rumors: 10 NHL Players Who Could Still Be Traded This Offseason

NHL Free Agency got underway five days ago and for the most part the big names have been gobbled up. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, the biggest being Nazem Kadri, but teams have been very active so far in free agency.

We've seen NHL GM's be active in the trade market this past week as nine trades were completed over the last seven days. Here's a look at 10 players who could still be traded during the offseason.

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1. Matthew Tkachuk (CAL)

The Calgary Flames just lost a massive piece in Johnny Gaudreau in free agency. Could they elect to blow it up and get max value on a guy like Matthew Tkachuk? The 24-year-old is coming off of a 42 goal and 104 point season with the flames and is currently an RFA. His last deal was worth $7 million AAV and he is expected to come in way north of that on his next deal. If Calgary wanted to start the rebuild, moving Tkachuk would certainly jumpstart that process.

2. Jakob Chychrun (ARI)

The Arizona Coyotes are in bad, bad shape. They are playing their hockey in a college arena due to complications with finding a permanent home. Anything of value could be moved and Chychrun is obviously their most valuable piece. He is signed for $4.6 million against the cap for three more years and at 24 years old can fetch a pretty nice return. The only issue is the league knows Arizona is desperate so they may not get max value for him.

3. Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)

Last offseason there were a ton of rumblings about Vladimir Tarasenko getting moved. The 30-year-old sniper is in the final year of his deal and has a no trade clause that he would have to waive in order to get moved. With 34 goals last year he proved that he could be a force still after returning from injury. After losing David Perron in free agency, the Blues could begin to go into facelift mode.

4. Semyon Varlamov (NYI)

The goalie market is always interesting and although the Islanders seem deadset on running it back with Ilya Sorokin and Semyon Varlamov, if they wanted to get some cap space in order to land a big forward, something they need, then moving Varly could make sense. He has a $5 million cap hit in the final year of his deal. He had a bit of a step back this past year but has a ton of starting experience and would still be an upgrade for a lot of teams in the league compared to what they're currently running out there.

5. J.T. Miller (VAN)

J.T. Miller was almost moved at the NHL Draft and I still wouldn't rule him out in the coming weeks. He has one year remaining at $5.25 million and is coming off of a 99-point season. Since joining Vancouver his offensive output has exploded off the page. His cap hit is favorable to an acquiring team and if he isn't looking to extend in Vancouver, the Canucks should likely move on while his value is at its best.

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6. Bo Horvat (VAN)

From one Canuck to another, Bo Horvat is coming off of his first career 30-goal season. He too has just one year remaining at $5.5 million against the cap. If the Canucks don't believe he is going to extend, they should move him before they lose him for noting. Teams will give up a lot for the chance at a 30 goal scorer.

7. Alex Killorn (TB)

This one would sting for Lightning fans but it might be necessary. The Lightning find themselves in cap trouble as they are $7.2 million over right now and Killorn at 32 has one year left at $4.45 million. This core was never going to stay together forever, and with the high cost of Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy something has to give.

8. James van Riemsdyk (PHI)

JVR is not what he once was and is costing the Flyers $7 million against the cap. They did not want to attach a first round pick to move him at the draft but it cost them at hometown kid Johnny Gaudreau. This team may be looking at other avenues to move van Riemsdyk at this point in the offseason.

9. Jesse Puljujarvi (EDM)

Jesse Puljujarvi is an interesting RFA. He's a former fourth overall pick who has struggled to figure it out with the Oilers. He had his best year as a pro last year playing in 65 games and putting up 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists). A new environment might do him some good.

10. Rasmus Sandin (TOR)

Sandin is a 2018 first-round pick from the Maple Leafs. He is due a new contract and the Leafs are over the salary cap. He played just 51 games last year and if he's not expected to be a regular, moving on from him and recouping some draft assets or prospects might not be the worst idea for Kyle Dubas.

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OddsChecker sports writer Matt O'Leary brings experience sports betting advice to the OC staff. You may recognize Matt from his popular New York Jets youtube channel, but his vast knowledge of sports and betting goes well past the boundaries of New York.


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