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TOP 25
Available Players

As of Feb. 29, 2016 :: 6:16pm ET

With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching (Feb. 29, 2016), TFP has outlined 25 of the top names rumored to be available for trade through various newspapers, radio and television reports, cyberspace and our own league-wide sources. Last season, 21 of the players listed were traded; 15 of the players listed were dealt in 2014, and the season before that saw 17 players dealt.

As part of TFP's Trade Deadline Coverage, this page will be updated regularly and TFP's panel of experts will outline the values of each athlete. As the days inch closer to the deadline, some players may climb or fall off the list (like Steven Stamkos), while others may be added (like Loui Eriksson). Teams reportedly showing interest will also be added and adjusted as more information becomes available.

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No. Player Player Info. Potential Suitors
1
Eric Staal, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $8,250,000 Age:  31
Status:  Traded to NY Rangers

It all comes down to what Staal's willing to do, but it seems to be in Carolina's best interest to move him as the club goes through a rebuild.

2
Ryan Johansen, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  23
Status:  Traded to Nashville

Trading Johansen might be a summer move, but a lot of leg work could be made now. Either way, he doesn't look to be back in Columbus next season.

 
3
Andrew Ladd, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,400,000 Age:  30
Status:  Traded to Chicago

The Jets want to get Ladd signed to an extension, but reports suggest talks have broken off. If they can't get him signed, look for Winnipeg to trade Ladd.

4
Dustin Byfuglien, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,250,000 Age:  30
Status:  Re-signed with Winnipeg

Failing a last minute coming of the minds, a contract extension might not be happening between Byfuglien and the Jets, who want a big return for him.

5
Jonathan Drouin, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $894,166 Age:  20
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Drouin wants out, that much is clear. Drouin's agent's last resort resulting in requesting a trade, and while the Bolts don't HAVE to trade him, it's going to happen.

 
6
Jiri Hudler, C/RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,000,000 Age:  32
Status:  Traded to Florida

The Flames would like to keep Hudler, but failing to sign him to an extension could result in Calgary trading him to a contender.

7
Mikkel Boedker, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,750,000 Age:  26
Status:  Traded to Colorado

Boedker's in the final year of his deal and a number of teams will be calling. The Coyotes want to try to re-sign him, but failing that, they'll look to deal him.

8
Dion Phaneuf, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $7,000,000 Age:  30
Status:  Traded to Ottawa

Phaneuf's played a lot better this season, and many have noticed. He's available, still, but the Leafs want a quality package -- and they're not in a rush to do it.

9
Loui Eriksson, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  30
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Boston would like to keep Eriksson after this season, as his contract expires this summer. Given how they're in the playoff hunt, it's not a given he's dealt.

10
Dan Hamhuis, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

If the Canucks are out of the race, they'll look to deal Hamhuis, but he has a full no-trade clause and he'll have a say. His injury status could also be a factor.

11
Radim Vrbata, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,000,000 Age:  34
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

If the Canucks feel they're out of the mix come late-February, Vrbata's surely on the move. He's a UFA-to-be, and Vancouver might be going in a new direction.

12
Kris Russell, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,600,000 Age:  28
Status:  Traded to Dallas

If the Flames can't come to terms on a new contract for Russell, they're going to trade him by the deadline. Many teams are interested, and are waiting.

13
P-A Parenteau, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,500,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Parenteau's played well so far this season for the Maple Leafs, and that's a good thing for Toronto, as his value has gone up since the off-season.

14
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,000,000 Age:  22
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

With so many centers available this season, the Oilers are willing to take calls on RNH. They aren't actively trying to move him, but they're listening.

15
Scott Hartnell, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,750,000 Age:  33
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

All things considered in Columbus, Hartnell's having a very good season. The Blue Jackets need to change things up and Hartnell's value is high right now.

16
Nail Yakupov, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,500,000 Age:  22
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

He's more likely to be traded in the off-season, if at all, but Yakupov's being talked about and if the right deal is presented, he could be moved by the deadline.

17
Dale Weise, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,025,000 Age:  27
Status:  Traded to Chicago

The Habs are believed to be fielding calls for Weise, as contract talks haven't been overly aggressive. The Canadiens could move him by the deadline.

18
Jamie McGinn, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,950,000 Age:  27
Status:  Traded to Anaheim

McGinn's had a solid season with the Sabres and would add quality depth to a contending team heading towards the playoffs.

19
Lars Eller, C/LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,500,000 Age:  26
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Eller's a versatile forward who can play any position, but is best suited as a two-way center. There are several teams interested and the Habs are listening.

20
Kris Versteeg, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,200,000 Age:  29
Status:  Traded to Los Angeles

Versteeg's Cup experience has plenty of value, and his performance this season in Carolina helps. The Hurricanes are likely to move him for a draft pick.

21
Lee Stempniak, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $850,000 Age:  33
Status:  Traded to Boston

The Devils have an offer to sign Stempniak to an extension, but failing that, he's expected to be traded by the deadline.

22
Justin Schultz, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,900,000 Age:  25
Status:  Traded to Pittsburgh

This experiment hasn't worked in Edmonton. The Oilers are now dangling Schultz as trade bait and are believed to be inching closer to dealing him.

23
Roman Polak, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,750,000 Age:  29
Status:  Traded to San Jose

Polak attracted a lot of interest last season, but the Leafs held on to him. He's a pending UFA and Toronto is expected to move him for draft picks.

24
Teddy Purcell, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  30
Status:  Traded to Florida

Purcell's salary might be an issue for some teams, but by the deadline, it's not a huge cap hit to take on. He'd be available for a draft pick.

25
Luke Schenn, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,600,000 Age:  26
Status:  Traded to Los Angeles

Schenn's a UFA in July and he's been on the block for a while. The Flyers are likely to move him before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

 

NOTABLE MENTIONS
No. Player Player Info. Teams Reported
to have Interest
22
Cam Atkinson, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,500,000 Age:  26
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Columbus is listening. Atkinson was almost traded before last season's deadline, but he signed a 3-year extension, instead.

21
Tyler Bozak, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,200,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Teams wanted to see how Bozak would perform without Phil Kessel on his wing, and he's done very well. Any trade would be a talent-for-talent swap.

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Jonas Brodin, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,200,000 Age:  22
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Minnesota is entertaining calls for Brodin, but they are not actively shopping him. If the right deal comes along for a top, young forward, they'll consider it.

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Josh Gorges, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,900,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Gorges attracted interest around last season's deadline but got injured. Teams are inquiring again, and the Sabres are listening.

9
Travis Hamonic, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,857,142 Age:  25
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

The secret was let out of the bag in November, but the Isles aren't any closer to trading Hamonic. They want equal value. This move might happen in the summer.

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Martin Hanzal, C
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,100,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Hanzal's name has popped up in trade discussions and the Coyotes could move him for a solid package. He has one-year left on his contract after this season.

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John-Michael Liles, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,875,000 Age:  35
Status:  Traded to Boston

Liles is in the final year of his contract and given the light market for defensemen, he could bring Carolina a solid return.

15
Patrick Marleau, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,666,667 Age:  36
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

It's unclear if Marleau gets traded by the deadline, but it does look like he's willing to consider other options. This may go down to the wire.

17
Kyle Okposo, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,800,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

The Islanders would prefer to keep Okposo long-term, but also know what he brings to their roster. They don't seem to be poised to trade him right now.

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Matt Read, RW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $3,625,000 Age:  29
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Flyers GM Ron Hextall is exploring the market on Read, as he hopes to move him and his contract. He has two-years left on his deal.

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James Reimer, G
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $2,300,000 Age:  27
Status:  Traded to San Jose

Reimer's a pending UFA and has said he wouldn't be surprised if he's traded. With the Leafs in rebuild-mode, they could move Reimer for a solid return.

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David Schlemko, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $625,000 Age:  28
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

With a small market on available defensemen, the Devils could get a decent-enough return for Schlemko before the deadline arrives.

12
Kevin Shattenkirk, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,250,000 Age:  27
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

The Blues aren't pressed to trade Shattenkirk this season, but if they want help up front, he's one of their best assets to move. He has 1-year left on his deal.

26
Jeff Skinner, LW
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,725,000 Age:  23
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Skinner's regained some of that scoring flare he had in the past, but teams are still concerned about his overall health.

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Mark Streit, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $5,250,000 Age:  38
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Streit, who has 1 year left on his contract, is available. They Flyers would like to move him, and will explore a deal in the summer if one isn't made by the deadline.

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Fedor Tyutin, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $4,500,000 Age:  32
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

The Blue Jackets are taking calls on Tyutin and would like to trade him. He has 2-years left on his contract after this season, and his actual salary drops.

15
Sami Vatanen, D
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $1,262,500 Age:  24
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

With the Ducks seeking help up front, Vanaten's reportedly being dangled as trade bait, along with Cam Fowler.

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Cam Ward, G
2015-16 Salary Cap Hit:  $6,300,000 Age:  31
Status:  Available, Not Yet Traded

Like many on this list, Ward can dictate his fate. We don't see him in Carolina next season, but his $6.3M cap hit will be a hurdle for the Canes to maneuver.

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