OFF-SEASON TRADE WATCH: TOP 30

aS OF June 8, 2019 | 10:00pm et

With the off-season well underway for most teams, TFP has outlined 30 of the top names rumoured to be available through various newspapers, radio and television reports, cyberspace and our own league-wide sources, much like our annual Trade Deadline Trade Watch List.

As part of our off-season coverage, this page will be updated regularly and TFP's panel of experts will outline each player's value. Some players may climb or fall off the list, while others may be added.

NOTE: Teams reportedly showing interest will also be added and adjusted as more information becomes available — the “teams believed to have interest” portion will begin to be filled out after the conclusion of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

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AGE: 25 CAP HIT: RFA

AGE: 25
CAP HIT: RFA

1. Jacob Trouba, D / Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg might be in cap trouble in the not-too-distant future and keeping Trouba might not be in the cards. Moving him, however, would command a handsome return, one that likely includes a young defenceman, and is something Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will seriously consider leading up to the NHL Draft, as trade talks have picked up.

Teams believed to have interest:

TBD

 
AGE: 31 CAP HIT: $6.8M

AGE: 31
CAP HIT: $6.8M

2. Phil Kessel, RW / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Kessel trade rumours have picked up a little earlier than normal this summer, and got kicked into high-gear when he nixed a move to Minnesota. The Penguins are trying to shake up part of their roster and plan on dealing Kessel at some point this off-season.

Teams believed to have interest:

TBD

 
Age: 39 CAP HIT: $6.25M

Age: 39
CAP HIT: $6.25M

3. Patrick Marleau, LW / Toronto Maple Leafs

It appears both sides are set on a trade to a team close to his home in San Jose and it may simply be a matter of when, not if, a move gets made. There seems to be interest from a few clubs, but the Leafs will have to sweeten the pot.

Age: 27 CAP HIT: $6M

Age: 27
CAP HIT: $6M

4. Taylor Hall, LW / New Jersey Devils

As TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta recently reported, Hall is not presently interested in signing an extension with the Devils. If that remains the case (and Hall has said he’s being patient), the Devils might be forced to trade him. He has one-year left on his deal and could command a significant return.

Teams believed to have interest:

TBD

 
AGE: 27 CAP HIT: $5.5M

AGE: 27
CAP HIT: $5.5M

5. Jason Zucker, LW/RW / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota almost traded Zucker twice — once to Calgary during the season and once in May for Kessel, who nixed the deal — and it’s safe to say the writing is most certainly on the wall. The Wild plan on moving him as they continue to makeover their roster.

TEAMS BELIEVED TO HAVE INTEREST:

TBD

 
AGE: 28 CAP HIT: $4.5M

AGE: 28
CAP HIT: $4.5M

6. Nazem Kadri, C / Toronto Maple Leafs

Kadri has 3-years left on his contract and owns a 10-team no-trade list. The addition of John Tavares last summer in Toronto meant Kadri’s ice time and responsibilities would take a step back, and after back-to-back 32-goal seasons, he potted just 16 this year. Leafs GM Kyle Dubas could look to flip him for a top-four defenceman.

Teams Believed to have interest:

TBD

 
AGE: 30 CAP HIT: $9M

AGE: 30
CAP HIT: $9M

7. P.K. Subban, D / Nashville Predators

The Predators took calls on Subban last summer and held tight, but it appears as if GM David Poile will weigh all of his options again this off-season and Subban’s name started to make the rounds, again, last month. A move isn’t guaranteed, and it will be interesting to see what direction Poile goes in if a trade is orchestrated.

Teams believed to have interest:

TBD

 
AGE: 26 CAP HIT: $4.5M

AGE: 26
CAP HIT: $4.5M

8. Shayne Gostisbehere, D / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers are expected to be very active this summer, both in free agency and on the trade front, and given the team’s desire for another top-six weapon, Gostisbehere could be shipped out for help up front.

TEAMS BELIEVED TO HAVE INTEREST:

TBD

 
AGE: 34 CAP HIT: $8.625M

AGE: 34
CAP HIT: $8.625M

9. Corey Perry, RW / Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks appear to be closing the door on the Corey Perry chapter, as GM Bob Murray actively shops the 2011 NHL MVP. Perry has two-years left on his deal and the Ducks would have to retain a portion of his salary in order to facilitate a trade. Perry also has a full NMC and will have a say in where he ends up, if dealt.

TEAMS BELIEVED TO HAVE INTEREST:

TBD

 
AGE: 28 CAP HIT: $5.5M

AGE: 28
CAP HIT: $5.5M

10. Nick Leddy, D / New York Islanders

The Islanders took calls on Leddy during the season, but held on to him. It’s believed GM Lou Lamoriello will explore his options this summer, as a move might be mutually beneficial for both parties.

Teams believed to have interest:

TBD

11. James Neal, RW / Calgary Flames

Neal just didn’t fit into Flames head coach Bill Peters’ system and as a result, he failed to score anywhere close to 20+ goals for the first time in his career. A change of scenery and a legit top-six role would do Neal wonders, but his contract won’t make him easy to move as opposing GMs will use this past season’s offensive tallies as a way to get him for pennies on the dollar.


12. Nikita Zaitsev, D / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs are trying to accommodate Zaitsev’s trade request and are expected to move him at some point this off-season. There is interest from a number of teams, all of whom believe he can return to being the sturdy blueliner he was two seasons ago.


13. Jeff Carter, C/RW - Los Angeles Kings

As TFP first reported during the regular-season, the Kings have explored the trade market with respect to Carter and sources tell us L.A. will continue to conduct trade calls involving the 34-year-old, who has three-years left on his contract.


14. Ryan Callahan, RW / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are up against the salary cap, especially once Brayden Point signs his new deal with the club, and moving Callahan appears to be a foregone conclusion. Tampa will have to incentivize a deal, but they appear willing.


15. Mike Hoffman, RW/LW / Florida Panthers

Hoffman was available during the season, closer to the NHL trade deadline, and Panthers GM Dale Tallon could try to deal him this summer. He’s in the final year of his deal and has a 10-team no-trade list.


16. Jonathan Quick, G / Los Angles Kings

Kings GM Rob Blake had several discussions during the season about potentially trading Quick, and those conversations are expected to pick up closer to the NHL Draft. There is a solid chance the Kings deal him this off-season.


17. Patrik Laine, LW / Winnipeg Jets

The Jets want to keep Laine long-term, but as we recently reported, if contract talks do not proceed in a positive direction, Laine is not afraid to explore alternative options, which include offers from other teams or asking for a trade.


18. Justin Faulk, D / Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes want to upgrade their top-six for next season and moving one of their defencemen still seems to be in the cards. Faulk, who has a 15-team trade list, will be in the final year of his contract and he could be the odd man out.


19. Connor Brown, RW / Toronto Maple Leafs

With some salary cap restraints ahead of them, the Leafs are expected to move at least one of their forwards this summer. Brown’s contract makes him an attractive, controllable commodity.


20. Patric Hornqvist, LW / Pittsburgh Penguins

Hornqvist owns a full no-trade clause and he’d have to sign off on any move the Penguins try to make. His $5.3M cap hit would help give the Pens some space to play with as GM Jim Rutherford tries to tinker with his forwards.


21. Olli Maatta, D / Pittsburgh Penguins

As Penguins GM Jim Rutherford looks to retool on the fly, given Pittsburgh’s depth on the blueline, moving Maatta might bring back a solid forward to slot into their top-nine. Maatta has three-years left on his deal, which comes with a $4.083M cap hit.


22. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers and new-GM Ken Holland are expected to have a conversation with Puljujarvi and his agent about his future in Edmonton. If there’s room to move forward and put the past behind them, he could stay. Otherwise, he’ll be a trade chip for Holland to use this summer.


23. Kyle Turris, C / Nashville Predators

There is plenty of speculation over Turris’ future in Nashville, as the Predators may look to clear up some cap space by moving him this summer. They’re expected to scour the trade market for a suitor, but could also go the buyout route, according to various published reports.


24. Cody Ceci, D / Ottawa Senators

The Senators weighed their options during the season with respect to the possibility of trading Ceci and GM Pierre Dorion is likely going to take calls leading up to the NHL Draft and beyond. Ceci can become an RFA July 1.


25. Colin Miller, D / Vegas Golden Knights

All of a sudden, the Golden Knights are up against the salary cap. They can free up $5.25M in space by placing David Clarksson on LTIR, but that won’t give them the space they need. Moving Miller and his $3.875M hit might give them extra breathing room.


26. Brett Pesce, D / Carolina Hurricanes

Like Faulk, the Hurricanes took in calls on Pesce this season and will reexamine those talks this summer. Carolina is only expected to deal one of their top blueliners, but Pesce could command a solid return and the ‘Canes want to bolster their top-six forward corps.


27. Milan Lucic, LW / Edmonton Oilers

If things weren’t tough enough for Oilers GM Ken Holland, he’s got to find a way to move Lucic or get him going. There are still four remains remaining on his contract and sources tell TFP he remains willing to waive his no-movement clause for a change.


28. Michael Frolik, LW/RW / Calgary Flames

The Flames tried to deal Frolik during the season but weren’t able to agree on a deal. They’ll try to move him again this summer. The 31-year-old has a 10-team no-trade list and will be entering the final year of his contract.


29. Ondrej Palat, RW/LW / Tampa Bay Lightning

Palat owns a full no-trade clause and has three-years left on his contract with a cap hit of $5.3 million. Moving Callahan might not create enough room for the Bolts and they could examine a Palat deal if he’s willing to explore his options.


30. Kevin Shattenkirk, D / New York Rangers

With two more seasons of Shattenkirk and his $6.65M cap hit, dealing him may prove to be quite difficult. He has a 10-team no-trade list, so there are options if a team is willing to take on his large cap number — even if a big contract is shipped to New York.