Published On: Wed, Jun 6th, 2018

Offseason trade candidates for each Western Conference team

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Who doesn’t love trades?

With 29 of 31 teams focusing on offseason plans, we take a look at who could potentially be on the move this summer, this time with a candidate from each Western Conference team.

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Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks: Artem Anisimov

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
C 30 $4.55M (2020-21) 31

Anisimov felt the effects of losing Artemi Panarin from his line, registering just 31 points in 72 games in 2017-18. Contending teams likely wouldn’t hate the concept of adding him down the middle of the ice, and the Blackhawks’ seemingly eternal cap crunch would get some relief.

Colorado Avalanche: Tyson Barrie

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
D 26 $5.5M (2019-20) 57

The Avalanche did well stocking the cupboard in the Matt Duchene deal, and could further support their future if they make Barrie expendable. He produces points, shoots right, and Colorado could give youngster Samuel Girard an increased role in his absence.

Dallas Stars: Jason Spezza

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
C 35 $7.5M (2018-19) 26

Spezza owns a modified no-trade clause, so he’d have to be convinced. With the Stars holding onto some salary, there would probably be some suitors for his experience at center.

Minnesota Wild: Jonas Brodin


Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
D 24 $4.16M (2020-21) 21

New general manager Paul Fenton faces a difficult task in transforming the Wild from playoff qualifier to playoff contender, but one way to infuse some much-needed offense to Minnesota’s lineup would be giving up a defender, and Brodin could be a chip worth testing the market for.

Nashville Predators: Nick Bonino

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
C 30 $4.1M (2020-21) 25

The Predators gave Bonino a lucrative contract to come from Pittsburgh, but after trading for Kyle Turris last season, the need for the two-time Stanley Cup Champ was mitigated. Nashville could surely survive rolling with Ryan Johansen-Turris-Calle Jarnkrok down the middle going forward.

St. Louis Blues: Patrik Berglund

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
LW 30 $3.85M (2021-22) 26

Another player with a modified clause, the market for Berglund isn’t going to be a big one, but finding a way to unload his salary would pay big dividends for the Blues’ books going forward.

Winnipeg Jets: Steve Mason

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 Sv%
G 30 $4.1M (2018-19) .908

The Mason experiment in Winnipeg wasn’t much of a success. On top of injury problems, Mason lost out to Vezina candidate Connor Hellebuyck for the starting gig at the start of the season, and the Jets don’t need to pay over $4 million for a backup.

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks: Corey Perry


Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
RW 33 $8.625M (2020-21) 49

As a staple in the Ducks’ identity for so long, Perry being traded is far from a guarantee, but Anaheim got exposed in the playoffs in the form of a sweep by an archrival. Bob Murray’s group needs to get younger and faster, and the former MVP doesn’t fit that mold anymore.

Arizona Coyotes: Max Domi

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
LW 23 RFA 45

There’s potential for a much bigger name available from the Coyotes if Oliver Ekman-Larsson decides not to sign his reported eight-year extension, but Arizona could deal Domi’s rights and give the young winger a fresh start after his second straight season with nine goals.

Calgary Flames: T.J. Brodie

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
D 27 $4.65M (2019-20) 32

Calgary doesn’t have a pick in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft, and don’t have a winger to join Sean Monahan and Johnny Gadreau on the top line. The Flames could feasibly move out Brodie in an attempt to fill two glaring holes.

Edmonton Oilers: Oscar Klefbom

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
D 24 $4.167M (2022-23) 21

By no means do the Oilers need to trade Klefbom, but after dealing all his forward depth for peanuts, GM Peter Chiarelli holds few remaining chips with any value. Klefbom could definitely bring back a good forward or two to help support two-time Art Ross winner Connor McDavid.

Los Angeles Kings: Trevor Lewis


Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
RW 31 $2M (2019-20) 26

Much like their in-state rivals above, the Kings need to implement more speed and skill into their lineup. Plus, opting for cheaper contracts with the possibility of a mega-extension for Drew Doughty on the table seems like a reasonable idea.

San Jose Sharks: Mikkel Boedker

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
RW 28 $4M 37

Boedker’s four-year contract in San Jose hasn’t yielded much production, and the Sharks wouldn’t be much worse off if they found a taker for his services.

Vancouver Canucks: Chris Tanev

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
D 28 $4.45M (2019-20) 11

Tanev has played less than 70 games in each of the last three seasons, but offers tremendous value when he’s healthy. The 28-year-old has an affordable salary, and is far and away the Canucks’ most valuable trade asset. Despite an impressive group of young players, Vancouver isn’t quite ready to make a big step forward yet, so continue to build for when the time comes.

Vegas Golden Knights: Jon Merrill

Position Age Cap Hit (thru) 2017-18 points
D 26 $1.375M (2019-20) 3

The Golden Knights are projected to have over $26 million in cap space this summer, so there’s pressure for them to unload any onerous contracts. And after the most successful inaugural season in the history of the sport, they probably aren’t looking for much of a makeover. That said, Vegas did pick a litany of blue-liners in the expansion draft, and could probably fetch a pick for one that was stapled to the press box most of the season.

(Photos Courtesy: Getty Images)



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