NHL trade rumors: One player each team should trade

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Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks – Ondrej Kase

The Anaheim Ducks were hoping Ondrej Kase would have a breakout season after posting very promising numbers in a limited role. However, Kase hasn’t had a very good season under Dallas Eakins. He has 18 points in 42 games, which is a decline from his 20 points in 30 games last season. It would take quite a bit for the Ducks to move on from Kase, but I think teams might be willing to give up a good haul for him.

Arizona Coyotes – Taylor Hall

This is the hot take of this article. If things don’t improve for the Arizona Coyotes, they should at least consider trading Taylor Hall. The Coyotes didn’t give up that much for Hall, so if they trade him at the deadline, it wouldn’t be shocking if they got a better return than the Devils did.

Calgary Flames – Sam Bennett

The Calgary Flames are looking to add a top-six forward. However, their farm system is among the weakest in the NHL. This means the Flames will likely have to give up a young forward on their NHL roster to get an upgrade. Sam Bennett seems like the logical candidate.

Edmonton Oilers – Darnell Nurse

Much like the Islanders, the Edmonton Oilers have very few tradeable assets. Of course, teams would leap at the honor of trading for McDavid and Draisaitl, but why would the Oilers trade them? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is an option too. But I think swapping Darnell Nurse for a scoring forward (maybe Jason Zucker or Ondrej Kase?) would be a smart move for them.

Los Angeles Kings – Tyler Toffoli

The Los Angeles Kings would love to be active at the trade deadline. They desperately need to rebuild, but there’s an issue – they don’t have too many tradeable assets. Most of the players the Kings would get the most for have long-term deals. That means the Kings’ deadline will be defined by how much they get for pending UFA forward Tyler Toffoli.

San Jose Sharks – Brenden Dillon

According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, the San Jose Sharks would love to add a first-round pick. Remember, they gave their 2020 first-round pick to the Ottawa Senators when they signed Erik Karlsson to an extension. That’s not ideal for a team like the Sharks. Their best chance of getting a first-round pick is trading defenseman Brenden Dillon.

Vancouver Canucks – Christopher Tanev

I don’t think the Vancouver Canucks will trade anyone on their roster. However, Christopher Tanev has had his name tossed around in trade rumors for years. If the Canucks want to be buyers, they’re going to have to create some cap space. Tanev is a pending UFA, so he could make the most sense. Keep an eye on Troy Stecher as well.

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Vegas Golden Knights – Ryan Reaves

If the Vegas Golden Knights want to be buyers at the trade deadline, they’re going to have to create some cap space. Ryan Reaves is making $2.75 million in a fourth-line role and is a pending UFA. That would make sense. Of course, if the Knights wind up as sellers, trading guys like Reaves and Cody Eakin could make sense too.