The NHL Trade deadline is fastly approaching. The deadline is on March 21st which gives teams a lot of time during the next two and a half months to decide what they want to do with some of their players.
This is definitely not going to be a quiet trade deadline. Like years pasts, there are teams contending for a championship that are going to want to add some talent to their roster. There are also some teams that are going to want to move on from some contracts they know they are not going to be bringing back during the following years.
This list might include some teams more than others, but that just is how the market is heating up. Teams that are out of the playoff picture looking to acquire assets are going to have to be more vocal at the deadline, while some teams already set up for the future might stand pat from the event.
Let’s jump in with the list:
1. Mark Giordano – Seattle Kraken
The Seattle Kraken’s start has not been great, but it is nothing to be alarmed about because they have assets they can utilize at this upcoming deadline. One asset they should consider moving is their captain Mark Giordano.
The Kraken’s captain has played in the majority of the games this season and has averaged over 21 minutes of ice time a night. He is blocking a lot of shots and would be a great addition to a team looking to win a Stanley Cup. While the Kraken might be hesitant to say goodbye to their captain after half a season it definitely would be the right move as he is 38, on the last year of his contract, and deserves a chance at winning a Stanley Cup.
2. John Klingberg – Dallas Stars
When you have a player quoted saying they don’t feel appreciated that is not going to lead to success down the line. That is the situation the Dallas Stars find themselves in with John Klingberg, one of their best defensemen. Klingberg is coming up on the end of his seven-year 4.25 million a year contract and he thinks he deserves a pay raise.
While the two parties have been trying to find a good price for both sides, nothing has worked out yet.