Three Teams That Could Be Active at the NHL Trade Deadline

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Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs
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The 2023 NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching, and if the Bo Horvat is any indication, we could be in for a wild ride. This trade deadline is hard to figure out because there are no clear-cut buyers and sellers. Most teams will likely make one move, even if it is for depth at the AHL level.

The factors that go into a team being active are cap space, placement in the standings, and needs for the roster. Teams at the bottom will likely be sellers, while the top-tier teams could be buyers for the playoffs. No stats guarantee a playoff spot if a team makes a trade deadline acquisition during the NHL trade deadline. Some teams, like the Chicago Blackhawks, would-be sellers as they look to rebuild for the future. The Colorado Avalanche going to be buyers based on the want to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

The NHL trade deadline occurs on March 3rd this season. This time of year, rumors start flying, most of them to get people talking. One would be wise to wait until trade deadline day to see who is moved because most of the rumored trades do not happen.

In the past, teams have acquired small pieces that led to big things down the road. Other teams have dealt away pieces that were considered a bust, only to perform well in a different setting.  Trades should be graded years after the moves due to the fact there are no winners and/or losers minutes after the trade is made. Look at the Detroit Red Wings, who traded winger Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals for a package that included Jakub Vrana. Most thought Detroit won the trade hands down, but years later, the trade looks to be a wash for both teams.

Three Teams That Could Be Active at the NHL Trade Deadline

Below are three teams that could be very active at this trade deadline. Most of these teams are in a cap crunch with no projected cap space and a number of pending UFAs. Therefore, this would make one believe they will unload talent to acquire cap space for future moves. Other teams listed below have a number of UFAs and an older roster and want to make moves to get younger. This time of year can be fun to hear and crazy at the same time. Rumored moves could be fun to listen to but would not hold too much confidence in those rumored moves.