Top 20 players fans must know about ahead of the 2024 NHL trade deadline

The 2024 NHL trade deadline season is in full swing following a big move that occurred last night involving Chris Tanev. Here are 20 more names to know.
Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice
Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice / Brett Holmes-USA TODAY Sports
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Logan Couture is yet another member of the Sharks who may find himself on the move

No team will field more calls than the Sharks, and there is even a chance that a player like Logan Couture could be wearing a different uniform either for the rest of this season or come 2024-25. This is because an injury could prevent him from playing any more games this season, so there is a good chance that a bubble team or even a non-contender looking to make their mark next season will call general manager Mike Grier. 

The Sabres are one potential non-contender who could make a trade for Couture, since they have enough cap space to take on his contract, and a young team like Buffalo could benefit from his leadership. Currently, the Sabres have Kyle Okposo as their captain, but he could be finished once their season reaches its conclusion. 

Couture, 34, would also be an upgrade over Okposo, as when healthy, he has shown that he can still produce, even for a bad hockey team. Last season, he put up 67 points and 27 goals in 82 contests, and the year before that, he had 56 in 77. Couture is also a hard-hitter who is willing to play defense, and a team like Buffalo could use another defensive forward with scoring ability.