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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Joel Edmundson is another former Cup winner looking for a second one

Earlier, we mentioned Vladimir Tarasenko winning a Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues, but he’s not the only one on this list who hoisted a Cup during that unforgettable year. Joel Edmundson was also part of that team, and he would be a great fit for anyone looking for a defenseman who knows how intense things will get in the coming months. 

Edmundson will also come cheap, given his $1.75 million cap hit courtesy of the Montreal Canadiens still holding onto half of his contract. Therefore, teams lacking cap space, like the Edmonton Oilers or the Toronto Maple Leafs, may be interested in bringing in a bargain piece like Edmundson.

The 30-year-old is once again playing a sound, stay-at-home game, which should further impress high-scoring teams like the Oilers and Maple Leafs, especially the latter, since they could use one more piece on the blue line. He hasn’t played the same number of minutes, so the third pairing is the likeliest spot for the remainder of the year. 

Fewer minutes aside, Edmundson is still a physical player with 46 blocks and 56 hits, and he’s also an asset on the penalty kill. Opponents also have a relatively tough time scoring against Edmundson, with Washington’s on-ice save percentage sitting at 90.5 at even strength and 90.7 at 5-on-5.