5 prominent players not moved at the NHL trade deadline who will be moved in the offseason

While we saw plenty of surprises at the 2024 NHL trade deadline, a few of those surprises involved players who weren’t traded.

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Scott Laughton could help a contender win the Stanley Cup in 2025

Okay, so to be real, Scott Laughton could technically help the Philadelphia Flyers win a Stanley Cup in 2024, but that’s not likely to happen. We’re all waiting for the Flyers unprecedented run to end at some point in the next month, and when it occurs, general manager Daniel Briere will start selling again.

Laughton will have not one but two seasons remaining on his contract, so a team looking to make multiple runs but needs a sound lower-liner should make a push to acquire him. There are also teams lacking physical play who must also take interest, especially if they’re high-scoring units with not much defense at the forward position. 

Teams in playoffs or bust mode for 2024-25 should also strongly consider Laughton, even if it means overpaying for the 29-year-old. Laughton will either help such teams get to the playoffs in 2024-25 or they don’t make it, he makes a prime trade candidate in 2025-26. 

He may have plenty of issues when his team has the puck, including but not limited to so-so productivity in scoring and a career Corsi For at 5-on-5 under 50 percent. But he’s more than proven himself as a valuable player when his team needs to regain puck possession. 

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference, salary information provided by Cap Friendly)