Chris Johnston’s NHL trade board 6.0: Top targets for the final sprint as deadline week arrives – The Athletic

Chris JohnstonMar 4, 2024

Big decisions loom.

We’ve entered the final sprint toward Friday’s NHL trade deadline and there are still multiple teams on both sides of the bracket who have yet to declare their intent. That’s kept the lid on the market during an unusually quiet last couple of weeks. But it doesn’t mean we won’t yet see the action reach a full boil before the deadline passes at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.


“I think the same amount of conversations seem to be going on,” Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told reporters in Washington over the weekend. “It’s just there’s teams on the bubble that really haven’t committed either way to what they’re trying to do and teams are trying to figure out the complete opportunity side of who’s actually available.

“So, I think at the end of the week it (will) become more clear.”

The coming days will likely see teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Capitals making moves with an eye toward the future. Even as the New Jersey Devils continue to chase a No. 1 goaltender, with interest in Jacob Markstrom, they will also have to determine if interest in Tyler Toffoli makes him a rental worth sending out the door.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the Seattle Kraken, St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild, too, as they could all join the list of sellers in the days ahead.

The Big Board will be tracking the market right until the closing bell sounds.

As names enter and leave the fray, we’ll update with the latest buzz here. So bookmark this page and check back.

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Jake Guentzel

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$6 million

The Penguins were fortunate that an upper-body injury suffered by Guentzel on Feb. 14 only ended up coming with a four-week recovery period. The initial fears were that it was much worse.

While that will keep Guentzel from playing another game before the trade deadline, it shouldn’t prevent him from being moved to another club. He’s already resumed skating in a non-contact sweater.

Guentzel was scoring at a 36-goal, 85-point pace prior to his injury and is a pending unrestricted free agent. It’s difficult to imagine the Penguins walking him right to the open market in a year when it appears unlikely they’ll qualify for the playoffs.

He’s an undersized winger who performs much bigger than his stature, especially when the stakes are highest. He has an eye-popping 34 goals in 58 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

Market value$10 millionPlayer typeBanged-up top-line wingerNet ratingF2

Jacob Markström

ProfilePositionGAge34Contract term2026 UFAAAV$6 million

The Flames have won five straight games and aren’t inclined to fully wave the white flag on their playoff hopes, even after dealing away Chris Tanev, Elias Lindholm and Nikita Zadorov. It would be hard to imagine them staying in the race without Markström, who is having a major bounce-back year.

Still, it’s not entirely clear that the former Vezina Trophy finalist wants to remain in Calgary after he told reporters last week that he’s not happy with the way the Flames have approached his situation, saying, “I think it could have been handled a lot different from up top.”.

The Devils’ interest in the 33-year-old goaltender has persisted even as they’ve fallen back in the Eastern Conference’s wild-card race because he’s under contract for two seasons beyond this one. Presumably, the list of suitors for Markström would grow if he was dealt this summer. But there’s no guarantee the Flames will wait that long before asking the player to waive his no-movement clause.

Player typeElite goalieGoalie statsG3

Noah Hanifin

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge27Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.95 million

The winds have shifted on this situation multiple times throughout a season in which the Flames have engaged in talks about a contract extension with Hanifin’s agent.

They’ve pushed hard to get something done but need to start focusing on the trade market after being unable to get his signature on a new deal.

Hanifin is a 6-foot-3 defenseman who ticks multiple boxes: a strong skater who can be trusted to log 20-plus minutes per night and contribute at both ends of the ice. He’s in the absolute prime of his career.

He also has some control over his situation courtesy of a limited eight-team no-trade clause.

Expect the Boston native to end up with a U.S.-based team since it’s believed his preference is to sign his next deal in his native country. Tampa Bay is among the teams believed to have interest.

Market value$8.7 millionPlayer typeTop-pair defenseman in his primeNet ratingD4

Sean Walker

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.65 million

Acquired from the Kings over the summer as cap relief in a three-way trade that included Columbus, Walker has been a revelation in Philadelphia.

In fact, the fit has been so good that there’s been mutual interest in discussing an extension — although that’s not considered the likeliest outcome here, given the Flyers’ desire to stockpile assets and the allure of a free-agent payday for Walker.

Known throughout his NHL career as a player who likes to join the attack, Walker seems to have struck a nice balance since joining the Flyers. The team is consistently carrying the play offensively when he’s on the ice at five-on-five.

Walker is also playing on an affordable (and expiring) contract, which makes him a strong asset for the Flyers to sell before the deadline, especially after adding 21-year-old defenseman Jamie Drysdale in the Cutter Gauthier trade with Anaheim in January.

Market value$6.6 millionPlayer typeOffensive defensemanNet ratingD5

Adam Henrique

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge34Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5.83 million

In a market short on players who can play center, Henrique stands out. The 34-year-old is well on his way to another 20-goal season and he’s done it while winning nearly 54 percent of his faceoffs.

Henrique is known for having excellent hockey sense and is thirsting for a chance to return to the playoffs after appearing just four postseason games since being part of the 2012 Devils team that lost to Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final.

As a pending unrestricted free agent on a retooling team, Henrique profiles as a traditional trade-deadline rental.

There’s also versatility to his toolbox. He can chip in on the power play, kill penalties or play the wing, if needed.

Market value$5.3 millionPlayer typeVersatile veteran eager for another shotNet ratingF6

Frank Vatrano

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2025 UFAAAV$3.65 million

Currently producing at a 40-goal, 66-point pace, Vatrano is having by far his most productive NHL season. That earned him a trip to the NHL All-Star Game as the Ducks’ representative.

He’s always had a nose for the net but has made some defensive improvements despite playing on one of the league’s weakest teams.

A competitive player under contract through next season at $3.65 million, Vatrano can be slotted on a second line or called on to add some scoring punch from the bottom six.

He’s also a threat to score a short-handed goal when used as part of the penalty kill.

Market value$3.2 millionPlayer typeProven scorer having a career yearNet ratingF7

Matt Dumba

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$3.9 million

The offensive aspects of his game may not be what they once were, but Dumba remains a decent skater who has the ability to deliver a punishing open-ice hit. He’s also a right-shot defenseman and can be added as a rental on a reasonable cap hit.

He’s playing more than 20 minutes per game this season (probably a little too much) and is seeing significant usage on the penalty kill. Insulated on a deeper blue line, he could be an intriguing fit, and the Coyotes have the “For Sale” sign up after ceding considerable ground in the Western Conference’s wild-card race

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeVeteran defenseman / leaderNet ratingD8

Vladimir Tarasenko

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge32Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5 million

It’s been a difficult season in the Canadian capital, and attention will soon turn toward reloading with future assets. Tarasenko should be an easy piece to sell. The Russian winger doesn’t generate scoring chances at the rate he once did, but he still possesses the kind of shot needed to put the puck in the net. Built like a tank, he can win puck battles along the wall and fight through the traffic we’re accustomed to seeing in playoff hockey.

Crucially, Tarasenko is also on an expiring contract and has experienced just about everything the game has to offer. The 2019 Stanley Cup winner was a trade-deadline pickup by the New York Rangers last year and shouldn’t have any trouble acclimating to a new environment.

Of note is the fact Tarasenko recently changed agents — for the fourth time in three years — which can be viewed as a sign he wants help navigating his way to a more appealing situation.

Market value$4 millionPlayer typeAging sniperNet ratingF9

Tyler Toffoli

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge31Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.25 million

The veteran winger has been such a good fit in New Jersey that the sides have explored what an extension might look like. Still, the Devils may end up moving the 31-year-old sniper, who is well on his way to a second straight 30-plus goal season, because of the assets he could bring back.

Toffoli has put the puck in the net everywhere he’s played. A strong skater with a wicked release, he’s on the final year of a contract paying him $4.25 million.

He’d slide into the top six on most contending teams.

Market value$6.2 millionPlayer typeTop-line winger with Cup experienceNet ratingF10

Pavel Buchnevich

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge28Contract term2025 UFAAAV$5.8 million

Nearly a point-per-game player across the past three years with the Blues, Buchnevich is a big, strong winger who skates well and possesses a high-end shot. That makes him the rare top-line talent who could be moved in the run-up to this deadline.

St. Louis has the ability to hold the line with its ask since Buchnevich’s contract runs through the end of next season. The Blues are going to need a haul to move him now — think a package that exceeds the return Calgary got from Vancouver for Elias Lindholm: a first-round pick, two prospects and winger Andrei Kuzmenko.

Buchnevich’s $5.8 million cap hit will be a challenge for some teams to accommodate, but at least he’s producing at a level commensurate with that number, on pace for a 33-goal, 66-point season.

Market value$7.8 millionPlayer typeTop-line wingerNet ratingF11

Kaapo Kähkönen

ProfilePositionGAge27Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.75 million

San Jose has not been a place for any goaltender to show his best work. The Sharks have the worst defensive metrics of any team in the NHL. Still, in a clouded goaltending market, Kähkönen could be considered a potential buy-low option.

Kähkönen is a pending free agent who put up decent numbers for Minnesota earlier in his career and had a goals-saved-above-expected mark of 5.2 as recently as 2021-22.

It’s been much rougher since then, but context matters. Whether measured by shots against, chances against or expected goals against, the Sharks have been a bottom-five team defensively since the start of last season.

Player typeBuy-low goalieGoalie statsG12

Anthony Duclair

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge28Contract term2024 UFAAAV$3 million

Two years removed from a 31-goal season, Duclair has understandably been slowed by the torn Achilles tendon he had surgically repaired last year in Florida.

Still, he’s playing on an expiring contract carrying a reasonable cap hit and looks like a promising buy-low candidate from a Sharks team that is headed nowhere this season and hungry to add future assets.

Duclair has good hands and can play either wing. He was part of the Panthers’ run to the Cup Final last spring, scoring 11 points in 20 playoff games.

Market value$1.7 millionPlayer typeMiddle-six scorerNet ratingF13

Max Pacioretty

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge35Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2 million

He’s been reasonably productive since returning from a second surgery to repair a torn Achilles, putting up 15 points in 25 games for the Caps.

Part of the attraction with Pacioretty is the fact that he comes with a pro-rated cap hit of just $2 million because Washington will be on the hook for all of his game-played bonuses.

A high-end scoring winger with a heavy shot in his prime, he’s more of a secondary scoring option at this stage of his career. He has full control of where he ends up with a no-movement clause.

Market value$4.4 millionPlayer typeSecondary scoring optionNet ratingF14

Alex Wennberg

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.5 million

A second-line center in Seattle, Wennberg is another potential option for teams looking to strengthen themselves down the middle. Not known as a big point producer throughout his NHL career, the 29-year-old can play in all situations and be trusted on the defensive side of the puck.

As a bonus, Wennberg can be counted on in the faceoff dot and on the penalty kill. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent earning $4.5 million and has a 10-team no-trade list.

Market value$4 millionPlayer typeOne of the few centers on the marketNet ratingF15

Nic Dowd

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge33Contract term2025 UFAAAV$1.3 million

A fourth-line center who makes a strong defensive impact, Dowd is far from the biggest name available at this deadline period. But he’s a strong candidate to become a useful under-the-radar acquisition.

The Capitals absolutely bury Dowd with defensive zone starts at five-on-five, and they still manage to more than hold their own when he’s on the ice. He’s a trusted penalty killer and is decent in the faceoff circle. He’s even got good hands when he finds himself with a scoring opportunity.

Dowd also carries a $1.3 million cap charge that can easily be squeezed under the salary cap ceiling.

Market value$2.9 millionPlayer typeFourth-line assetNet ratingF16

Brandon Duhaime

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge26Contract term2024 UFAAAV$1.1 million

A hard-hitting depth forward who can chip in the odd goal, Duhaime is one of the few pending unrestricted free agents the Wild have to sell. The 2016 fourth-round pick has spent his entire professional career with the organization but is likely pricing himself out of Minnesota with free agency on the horizon.

Duhaime possesses the tools that appeal to teams gearing up for a long playoff run. A strong skater with size at 6-foot-2, he brings energy at the bottom end of the lineup and is an experienced penalty-killer.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeFourth-line assetNet ratingF17

Reilly Smith

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge32Contract term2025 UFAAAV$5 million

The fit hasn’t been quite right in Pittsburgh since Smith arrived in a trade shortly after celebrating a Stanley Cup win with the Golden Knights last summer. He’s well off the pace of last season’s 26-goal, 56-point campaign.

Still, Smith is an intriguing player because of a strong two-way game. He can contribute on both special-teams units and be trusted with a role on a line that handles tough matchups at even strength.

The 32-year-old is signed through the 2024-25 season at a $5 million cap hit, which may bring added appeal since he could be added for multiple playoff runs.

Market value$4.7 millionPlayer typeVeteran do-it-all forwardNet ratingF18

Nick Seeler

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge30Contract term2024 UFAAAV$0.78 million

One of the NHL’s leaders in blocked shots, Seeler plays a black-and-blue game while counting a league-minimum salary against the cap. That’s marketable enough in its own right. Seeler is also a big, physical penalty-killer currently playing out the final year of his contract and should be no trouble to move as the deadline draws nearer.

Every contender is searching for defensive depth. They don’t come much lower maintenance than Seeler.

Market value$6 millionPlayer typeLow-maintenance defensive stalwartNet ratingD19

Erik Johnson

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge35Contract term2024 UFAAAV$3.25 million

While the 35-year-old defenseman has made it clear he’d prefer to ride out the season in Buffalo, the Sabres are going to have a chance to turn him into an asset.

Johnson carries nearly 1,000 games of NHL experience and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2022. He’s a steady defender who can deliver safe minutes if deployed in a bottom-of-the-roster role. He’s averaging 14 minutes per night for the Sabres this season.

As a pure rental playing out a $3.5 million contract, Johnson’s off-ice leadership will carry appeal for contenders looking to round out their depth.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeVeteran defenseman / leaderNet ratingD20

Jordan Eberle

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5.5 million

The goals have returned after a cold start to the season, and they’ve made Eberle a pretty marketable commodity.

He is best deployed on a skilled line counted on to produce offensively. He’s scored above a 20-goal-per-82-game pace in every NHL season and appears likely to keep that streak alive.

Contenders will find some comfort in Eberle’s history of scoring big goals. He also gained valuable experience during two long playoff runs with the New York Islanders. A return to Edmonton could make sense from all sides here.

Market value$7.1 millionPlayer typeVeteran wingerNet ratingF21

Jake Allen

ProfilePositionGAge33Contract term2025 UFAAAV$3.85 million

The Canadiens have carried three goaltenders all season and committed to Samuel Montembeault by signing him to a three-year extension on Dec. 1.

Allen is the most proven commodity among the men protecting the Habs crease, with more than 400 regular-season NHL appearances on his resume and another 29 in the playoffs. He’s also got one year under contract beyond the current one, which could be a reason for this to become an offseason trade rather than one made at the deadline.

The potential complicating factor is a limited seven-team no-trade list in Allen’s contract. There’s also the fact that he remains loyal to the team and chose to sign an extension in Montreal a year ago rather than testing the free-agent waters last summer.

Still, in a league with a number of uncertain situations in the crease, he’s a potential stabilizer who multiple contenders are keeping close tabs on.

Player typeProven 1B goalieGoalie statsG22

Zach Bogosian

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$0.85 million

A right-shot defenseman who’s seen it all, Bogosian brings a combination of experience and toughness that will appeal to teams gearing up for a long playoff run. As a bonus, he makes just $850,000.

The Wild are interested in keeping the veteran beyond the expiration of his contract this summer but may be compelled to trade him as a rental with a postseason berth starting to look unlikely.

In the event that happens, keep an eye on a potential return to Toronto.

Market value$1.8 millionPlayer typeSeen-it-all right-shot defensemanNet ratingD23

Joel Edmundson

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge30Contract term2024 UFAAAV$1.75 million

A big shutdown defenseman with Stanley Cup pedigree, Edmundson is ideally slotted on a third pairing. He’s made a living out of clearing opponents from the front of his net and making them pay a physical price while doing so. His game is simple, straightforward and valued when the games tighten up in the playoffs.

As a pending unrestricted free agent carrying just a $1.75 million cap hit, he’s an attractive rental option.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeDefensive defenseman with a ringNet ratingD24

Sam Carrick

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge32Contract term2024 UFAAAV$0.85 million

Contenders have been scouting the 32-year-old center, who can be acquired for depth at minimal cost. He is defensively responsible and handles himself well in the faceoff dot. He’s also got penalty-killing chops and a strong work ethic.

Carrick’s $850,000 cap hit and expiring contract add to the appeal here.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeFourth-line centerNet ratingF25

Anthony Mantha

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5.7 million

The fit has never been quite right in Washington for Mantha, who acknowledged during training camp, “I feel like I haven’t been the player they wanted so far.”

At least the big winger has rediscovered a scoring touch, with 20 goals this season — his highest total in six years.

Even though Mantha has been available on the trade market since last year, his contract should become easier to move as he gets closer to unrestricted free agency this summer.

Mantha is a one-shot scorer who needs a lot of help getting the puck in shooting areas. Motivation shouldn’t be an issue with the direction his career has gone since being traded to the Capitals from Detroit in 2021.

Market value$6.6 millionPlayer typeOne-shot scorer who needs helpNet ratingF26

Mikael Granlund

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge32Contract term2025 UFAAAV$5 million

Currently serving as the top-line center on a rebuilding Sharks outfit, he’d slot deeper down the roster on a stronger team.

Granlund has switched teams a couple of times in the past year, but he’s been reasonably productive in San Jose. A versatile forward with good vision, he’s an all-situations player with more than 50 games of playoff experience.

He’s also not a pure rental with a $5 million contract running through the end of next season.

Market value$2.8 millionPlayer typeVeteran playmakerNet ratingF27

David Savard

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge33Contract term2025 UFAAAV$3.5 million

A right-shot defenseman who thrives in a shutdown role, Savard doesn’t have a lot of sparkle to his game. But he’s got the shine that comes from having a ring after winning the Stanley Cup with Tampa in 2021.

The things he does well take on even more value during the playoffs: shot blocking, finishing checks and killing penalties. It’s going to take a strong offer to compel the Canadiens to move on from the 33-year-old, who is a popular figure in their dressing room and under contract through the end of 2024-25 at $3.5 million.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeShutdown defenseman built for playoffsNet ratingD28

Tyson Barrie

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge32Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.5 million

Having found himself sitting as a healthy scratch this season for the first time since he was on his entry-level contract, the veteran defenseman would like a change of scenery.

Barrie’s power-play usage is limited in Nashville because he’s slotted behind Roman Josi in the rotation, but the man advantage remains where the right shot can make the biggest impact. A strong skater with excellent offensive instincts, he’s best deployed in a sheltered five-on-five role and big PP minutes. Those qualities make him an attractive addition for those in need of a boost to their special teams.

Barrie is playing on an expiring contract carrying a $4.5 million cap hit, and the Predators aren’t likely to retain salary as part of a trade since they only have one retention spot available for the remainder of the season.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeOffensive defensemanNet ratingD29

Evgeny Kuznetsov

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge31Contract term2025 UFAAAV$7.8 million

Now on the way to the AHL for the first time in his career after clearing waivers Sunday, any trade involving Kuznetsov will have a significant financial component. The 31-year-old center carries a $7.8 million cap hit through the end of next season and saw his play fall off considerably before leaving the Capitals in early February to enter the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

However, he’s hoping for a fresh start and a chance to re-establish himself. Kuznetsov is just two years removed from a 78-point season. He was an elite playmaker in his prime. It wouldn’t be surprising to see someone take a chance on his skillset.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeFormer star seeking a new startNet ratingF30

Dominik Kubalik

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge28Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.5 million

A streaky scorer, historically, who has seen his offensive totals dip this season primarily due to a drop in power-play output, Kubalik is a rental on a reasonable contract who hasn’t found a great fit in Ottawa. He could be a low-cost addition with upside potential for a team looking for help with the man advantage.

Kubalik put up strong numbers during his only playoff appearance with Chicago during the 2020 pandemic bubble.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeLow-cost streaky scorerNet ratingF31

Jason Zucker

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge32Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5.3 million

A strong skater who put up 27 goals last season in Pittsburgh, Zucker is an offensive catalyst.

He’s battled consistency issues at points during his career but carries little risk as a deadline acquisition playing out the final year of his contract.

Zucker can help a power play and boost a middle-six group at even strength.

Market value$2.9 millionPlayer typeOffensive catalystNet ratingF32

Jakob Chychrun

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge25Contract term2025 UFAAAV$4.6 million

No stranger to the trade board, Chychrun’s name has started surfacing again with the Senators facing a positional logjam.

Ottawa has more than $16 million per season tied up in long-term deals for left-shot defensemen Thomas Chabot and Jake Sanderson, and Chychrun is eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2025. He’ll almost certainly be seeking a raise on his $4.6 million salary at that point.

So the Senators may elect to get ahead of an approaching problem early, especially since there will be added value for an acquiring team in having Chychrun under contract for two cracks at the playoffs rather than just one as a rental.

Chychrun is a strong skater with a cannon for a shot and is currently on pace for a 43-point season.

Market value$3.1 millionPlayer typeTrade-board regularNet ratingD33

Lars Eller

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge34Contract term2025 UFAAAV$2.45 million

The biggest complication here is the fact Eller has another season beyond this one on his contract carrying a $2.425 million cap hit. Otherwise, he profiles as an ideal depth addition for a contending team.

The 34-year-old is strong in the faceoff dot and can be counted on defensively in five-on-five situations. He kills penalties, too. Eller also has more than 100 games of playoff experience, including a Stanley Cup win with Washington in 2018.

Market value$3.5 millionPlayer typeIdeal depth addition for contenderNet ratingF34

Warren Foegele

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge27Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.75 million

With the Oilers on the hunt for a top-six winger, Foegele could be the odd man out with his $2.75 million in cap space potentially needed for the upgrade.

He’s a big, competitive winger who is producing at the best rate of his NHL career. But he’s also a pending unrestricted free agent.

Foegele is versatile and can be slotted across the lineup and used on both specialty teams.

Market value$4.7 millionPlayer typeBig, competitive wingerNet ratingF35

Pat Maroon

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge35Contract term2024 UFAAAV$0.8 million

The man with a year-round playoff beard has appeared in 150 postseason games and lifted the Stanley Cup on three separate occasions. The list of active NHL players with a resume that matches that is incredibly short.

Maroon also knows a thing or two about how best to fit in with a new team — he’s on his sixth NHL organization — which should bring a measure of comfort to anyone who considers adding him as a rental.

Ultimately, Maroon is a culture guy whose impact is best measured by more than goals, points or minutes played.

One potential complication to moving him is the fact that Maroon won’t play again before the trade deadline because of a back issue. He has begun to skate lightly, per The Athletic’s Joe Smith.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeLocker-room presenceNet ratingF36

Scott Laughton

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2026 UFAAAV$3 million

Laughton is under contract for two seasons beyond this one, so the Flyers are under no pressure to trade him. But you can understand why contenders would come calling on a glue guy who kills penalties and plays with an edge to his game.

It’s been a challenging season for the 11-year NHL veteran — an “inconsistent” one in the words of Flyers coach John Tortorella — and that’s reflected in a drop in his goals, points and ice time. Still, Laughton accounts for just $3 million against the cap and represents a bottom-six upgrade for most teams.

The Flyers are willing to listen to offers on just about any of their players.

Market value$2 millionPlayer typeDo-it-all forward / glue guyNet ratingF37

Arthur Kaliyev

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge22Contract term2024 RFAAAV$0.89 million

Still just 22 years old, Kaliyev has had a disappointing season that’s seen his playing time reduced alongside his offensive production.

An elite shooter, he’s currently residing on the fourth line in Los Angeles. While he could benefit from a fresh start, the Kings will have to be enticed to move the 2019 second-round pick who carries upside.

Market value$2.9 millionPlayer typeUpside prospect in diminished roleNet ratingF38

Andrew Peeke

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge25Contract term2026 UFAAAV$2.75 million

Peeke is a mobile right-shot defenseman who excels in the defensive aspects of the game but has had difficulty carving out a consistent spot in the Blue Jackets lineup this season.

Under contract for two years beyond this one, he carries promise for any team that believes there’s still room for growth in his play.

Peeke is a big man at 6-foot-3, but he isn’t known for being physical. He struggles when pressured by opponents, according to a rival scout, but seems like a prime candidate to benefit from a change of scenery.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeDepth defensemanNet ratingD39

Alexandre Carrier

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge27Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.5 million

What he lacks in size, he makes up for in smarts. The right-shot defenseman may noy be equipped to muscle opponents off the puck with his 5-foot-11 frame, but he’s a positionally sound player who gets around the ice well.

He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent making just $2.5 million — good value for someone who plays north of 18 minutes per night.

Carrier is a reliable shot-blocker known for having a competitive streak. Consider him a strong depth option for a team trying to insulate itself for a long playoff run. That team may end up being the Predators, though, as they are much less likely to move him after a torrid winning stretch in recent weeks.

Market value$4.1 millionPlayer typeReliable mobile defensemanNet ratingD40

Tomas Tatar

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$1.5 million

The well-traveled forward has already been moved once this season, going from Colorado to Seattle, and he rediscovered his production while playing in a system better suited for his game with the Kraken.

Tatar is a one-dimensional offensive player who still has decent speed and hands. He’s worth a look from teams hoping to add some secondary scoring.

Market value$2.1 millionPlayer typeOne-dimensional scoring helpNet ratingF41

Tyler Johnson

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5 million

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with Tampa Bay, there are intangibles that come with Johnson’s 116 games of playoff experience. When healthy this season, he’s played up the lineup on a rebuilding Chicago squad, but he will more comfortably slot into the bottom six on a deeper roster.

Johnson has made up for a lack of size with his speed and smarts throughout his NHL career.

He’s one of a handful of pending UFAs the Blackhawks have to peddle at this year’s deadline.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeCup-experienced bottom-six forwardNet ratingF42

Joel Armia

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge30Contract term2025 UFAAAV$3.4 million

The big winger has regained his footing in the NHL after starting the season in the AHL. He is known for his defensive instincts and solid 200-foot play but has a chance to surpass his previous high of 16 goals this season.

One thing is that he’s not a rental, with a $3.4 million cap hit that extends through the end of next season.

Market value$2.2 millionPlayer typeSolid 200-foot forwardNet ratingF43

Connor Dewar

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge24Contract term2024 RFAAAV$0.8 million

A bottom-six forward with a competitive streak, Dewar makes up for his small frame with a strong work ethic.

The 24-year-old doesn’t carry much offensive upside, but he can kill penalties and be trusted with his play away from the puck. He also comes with team control as a pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights who is due a qualifying offer of $892,500 this summer.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeCompetitive bottom-six forwardNet ratingF44

Alexander Barabanov

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.5 million

A winger with the offensive instincts to complement a line counted on to score, Barabanov has established himself as a reliable NHLer during his three seasons in San Jose. But with the Sharks more focused on future assets than players who can help now, and with Barabanov slated to hit free agency this summer, he’ll be available on the trade market.

Barabanov’s start to this season was interrupted by a broken finger, and the production was slow to return once he got back in the lineup. Still, with an expiring contract, there isn’t a whole lot of risk here.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeMiddle-six wingerNet ratingF45

Kasperi Kapanen

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge27Contract term2024 UFAAAV$3.2 million

While his offensive output has flat-lined in recent seasons, Kapanen remains a top-end skater with an appealing set of tools. The 27-year-old is also playing out the final year of a contract paying him $3.2 million and carries little risk as a rental addition.

The acquisition cost shouldn’t be too high here, and a fresh start could be beneficial to a winger who does have a 20-goal season on his resume.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeLow-risk rental wingerNet ratingF46

Mike Hoffman

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge34Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.5 million

A consistent scorer across his NHL career, albeit now a declining one, Hoffman holds a limited amount of appeal for two main reasons. 1) He’s on an expiring contract, and the cost to acquire him won’t be very high. And 2) It is not unreasonable to surmise that he’s currently in a difficult spot to maximize his abilities on a Sharks team lacking high-end offensive players.

Put it together, and he might be worth rolling the dice on. There’s not much to lose.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeVeteran sniperNet ratingF47

Tony DeAngelo

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge28Contract term2024 UFAAAV$1.68 million

The well-traveled DeAngelo is a consistent point producer and power-play quarterback who finds himself available with his second stint in Carolina not going as smoothly as the first one did and the Hurricanes carrying a glut of defensemen.

Making well under $2 million on a one-year contract, DeAngelo seems likely to deliver value beyond his cap hit — even when factoring in some of his defensive deficiencies.

A player with a 40-point season and two 50-point campaigns under his belt, some questions remain about DeAngelo’s off-ice maturity. But there’s little debate about his ability to shoot and move the puck.

Plugged into the proper role, he can make a difference.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typePower-play specialistNet ratingD48

Adam Boqvist

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge23Contract term2025 RFAAAV$2.6 million

It’s been four years since Boqvist saw action in the AHL, but he’s still searching for his place as an NHLer.

The Swede has strong offensive instincts and appears to have plenty of room to grow into his game. He projects as a future power-play specialist who can rush the puck with confidence, but he’s been caught up in a numbers game on the Blue Jackets blue line and isn’t an everyday player right now.

Market value$1.8 millionPlayer typeSomewhat distressed assetNet ratingD49

Philip Broberg

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge22Contract term2024 RFAAAV$1.71 million

Meaningful NHL minutes have not been made available to Broberg and the 22-year-old’s patience is running thin. The No. 8 pick from 2019 is currently plying his trade with AHL Bakersfield. The Oilers continue to believe in the skill set that prompted them to use that pick on the 6-foot-4 defenseman, but they’re in win-now mode and may ultimately be forced to accommodate his desire for a regular NHL opportunity elsewhere.

Should that happen, Broberg would be a valuable trade chip as the Oilers look to strengthen themselves for a run at the Stanley Cup. He carries big upside potential.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeProspect who needs a fresh startNet ratingD50

Trevor Zegras

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge22Contract term2026 RFAAAV$5.75 million

An offensive specialist with his prime years still ahead, Zegras is certainly not a player the Ducks have to move — either at this deadline or beyond it. But it’s believed they’re at least willing to listen on a forward the organization has been pushing to round out his game. And four or five teams are believe to have called.

Given the unique circumstances at play — Zegras is still just 22, signed for two more years and already has a pair of 60-point seasons under his belt — Anaheim would need something significant in return to make a deal work.

Zegras is currently recovering from surgery on a broken ankle, which could turn this trade talk into a summer discussion.

Market value$2.9 millionPlayer typePotential offensive starNet ratingF

Note: Net ratings and market values are via Dom Luszczyszyn’s model and are based on statistics through March 2 plus projections for the remainder of the season. Goals saved above expected (GSAx) for goalies are via Evolving-Hockey through March 2.

(Graphic: Dan Goldfarb / The Athletic, with photos by Richard A. Whittaker, Jeanine Leech, Derek Leung / Getty Images)

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Chris Johnston is a senior writer covering the NHL for The Athletic. He has two decades of experience as an NHL Insider, having appeared on Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL Network before joining TSN in 2021. He currently hosts the “Chris Johnston Show” on the Steve Dangle Podcast Network. He’s written previously for the Toronto Star, Sportsnet and The Canadian Press. Follow Chris on Twitter @reporterchris