NHL trade board 3.0: The latest on Zegras, Tarasenko and big new names from Chris Johnston – The Athletic

Chris JohnstonJan 18, 2024

NHL front offices are starting to set their gazes on the upcoming trade deadline.

This week, teams are conducting pro scouting meetings in sunny locations across the continent to start mapping out their targets and priorities leading up to the March 8 bonanza.

Those meetings are considered an essential step in preparation before any big decisions can be made.

While it will still be weeks before those caught in the NHL’s mushy middle declare themselves as either sellers or buyers, intriguing new names have started circulating in trade circles, including Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras, Ottawa Senators forward Vladimir Tarasenko and Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom.

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We’ve already seen one January blockbuster, with the Philadelphia Flyers sending top prospect Cutter Gauthier to Anaheim for Jamie Drysdale and a second-round pick, and you can expect leaguewide trade chatter to heat up on the other side of pro scouting meetings.

With that in mind, here’s what we’re hearing about the top targets: our third edition of the big board.

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Elias Lindholm

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.85 million

Two seasons removed from a career-best 42 goals and 82 points, the versatile forward has seen a decline in production through the first third of this year, but he remains strong in the dot and can handle big minutes on both the power play and penalty kill. He would be an ideal No. 2 center on a team with Stanley Cup ambitions and has drawn interest from at least six interested suitors.

As an added bonus, Lindholm is playing on an extremely manageable cap hit and doesn’t have any trade protection included in his expiring contract. So while he may prefer to sign an extension in concert with a trade, Calgary is free to sell him to the highest bidder if he’s more valuable to teams as a rental.

Market value$5.5 millionPlayer typeIdeal second-line centerNet ratingF2

Chris Tanev

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge34Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.5 million

Considered a team-first warrior who still profiles as an effective shutdown defender, Tanev is already in demand among contenders looking to upgrade their blue line. He has some say in his next destination courtesy of a 10-team no-trade list.

A right shot with penalty-killing chops, he’s garnered a reputation for playing the game the right way over 12 NHL seasons. That means finishing checks, blocking shots and keeping opponents to the outside — whatever it takes to give his team the best chance at success.

Tanev can be had as a rental, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a team try to get his signature on an extension when swinging a deal with the Flames.

Market value$3.2 millionPlayer typeShutdown defensemanNet ratingD3

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. The right-shot defenseman is playing more than 20 minutes per night and putting up offensive numbers at a career-best rate.

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.

Market value$4.8 millionPlayer typeOffensive defensemanNet ratingD4

Sean Monahan

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$1.985 million

There were teams at last year’s trade deadline with interest in adding Monahan before it was determined that a groin injury would keep him out for the remainder of the season. Fortunately, the veteran center has been healthy enough to dress for every Canadiens game so far in 2024-24, which suggests he’ll be an attractive rental option the second time around. Several teams have already called Montreal to inquire about his services.

Monahan’s cap hit comes in a shade under $2 million this season, and he doesn’t have any no-trade protection. The Habs could also boost their return by further cutting his cap charge with salary retention — offering extremely good value for a player logging north of 18 minutes per game this season.

Monahan will almost certainly slot in lower in the lineup of any potential acquiring team but represents an upgrade on what most contenders have in their bottom six.

Market value$2.3 millionPlayer typeBottom-six difference-makerNet ratingF5

Jake Allen

ProfilePositionGAge33Contract term2025 UFAAAV$3.85 million

Still carrying three goaltenders almost four months into the season, something is going to have to give in Montreal. And management has seemingly tipped its hand by signing Samuel Montembeault 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 carry added appeal for those seeking something more than a quick fix.

The only 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 statsG6

Vladimir Tarasenko

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge32Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5 million

It’s been a disastrous 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.

Market value$3.4 millionPlayer typeAging sniperNet ratingF7

Andrei Kuzmenko

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge27Contract term2025 UFAAAV$5.5 million

Teams are calling on the winger, who has been unable to maintain an everyday playing role under Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet.

Kuzmenko’s ice time is down more than a minute per game this season, and he’s been dropped to the fourth line on occasion. That’s a steep fall for a player who had 39 goals and 74 points in his first full NHL campaign. That production was fueled by an unsustainably high 27.3 percent shooting percentage, but still, his skating is an asset and he’s clearly shown an ability to create offense when given the opportunity.

The Canucks are having a strong season and don’t necessarily need to move Kuzmenko, but they may opt to part with his $5.5 million cap hit in order to upgrade another area of their roster. He’s signed through next season, so the 27-year-old isn’t a rental.

Market value$4.3 millionPlayer typeOut-of-favor scorerNet ratingF8

Noah Hanifin

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge26Contract term2024 UFAAAV$4.95 million

A 6-foot-3 defenseman who ticks multiple boxes, Hanifin is a strong skater and 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’s also playing out the final year of a cap-friendly contract that will appeal to contenders trying to limbo under the cap ceiling.

While there have been on-again, off-again talks about an extension in Calgary, the Flames are expected to trade him if they don’t get his signature on an extension.

Hanifin is also playing out the final year of a cap-friendly contract that will appeal to contenders trying to limbo under the cap ceiling. If he is going to be moved, the Flames will likely have to work in concert with the player when it comes time to strike a deal — in part because he owns a limited eight-team no-trade clause but also because they have an opportunity to maximize the return if he signs an extension as part of a move.

Market value$7.1 millionPlayer typeTop-pair defenseman in his primeNet ratingD9

Adam Henrique

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5.825 million

A veteran forward with excellent hockey sense who is thirsting for a chance to return to the playoffs, Henrique has appeared in just four postseason games since being part of the 2012 New Jersey Devils team that lost to Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final.

Henrique looks like a traditional deadline rental who is playing out the final season of his contract on a retooling team. He’s not the goal scorer he once was, but he can still chip in on a power play and is trending toward another 20-goal campaign. There’s also a versatility to his toolbox. He can take draws and line up down the middle, kill penalties or play the wing, if needed.

Market value$3.6 millionPlayer typeVersatile veteran eager for another shotNet ratingF10

Jake Guentzel

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$6 million

No progress has been made toward an extension for the pending unrestricted free agent, and it’s difficult to imagine Pittsburgh walking him right to the open market in a year when it appears qualifying for the playoffs is going to be difficult.

That makes Guentzel potentially a major chip for Penguins general manager Kyle Dubas to play.

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 playoff games.

After having right ankle surgery in August, Guentzel has seen no decline in his production and finds himself on pace for 37 goals and 90 points through Wednesday, while playing almost exclusively alongside Sidney Crosby.

There is nothing imminent here. Dubas wants to give his team more time to get back into the playoff race before making significant roster decisions. But if the Penguins are unable to do that, Dubas will have multiple suitors for Guentzel.

Market value$11 millionPlayer typeTop-line wingerNet ratingF11

Ilya Lyubushkin

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge29Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.75 million

A physical defenseman best suited for a third-pairing role, what you see is what you get from Lyubushkin. He’ll kill penalties, finish checks and try to keep the play in front of him. Let’s brand it meat-and-potatoes hockey.

Fortunately for the Ducks, it’s a style that teams looking for a long run through the spring tend to appreciate and covet.

Lyubushkin is also playing on an expiring deal and getting paid at a level reflected in his performance, which will add an extra level of attraction.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeMeat-and-potatoes defensemanNet ratingD12

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$2.1 millionPlayer typeMiddle-six scorerNet ratingF13

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. He’s actually seen an uptick in some of those metrics on an up-and-down Wild team, which is why he projects as a player likely to be traded to a playoff squad unless Minnesota can rally its way back into a playoff spot in a hurry.

Market value$0.9 millionPlayer typeLocker-room presenceNet ratingF14

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 ratingF15

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.

Given the unique circumstance 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.

It’s worth noting that Zegras isn’t expected to return to the Ducks lineup again until just before the trade deadline after having surgery on a broken ankle.

Market value$2 millionPlayer typePotential offensive starNet ratingF16

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 and suffered an upper-body injury on Jan. 11 that will keep him out of the lineup for at least another week.

Still, Smith is an intriguing player because of a strong two-way game. He can contribute on both specialty teams 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$4.6 millionPlayer typeVeteran do-it-all forwardNet ratingF17

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.

That probably won’t help boost his value on the trade market.

Market value$1.2 millionPlayer typeSomewhat distressed assetNet ratingD18

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 ratingD19

Jacob Markström

ProfilePositionGAge33Contract term2026 UFAAAV$6 million

A former Vezina Trophy finalist who is having a major bounce-back season, Markström is in the upper echelon of players at his position. Simply put: There aren’t many goaltenders who have matched his level of play over the past six or seven seasons. But with the Flames looking at unloading multiple proven performers ahead of this trade deadline, there are rival teams inquiring about the 33-year-old’s availability.

Markström holds all of the cards with a no-movement clause. He enjoys living and playing in Calgary, so it would have to be the right situation for him to sign off on a trade. And the fact that he’s due to earn $6 million for two seasons beyond this one is no doubt a complicating factor to consider, too.

Still, with multiple Stanley Cup contenders in search of goaltending help, the possibility of him being moved can’t be ruled out entirely.

Player typeGo-big goalie optionGoalie statsG20

John Gibson

ProfilePositionGAge30Contract term2027 UFAAAV$6.4 million

With the Ducks heading toward a sixth straight playoff-less season, there will be renewed interest in Gibson, whose name has been part of trade discussions during recent offseasons and is surfacing again now with so many rival teams looking for an upgrade in goal.

The Anaheim mainstay is having a good season individually, with a strong output in goals saved above expected, and he has shown himself to be a workhorse throughout an 11-year pro career.

The biggest obstacle is the $6.4 million cap hit Gibson carries through the 2026-27 season. In a capped-out NHL world, that significantly complicates any potential transaction. But at 30 years old, Gibson may be more than worth the trouble.

Player typeVeteran workhorseGoalie statsG21

Jordan Eberle

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5.5 million

The goals have not come easily for Eberle this season, and the Kraken remain on the outside of the playoff picture even after a red-hot start to 2024. With unrestricted free agency on the horizon, that combination of factors could see the veteran winger moved by March 8.

Eberle is best deployed on a skilled line counted on to produce offensively. He’s scored at above a 20-goal-per-82-game pace in every NHL season before this one — when he’s seen the goals dry up amid the worst shooting percentage stretch of a career that’s spanned nearly 1,000 games.

Contenders will find some comfort in his history of scoring big goals. He also gained valuable experience during two long playoff runs with the New York Islanders.

Market value$5.2 millionPlayer typeVeteran wingerNet ratingF22

Nick Seeler

ProfilePositionDShootsLeftAge30Contract term2024 UFAAAV$0.775 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$5.1 millionPlayer typeLow-maintenance defensive depthNet ratingD23

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 ratingD24

Tyler Johnson

ProfilePositionFShootsRightAge33Contract term2024 UFAAAV$5 million

A two-time Stanley Cup champion in Tampa, 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 ratingF25

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 ratingF26

Marc-Andre Fleury

ProfilePositionGAge39Contract term2024 UFAAAV$3.5 million

A three-time Stanley Cup champion and now second all-time among NHL goaltenders in career victories, Fleury possesses a mix of aura and ability.

The circumstances would have to be right to get him to waive his no-movement clause ahead of the deadline for the second time in three years — namely the promise of stepping into the No. 1 role on a playoff-bound team — but they are not completely beyond the realm of possibility. It certainly helps that Fleury has always been known as an incredibly popular teammate.

His passion for the game also continues to burn bright. And on a Minnesota team currently trying to make up a considerable distance in the Western Conference’s wild-card race, Fleury managed a consistent run of games when tandem-mate Filip Gustavsson was sidelined with an injury entering the new year.

Player typeAging champion goalieGoalie statsG27

Rasmus Ristolainen

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge29Contract term2027 UFAAAV$5.1 million

A big, physical defenseman who is known to occasionally overplay the puck and have issues in the defensive zone, Ristolainen can be a polarizing player. His underlying numbers in Philadelphia this season paint an encouraging picture, though, and he’s still just 29 years old. Something for shoppers to consider, at minimum.

Ristolainen carries a $5.1 million cap charge for the next three years, but it’s believed the Flyers are open to salary retention in order to make a deal work.

Market value$3.0 millionPlayer typePhysical defensemanNet ratingD28

Tony DeAngelo

ProfilePositionDShootsRightAge28Contract term2024 UFAAAV$1.675 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 quite 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 ratingD29

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 nearly 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 if the Coyotes aren’t able to keep pace in the Western Conference’s wild-card race.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeVeteran defenseman / leaderNet ratingD30

Jakub Vrana

ProfilePositionFShootsLeftAge27Contract term2024 UFAAAV$2.625 million

A talented finisher who has battled consistency issues, Vrana currently finds himself playing for AHL Springfield.

Still, teams only need to look at how he closed last season to see the type of impact the speedy winger can make as Vrana had 10 goals and 14 points in 20 games after being acquired by the Blues.

He’s playing on an expiring contract that carries a $2.625 million cap hit — and that’s a number that might be chopped down further if St. Louis can be compelled to retain salary.

While Vrana may be running low on second chances, he seems like a candidate to get at least one more. The offensive upside in his game is difficult to ignore.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeOut-of-favor goal scorerNet ratingF31

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, but he’s back in the Sharks lineup now. That should leave him plenty of time to work his way back into another team’s plans by the trade deadline.

Market value$0.8 millionPlayer typeMiddle-six wingerNet ratingF32

Elvis Merzlikins

ProfilePositionGAge29Contract term2027 UFAAAV$5.4 million

Merzlikins may be “pulling the monster” out of himself this season — as he said after a Jan. 15 win over Vancouver — and openly discussing his desire for a fresh start elsewhere, but it’s not going to be easy for the Blue Jackets to find him a new home.

There simply isn’t a long list of teams looking to add a $5.4 million goaltender (signed through 2026-27) who has exhibited so many swings in both attitude and performance.

Granted, Merzlikins is still 29 years old. He’s got time to turn things around and convince another organization to give him an opportunity. But GMs aren’t knocking on the door just yet. It’s up to Merzlikins to step up his play if he truly wants to move on from Columbus.

Player typeGoalie needing a fresh startGoalie statsG

Note: Net ratings and market values are via Dom Luszczyszyn’s model and are based on statistics through Jan. 16 plus projections for the remainder of the season. Goals saved above expected (GSAx) for goalies are via Evolving-Hockey through Jan. 16.

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(Graphic by Sean Reilly / The Athletic, with photos of Trevor Zegras, Jacob Markstrom and Vladimir Tarasenko from Michelle Farsi, Derek Cain and Nicole Vasquez / 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

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