Twelve 2016 NHL Trade Deadline Predictions
The trade deadline is just two weeks away which means rumors and potential deals will start to heat up. These are some predictions for the 2016 NHL trade deadline. These are pretty much a crapshoot, but here goes nothing.
Andrew Ladd will be shipped out of Winnipeg to the New York Rangers in a surprise deal. Pavel Buchnevich would not be a part of the package heading back to the Jets.
Justin Schultz will get a fresh start in Toronto, traded from Edmonton in exchange for a lower end prospect that would have a tough time cracking the Leafs’ roster in a few years.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will sweep in and acquire Dan Hamhuis from under the noses of Washington and Dallas. Much to the dismay of Penguins fans, it will cost them some nice future assets.
Kris Russell will remain a Calgary Flames player but Jiri Hudler will not. The Devils will get Hudler in an attempt to make a run at a wild card or divisional spot.
Roman Polak will be traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third and sixth round pick.
PA Parenteau and Brad Boyes will also be going out of Toronto, with the Blues and Capitals acquiring them respectively.
The Panthers will wind up taking Teddy Purcell for a lower price than some other options on the market.
Radim Vrbata will be traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for picks.
Eric Staal, Kyle Okposo, and Travis Hamonic will all remain with their current clubs.
Loui Eriksson will be traded to the Nashville Predators.
Jonathan Drouin will be traded to the Ottawa Senators at some point or another before next season.
For the shocking deal of the day, the Sharks and Blues will pull off a blockbuster involving Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrick Marleau. Both players are unrestricted at the end of next season, but more assets would certainly be going to the Blues. Could Mirco Mueller be an option? This is pure speculation.
Ladd -> NYR
Schultz -> TOR
Hamhuis -> PIT
Hudler -> NJD
Polak -> LAK
Parenteau -> STL
Boyes -> WSH
Purcell -> FLA
Vrbata -> NYI
Eriksson -> NSH
Drouin -> OTT
Shattenkirk -> SJS
Marleau -> STL
Next year’s cap situation will play a big factor but we are regardless setting up for a big trade deadline.