As the NHL trade deadline approaches, teams are looking to make a few significant moves before the March 1 cutoff. While some teams are already surefire sellers, like the Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, others may be tempted to make a bold move that could improve their chances of making a playoff run.
In our latest article, USA TODAY Sports’ NHL columnist Kevin Allen and editor Jimmy Hascup break down the top deals that are likely to happen before the deadline. In addition, they discuss some rumors that are making the rounds, including the possibility of the Montreal Canadiens trading Jarome Iginla.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury could also be on the move. With Matt Murray having established himself as the team’s No. 1 goaltender, the Pens could be willing to listen to offers for the former Hart Trophy winner. The Calgary Flames are one team that has reportedly been kicking the tires on a potential deal for Fleury, according to Chris Kypreos of The Athletic.
Thomas Vanek, Detroit Red Wings: The 32-year-old winger should interest multiple teams because of his high-end skill set. He’s a pending free agent, and will want a big-money contract.
Radim Vrbata, Arizona Coyotes: The forward is having a breakout season with 15 goals and 47 points this year. His versatility makes him appealing to teams that need a scoring boost.
Dmitry Kulikov, Buffalo Sabres: The defender has 497 games of experience and could appeal to teams that need depth on the back end.