NHL trade rumors Jack Eichel among five players wh

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NHL trade rumors Jack Eichel among five players wh

The NHL's 2021-22season gets underwayTuesday but on Monday was when all the fun happened.Rosters were due to the league by 5 p.m. ET as teams had to get down to 23 players. While Monday's rostertrimmingdoesn't immediately impact the wheelingand dealing, per se, it does provide usefulhints as to how teams are approaching systems, styles, personnel Patrick Marleau Jersey and overall roster functionality.Between now and the trade deadline on March 21,the buyers and sellers will emerge and a number of players will be donning new jerseys.MORE: Sporting News doesn't own a crystal ball. But the rumor mill never stops and so we scanned the league top to bottom in search of five prime candidateswho could be packing their bags and shipping off to a new zip code between now and 3 p.m. ET on March 21.Five players who could be traded in 2021-22 Jack Eichel, C, SabresThank you, Captain Obvious.Maybe one day, when we're all old and gray, this will have been figured out. A quick synopsis: Eichel needs surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and he and the Sabres cannot agree on the type of surgery. For reference, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the team has the final say.MORE: The rumor mill has been churning endle sly on the now ex-captain's tenure in Western New York. Even before he Joonas Donskoi Jersey got hurt in March, there were rumblings and grumblings that he was on his way out. The former No. 2 overall pickreportedly asked out in the offseason but there are a few wrinkles.Amajor hurdle is that hecomeswith a hefty cap hit (five years left at $10 million AAV), and now, he needs surgery that could keep him out for weeks (the procedure he wants) to months (the procedure the Sabres want).Injury aside, 24-year-oldHart Trophy candidates don't grow on trees and the market for his services would surely be robust. A few teams that could be in the mixinclude the Flames (maybe a swap for another player on this list?), Ducks and Blue Jackets. One team that has long been rumored is the Rangers; however, they may be out now after giving Mika Zibanejad an eight-year extension at $8.5 million AAV.Johnny Gaudreau, LW, FlamesJohnny Hockey is another skaterwhose name has cro sed the trade rumor list for a long time. Between the last two offseasons alone, there wasbig-time speculationhe'd be sent south of the border. Now the time may be nigh for GM Brad Treliving to make a move; the New Jersey-born product is in the final year of his six-year, $40.5 million deal.The Flames have a number of players in search of new dealsover the '22 summer including Gaudreau (unrestricted free agent), Matthew Tkachuk (restricted free agent), Andrew Mangiapane (RFA) and a bunch of minor leaguers who are expected to sport the "Flaming C" in the next few seasons.Despite some downturn in his play, Gaudreau is a pretty solid trade chip (494 points in 520 career games). If the Flames are out of the playoff picture come the trade deadline expect the 28-year-old to be sent out of Cowtown. Where he could go is anyone's gue sbut he does have a modified no-trade clause this season. One team surely on his trade list: his hometown Flyers.NHL 2021-22: | | | Mark Giordano, D, KrakenAfter 15 years in Calgary, Giordano was left exposed and then selected by the Kraken in the July expansion draft. Unsurprisingly, he was named the first-ever captain in Seattle's history on Oct. 11.During the 2021 season, theblueliner was one Logan Couture Jersey of the top players for a struggling Flames squad and the inaugural winner of the franchise'sClayton H. Riddell Award (given to the best defenseman).One of eight players who played at least 25 games and had San Jose Sharks Jersey a positive plus-minus (+5), he was third on the team in shots (142) and had a 51.9 Corsi For percentage. So why is he on this list?So you're probably wondering: why on earth would the Kraken trade their captain?Like his Gaudreau, Giordano is in the final year of his contract (also has a modified no-trade clause) so he could be one-and-done in the Pacific Northwest.If the Kraken areout of the playoffs and who can really, trulygauge what will happen for a brand-spanking-new franchise right now he could be a prime trade target for a team looking to solidify their blue line for a run at the Stanley Cup.Tomas Hertl, C, SharksThe Sharks are projected to be one of the worst teams in the NHL in 2021-22 and Hertl is in the final year of his contract. At just 27 (he turns 28 in November), he's a skilled forward who notched 43 points in 50 games in 2021but has also dealt with knee injuries in the last few years.Right now Hertl is at a $5.625 million AAV. He said last week that while his agent and Sharks GM Doug Wilson have spoken they haven't discu sed terms. Translation: Hertl's staying putin the Bay Area is far from certain. Another potential deadline target, Hertl would be a marque pick-up in March.SN PREDICTIONS: | | | | Joonas Korpisalo, G, Blue JacketsAnother pending unrestricted free agent, Korpisalo could be the odd-man-out in Columbus as the Blue Jackets just signed their other netminder, Elvis Merzlikins, to a five-year, $27 million extension.That was super, because I had no idea about that, said Korpisalo, .Its busine s. But frankly, I dont give a (expletive) what happened. Im still going to do me. Its still the same team, same guys. Its good to be here and Im going to push with everything I can. Its not going to change anything for me.Korpisalo and Merzlinkins will via for time between the pipes but it looks like they expect the latter masked man to shoulder the heavier workload. Goaltending is always a hot commodity down the stretch and there could be a number of teams needing an upgrade in that department looking at you, Oilers GM Ken Holland! The 27-year-old comes with a somewhat workable cap hit of $2.8 million.Buckle up because once Martin Jones Jersey the puck drops, the rumors will only heat up.
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