NHL Trade Deadline Five Players on the Move

NHL Trade Deadline Five Players on the Move

The NHL Trade Deadline is April 12th at 3:00 PM ET in what could be an action packed Trade Deadline with this season being unlike any others due to Covid-19.

Whether it be teams improving their Defense, or finding a way to get more secondary scoring from depth players upfront, following the Trade Deadline April 12th many NHL teams could look vastly different.

Here are five players that could likely be moved following the NHL Trade Deadline.

Mattias Ekholm:

The 6’4”, 215-lb Defenseman has just one year remaining on his current contract of $3.75 million a year, and could bring that Veteran presence to any team.

Ekholm is a solid two way Defenseman who can lock things down in his own zone, while producing points in the offensive zone (four 30-plus point seasons).


Currently on Nashville who appears to be on the cusp of needing a rebuild as they sit in seventh place of the Discover Central Division with a record of 12-16-1, Ekholm has five goals, and seven assists in 22 games played.

Possible destinations for Mattias Ekholm include Boston, Philadelphia, Winnipeg, and Montreal who are all in need of a top four Defenseman.

Rickard Rakell:

Currently on Anaheim, the 6’1” 202-lb Right Wing has proven himself to be a solid secondary goal scorer, if not even better.

Rickard Rakell has recorded two 30-plus goal seasons, along with five 40-plus point seasons over the course of his nine years in Anaheim.


Rakell’s current contract ends at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, with a cap hit of $3.8 million.

Similar to how the last few seasons have gone for the Ducks, Anaheim sits in last place of the Honda West Division with a record of 8-16-6.

Possible destinations for Rackell include Toronto, and Boston who both are in need of finding more production from their depth lines as both teams get the vast majority of their scoring from one line.

Brandon Montour:

Defenseman Brandon Montour likely will not remain with the Buffalo Sabres following the NHL Trade Deadline.


Yet again, the Sabres are clearly in need of a full rebuild as Buffalo sits in eighth place of the MassMutual East Division with a disappointing record of 6-18-4.

Standing at 6’0” 193-lbs, this Defenseman has the offensive ability to bring more scoring to any team lacking it (three 20-plus point seasons), but also play solid Defense when the time calls for it.

Montour will also be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Possible destinations for Montour are Philadelphia, and Winnipeg who are both in need of Defenseman to solidify their defensive play.

Bobby Ryan:

Currently on a one year, $1-million deal with Detroit, Left Wing Bobby Ryan is prepared to be dealt at the Trade Deadline.

Any team looking for that boost in depth scoring needs to look at Bobby Ryan who over the course of his career has recorded 50-plus points in six seasons.


Detroit is currently last in the Discover Central Division with a record of 9-17-4, yet Ryan, 34, has six goals, and seven assists in 28 games played.

Like Rickard Rakell, Toronto, and Boston are two possible destinations for Ryan who could easily play a Veteran role, along with produce when the top lines can’t.

Kyle Palmieri:


New Jersey Devils’ Right Wing Kyle Palmieri is in the last year of his current contract with a cap hit of $4.65-million.

The Devils currently sit in seventh place of the MassMutual East Division with a record of 9-13-4, and could be looking to move the 30 year old Veteran.

With five 40-plus point seasons, Palmieri would be a great fit on a solid second line who needs that playmaker to get production going.

Teams Palmieri could be heading to are Boston, Toronto, New York Islanders, and Edmonton.

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