While the huge trade between the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators involving P.K. Subban and Shea Weber dominated the news Wednesday, per SportsCenter, there are several more legitimate trade possibilities as the NHL approaches the free-agency signing period on Friday.
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has many of the desirable skills of a key blueliner. He has the ability to carry the puck from his end through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
The 24-year-old did not excel last year when he recorded five goals and 23 assists for the Ducks with a minus-eight rating, but he has scored as many as 40 points in a season and is a viable trade commodity.
The Detroit Red Wings are among the teams that are interested in trading for Fowler, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
Detroit general manager Ken Holland made a key move last week when he traded the contract of Pavel Datsyuk to the Arizona Coyotes. That move gives the Red Wings more freedom to make trades and sign free agents during the offseason.
The Red Wings have $18-20 million in cap space, per CapFriendly.com.
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Fowler is not the only defenseman who is on the trade front. Kevin Shattenkirk of the St. Louis Blues has been mentioned frequently as a potential trade target, and general manager Doug Armstrong called the player’s agent last week to discuss his contract and possible trade scenarios, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
While no deal was completed prior to or during the NHL draft, it appears unlikely that Shattenkirk will re-sign with the Blues prior to the end of the 2016-17 season. Rather than lose him to free agency at that point, Armstrong will try to get something for Shattenkirk by trading him to a willing partner.
“Doug inferred that Kevin probably wouldn’t be re-signing there beyond next season, and therefore he thought it was in both our best interests and the Blues’ best interests that he pursue a trade,” said Jordan Neumann, Shattenkirk‘s agent, per Rutherford. “I would say that neither Kevin nor I was surprised. I think we all kind of saw it coming.”
The New Jersey Devils completed a huge trade Wednesday when they acquired former No. 1 draft pick Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson, per NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.
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The Devils and the Oilers may not be finished with their business. There is a possibility of another deal involving Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Devils defenseman Damon Severson.
Longtime Oilers beat reporter Jim Matheson tweeted that the Oilers have an interest in Severson, who was a star with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League in 2013-14 when he scored 61 points in 64 games.
While the Oilers need help on defense after giving up 245 goals (2.99 goals per game), sacrificing the 23-year-old Nugent-Hopkins, who was the No. 1 draft pick in 2011, is a move that will be controversial among the ticket-buying fans in Edmonton.