The NHL trade deadline is on Monday, April 12, at 3 p.m. ET and we are here to get you ready for some of the teams that could be in the market for deals and players that could be on the move. The salary cap situation is going to make it a little more difficult to make moves this season, but Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, David Savard, and Ryan Getzlaf are all prominent names that could be changing teams.
Taylor Hall and the Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres season has been a nightmare as a flawed, undermanned team has been overwhelmed in a division full of Stanley Cup contenders. Their big offseason additions were Taylor Hall on a one-year contract and a trade for veteran center Eric Staal. Neither worked out as hoped. Staal has already been traded to the Montreal Canadiens while Hall is being held out of the lineup in anticipation of a trade over the coming days. He is having an uncharacteristically bad year but the hope is a new situation and new teammates will help him jumpstart his production. Will anyone else from Buffalo be on the move? A Jack Eichel trade would be an offseason move (and even then is unlikely), but players like Brandon Montour, Colin Miller, and Tobias Rieder would all seem to be available.
Boston Bruins need help at forward and defense
The Bruins never adequately replaced defensemen Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara following their departures in free agency this past offseason, while their forward lines have been entirely too top-heavy and completely reliant on the top line David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron. One-line teams do not win championships, and right now the Bruins are a one-line team. The good news for the Bruins is they have some salary cap space to work with to find adequate depth on defense and at forward. They could even make a potentially significant addition at either position. The problem is they do not have a deep farm system or a lot of attractive young talent to trade from.