Happy NHL Draft Day 2021. There’s plenty on the move, so hurry up and dive in to read about the 30 Trade Targets in play before everything changes.
1. Jack Eichel
Center, Buffalo Sabres
Contract: 5 years remaining at $10 million AAV
Scoop: The asking price for Eichel seems to be “fantastical” by all accounts. Teams are on high alert in the hours leading up to the first round of the NHL Draft. The Rangers, for one, were calling around to teams inquiring about a pick inside the Top 10 – believed to be part of the ask from Buffalo to get into the Eichel ballpark. Buffalo wants a futures-type transaction with multiple picks and prospects. It’s still difficult to imagine a scenario in which Eichel returns to the Sabres next season, but this weekend should be a strong indicator of the odds on that.
2. Seth Jones
Right Defense, Columbus Blue Jackets
Contract: 1 year remaining at $5.4 million AAV
Scoop: There is no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks are working hard to pry Jones loose from Columbus. The belief is Chicago is not willing to part with either Alex DeBrincat or Kirby Dach in a deal. The leverage Chicago has is there are few markets where Jones is willing to sign long-term – and that have the ability or interest in trading for him. Chicago is one of them. The difficulty for Columbus is teams do not want to pay twice, both the acquisition cost to get him, then the cost to sign him.
3. Conor Garland
Right Wing, Arizona Coyotes
Contract: RFA (Arbitration Eligible)
Scoop: There’s been very little update since this info on June 28 – The Coyotes have not treated Garland like the player who was the heartbeat of their team. Garland’s camp, led by agent Peter Cooney, submitted two contract proposals (as requested by the club) on May 20 and there has been zero communication or dialogue since. “We’re just looking for Conor to be paid respectfully like the core player he was for the Coyotes,” Cooney told Daily Faceoff on Tuesday. It appears that will be elsewhere, which is no real shock given that Arizona nearly moved Garland in the days prior to April’s trade deadline.
4. Vladimir Tarasenko
Right Wing, St. Louis Blues
Contract: 2 years remaining at $7.5 million AAV
Scoop: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said Thursday that he could envision a scenario in which Tarasenko is in St. Louis to start next season. Really, what else was he supposed to say? In requesting a trade, Tarasenko holds the cards with a full “no-trade” clause, but we’re told that isn’t an issue in this case. He’s willing to play almost anywhere. And with a recent report from The Athletic that offered further clarity on his health situation, it certainly seems like that shoulder should not be an issue that prevents Tarasenko from getting back to his usual 35-goal self.