While it is typically not easy to swing deals for quality defensemen, this summer does appear to offer some possible blueline deals that could include top four or even top pair options.

Acquiring defensemen through trade can be a challenge but with some teams rebuilding and others seeking salary cap relief, there are some blueliners that could spring loose.

Here are 10 defensemen that could get traded this offseason (stats courtesy of Natural Stat Trick).

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona (7 G, 14 A, 47.2 Corsi for %, 45.2 Expected goals for %, 47 GP)

It should indicate just how long the Coyotes’ rebuilding plan is going to take if they are interested in trading a 24-year-old defenseman who plays 23 minutes a night and has three years remaining on a contract with a very reasonable $4.6 million cap hit. Chychrun has battled injuries at times but should bring a major haul of picks and prospects to help turn the Coyotes’ fortunes around.

 

Brent Burns, San Jose (10 G, 44 A, 45.0 CF%, 47.3 xGF%, 82 GP)

At 37 years old, Burns is not the game-breaker that he was earlier in his career. However, he is still a dynamic contributor from the blueline, and with San Jose in need of cap flexibility, Burns should have appeal in the marketplace. That’s not only because he remains a productive offensive threat from the blueline, but Burns has three years left on his deal with an $8 million cap hit per season but is owed $13 million in real dollars over that period.

He is at least cost-effective if not cap hit effective.

 

Ethan Bear, Carolina (5 G, 9 A, 56.6 CF%, 55.5 xGF%, 58 GP)

One season in Carolina did not really have the desired effect for Bear, as he played a career-low 16:05 per game and was a healthy scratch throughout the Hurricanes’ playoff run. A 25-year-old right-shot defenseman, Bear was playing nearly 22 minutes per game for the Edmonton Oilers in 2019-2020 but has declined in the past two seasons, offering a potential buy-low situation for a team looking to upgrade their blueline.