The NHL offseason is heating up, and speculation is running rampant. With trades taking place and rumors circulating about free agency, it hasn't taken long after the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs for teams to turn the page and start looking toward the future.
Trades will be put on hold soon, though. With the Seattle Kraken expansion draft set for Wednesday, there is a roster freeze going into effect Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. And it won't be lifted until Thursday at 1 p.m. ET, after the Kraken have taken one player from 30 other organizations (the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt).
There's still time for trades to be completed, though. And things are guaranteed to pick up after the league-altering expansion draft.
Here's some of the latest trade buzz from around the NHL at this early stage of the offseason.
Could Holtby Leave Vancouver After 1 Season?
For the second straight offseason, Braden Holtby could be on the move. And that could happen in the near future.
According to The Athletic's Thomas Drance and Rick Dhaliwal, Holtby is going to be left exposed for the Seattle expansion draft and that there's "real interest" from the Kraken in acquiring the 31-year-old goaltender. But what if Holtby makes it through and remains on the Canucks?
Then it's still possible he could be leaving Vancouver. Drance and Dhaliwal reported that there's at least one team from each conference "believed to be among Holtby's interested suitors." That may not be it, either.
"League sources indicated to The Athletic on Thursday night that there are even more teams who have expressed some interest," Drance and Dhaliwal wrote.
Holtby excelled during his 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals, most notably helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2018. However, he struggled this past season with the Canucks, posting an .889 save percentage and 3.67 goals-against average in 21 games.