Training camps are open, and rosters for the 2022-23 season are being determined around the NHL.

But we all know the rosters that open the regular season won’t be the same as the ones that head into the playoffs in April. Whether it’s Patrick Kane, John Klingberg or Phil Kessel, there will be game-changing trades before the league’s March 3 trade deadline. And it’s never too early to start thinking about who will be involved.

To set the table, we asked the reporters who know the teams best for the most likely player from each team to be moved during the season.

Here’s what they said:


Anaheim Ducks

John Klingberg: It sure seems set up that way. Klingberg settled for a one-year, $7 million contract after not getting the long-term deal he sought. The Ducks needed to fill a gap on defense but didn’t want a long commitment. They’re still in a rebuild, so to speak, with a new young core at the heart of it. With a productive season, Klingberg could fetch a nice return (a 2023 first-round pick, maybe?) from a contender in need of a top-four minutes muncher who can lift a sagging power play. What could ruin that? Anaheim being shockingly good and needing to keep him.


Arizona Coyotes

Shayne Gostisbehere: The temptation is to say Jakob Chychrun because Chychrun topped most trade boards all of last season. But he’s proved problematic to move because the asking price is high, while Gostisbehere is on an expiring contract, earning $4.5 million, and is coming off a season in which he scored 51 points in 82 games. Gostisbehere would make a fabulous rental at the deadline for any team in need of a power-play quarterback. 


Boston Bruins

Craig Smith: Smith is 33. He is in the last season of his contract. He carries a $3.1 million average annual value. Meanwhile, the Bruins will have to be cap compliant once Matt Grzelcyk, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy come off long-term injured reserve. Smith, who is unlikely to be extended, could be the odd man out. The Bruins have younger and less expensive in-house options at right wing, including Oskar Steen, Fabian Lysell, Marc McLaughlin and Chris Wagner.


Buffalo Sabres

Vinnie Hinostroza: Even if the Sabres improve, they could end up in a position to sell at the deadline. Victor Olofsson could have been a candidate for this list, but the two-year contract he just signed showed some commitment from the team. Hinostroza is back on a one-year deal after a 25-point season, but the 28-year-old’s role isn’t set in stone. There’s a chance he will lose ice time to Jack Quinn and J.J. Peterka, so he could become expendable whether the Sabres are contending for the playoffs or not. 


Calgary Flames

Oliver Kylington: The Flames are in a position of strength when it comes to defensemen. Kylington, who has been a top-four D with Calgary, could easily start this coming year on the third pair. If the Flames are still in need of a top-six forward at the trade deadline, Kylington could be worth dangling to get it. While he just signed a two-year deal, a $2.5 million AAV contract might be a bit more palatable for other teams compared to Noah Hanifin’s $4.95 million AAV, which comes with a modified no-trade clause. Kylington is capable of playing either side on defense, but with players like Connor Mackey and Juuso Valimaki as possible alternatives, the Flames can afford to dip into their surplus if it means acquiring a valuable forward.