A goalie headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame and a captain headed to his team’s Hall of Fame are featured on TSN’s first Trade Bait board less than six weeks from the March 21 trade deadline.
But it’s a 23-year-old defenceman, not Chicago’s Marc-Andre Fleury or Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, who heads up the list.
The Arizona Coyotes’ 6-foot-2, 220-pound blueliner Jakob Chychrun is No. 1.
Chychrun is in his sixth season with Arizona and has three years left on his contract at a team-friendly $4.6-million AAV.
There will be no shortage of suitors calling GM Bill Armstrong, whose Coyotes are well represented on the list, including one of the most enviable assets of all at No. 10: cap space.
Capfriendly.com calculates Arizona’s cap space at $6.7 million as of Feb. 11.
Of course, more could open up with Chychrun, No. 11 Phil Kessel and No. 25 Johan Larsson all on the Trade Bait list.
Goalies of Fleury’s stature are seldom available at the deadline. The three-time Stanley Cup champion ranks No. 3 on the Trade Bait list and No. 3 on the all-time list of regular-season wins behind Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy.
Fleury, 37, is tied for seventh in starts (34) this season and most recently stoned Edmonton Wednesday, stopping 40 of 41 shots he faced. Oilers’ head coach Dave Tippett was fired Thursday.
As for Giroux, the 2022 NHL All-Star MVP is No. 4 on the Trade Bait list and could waive his no-trade clause and chase a Stanley Cup, which has so far eluded him.
The 34-year-old centre is enjoying something of a renaissance this season. With 15 goals in 43 games, he is scoring goals at his highest pace (.35 goals per game) in four years.
Eighteen players in the Top 25 are slated to be unrestricted free agents (UFA) after this season. Two are impending restricted free agents (No. 17 Jake DeBrusk, No. 21 Vitali Kravtsov) and four have term remaining (Chychrun, No. 9 J.T. Miller, No. 16 Jeff Petry, No. 19 Anton Khudobin.)
Miller is notable not just because he is one of two players in the top 10 – Montreal’s Ben Chiarot at No. 2 is the other – who play for Canadian teams but because he is also the highest-scoring player in the top 25.
With 46 points in 46 games, the Vancouver centre is on pace for the second point-per-game season of his 10-year NHL career.
Data listed below are position, age, 2021-22 NHL games, goals, points, cap hit and contract years past this season.
Trade Bait - Feb. 11
|1. Jakob Chychrun, Ari||LD||23||36||2||10||$4.6M||3|
|2. Ben Chiarot, Mtl||RD||30||43||5||9||$3.5M||UFA|
|3. Marc-Andre Fleury, Chi||G||37||34||2.88||.910||$7M||UFA|
|4. Claude Giroux, Phi||C||34||43||15||36||$8.275M||UFA|
|5. John Klingberg, Dal||RD||29||38||1||25||$4.25M||UFA|
|6. Tomas Hertl, SJ||C||28||46||22||38||$5.625M||UFA|
|7. Mark Giordano, Sea||LD||38||41||4||18||$6.75M||UFA|
|8. Max Domi, Clb||LW||26||35||8||21||$5.3M||UFA|
|9. J.T. Miller, Van||C||28||46||16||46||$5.25M||1|
|10. Arizona Cap Space|
|11. Phil Kessel, Ari||RW||34||47||6||31||$8M||UFA|
|12. Mark Pysyk, Buf||RD||30||46||1||9||$900K||UFA|
|13. Calvin de Haan, Chi||LD||30||43||1||4||$4.55M||UFA|
|14. Nick Leddy, Det||LD||30||44||1||12||$5.5M||UFA|
|15. Andrew Copp, Wpg||C||27||43||12||28||$3.64M||UFA|
|16. Jeff Petry, Mtl||RD||34||39||1||6||$6.25M||3|
|17. Jake DeBrusk, Bos||LW||25||40||7||15||$3.675M||RFA|
|18. Colin Miller, Buf||RD||29||32||2||12||$3.875M||UFA|
|19. Anton Khudobin, Dal||G||35||9||3.63||.879||$3.33M||1|
|20. Rasmus Ristolainen, Phi||RD||27||42||2||11||$5.4M||UFA|
|21. Vitali Kravtsov, NYR*||RW||22||19||6||13||$925K||RFA|
|22. Chris Tierney, Ott||C||27||43||6||12||$3.5M||UFA|
|23. Marc Staal, Det||LD||35||41||1||6||$2M||UFA|
|24. Calle Jarnkrok, Sea||C||30||35||8||16||$2M||UFA|
|25. Johan Larsson, Ari||C||29||29||6||15||$1.4M||UFA|
* - KHL statistics