The Anaheim Ducks’ inability to re-sign potential free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm could make it more challenging for the Detroit Red Wings to trade Nick Leddy.
If no agreement is reached with Lindholm, he becomes the third blue chip left-shot rental defenseman in the trade market. He joins Montreal’s Ben Chiarot and Seattle’s Mark Giordano. All three of those defensemen could command a first-round pick in return.
Pat Verbeek, who started this season as Steve Yzerman’s right-hand man, is now Anaheim’s general manager.
The New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues are three teams reportedly in the market for a left defenseman. If the Big Three deal for those three D men, where does that leave Leddy? Although Leddy has been a quality transition defenseman through his career, he hasn’t been overly impressive this season. His offensive production is down and he is -31 on the season. Leddy’s trade value has declined, but some teams are still interested in the Red Wings defenseman.
Arizona’s Jakob Chychrun is another left-shot defenseman in the marketplace, but he is not a rental. He has this season and two more remaining on a team-friendly contract. Acquiring Chychrun is more difficult because the Arizona Coyotes want major assets. He is currently injured but is expected back in two to four weeks. If one of the aforementioned teams trades for him despite his injury, then Leddy gets pushed farther down the list.
Reports say the Ducks and Lindholm representatives haven’t talked in a while. Meanwhile, Faceoff’s Frank Seravelli reported that the Canadiens may sit out Chiarot tonight for “asset protection.”
Hampus Lindholm & Rickard Rakell could be following Josh Manson out the door in Anaheim.
At this moment, I'm told there's no ongoing negotiations on an extension with either player. #FlyTogether
— Nick Alberga (@thegoldenmuzzy) March 14, 2022
Moritz Seider: Chris Peters of Faceoff.com lists Seider as No. 1 in his rookie rankings
Pius Suter: Hasn’t had a point since Feb. 12. He is -8 during his 10-game pointless streak.
— Daily Faceoff (@DailyFaceoff) March 14, 2022
Boston: Arguably the top trade target on the NHL trade market and definitely the top target for the Boston Bruins will be out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury per the Arizona Coyotes. Does this mean Jakub Chychrun won’t get traded?
Boston Hockey Now’s Joe Haggerty wrote that we shouldn’t sleep on the Ducks and Boston Bruins hooking up as trade partners again before the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline. Even with Manson going to the Colorado Avalanche, there’s still some Ducks that could help the Bruins. If you remember, the Bruins acquired Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase in two separate deals with the Ducks before the 2020 deadline.
Are the Bruins involved in the Claude Giroux trade discussions?
Around the NHL
Florida: The Florida Panthers are rooting for the Buffalo Sabres.
New York: The veteran players on the New York Islanders are still trying to make the playoffs.
Montreal: The Habs were close to trading defenseman Ben Chiarot this past weekend. He could move any day now.
Pittsburgh: Is the lineup providing hints about the Pittsburgh Penguins plans for the NHL Trade Deadline?
Vegas: Will Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley be meddling with general manager Kelly McCrimmon before the NHL Trade Deadline?
Washington: With center Lars Eller in COVID protocol, how will the Washington Capitals proceed a week out from the NHL Trade Deadline?