Sportsnet did everyone a favor by writing an article highlighting the top 20 players that are, or soon will be, in NHL trade rumors.
You know the names. John Klingberg. Jonathan Toews. Ryan O’Reilly. Jakob Chychrun. Timo Meier. Etc. Maybe at some point we will grow weary of reading about their potential landing spots.
But with seven weeks left before the trade deadline, it’s an interesting read to see the available players stacked up like canned vegetables in a grocery aisle.
If your team needs a center, defenseman and winger, they are all there. Fun read.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi will be back in the Red Wings’ lineup tonight. He will play with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond.
Elmer Soderblom is sent to Grand Rapids to make room for Bertuzzi on the roster.
Bob Duff writes that the Anthony Mantha-for-Jakub Vrana swap no longer seems like a blockbuster trade.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (16-15-7) are home tonight to play the surging Winnipeg Jets (25-13-1). The Jets own a five-game winning streak and are second in the Western Conference with a +26 goal differential.
Hockey Now Network
Boston: David Pastrnak continues to be the Bruins’ primary difference-maker. He’s on a pace for 60-plus goals. Boston Bruins.
Colorado: Evan Rodriques’ importance is one of the three things we learned about the Avs last week. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: Colby Guy offers a mid-season report card on the underachieving Panthers. Florida Panthers.
Montreal: How the Canadiens could end up with a second lottery pick. Montreal Canadiens.
New York: Hockey Now writer Stefen Rosner writes that Zach Parise is outperforming his contracts. New York Islanders.
Philadelphia: Could Ivan Provorov be dealt? He’s in NHL trade rumors. One report says frustration is overflowing. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Dave Molinari writes that the Penguins need to change the personnel on their power play. Pittsburgh Penguins.
San Jose: Sheng Peng offers that the play of Erik Karlsson and the Sharks’ defense has been a pleasant surprise. San Jose Sharks.
Washington: Tom Wilson and Nick Backstrom will return to the Capitals’ lineup after missing the first three months of the season. Washington Capitals.