One of the craziest parts of the NHL season is nearly here.
The 2023 trade deadline is less than a month away, where contenders are buying and bottom dwellers are selling. It’s a chance for certain teams to bolster their roster for a playoff run, while others can sell off expiring contracts for picks and prospects.
We’ve already had teams making moves. One of the biggest names on the deadline board, Bo Horvat, was traded to the Islanders from the Canucks, subsequently signing an eight-year extension with the team.
He won’t be the only big name on the move. As the trade deadline approaches, players like Patrick Kane, Timo Meier, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jakob Chychrun could all be on a different team in a month’s time.
The Sporting News has more details on the NHL trade deadline.
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When is the NHL trade deadline?
- Date: Friday, March 3
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
The deadline for teams to make a trade during the 2022-23 NHL season is Friday, March 3. Calls of the trade must be sent to the league office by 3 p.m. ET.
Clubs are free to make trades at any time before that date.
Can NHL teams make a deal after the trade deadline?
While there is a specific deadline for trades, teams can still acquire players from other clubs after March 3. The caveat is that any player traded after the deadline is not eligible to play in any regular season or playoff games for their new teams.
If any deals are done post-deadline, it typically involves AHL players.
Who are NHL trade deadline candidates?
The easiest way to find potential trade deadline targets is by looking at pending free agents on teams that likely won’t be in the playoffs.
If their clubs know they are not going to re-sign the player, then they will ship them out and get back players, prospects, and/or draft picks in return.
Here are some of this year’s trade deadline targets:
Patrick Kane, F, Blackhawks
Kane is in the final year of his massive eight-year, $84 million contract and a pending UFA in the summer. With the Blackhawks in full rebuild mode, a trade to move Kane out of Chicago has been discussed for nearly a year now. While Kane is having a down year (nine goals and 34 points in 45 games), he’s still one of the league’s best puck handlers and passers.
Timo Meier, F, Sharks
Meier’s future does not appear as though it is in the Bay area. The Swiss winger is set to be a restricted free agent and is likely going to be moved with he and the Sharks not coming to an agreement on a contract extension. Meier is due a $10 million qualifying offer by whatever team owns his rights. The 26-year-old has 48 points in 51 games as he is on pace to break his previous career-high in goals (35).
Ryan O’Reilly, F, Blues
With the Blues’ season not going as expected, it appears St. Louis is going to be selling at the deadline. That means O’Reilly, a pending free agent, could be traded to a contender. While his point production is way down, he’s exactly the kind of player any team with Cup aspirations should want — he’s a great two-way center and is excellent in the faceoff dots. Plus, O’Reilly already has a Stanley Cup under his belt.
Jakob Chychrun, D, Coyotes
Chychrun was one of the top candidates to be moved at the 2022 deadline, but the Coyotes felt they did not get a suitable enough offer. The 24-year-old defenseman has two years left with a very team-friendly $4.6 million cap hit, making him an appealing option around the league. The Coyotes could get quite the return for the left-handed defenseman and it feels like a trade out of Arizona is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when.
Jonathan Toews, F, Blackhawks
Like Kane, Toews is another Blackhawk who likely will be moved at the deadline. He’s in the same boat as Kane with his identical eight-year, $84 million contract ending after this season. Toews is far from the elite player he once was, but he still could be a great depth addition at the deadline. He’s a great faceoff man and can be a leader in the locker room.