While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished.
Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz,Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i
Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their salary cap crunch or upgrade their roster.
Here are teams expected to be active in the trade market this summer:
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks lost David Perron, Chris Stewart and Jamie McGinn, so they need to bolster their offense. After acquiring goalie Jonathan Bernier from theToronto Maple Leafs, the Ducks have just under $10 million in cap space remaining. They still are trying to re-sign two restricted free agents — defenseman Hampus Lindholm and forward Rickard Rakell. Once Lindholm is re-signed, the Ducks could move defenseman Cam Fowler to land a scoring forward.
Boston Bruins: Since the offseason began, the Bruins have been rumored to be in the hunt for a defenseman. If the Bruins want to make the playoffs, they have to stabilize their defensive corps.
Colorado Avalanche: Trade rumors have circled around this team for two months, and the player that seems the most logical to move is puck-moving defensemanTyson Barrie, a restricted free agent who has filed for salary arbitration. He might be a good fit in Edmonton or even Boston. The Avs have added Fedor Tyutin and Patrick Wiercioch to their defense this summer.
Detroit Red Wings: Factoring in Johan Franzen’s long-term injury salary cap relief, the Red Wings should have enough cap space to re-sign goalie Petr Mrazek and defenseman Danny Dekeyser, both of whom are restricted free agents. The Red Wings will wait, maybe until training camp, to decide whether they need to add a veteran defenseman. They have been looking,
Edmonton Oilers: Even after the bold, albeit controversial, acquisition of Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall, the Oilers still need to add another defenseman. They can comfortably swap another forward to accomplish that objective.
Minnesota Wild: The word around the NHL is that the Wild are still looking to make some changes. They still have to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba. Would they consider moving him? Several teams would be interested.
New York Rangers: Their salary cap situation — $12.4 million with four restricted free agents to sign, according to generalfanager.com — prevented them from re-signing defenseman Keith Yandle. They were expected to make major moves this offseason. Thus far, they have tweaked the forward group, signing Nathan Gerbeand Michael Grabner, and traded for defenseman Nick Holden. Trading winger Rick Nash would provide the most flexibility, but his salary cap hit of $7.8 million for the next two seasons is an inhibitor. Defenseman Marc Staal or Kevin Klein could be traded to give the team a new look. They also have to re-sign RFA forwards Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and RFA defenseman Dylan McIlrath.
St. Louis Blues: It has been a net loss offseason for the Blues. Forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer left through free agency, and David Perron was signed. Goalie Brian Elliott was dealt. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017, could be traded if they want to improve their forward group.
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