The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching and that means every NHL team will soon be deciding on what to do with their current rosters. Yet, no teams have had more experiencing trading in their histories than the Original Six hockey clubs. Over the decades, these six clubs have made an abundance of trades that either have helped them immensely or made them sink. The trade deadline is a day that comes with a lot of risks because there is simply no way to predict how each trade will turn out. Sometimes contending teams pick up players who are stars, but end up completing being busts when they come to a new environment. No NHL teams have experienced this as frequently as the Original Six clubs.
With that said, in this article, we will be looking at three deals that the Original Six clubs must make this trade deadline. It is important to note that these decisions are based on the facts that they are expected to be sellers, buyers, or somewhat in between. This season has brought a bunch of surprises with the Original Six clubs as well. The Boston Bruins are surprisingly the best Original Six team so far this season. While teams like the Rangers, Canadiens, and Blackhawks have severely underachieved and are about to see some massive changes. This perfectly displays how much the NHL changes each season and the trade deadline will only prove this even more.
With that said, let’s look at three deals that each Original Six club must make this trade deadline season!
18 Boston Bruins: Trade For Oliver Ekman-Larsson
The Boston Bruins are looking like they could be potential Stanley Cup Champions in the future, but they need to bolster their defensive core. For the final trade that they should make this offseason, they should acquire Oliver Ekman-Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes. There is no doubt that his price will be high, but he is a franchise type defender.
The Boston Bruins have an abundance of defensive prospects and they can move at least one of them to acquire Ekman-Larsson. The Bruins are a team that are shocking the entire league, so why should they not bring in a star to the roster? They have the cash and assets to make it happen, so this is a deal that they should decide to make.
17 Chicago Blackhawks: Trade For Mike Hoffman
It is easy to believe that the Chicago Blackhawks will not be picking up any rentals this trade deadline, but they could look at players will long term deals. Mike Hoffman is someone that the Blackhawks should look to trade for because he is a top-six guy and has multiple years left on his contract. Although the price is high for Hoffman, it is definitely worth it.
Mike Hoffman would be an excellent linemate for Patrick Kane because he has the ability to be an effective playmaker and score clutch goals. Hoffman could be a solid replacement for the injured Marian Hossa and could even help the Blackhawks reach Stanley Cup contention again. This is a trade that should be made by a dying Blackhawks team.
16 Detroit Red Wings: Trade Andreas Athanasiou
The Detroit Red Wings are officially in a rebuilding stage and will be very active as sellers this deadline season. It is apparent that years of mismanagement has finally caught up with them and that they will need to make significant changes to their roster if they ever want to be on top again. Ridding of players who lower morale is a must as well.
Although he is young and is full of potential, the Detroit Red Wings should trade Andreas Athanasiou because of the antics he pulled this past offseason. Athanasiou held out and made it clear that he was willing to leave the team if not paid in large amounts. With that said, it is likely this will occur again this offseason, so they should just move him now and avoid the headache.
15 Montreal Canadiens: Trade Andrew Shaw
The Montreal Canadiens have failed absolutely miserably this season and a massive retooling is needed now. It is apparent that team morale has dropped because of this and they could use a whole new crop of players. Although their primary objective is to win the Stanley Cup soon, expect to see the Habs as big sellers this trading deadline and during the offseason.
One name who has been in the rumor mill is Andrew Shaw and that is rightfully so. Although he is having a solid year this for the Habs, his contract is hurting them and they should ship him out now with his value at its highest. Although losing a player with Shaw’s tenacity will hurt them in the short term, it will eventually help them financially and could net them solid assets.
14 New York Rangers: Trade Michael Grabner
Even if the New York Rangers end up making the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, there is no way that they are going to win with this roster. With that said, it is essential for the Rangers to be sellers this year and build a new squad around Henrik Lundqvist. They have some players with decent value they can part with and should because they will lose for nothing shortly if they don’t.
The New York Rangers have to let go of Michael Grabner this deadline day because he is a player who attract a lot of teams and could net the Rangers some solid picks. Grabner is having solid year in the goal scoring department and will help any team who needs a sniper on their roster. The Rangers should trade him with his value so high.
13 Toronto Maple Leafs: Trade For Mark Letestu
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be active buyers this trading block season because they have a solid roster and need to make a run for the Stanley Cup. It is clear that the future is bright in Toronto, but with their salary cap doing fairly well right now, they should take advantage and add players. They have enough prospects and young players to rid of some.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are extremely strong offensively, but they could use a talented fourth line center down the middle. The Maple Leafs should look to acquire veteran Mark Letestu from the Edmonton Oilers because he would be a good fit and positive presence in the locker room. The Maple Leafs would end up benefiting immensely with this small transaction.
12 Boston Bruins: Trade For Patrick Maroon
The Boston Bruins need to add a bit of grit on the wings to their roster for the playoffs, so they should look at bringing in Patrick Maroon. Maroon has been playing some very strong hockey for the Oilers over the past few seasons and could be a solid rental player for the club. Although he may end up used in a depth role, he would still be extremely productive.
The price for Patrick Maroon should not be too much of an issue for the Bruins because they are a team that has a very solid prospect pool and bright future. Maroon could even slot well on the second line for the team, if he tends to work better with strong playmakers like David Krejci. At the end of the day, the Bruins should look to make this deal a reality.
11 Chicago Blackhawks: Trade Lance Bouma
The Chicago Blackhawks are no longer a true dynasty and it is very likely that they may even miss the playoffs this season. Although they do have a handful of stars on their roster, it is apparent that their salary cap issues have finally caught up to their depth. The Blackhawks need to find a way to fix things, but this year they should sell a bit.
The Chicago Blackhawks should look to move Lance Bouma in a minor deal at the deadline because he is a veteran who could land them some picks. Although Bouma is nowhere close to being a superstar, he will most likely have some interest from contending teams. Expect to see the Blackhawks decide to move on from him this trade deadline.
10 Detroit Red Wings: Trade Petr Mrazek
The Detroit Red Wings have made it clear that they are going to roll with Jimmy Howard as their starting goalie, so the time is now to trade Petr Mrazek. Mrazek is still young enough to have a lot of value due to his potential and the Red Wings should look to receive assets because of that. Mrazek simply has not worked for Detroit and both parties should move on.
Petr Mrazek will be a good option for any team that needs goaltending and are willing to take a chance. Mrazek has been a pretty solid goalie at times during his career, but he has also had moments of inconsistency. With that said, expect Mrazek’s market to be fairly active, but also filled with caution. The Red Wings should trade him before he continues to lose value.
9 Montreal Canadiens: Trade Alex Galchenyuk
Over the past few seasons, there have been an abundance of trade rumors for Alex Galchenyuk and a deal just simply needs to happen. It is quite clear that the organization does not play Galchenyuk in the manner that he deserves and that ultimately is killing his confidence. Galchenyuk was once a thirty goal scorer, but now struggles due to his drop in ice time.
The Montreal Canadiens should move Galchenyuk now because his value is still very high and they could use it to help their retooling period. Although it is a massive risk trading Galchenyuk, it is clear that he is no longer respected there and could use a change of scenery. This could end up becoming a very big blockbuster for the Habs if they decide to pursue it.
8 New York Rangers: Trade Rick Nash
The New York Rangers have run out of time with their Stanley Cup window and one depleting star must go. Rick Nash, who was supposed to be the player that would lead the Rangers to the cup, is set to become a free agent this offseason and it is extremely likely he will move on. The Rangers need to salvage any bit of his value left and ship him out of town.
Rick Nash has dropped in skill over the past few seasons, but his name alone will attract contenders. Nash is a natural goal scorer with great size, so it is likely that he will end up having a decent market. With that said, the time is now for the Rangers to trade him so they do not lose him for nothing. Expect to see #61 somewhere else shortly.
7 Toronto Maple Leafs: Trade For Tyson Barrie
There is no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs need significant help on their backend if they ever want to win the Stanley Cup. One major name that they have been tied to for a few years is Colorado Avalanche star defenseman Tyson Barrie. This would make a lot of sense for the Maple Leafs because they need a righty on their backend.
There is no doubt that the price for Tyson Barrie would be fairly high, but the Maple Leafs need him. The Leafs are definitely a team that will end up winning Stanley Cups if they build a solid core around their young stars, but they need to now. Barrie is a huge name on the market and the perfect player for Toronto. So, what are they waiting for?
6 Boston Bruins: Trade For Thomas Vanek
The Boston Bruins are currently shocking the NHL world and now are one of the best teams in the entire NHL. Although many thought that the Bruins would be contenders for the playoffs, it is hard to believe that any thought they would be flirting with being the best in the league. If the Bruins want to make noise this playoff season, they need to make a few deals.
The Boston Bruins could use another scoring forward in their lineup and they should look to pick up Thomas Vanek. Vanek is having a very solid season with the Vancouver Canucks and could provide the Bruins will another talented leader in the locker room. The price for Vanek will not be that large as well, so this is something they should seriously jump on.
5 Chicago Blackhawks: Trade Patrick Sharp
The Chicago Blackhawks have another player that they should give up as a rental in Patrick Sharp. The Sharp reunion has not been a pretty one of the aging superstar and it is likely that he will be out of the league soon. With that said, the Blackhawks should give him the chance to try to win with a real contender. They would end up getting picks back as well.
This trade will be a big one for Hawks fans because it will show that the dynasty is truly gone. The Blackhawks are a squad that always looked to improve upon their roster and keep their core in tact. Yet, due to his old age, there is no way that Sharp is even considered as an integral piece to the team. With that said, Sharp will be moved this trade deadline.
4 Detroit Red Wings: Trade Mike Green
The Detroit Red Wings have one of the biggest rentals on the market on their squad and will be able to net a good price for him. Mike Green is having a career turning season and was named to the all star team this year. With that said, the Red Wings will use his upped value to bring in a solid package, rather than lose him for nothing this summer.
There have been many rumors stating that Mike Green will end up back on the Washington Capitals and this would make a lot of sense for both parties. Green would have the chance to play for a legitimate contender and the Red Wings would land some solid assets in return. This one makes a ton of sense and needs to happen.
3 Montreal Canadiens: Trade Max Pacioretty
The Montreal Canadiens are currently on the verge of making a major culture switch and it is noted that Max Pacioretty is likely to be on the move. This makes a lot of sense because Patches time as captain has not led to a lot of success and he is expected to be a free agent in 2019. The time is now for the Habs to trade their star.
There is no doubt that a Max Pacioretty trade will hurt the Canadiens in the short term, but it is better to get something in return for losing him. It is extremely likely that Patches will decide to move on from the Habs because he is treated atrociously there and he could use a change of scenery. It will be hard for them to swallow, but it is a necessity.
2 New York Rangers: Trade Ryan McDonagh
Similar to the Montreal Canadiens with Max Pacioretty, it is time for the New York Rangers to move on from their captain, Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh is set to become a free agent in 2019 and there is no sign that he will end up signing an extension. With that said, the Rangers should look to trade him and help with their retooling period.
There is no doubt that Ryan McDonagh is a very talented hockey player, but he is not the franchise defenseman many used to believe he was. With that said, the Rangers very well may opt to move on from him and look to build a new squad. The return for McDonagh would be very substantial and could ultimately carry the Rangers back to the top.
1 Toronto Maple Leafs: Trade For Evander Kane
Evander Kane is the best forward on the trading block right now and due to his grit, the Toronto Maple Leafs should look to pick up the rental. Although there is no way that he would be in their long term plans, Kane would provide them with another star forward for the short term. He is the star player that they need for just one season.
An Evander Kane deal would not be too challenging for the Maple Leafs because they do have enough assets to make it a reality. The Buffalo Sabres’ price for Kane will likely drop by the time the deadline passes because they know they cannot lose him for absolutely nothing. Kane would be a perfect fit for Toronto and be another to player for their lineup.