A hockey fan can dream, right? There are just some players you'd like to see on another team. If making National Hockey League trades happened as easily as it does fantasy hockey, maybe some of these trades would happen. It’s much harder in the NHL though.
There are various reasons why you might want to see a player traded to another team. How about stocking an NHL team will one type of skill or attribute? All the speed guys on one team. Or the tallest team on the ice.
Another reason might be to bring a hometown player back. There’s always one player out there which fans, and the player themselves, would like to see on home ice. It does happen in free agency, as it did with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter returning home to Minnesota. A trade makes it happen much quicker though.
Then there’s the case of brothers or relatives playing together. You don’t see the father-son combination often, as we once did in baseball with the Griffeys. You do see brothers in the NHL on a fairly regular basis though. What’s better than a brother-to-brother assist for a goal?
Finally, there is sensationalism. The big trade. The whopper. Moving one giant NHL star for another. Or how about putting them both on the same team? In any case, and for whatever the reason, here are the 15 NHL trades we’d like to see happen (but never will).
15 Detroit Trades Dylan Larkin to Pittsburgh For Olli Maatta
Why do we want to see this trade happen? Speed. If the Pittsburgh Penguins got Dylan Larkin, a winner of the NHL’s fastest skater award, just think how much faster their team would be. They already have speedsters Carl Hagelin and Kris Letang on their squad. Sidney Crosby is no slow skater either. Some of their young guns can really move too, in Bryan Rust and Tom Kuhnhackl. Add in Larkin and you have the fastest team in the league, if the Penguins aren’t already. The Red Wings could use Maatta to bolster their defensive corps.
14 Ottawa Trades Dion Phaneuf To Calgary for Michael Frolik and a Second Round Pick
Dion Phaneuf, the former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Ottawa Senators previously this season. The blueliner has had his best success, at least from an offensive point of view, with the Calgary Flames. As a rookie in 2005-06, Phaneuf notched 49 points in a full 82 games. He increased that point total over the next two seasons, reaching 60 in 2007-08. Would a change of scenery, heading to the Saddledome, bring new life to Phaneuf’s offensive game?
13 Boston Trades Zdeno Chara To Tampa Bay For Jonathan Drouin
Okay, so just hear us out on this one. Zdeno Chara plays on the left side, just like Victor Hedman. If one of them can switch to the right side, what an intimidating defense pairing Tampa Bay would have? Can you imagine forwards trying to get past both a 6’6 and 6’9 defender? Put both of these big boys in front of Ben Bishop, who is 6’7 and it would be like trying to get the puck through a wall. It just might start a new trend in going for height on defense and in net.
12 Henrik Sedin Traded To The New York Rangers For Derick Brassard
Could the New York Rangers use a veteran center who really knows how to dish the puck? They sure could. Henrik Sedin had 44 assists this past season, and 55 the year before. In 2009-10, Henrik put up an astounding 83 assists for Vancouver. Wouldn’t it be cool to see the two famous Henriks from Sweden playing on the same team in the NHL?
11 Edmonton Trades Ryan Nugent-Hopkins To Colorado For Gabriel Landeskog
Nugent-Hopkins went number one overall in the 2011 NHL draft to the Edmonton Oilers. The number two pick was Landeskog who was taken by Colorado. The Avalanche could use another centerman and Nugent-Hopkins would fit the bill. While his play hasn’t lit the league on fire since his selection, he has been a serviceable pivot for Edmonton. Meanwhile, Landeskog would slot it nicely alongside Connor McDavid. In his five seasons since being selected with the second overall pick, Landeskog has put up an impressive 246 points in 356 regular season games.
10 Arizona Trades Oliver Ekman-Larsson To Toronto For No.1 Pick
Hockey fans have been talking about this one for a while. The number one overall draft pick in 2016 is widely predicted to be Auston Matthews. He just so happens to hail from Arizona. The Coyotes had a chance to get the top overall pick in this year’s lottery, but it wound up going to the Toronto Maple Leafs, appropriately. Top draft picks usually pan out. Not always though. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is a proven commodity in the NHL. The elite puck-moving defenseman was a number six overall selection in the 2009 NHL draft. He’s under contract through 2018-19 at a relatively reasonable $5.5 million annually. The defenseman put up 55 points in 75 games for Arizona in the most recent season.
9 New Jersey Trades Cory Schneider To Florida For Roberto Luongo
At one point, Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were goalies 1 and 1A for the Vancouver Canucks. Fast-forward a few years and now Luongo is starting for the Florida Panthers, once again, while Schneider is playing well for the New Jersey Devils. Seeing these two netminders traded for one another would continue the saga that began in Vancouver. If you recall, there was quite some drama going on when Luongo was relegated to the backup position as a Canuck.
8 St. Louis Trades Kevin Shattenkirk to New York For Rick Nash
Kevin Shattenkirk reportedly would be open to a trade that sent him east. He is from the state of New York originally. The Rangers could use Shattenkirk’s help on the blue line, for sure. The 27 year-old is a good setup man from the point, having notched 30 assists in the Blues most recent regular season. Shattenkirk is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after next season, so it’s possible he hangs on with St. Louis until that time and then signs with a new team. The Blues are stocked at defense though too, so for the right piece, it’s not out of the question that St. Louis might trade Shattenkirk.
7 L.A. Trades Drew Doughty to Minnesota For Zach Parise
The Minnesota Wild are fairly strong on defense. But how good would they be if they had Drew Doughty at right defense and Ryan Suter on left defense on the first pairing? Scoring would rocket for the Wild. Another puck moving defenseman who could dish to Suter with the heavy shot? Wow. Minnesota could also drop one of these two top defensemen to the second pairing and have two very strong combinations.
6 Tampa Bay Trades Steven Stamkos To Philadelphia For Shayne Gostisbehere and Two First Round Picks
Steven Stamkos would be a good fit in Philadelphia with his friend Claude Giroux. A first line centered by Stamkos and second line centered by Giroux would be a formidable combination. On the Tampa Bay side, Shayne Gostisbehere would be back in Florida from where he hails. The 23-year-old defenseman lit up the league in his rookie season, notching 46 points in 64 games. With Victor Hedman on one defensive pair and Gostisbehere on another, the Tampa Bay defense becomes one of the strongest in the league.
5 Colorado Trades Jarome Iginla To Calgary For Hunter Shinkaruk
Jarome Iginla was the face of the Calgary Flames for a long time. Many people, maybe even Jarome, thought that he would play the remainder of his NHL career with the Flames. But as the playoff push came in 2013, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has since been with the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche. It would be great to see Iginla, who still has gas in the tank, end his career with the Flames. His contract runs through the 2016-17 season.
4 Montreal Trades P.K. Subban To Pittsburgh for Kris Letang
Could Kris Letang be the missing piece for the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup? Habs fans would like to see the hometown Letang wearing blue and red. And how would Subban’s skills complement Sidney Crosby’s? Would putting Subban in front of Marc-Andre Fleury help bring more Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh under the Crosby and Fleury era? A trade like this, while enticing to see, would basically be a swap of two players with similar skill. Both players can quarterback their team from the point.
3 Los Angeles Trades Jonathan Quick To New York for Henrik Lundqvist
A straight up goalie trade. We don’t see many of those, but it certainly would be fun to see one. Let’s call this one another case of bringing the hometown boy back. Well, more like the home “area” boy back. Jonathan Quick grew up in Connecticut, considered the “Tri-state area” which encompasses New York City. Now, we know that “King” Henrik is revered by New York Rangers fans, but they’d quickly fall in love with Jonathan Quick. Lundqvist would be a perfect fit for Hollywood, as one of the “best dressed” athletes around.
2 Calgary Trades Johnny Gaudreau To New Jersey for Mike Cammalleri
Both of these players aren’t tall by NHL standards. They can both move with the puck and put it in the net. One is an up and coming star who won the Hobey Baker award in college, while the other is a veteran who was once a star for the University of Michigan. Swapping Johnny Gaudreau for Mike Cammalleri would be like swapping an earlier version of one player for his wiser self. Cammalleri scored 80 points in 81 games for his second full season in the NHL. In a similar fashion, Gaudreau notched 78 point in 79 games for his sophomore campaign with the Flames.
1 Pittsburgh Trades Sidney Crosby To Washington For Alexander Ovechkin
How great would it be to see Alexander Ovechkin play on the same line as Evgeni Malkin? Talk about a Russian connection! With Malkin’s passing skills and Ovechkin’s ability to put the puck in the net, there would be a whole lot of scoring going on in Pittsburgh. If you had Malkin at center, Ovechkin on the left wing and Phil Kessel on the right wing, you’d have to think there would be some lopsided blowouts with what that line could produce.
On the flip side, if Sidney Crosby was playing in Washington D.C., with their physicality, the ice would be opened up for him to do some amazing things. Plus, it would just be fun to see the two faces of the NHL traded for each other, wouldn’t it?
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