NHL’s latest update on trade deadline: Free agent-to-be Ryan Spooner reportedly traded to Canucks for a 2nd round pick
With the deadline looming on Wednesday, the NHL has updated the list of teams to acquire forwards and defensemen for next season.
The deadline will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
ET (local time), with teams having until 1:00 a.m., Monday, to announce their selections.
This list is a snapshot of the top five most-anticipated players in the NHL for next year.
The Kings, Panthers, Blackhawks and Flames are all expected to make their moves, as well as the Canadiens, Oilers, Predators, Coyotes, Sabres, Canucks and Flyers.
But that’s not the only teams that have been linked to Spooner.
The Calgary Flames, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils are all rumored to be interested in Spooner, and he was reportedly in the mix for the Canucks and Rangers.
The Canucks also have some cap room, which could help them acquire a top-four defenseman in the draft.
The Canucks could use a defenseman for their bottom-six if Spooner is traded to the Wild.
The Predators, Flyers and Penguins are also rumored to have interest in Spooners services.
The Wild, Predators and Penguins will be competing for top-six forward spots next season, which is why the Wild could use an upgrade at the blueline if Spooners trade falls through.
The Penguins are hoping that Spooners departure will allow them to add another defenseman, but the Predators would love to have Spooner back if he does go to the Penguins.
The Lightning and Sabres would be interested if Spoonies trade falls apart, as the Lightning have an open spot on their roster after acquiring defenseman Alex Killorn.
Spooner would give them depth up front and could also help them on the blued list.
The Capitals would also love to see Spooner in Tampa if his departure to the Canucks happens, as he would bring a solid veteran presence in front of Nicklas Backstrom.
The Oilers are rumored to want Spooner as well, as they would be able to acquire a defensemen at the deadline.
The Coyotes could use him to fill out their bottom three, but Spooner could also give them a defenseman if he goes to the Islanders.
The Ducks, Kings, Flames and Panthers could be looking for defensemen, as Spooner has been linked with Anaheim.
The Ducks are rumored as being interested in his services, and the Ducks would love him to stay.
The Blackhawks would also like to have him in Chicago if he leaves, as there are rumors that the Blackhawks could use his services if they acquire another defenseman in return.
The Flyers would like to add him to their defense corps, as his presence on the blue line could help their offense next season and could help with his future in the league.
The Panthers would like him back, as it would allow them a lot of stability on the team next season if Spoony leaves.
The Rangers, Penguins and Sabres are all looking for offensive defensemen.
They have been rumored as wanting to add Spooner and would love for him to return to Carolina if he decides to leave.