The NHL season is still approximately two months from getting started, but the offseason has been ripe with trade rumors.
Numerous players have been involved in a lot of chatter, usually an indication that their respective teams have put them on the market and are willing to part with them—for the right price.
Let’s take a look at some of the top guys that could easily be moved in the near future.
For all the talk earlier this offseason about how unhappy the Anaheim Ducks star forward was with his current franchise, trade talk has definitely cooled off and it doesn’t seem that the Ducks are actively trying to move the 25-year-old.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Toronto Sun, there has been no asking price set by GM Bob Murray and it seems more and more unlikely that Anaheim will part ways with him.
However, Ryan’s caustic statement back in June makes it appear that the Ducks don’t have a better option.
“I take things personally," Ryan told the Camden Courier-Post. “Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately."
If he continues to sulk, Murray is going to have to eventually put a price tag on his young star.
The goaltending situation up in Vancouver is definitely awkward, with Luongo still on the roster but the team wanting to install Corey Schneider permanently between the pipes.
It’s likely that the Canucks will be able to find a suitor for Luongo—widely considered to be one of the top netminders in the league until late last season—with such a dearth of elite talent at the position across the NHL.
Brian Stubits of CBS Sports feels that the Florida Panthers have the best shot to land the 33-year-old, who played five seasons with the franchise before being moved to the ‘Nucks.
Chicago and Toronto are two other franchises that could reportedly get involved in the market for Luongo.