The trade deadline for the 2022-23 NHL is 3 p.m. ET on March 3. Some stars have already been traded — including two 2023 All-Stars — with some impactful players remaining on the list of those potentially being moved.
After discussions with folks inside the game, reporters Ryan S. Clark, Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski devised a handful of trades that could be consummated before the deadline.
New Jersey Devils-San Jose Sharks
- Devils get: RW Timo Meier
- Sharks get: 2023 first-round pick, RW Alexander Holtz; D Seamus Casey or D Shakir Mukhamadullin or G Akira Schmid
ESPN's Greg Wyshynski has already reported the Devils and Sharks have been engaged on a potential deal. A hypothetical deal such as this one would be somewhat similar to what the Vancouver Canucks received in the Bo Horvat trade. It only makes sense the Devils would be one of the teams vying for Meier's services, considering a potential trade would have a chance to be a win-win for all involved.
For the Devils, it's all about getting a top-six winger for both now and in the future. Meier has one year left on his deal before he becomes a restricted free agent. One of the recruiting tools they could use — other than money — is selling him on being part of a young team that is built with the expectation they could be a perennial playoff team that later evolves into a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
This hypothetical version of the trade would also see the Sharks address a number of needs for the future from what is considered to be one of the best prospect pools in the NHL. Holtz is a former first-rounder who still played less than 30 games while averaging just under 11 minutes per game. It's possible going to San Jose would lead to him getting more opportunities. Asking for one of those prospects between Casey, Mukhamadullin or Schmid would allow the Sharks to add another young, promising player to go with Holtz and the first-rounder.
New York Rangers-Chicago Blackhawks
- Rangers get: RW Patrick Kane, 2023 fourth-round pick
- Blackhawks get: RW Vitali Kravtsov, C Jake Leschyshyn, 2024 first-round pick, Colorado's 2023 fourth-round pick
- Third-party team gets: Chicago's 2023 fourth-round pick
What a wild few weeks for Patrick Kane. The palpable disappointment after the Rangers, his preferred destination, traded for Vladimir Tarasenko as a top-six right wing instead. Channeling that energy into a four-game Blackhawks' winning streak in which Kane scored seven goals and added three assists, defiantly attempting to calm suitors' doubts on what they believe was a lingering hip injury. There's speculation that the Rangers could still be an option despite the Tarasenko trade, if the accounting is creative enough.
Any deal for Kane begins with the Rangers trading Vitali Kravtsov ($875,000 average annual value) and Jake Leschyshyn ($766,667), to clear out any money they can. They don't want to give up their 2023 first-round pick — remember, they sent a conditional one to the Blues for Tarasenko — so they ante up a 2024 first-rounder instead to get the Blackhawks to retain 50% of his salary.