With the 2022-23 NHL season in the rearview mirror now, the offseason has officially begun. Rev up the stoves for the draft, free agency, and trade speculation, because everything is about to heat up. Many enticing trade targets are out there, with Ottawa Senators winger Alex DeBrincat being one of the most attractive options available.
DeBrincat finds himself on the trade block for the second straight offseason, as he came to Ottawa as part of the Chicago Blackhawks' fire sale last year. He had a solid season with the Senators, scoring 27 goals with 39 assists for 66 points. While he may not have reached the same highs as he did in Chicago, where he had two 40-goal seasons, he was still very productive for the Sens.
However, it seems like DeBrincat's time in Ottawa may be short-lived. According to several reports, the Senators are actively trying to trade the 25-year-old winger. Additionally, the Senators are taking DeBrincat, who is a restricted free agent, to arbitration in an effort to lower his salary, which will make trading him easier. With that in mind, a trade seems all but inevitable.
That begs the question; which teams should look into acquiring the star winger? Without further ado, here are three DeBrincat trade destinations that could make sense.
3. Pittsburgh Penguins
For a team as storied as the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2022-23 season was a mess. The Penguins missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006, despite receiving fully-healthy seasons from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. After such a disappointing year and many confusing roster decisions, the Penguins canned general manager Ron Hextall and other front office personnel.
Pittsburgh moved quickly to replace Hextall with former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, although as the team's President of Hockey Operations he will be acting as their interim GM rather than as a permanent replacement. Dubas loved his skill players during his time in Toronto, so the small but immensely-skilled DeBrincat could be right up his alley.