NHL trade season is upon us, the draft is coming Wednesday and free agency opens July 1.

The time has come for teams to make their moves.

What’s at the top of the to-do list for each team? The Athletic asked its NHL staff that question this week and heard about free-agent signings, cap dumps, trades — and one team that should just sit on its hands for a change.

Here’s the move we’d like to see each team make this offseason.

Anaheim Ducks

Pick a new captain: There is a caveat to this. If the Ducks were to name one, I’d imagine it would take place right before the regular season. And it is a big “if,” as general manager Pat Verbeek isn’t showing any rush to do so. But the franchise went without a captain for the first time last season and a leadership void is still present after the retirement of Ryan Getzlaf. Teams need more than one leader, but the Ducks need to start charting a course back toward contention, and establishing one player who sets the proper tone and can get his teammates to follow him and up Anaheim’s competitive level every night will start the process. Our recent fan survey had Cam Fowler, Troy Terry and Mason McTavish as leading candidates.


Arizona Coyotes

Extend defenseman Juuso Valimaki: Valimaki, a former first-round pick by the Flames, was added off waivers last fall and was a spectacular success. Overall, he contributed 34 points in 78 games, but his impact was most keenly felt after the Coyotes dished off Jakub Chychrun and Shayne Gostisbehere ahead of the trade deadline, when he became the QB of the top power play. Valimaki is a bargain at $1 million in 2023-24, but is an RFA with arb rights in the summer of ’24. At some point, it’s important to commit to building blocks moving forward. Valimaki should be one. 


Boston Bruins

Trade Matt Grzelcyk: Grzelcyk is a very good defender. He has a fair value at $3,687,500 annually. He could be on a team’s No. 2 power-play unit. With the right degree of sheltering against physical opponents, Grzelcyk is a good top-four defenseman. But the Bruins need cap space. Grzelcyk is one of five left-shot defensemen under contract for 2023-24. He would have the most trade value. The Bruins don’t want to see him go. But trading Grzelcyk for a pick and freeing cap space is what they need to do.