With the NHL trade deadline less than a week away, the league is looking for players who can be traded for draft picks, and that’s what they’re doing.
The league wants to add a few more draft picks this summer, and the latest in the bidding war for players to be moved is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
They’re looking to add defenseman Kyle Okposo to the deal and he has a $5.9 million cap hit, according to CapGeek.com.
The Maple Leafs also want to add forward Mikhail Grabovski, but it’s unclear if they will get his deal done, according the Washington Post.
The Leafs are hoping to add another defenseman before the trade deadline, and they’re also looking to move defenseman Michael Grabner, but he’s also on the market and is worth $5 million.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a similar plan, but they’re not adding players this summer.
Philadelphia has an aggressive rebuild plan and they want to get players in and out, so they’re looking for guys to be acquired in trades, according CapGeck.com’s Matt Carlin.
They have a player in their system they’re interested in, but the process has not yet started.
The Flyers are looking to get a second round pick for winger Anthony Stolarz, and it’s not clear if they’ll get it done, though they’re close.
The Edmonton Oilers are also looking for a veteran defenseman and they might want to move forward, according Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The Ottawa Senators are looking for another defenseman and will likely be interested in grabbing a player, according CBC’s Rob Klinkhammer.
They are looking at some forwards, but there is not a lot of interest in players who are at the right level.
They might be willing to part with a forward, though.
The Detroit Red Wings have an aggressive plan to upgrade their roster.
They want to acquire a defenseman, but that could take a few years.
They may look to add forwards, and maybe another defenseman.
The Toronto Maple Leaf’s plan is to add some draft picks in order to move up to draft No. 4, and now they’re on the hunt for a defenseman.
They could get someone in the middle of the first round.
The Buffalo Sabres are looking into the trade market for some players, according Maclean’s.
They need help on the blue line and they’ve also looked at the trade of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has a cap hit of $4.5 million, according ESPN’s Adam Kimelman.
They’ll look to get someone with a cap hits of $2 million or less.
The New York Rangers are looking forward to adding another defenseman to the mix, according TSN’s Darren Dreger.
They think they can get a top-four defenseman in return, and there’s interest from other teams in that direction, Dreger said.
The Dallas Stars have been shopping for defenseman Ryan Garbutt, according Mike Heika of TSN 1260.
Heika also said that they are looking in the trade markets.
The Boston Bruins have also been looking at players, but none of the moves have panned out yet.
They plan to add an experienced player to the team, but don’t have a clear plan for how to get there.
They still plan to have a couple of draft picks at the NHL draft, according Ken Wiebe of NHL.com, though it could be in the low two to three range.
There is a possibility that they will trade down and get a player that fits their needs, according Chris Johnston of NHL Trade Rumors.
The Minnesota Wild have also begun to look at players that fit their needs.
They’ve been shopping defenseman Matt Dumba, according NHL.