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Trade Deadline 2020

Trade Deadline 2020

Get everything you need to know for the NHL's player-swap bonanza with our Trade Deadline Preview. We break down each team's needs and availability and list our Trade Bait Power Rankings. Also in the issue: features on Pastrnak, Pacioretty, Scheifele, Kreider, 50 moments for 50 years of the Canucks and Sabres, Eichel vs. Draisaitl, and much, much more.

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SCOUTING REPORT

VICTOR SODERSTROM DEFENSEMAN VICTOR SODERSTROM WAS great for Sweden at the WJC and he’s also having success with SHL Brynas. We talked to Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka about his 2019 first-round pick to find out what makes Soderstrom so appealing. HOCKEY IQ"That's high-end, We think he can process the game well offensively and defensively. He makes quick decisions, he sorts well, he defends well. Definitely a player with a high hockey IQ.” PHYSICALITY/COMPETE LEVEL "It's good, especially for a smaller defenseman. He’s committed to playing defensively. He’s willing to box out in front of the net and go into the corners. He’s got a bit of an edge to him. He’s a young player who plays against men a lot, and he still has to get stronger, but for the most part…

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PACIFIC DIVISION

ANAHEIM DUCKS CAP SPACE: $3.4M NEEDS: The rebuilding Ducks are in a good place with up-and-coming forwards 22 and under. But they could use depth in that area on the blueline. AVAILABILITY: GM Bob Murray isn’t actively shopping his top-six forwards because he’ll need them to bridge the gap, but he surely will listen to offers. UFAs: M. Del Zotto (D), D. Grant (C), K. Holzer (D), R. Miller (G), N. Deslauriers (LW) TRADE BAIT: At 26 and 29 and on good contracts, RICKARD RAKELL and Jakob Silfverberg are part of the solution and not part of the problem. But the Ducks would be doing a disservice if they didn’t consider overbuys for their services. Either would command a high pick and top prospect from a contender. With just five picks in 2020, the Ducks…

TRADE DEADLINE REWIND

TRADE DEADLINE REWIND

TWENTY YEARS AGO RAY BOURQUE SEEMED SURE to be a Bruin for life. Throughout his two-decade career, he had become an icon, a five-time Norris Trophy winner and a slam-dunk first-ballot Hall of Famer. Most of all, he had remained fiercely loyal to the franchise. He had helped guide Boston to four conference finals and two conference crowns, and despite leaving the playoffs empty-handed in each of his 19 appearances, never did Bourque depart. He bled black and gold. But then came Bourque’s final campaign in Boston, a season the Bruins started without a win through their first nine games. That was indicative of the way the year would go, and though Boston clawed back to flirt with playoff contention, it was evident Bourque had to move elsewhere if he truly wanted…

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THE COUNTDOWN

SALARY-CAP SITUATIONS EVALUATING AN NHL TEAM’S summer salary-cap situation is a qualitative exercise. The same amount of available cheddar can mean more to one team than another. It’s a matter of how each GM has constructed their roster. Some teams have a ton of available money, a ton of players to sign, a ton of work to do, and that’s OK. The Ottawa Senators come to mind. In that situation, you want to blow it the heck up. Having veterans on expiring contracts is a boon, especially because they become flippable trade-deadline assets. For other teams, having a ton of players to re-sign is a nightmare. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets, for instance, have roughly half a defense corps each locked in for 2020-21. Both teams have spent years amassing young…