With Taylor Hall heading across the country to the Arizona Coyotes, NHL trade rumors should be in full swing before the deadline this winter. Here are four players who could be the next to find new homes in the NHL.
4. Kyle Turris
The Predators are paying Turris $6 million a year through 2024, despite the fact he scored just 23 points in 55 games last year due to injury. One team would have to take a big leap of faith in order to trade for someone with a contract like his. Predators general manager David Poile could have to pay some of Turris' contract in order to trade him, though that could also provide a bigger return.
3. Erik Gustafsson
Gustafsson finished with a solid 60 points last year, but goes into free agency this summer, barring an extension. The Blackhawks again sit at the bottom of the Central Division standings, making it more likely for general manager Stan Bowman to trade for prospects. Gustafsson has had a subpar year so far with just 13 points, but that also means teams could give up less for him.
2. Chris Kreider
Chris Kreider has shown much promise in eight seasons with the New York Rangers, but he is a free agent at the end of this year, and he has not broken out as the superstar the team may have expected. After the expensive signing of Artemi Panarin, the Rangers might have to make some room, which could mean letting go of Kreider before the trade deadline this winter.
1. Tyler Toffoli
In another lackluster season for the Los Angeles Kings so far, Tyler Toffoli has been a bright spot. Toffoli has produced 21 points in 35 games this season, and does a great job of working the boards in the offensive end. A key piece of "That 70's Line", Toffoli also showed promise by scoring 14 points in 26 playoff games during the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning run in 2014.