While the NHL trade deadline usually lacks the intrigue of its NBA counterpart, the 2019 deadline is still shaping up to be one of the very active dealing phases in years. Sportsbooks are getting in on the fun by offering odds on the transaction bait that may be changing addresses at the not-too-distant future.
BetOnline has introduced prop specials for five commerce candidates: Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Dougie Hamilton, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. Following is a peek at the chance of each man getting dealt prior to the deadline on February 25.
Panarin and Bobrovsky
Due to the impending unrestricted free agency of Panarin and Bobrovsky, pretty much everyone and their dog in Columbus knew this was likely to become a make-or-break year for the Blue Jackets. With both Russians showing little to no interest in returning to the Jackets, it would not be surprising to see Columbus ship at least among them out of town even though the Blue Jackets possess a 33-23-3 SU record as of February 20.
The Blue Jackets will be anticipating a major haul for Panarin, who has 67 points in 56 games this year. The Avalanche, Islanders, Panthers, Predators and Sharks would be the likeliest suitors for the winger. Bobrovsky has fought in his contract year, but a change of scenery could help the goaltender bounce back into his own all-star caliber. Out of both, Panarin is your considerably larger trade goal.
Duchene and Stone
Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for the Ottawa Senators in the last year, and they now own the team’s worst album (22-32-5) as a result. The Duchene commerce with Colorado is looking like one of the more lopsided transactions lately, since the Avs own the Sens’ first-round choice in the upcoming draft. Unless Duchene is re-signed before the trade deadline, then he’ll be on a new team for the stretch run of this effort.
Stone has been using the Senators business since getting selected in the sixth round of their 2010 NHL Entry Draft, however his time with the team will soon be coming to an end. Recent reports suggest Stone has a better opportunity to re-sign together with all the Senators than Duchene, but because of the seemingly constant turmoil in Ottawa, nobody would blame him if he chose to sign with a different squad in the summer. If the Senators can not re-up him in the forthcoming weeks, he could fetch a nice return.
A Boston Bruins draft pick from the 2011 draft, Hamilton is already on his third NHL team in his seventh year at the professionals. The Carolina Hurricanes are profound on the blue line but lack scoring punch up front, and Hamilton is the only defenseman on the roster who is signed this season.
There’s no shortage of teams lacking defensive depth around the globe, so it would not be a shock if Hamilton is shipped away to get a forward before February 25.