Though the NHL trade deadline usually lacks the intrigue of its NBA counterpart, the 2019 deadline is still shaping up to become one of the very active dealing phases in years. Sportsbooks are getting in on the fun by offering odds on the transaction bait that could be changing addresses at the foreseeable future.
BetOnline has released prop specials for five commerce applicants: Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Dougie Hamilton, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. Here’s a peek at the chance of every man getting dealt prior to the deadline on February 25.
Panarin and Bobrovsky
As a result of impending unrestricted free agency of Panarin and Bobrovsky, pretty much everyone and their dog in Columbus knew this was going to become a make-or-break year to the Blue Jackets. With both Russians showing little to no interest in returning to the Jackets, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Columbus boat at least one of them from town even though the Blue Jackets possess a 33-23-3 SU record at February 20.
The Blue Jackets will probably be expecting a major haul for Panarin, who has 67 points in 56 games this season. The Avalanche, Islanders, Panthers, Predators and Sharks are the likeliest suitors for the winger. Bobrovsky has fought in his contract , but a change of scenery could assist the goaltender bounce back to his own all-star caliber. From both, Panarin is your much bigger 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 currently own the team’s worst record (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 pick in the upcoming draft. Unless Duchene is re-signed before the trade deadline, he’ll be on a brand new team for the stretch run of this campaign.
Stone continues to be with the Senators organization since getting selected in the sixth round of their 2010 NHL Entry Draft, however his time with the club will soon be coming to a conclusion. Recent reports suggest Stone has a better opportunity to re-sign with the Senators than Duchene, but due to the seemingly constant chaos in Ottawa, nobody would blame him if he chose to sign with a different squad in the summer. If the Senators can’t re-up him in the forthcoming weeks, he could fetch a great return.
A Boston Bruins draft pick from the 2011 draft, Hamilton is currently on his third NHL team in his seventh year in 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 is no lack of teams lacking defensive thickness around the league, so it wouldn’t be a shock if Hamilton is sent away to get a forward before February 25.