Though the NHL trade deadline usually lacks the intrigue of its NBA counterpart, the 2019 deadline is shaping up to become one of the very active coping phases in years. Sportsbooks are getting in on the fun by offering chances on the transaction bait that could be changing addresses in the foreseeable future.
BetOnline has released prop specials for five commerce candidates: Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Dougie Hamilton, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. Here’s a peek at the likelihood of each 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 everybody 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 have a 33-23-3 SU record at February 20.
The Blue Jackets will be expecting a big drag for Panarin, who has 67 points in 56 games this season. 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 straight back into his own all-star caliber. Out of the two, Panarin is your much larger trade goal.
Duchene and Stone
Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for the Ottawa Senators in the previous year, and they now have the team’s worst record (22-32-5) as a outcome. The Duchene trade with Colorado is looking like one of those more lopsided transactions in recent history, as the Avs possess the Sens’ first-round choice 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 the effort.
Stone continues to be with the Senators business since becoming selected in the sixth round of the 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 with the Senators than Duchene, but because of the apparently constant turmoil in Ottawa, no one would blame him if he chose to sign with a different squad in the summertime. If the Senators can’t re-up him at the coming weeks, he could bring a nice return.
A Boston Bruins draft choice from the 2011 draft, Hamilton is already on his third NHL team in his seventh year in the pros. 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’s signed beyond this season.
There’s no shortage of teams lacking defensive thickness around the globe, so it wouldn’t be a shock if Hamilton is sent out for a forward before February 25.