While the NHL trade deadline usually lacks the intrigue of its NBA counterpart, the 2019 deadline is still shaping up to be among the most active coping phases in years. Sportsbooks are getting in on the fun by offering odds on the transaction bait that may be changing addresses in the not-too-distant future.
BetOnline has introduced prop specials for five commerce applicants: Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Dougie Hamilton, Mark Stone and Matt Duchene. Following is a peek at the likelihood of every man getting dealt before the deadline on February 25.
Panarin and Bobrovsky
Due to the impending unrestricted free service of Panarin and Bobrovsky, pretty much everyone and their dog in Columbus knew this was going to be 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 one of these out of town even though the Blue Jackets have a 33-23-3 SU record at February 20.
The Blue Jackets will be expecting a major drag 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 , but a change of scenery could assist the goaltender bounce straight back into his all-star caliber. From the two, Panarin is your much bigger trade target.
Duchene and Stone
Pretty much everything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong for the Ottawa Senators in the previous year, and they currently have the team’s worst album (22-32-5) as a result. The Duchene commerce with Colorado is looking like one of those more lopsided trades lately, 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 campaign.
Stone has been using the Senators organization since becoming chosen in the sixth round of their 2010 NHL Entry Draft, however his time with the team could soon be coming to an end. Recent reports suggest Stone has a better chance to re-sign with all the Senators than Duchene, but because of the apparently constant chaos in Ottawa, nobody would blame him if he opted to sign with another squad in the summertime. If the Senators can’t re-up him at the forthcoming months, then he could fetch a great return.
A Boston Bruins draft pick in the 2011 draft, Hamilton is currently on his third NHL team in his seventh year at the pros. The Carolina Hurricanes are deep on the blue line but lack scoring punch up front, and Hamilton is the only defenseman on the roster who is signed beyond this year.
There’s no shortage of teams lacking defensive depth around the league, so it wouldn’t be a shock if Hamilton is shipped away for a forward before February 25.