Though the NHL trade deadline generally lacks the intrigue of its NBA counterpart, the 2019 deadline is shaping up to become one of the most active coping phases in years. Sportsbooks are getting in on the fun by offering odds on the transaction bait that could be changing addresses in 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. Here’s a look 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 service of Panarin and Bobrovsky, pretty much everybody 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 watch Columbus boat at least among them out of town though the Blue Jackets possess a 33-23-3 SU record as of February 20.
The Blue Jackets will probably be anticipating a big drag for Panarin, who has 67 points in 56 games this year. The Avalanche, Islanders, Panthers, Predators and Sharks are the likeliest suitors for the winger. Bobrovsky has struggled in his contract year, but a change of scenery could help the goaltender bounce 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 to the Ottawa Senators in the last year, and they now have the league’s worst album (22-32-5) as a outcome. The Duchene trade with Colorado is looking like one of the more lopsided transactions lately, since the Avs possess the Sens’ first-round choice in the upcoming draft. Unless Duchene is re-signed before the trade deadline, he will be on a brand new team for the stretch run of the effort.
Stone has been using the Senators organization since getting selected in the sixth round of their 2010 NHL Entry Draft, yet his time with the club could soon be coming to a conclusion. Recent reports suggest Stone has a better chance to re-sign together with all the Senators than Duchene, but because of the apparently constant turmoil in Ottawa, nobody would blame him when he opted to sign with another squad in the summertime. If the Senators can not re-up him in the coming months, then he could fetch a nice return.
A Boston Bruins draft pick in the 2011 draft, Hamilton is currently on his third NHL team in his seventh year in 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 season.
There is no shortage of teams lacking defensive depth around the globe, so it wouldn’t be a shock if Hamilton is shipped away for a forward before February 25.