Three Under the Radar Trade Targets


As the trade deadline approaches, it’s only logical to talk about the most popular names on the rumour mill. While it’s fun to discuss the possibility of Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, or Kevin Shattenkirk getting dealt, there are other names that are just as likely, maybe even more likely, to be actually be traded when deadline day rolls around. 

Without further adieu, here are three under the radar trade targets. 


After being claimed off waivers by the Devils at the beginning of the season, P.A. Parenteau hasn’t skipped a beat. While contributing 13 goals in 57 games with the Devils, Parenteau’s value as a rental makes too much sense not to discuss. 

There are a few reasons why Parenteau is an intriguing trade chip. First and foremost, he’s inexpensive. Parenteau carries a $1.25 million cap hit along with an expiring contract. If a contending team wants bottom-six scoring for a cheap price, Parenteau’s the perfect fit. Another appealing part of Parenteau’s value is that he likely wouldn’t have an impact on a team’s expansion draft plans. Teams won’t want to acquire a rental that needs to be protected for the upcoming expansion draft. Parenteau, a 33-year-old journeyman, won’t be interfering with any expansion plans if he were to be acquired.

Parenteau is a pure rental and it wouldn’t be terribly hard to acquire him seeing as though a third or fourth-round draft pick could likely pry Parenteau away from the Devils. A rebuilding team like the Devils would have no issue flipping an expiring UFA like Parenteau for a draft pick.


The Carolina Hurricanes future could be quite bright if they play their cards right. While Sebastian Aho, Jeff Skinner, and Elias Lindholm have the potential to be exciting players, it’s no secret Carolina needs more help up front. 

“If that’s an area of strength and you can address an area of weakness, we’d certainly look at those possibilities,” Francis told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun last week. The Hurricanes have a plethora of young defenceman in Justin Faulk, Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, and Noah Hanifin. Not to mention prospects Haydn Fleury and Jake Bean who may not be that far away from making their respective NHL debuts. 

The Hurricanes can afford to give up a young defenceman in a trade and they might be wise to dangle Noah Hanifin in trade talks prior to the trade deadline.

Now it may seem surprising to think of Hanifin, 20, as possible trade bait. But Hanifin may have the most trade value of all the Canes defenceman and the return could be exactly what the Canes need to get to the next level. The other handful of valuable defenceman they have can help fill the void that Hanifin would leave and a team that is in desperate need of defensive help (Tampa Bay, Dallas, Boston, Colorado) could engage in a forward for defenceman type swap. Teams are willing to overpay for defence (as we saw this past summer with the Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson swap) and the Hurricanes could find themselves acquiring the missing piece to their puzzle by shipping out Hanifin. 


Thomas Vanek may be the best rental option on the market. 

With an expiring contract and a cool $2.6 million cap hit, Vanek has recorded 17 points in his last 21 games and the 33-year-old winger is getting red-hot as the deadline approaches. Vanek is a creative playmaker that can add value to a team’s power play and top-nine. 

Vanek’s veteran experience, expiring contract and a recent run of production makes him a prime trade target for teams trying to add some ammunition for a Cup run. 

Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Ottawa Senators could inquire on Vanek and a bidding war could get quite interesting for the Red Wings. The Wings could find themselves snagging a first round pick in return for Vanek’s services. For a team like Detroit, that’s desperate to rebuild, having two first round picks is golden. 

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  • Prototype369

    I’d love Vanek on the flames. That would mean no more Troy Brouwer on the top line, and Gaudreau and Monahan would have an actually good winger, all the better that he’s right handed. However, the ask for Vanek would be quite high, and the flames already have other forwards to protect, and Vanek isn’t the type of player you build around, but only acquire for a season or two to bolster up front for a cup run, which the flames are a bit far from lol

    • Muddy

      I think you stopped at the wrong fan site there bud. Best hop on your Clydesdale and ride back down the Queen E and watch the Shames self-explode over the last 20 games.

      • oilman3

        no kidding. the flames being buyers is a joke. do flames fans actually think their team is anything more than mediocre to bad? the only reason they’re hanging around at the bottom of the playoff race is because of the incompetence of the few teams around them.

        • PrairieStew

          With an entirely new coaching staff the Flames were terrible at the beginning of the year – going 1-4-1 in their first six – and yes two losses to Edmonton, in which multiple breakaways and 2 on 1 ‘s were surrendered. Since then Calgary is 29-24-3. Edmonton’s 6-1-0 start , aided by those two victories over Calgary was impressive. Since that time Edmonton is 26-19-8. So, since the END OF OCTOBER, they are separated by one point.

      • Parallex

        “Please note that this article has posted across the Nation Network sites”

        … I think you need to take an adult reading class at your local learning annex there bud. I mean it’s written right there (in bold even).

  • Kaplan

    Much as I like Vanek and the rest, the idea of Edmonton forgoing draft picks for a rental is, objectively, a bad deal, especially given the Oilers really don’t have too many glaring holes apart from a solid back-up goalie.

    I’d rather swing a deal that buys some longer-term stability while helping the cap situation (i.e., offloading at least one of Edmonton’s $6 million players). Ederle has done nothing to help his perceived value, but for what Edmonton’s paying him, something’s gotta give. I like RNH and Ebs, but I think we’re past time to part ways with at least one of those two, and if there’s a strong back-up goalie and another decent blue liner or forward, let’s pull the trigger.

        • Parallex

          You’re so funny. You called Johnny (a traditional male name) Jenny (a traditional female name) because obviously being female is inferior to being male. You’re hilarious, a real side-splitter. High-level humor right here folks.

          If you take requests how about maybe you can do an encore featuring casual homophobia and/or racist attempts at trash talk…

          or y’know… not use casual sexism… that works too