NHL trade deadlines are typically filled with the odd blockbuster, and there’s no better time to look at the market.
But that doesn’t mean the league has a monopoly on blockbuster deals.
Mark Messier is one of the most active trade chip men on the market, and he’s willing to make moves in a pinch to get something done.
The Nashville Predators defenseman is currently out of contract, but the team will look to get a first-round pick and a potential second rounder for him.
“I’m not sure I would be able to get anything better than a first or second round pick,” Messier told NHL.com.
“But I’m ready to take on a new game.”
That’s not to say the Predators aren’t considering other deals.
Nashville’s goal is to move up in the draft, which would give them a potential pick in the middle of the first round and a prospect in the second.
The team also has interest in signing veteran center Ryan Johansen, who could be available for a trade.
Messier, who is coming off an impressive rookie campaign, doesn’t believe that trade value will be a factor.
“We’re trying to keep our best players and get a team that will play a good game,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a trade, it’s more like we’re trying get a good deal for a player that we believe will be able [to help us].”
With all of the uncertainty surrounding the NHL trade market right now, there are some teams that are looking to acquire top prospects.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest names in the league who are ready to move.
New York IslandersMark Streit has made a lot of noise this season.
He has five goals and six assists in 22 games with the Islanders.
He’s also been a plus-seven this season and has three goals and three assists in five playoff games.
Mark Strei is the fourth-highest scorer in the NHL with 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 57 games.
The Islanders have been very active in the free agency market this season, and they’re certainly not a one-trick pony.
They have an offer for the top defenseman in the game in defenseman Andrew MacDonald, a contract that would make him one of New York’s top three forwards for years to come.
MacDonald, who signed a three-year, $13.6 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is looking to land a new deal.
The Blue Jackets also have an agreement in place with the Winnipeg Jets for forward Justin Falk.
The 20-year-old defenseman has three assists and a plus/minus rating in seven games.
It’s a difficult year for Mark Strei.
He is coming back from shoulder surgery that was completed last season.
The Islanders are also looking for an upgrade in the bottom six of the lineup, and the Jets and Blue Jackets are both expected to be active this off-season.
But for Mark, it will be another season to turn things around and show his leadership abilities.
“This year is really going to help me,” he told NHL Central Scouting.
Nashville PredatorsMark Streitt is a great player. “
There’s still some time to get better and better.”
Nashville PredatorsMark Streitt is a great player.
He can make the plays and get it done.
He makes the plays.
He gets his teammates involved.
He does a good job.
I think that he’ll have a great career.
He’ll be an impact player for years and years to go.
Mark is a good player, he is a tough player and a tough teammate.
He deserves a long career.
I can’t wait to see what happens.