Claude Giroux to the Avs? Marc-Andre Fleury to the Wild? Seven trades we want to see ahead of the deadline – The Athletic

Colorado broke the ice on the trade front with the acquisition of Josh Manson. It was the first deal since March 2, when Alex Stalock was flipped from Edmonton to San Jose for future considerations. It was the first trade to feature an NHL-caliber player since the Coyotes dealt Ryan Dzingel and Ilya Lyubushkin to Toronto, and the Flames added Tyler Toffoli through another move.

With the ‘first domino’ to fall in the week leading up to the deadline, the question now is what’s to come over the next few days.

So, what deals could we see? Let’s dive into trades that could be intriguing over the next week.

Big picture, I’d love to see some weaponize their cap space to help facilitate trades for contenders — but I don’t think we’ll see enough of that. Also, I’d like to see teams be legitimately honest about their trajectory before spending future assets to just make the playoffs or end somewhere in the dreaded middle. The smartest thing a team can do sometimes is take a step back, retool a few areas, and gear up for the next year when they have a better chance.

Focusing on specific deals, the key to all of this is a bit of realism despite not working out both sides of these suggested trades.

First, this isn’t the NBA so we shouldn’t expect these high-caliber deals to shake up the league entirely.

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