NHL trade deadline targets: Players who could be on the move this week

NHL teams have less than a week to decide if they're going to be a playoff hopeful or a trade deadline seller.

The Philadelphia Flyers potentially could be both.

General manager Danny Briere and president Keith Jones are committed to continue their rebuild, even though the team sits in a playoff spot in the first full year of the plan. That means they will listen to offers, and coach John Tortorella told reporters that he already has talked to the players who could be on the move if the return is right.

That list could include pending unrestricted free agent defensemen Sean Walker and Nick Seeler, an effective pairing. Seeler leads the league in blocked shots. Forward Scott Laughton, who's tied for the league lead in short-handed points, also has been mentioned in trade rumors.

Walker was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche, but the Flyers gave a four-year, $10.8 million extension to Seeler.

Here are some other players who could be on the move before the trade deadline — 3 p.m. ET on March 8:

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Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Sean Walker might be among players moved before the trade deadline.
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Sean Walker might be among players moved before the trade deadline.

Pending unrestricted free agents

Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin ($4.95 million cap hit): He can produce offense and had a recent two-goal game. The Flames, who lost Johnny Gaudreau for nothing in the summer of 2022, don't want that to happen again, even with the team close to a playoff spot. Plus moving him would give general manager Craig Conroy another chance to put his imprint on this team. He got a hefty return when trading Elias Lindholm to the Vancouver Canucks and a prospect and two picks in the Chris Tanev trade to the Dallas Stars.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel ($6 million): Guentzel is an elite scorer who can fetch a big price in the team's bid to get younger. Sidney Crosby's linemate is currently out with an injury.

Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique ($5.825 million): The top remaining UFA center is versatile and kills penalties. Where he went: Edmonton Oilers.

Ottawa Senators winger Vladimir Tarasenko ($5 million): He's familiar with being moved around the deadline, going to the New York Rangers last season and getting 21 points in 31 games. He won a Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues in 2019. Where he went: Florida Panthers.

Arizona Coyotes winger Jason Zucker ($5.3 million): He plays with an edge and showed when he was in Pittsburgh that he can be a fit alongside top players.

Washington Capitals winger Anthony Mantha ($5.7 million): He was acquired at the 2021 deadline and went through some subpar seasons, but he just scored his 20th goal this season. The Capitals would have to retain some salary. Where he went: Vegas Golden Knights.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Tyler Johnson ($5 million): His playoff experience as a two-time Stanley Cup winner will be valuable.

Ducks defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin ($2.75 million): A penalty-killing defenseman who was moved before the 2022 trade deadline. Where he went: Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo ($2.5 million): The Sabres captain brings leadership and has an inexpensive cap hit.

Sabres defenseman Erik Johnson ($3.25 million): The depth defenseman is being held out of the lineup. He won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2022.

Seattle Kraken forward Alex Wennberg ($4.5 million): He's being held out of the lineup as a precaution. Where he went: New York Rangers.

Players with term left on their deals

Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom ($6 million): He has two years left on his deal and would have to waive his no-movement clause, but he's playing very well of late and would fetch a good return. Moving Markstrom would give Dustin Wolf an opportunity to take the net. But Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that the Flames might keep him this season.

Ducks forward Frank Vatrano ($3.65 million): The All-Star has topped 25 goals, has a reasonable cap hit and has a year left on his deal. GM Pat Verbeek could be busy this week.

Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich ($5.8 million): The Blues were sellers last season and have fallen out of a playoff spot in recent weeks. The five-time 20-goal scorer would draw interest and has a year left on his deal.

Senators defenseman Jakob Chychrun ($4.6 million): He could be available because of the emergence of defenseman Jake Sanderson in Ottawa. Chychrun can help a power play, is 25 and has a year left on his deal.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen ($3.85 million): The Canadiens seem set in net with Sam Montembault and Cayden Primeau. Allen would be a good addition for a team looking for an upgrade in its backup goalie position.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL trade rumors: Players who could be on move before deadline