Three NHL Defensive Stars Expected to be Traded Soon According to Expert

Elliot Ben Jacob
September 16, 2023  (12:45)

Foreseen Trades of Key Defensemen

Seasoned analysts have foreseen potential trades involving three key defensemen in the imminent season. This speculation is detailed in a recent The Athletic piece, wherein team correspondents share their projections about the trades most likely to transpire.
Although prominent names like Elias Lindholm and Mark Scheifele were mentioned, the spotlight is notably on three defensemen who are speculated to be the prime candidates for trades within their respective teams.

Speculations Surrounding Alec Martinez

Jesse Granger, representing the Golden Knights, anticipates a significant move from the Vegas Knights concerning Alec Martinez in the approaching season.
"If I have to pick someone who could be moved, though, it would be Martinez, because he's 36 and on an expiring contract with a sizable cap hit." - Jesse Granger

According to Granger, although the Knights may not be planning any substantial changes, Martinez seems the most probable choice to be traded. Being 36 and holding a hefty expiring contract, he might be replaced to acquire a more potent player.

The Future of Conor Timmins

Jonas Siegel, covering the Toronto Maple Leafs, foresees a potential shift involving Conor Timmins.
"It's possible, maybe even likely, that he won't have a regular role on the defense this season, and while he might be a helpful piece for the future, maybe the Leafs and their current GM (Brad Treliving) decide to find him more opportunity elsewhere." - Jonas Siegel

Timmins, whose contract of slightly above $1 million remains valid for another year, might face challenges securing a spot in the Leafs' densely packed defensive line this season.
Siegel suggests that if traded, Timmins might be exchanged for a pick or prospect, potentially flourishing with a new team.

Pierre-Oliver Joseph: A Potential Asset

In conclusion, Rob Rossi speculates that the Penguins are poised to trade Pierre-Oliver Joseph in the foreseeable future.
"It's not yet known how new management views Joseph, but looking at the roster, he could emerge as the most viable asset for general manager Kyle Dubas to dangle for a needed addition." - Rob Rossi


Joseph, initially selected as a first-round pick by the Coyotes back in 2018, is gradually making his mark.
Rossi believes that Joseph might soon be utilized by Kyle Dubas in a significant trade, aiming to secure a valuable acquisition for an upcoming playoff campaign.