Top trade targets: Defensemen
February, 14, 2014
By Tim Kavanagh | ESPN Insider
Kirk Irwin/Getty ImagesDustin Byfuglien's confidence, physicality and versatility combine for strong trade value.With the league on its Olympic break, NHL rosters are frozen. Once the Olympians return from Sochi, there will be a small window in which teams can make their moves for the stretch run.
In order to prepare for the frenzy ahead of the trade deadline, we at Rumor Central will look ahead at the top trade targets by position. Cap hit information provided is from CapGeek.com.
On Wednesday, we looked at centers on the market. Today, we continue with a look at the top defensemen rumored to be on the block:
1. Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
Age: 28 | 2013-14 cap hit: $5,200,000 | UFA: 2016-17
Even though he's been playing forward as of late for the Jets, teams in on him in trade talks would most likely stick him on the blue line (the value of his contract is a little high if he sticks on the wing). Given the need around the league for a top-four defenseman on just about any team that doesn't play its home games in Pittsburgh, there's been speculation sending him to a multitude of destinations; Boston has emerged in the minds of some as such a destination, though GM Peter Chiarelli has noted that the team isn't interested in such a move.