NHL Rumors: Zach Kassian Trade Interest and Potential Landing Spots for Seth Jones

Originally published by NHLRumors.com

Could the Penguins and Rangers have an interest in Zach Kassian?

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Bob Stauffer on CHED 630 on trade interest in Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian.

“Zack Kassian, there will be teams interested in him. I could see Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers, but in fairness to Zack, I didn’t mind what we saw of Zack in the third and fourth game of the (Winnipeg) series.”

Staples notes that the 30-year old Kassian has three years left on his deal at a $3.2 million cap hit.

Potential landing spots for Seth Jones

Mike Johnston: The Columbus Blue Jackets will have plenty of big decisions to make this offseason. Forward Patrik Laine is a pending restricted free agent. Defenseman Seth Jones has a year left on his deal but has told the team he’s not interested in signing a contract extension with them at this time.

Jones didn’t have a great season and the analytics show him trending down. That said, there will be teams interested and he can help out almost any team.

A look at some teams who could be interested in trading for Jones.

Los Angeles Kings – Could be the leading contenders. Are deep with prospects and have a couple of extra draft picks.

Chicago Blackhawks –  They have a couple of extra picks and young players like Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin, Alec Regula or Ian Mitchell. They hold the No. 11 pick in the draft.

Edmonton Oilers – Adam Larsson and Tyson Barrie are both pending UFAs who are right handed. They could have a hole on that right side if one or both leave. The Oilers don’t have extra draft picks.

Philadelphia Flyers – They may be looking to move some salary out, and find a replacement for Matt Niskanen.

Montreal Canadiens – Have extra picks in the second-, third- and fourth-rounds. The Canadiens have $24 million already committed to their blue line next season.

Detroit Red Wings – Have extra draft picks. The Blue Jackets may end up wanting players over draft picks. Dylan Larkin would the be Red Wings best trade chip.

Toronto Maple Leafs – They are a litte light on draft picks and prospects but could dangle Mitch Marner.