Friedman on post-Muzzin trade dominoes

One notable piece is off the trade board with Jake Muzzin having been dealt, so what might happen next in the NHL?

Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discussed a number of trade-related topics in the latest edition of 31 Thoughts: The Podcast.

At one point, Marek asked Friedman about the next potential dominoes to fall, specifically wondering about the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning among those possibilities.

“I think Tampa, they’ve been looking for a right-hand shot D for awhile now,” reiterated Friedman. “And I still think they will continue to do it. They’ve been linked to Cody Ceci. We’ll see. But I think Tampa does try to add on their blueline.

“Boston is an interesting one. I think they will try to add. I’ve heard them linked to Wayne Simmonds before. The one thing I do believe is they didn’t like the rental last year they did with Rick Nash. Not that they have anything against Rick Nash, it just didn’t work out.

“I mean, I’m not the only guy who’s ever said this. I think several people who cover them have reported it that Don Sweeney isn’t too eager to do that again, which could affect the decision that they make.

“Simmonds is an interesting one. I’ve heard the market on him is a bit slower developing than the Flyers expected. I think that’s because of the logjam near the top, as everybody waits for Stone and Duchene and Panarin. I wouldn’t be surprised if that opens up a bit more later, but I could see Boston having interest in him.

“But like I said, I think a lot of the market is being held up as we wait to see what those three guys and those two teams decide to do.”

Ceci is on a one-year, $4.3 million contract, and he can become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights again this summer.

Simmonds is finishing up a six-year, $23.85 million contract, which includes a modified no-trade clause through which he has a 12-team no-trade list. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.


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