NHL Rumors: 3 Captains Who May Be Traded Next Season

It's already been an entertaining offseason in the NHL. From surprise signings, blockbuster trades to a few big names still on the market looking for a new home, we've seen it all this summer. As we creep closer to the 2022-23 season, expectation is brewing there's some more magic to come. When it comes to blockbuster deals, look for these three captains to potentially be moved next season:

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

This one is a no doubter, expect Jonathan Toews to be moved next season out of Chicago. Toews has recently come out and confirmed he has no idea what's going on with management's new direction and he has no interest in a five-year rebuild. Toews is under contract next season at $10.5 million and with some health concerns and decreasing production, look for the Blackhawks to retain close to half of his salary. The Calgary Flames are a team to watch, along with the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals.

Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

The Jets made some drastic changes this summer and if things go south to start next season, look for management to listen to trade offers on captain Blake Wheeler. He's 35 years old and under contract through the 2023-24 season at $8.25 million per season. His no movement clause has recently changed to a five team trade list he'd consider, Winnipeg now has the list, so we'll see if something can be worked out. Last season Wheeler recorded 60 points in 65 games. The Boston Bruins would likely be a team to watch here.

Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks

At this point, Bo Horvat is the least likely of these three to be traded, even with contract talks at a current stand still. Horvat is signed for next season at $5.5 million and is an unrestricted free agent next summer. He's coming off a strong season posting a career-high 31 goals in 70 games and while Horvat is the captain of the Canucks, it's much likelier we see one of Conor Garland or J.T Miller moved before him. 

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