NHL Rumors: 3 Atlantic Division Defensemen Likely Getting Traded in 2022-23

The 2022-23 NHL season is underway and already there's been some roster surprises to start the season. Unexpected cuts, trade requests and early injuries will all play a factor to the number of trades we see early on this season. Let's head to the Atlantic Division and showcase three defensemen likely on the move in 2022-23:

Chris Wideman, Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens showed off their young inexperienced defense corps in their home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They battled, laid some big hits, and blocked a ton of shots, showing off an impressive work ethic. There's going to be changes to the Habs roster this season and defenseman Chris Wideman is a prime candidate. The 32-year-old is signed through next season at $762,500 annually. Wideman is coming off a career season and has the ability to run a second power-play unit. At under $1 million, he's affordable for every team in the league. 

Justin Holl, Toronto Maple Leafs 

Once Timothy Liljegren returns to the Maple Leafs lineup in November, look for the team to engage in trade talks surrounding Justin Holl. The lanky right-handed defenseman is off to a rough start with partner Jake Muzzin and it's been an early story line this season in Toronto. Holl is a pending unrestricted free agent making $2 million against the cap this season. The Leafs need some more depth on defense but they also need to improve their group. Moving Holl would be a start.

Mike Reilly, Boston Bruins

One of the surprising cuts out of Boston Bruins training camp was defenseman Mike Reilly. He has this season and next left on his deal, paying him $3 million per season. Boston just signed Anton Stralman to a one-year contract and once Charlie McAvoy returns, will have too many bodies. Reilly is someone to watch as he's the most likely Boston defensemen to be moved.

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