NHL Trade Rumors: 4 Forwards Expected To Be Traded During 2024 Offseason

The Stanley Cup Final heads to a Game 7 and even though the 2023-24 season isn't wrapped up just yet, there continues to be several trades finalized and many more discussed.

We've seen a couple of goaltenders moved as the market shifts, let's turn our attention to the forwards. Here's four forwards expected to be traded this offseason:

Martin Necas, Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have several free agents to sign and it appears Necas won't be one of them. The pending restricted free agent is looking for a significant raise from his $3-million salary last season and Carolina has decided to turn their attention into a different direction. Necas recorded 24 goals in 77 games last season and regularly showed off his blazing speed. Sounds like there's several teams making offers to the Hurricanes:

Andrew Mangiapane, Calgary Flames

The Flames have already dealt Jacob Markstrom and aren't close to be finished yet. Mangiapane is coming off a down year where he recorded 14 goals and 40 points in 75 games. He has one season left on his contract, set to earn $5.8 million and owns an eight-team no-trade clause. The 28-year-old is set to walk at the end of next season and look for Craig Conroy to try and cash in ahead of the 2024 NHL Draft, even if it means they have to retain a little bit of salary.

Ross Colton, Colorado Avalanche

Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli had Colton listed on his latest trade board as the Avalanche are looking to re-tool this summer. Colton has three seasons left on his deal at $4 million and owns a full no-trade clause, that doesn't kick in until July 1. Look for the Avs to try and move Colton at the NHL Draft next week and free up some cap space in the process.

Patrik Laine, Columbus Blue Jackets

Laine has asked to be moved and the Blue Jackets agree that's best for everyone involved. He has two seasons left on his contract at $8.7 million against the cap. Columbus is letting teams know they prefer to not retain any salary in the trade. So far the Utah HC, Seattle Kraken, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings have been linked to a Laine blockbuster.

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