3 Potential Trade Destinations as Talks Continue Around Yaroslav Askarov

The Nashville Predators have been busy this summer and Barry Trotz' work has included signing Juuse Saros to a long-term contract extension. Having Saros secured for the foreseeable future has made top prospect Yaroslav Askarov available.

The Predators tried to trade Askarov for a top-five pick at the NHL Draft in Vegas, but unfortunately weren't able to come to an agreement with any of the teams involved. There's no doubt Askarov will eventually be moved as he's bound to start the year in the AHL and is reportedly not very happy about it. Here's three teams who could wind up trading for arguably the best goaltender not currently playing in the NHL:

Seattle Kraken

The Kraken have pieced together their goaltending depth throughout the early stages of their franchise and it could finally be time to find a 'goaltender of the future'. Philipp Grubauer and Joey Daccord are both signed for next season, however adding Askarov could push Daccord down the depth chart and into the minors. Seattle is going to stay very mid if they don't start adding high-ceiling prospects.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have Mackenzie Blackwood and Vitek Vanecek signed for next season but both don't scream goaltender of the future. With Macklin Celebrini and Will Smith to now build around, adding a young goaltender with a very bright future could go a long way in San Jose. Askarov posted a .943 save percentage last season in his two NHL appearances and has been lighting up the AHL for the past two seasons. The Sharks could be a perfect fit for the 22-year-old.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens have a ton of prospects the Predators would be interested in and after the two teams talked at the draft about a trade, perhaps the conversations pick up at some point further along this summer. The Canadiens have Samuel Montembeault who they are committed to, but haven't signed Cayden Primeau long term. Adding Askarov could be a huge step in the Canadiens rebuild.

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