Major News: Two teams looking to trade star players in franchise altering trades

Liam McCormick
January 9, 2024  (12:09)

Frank Seravalli on screen.
Photo credit: Sportsnet

Moments ago on today's edition of Daily Faceoff Live, NHL insider Frank Seravalli revealed massive news that two teams could be looking to make franchise-altering trades to shake up their roster.

According to Seravalli, the Anaheim Ducks are looking at potential trades for Trevor Zegras, and the Ottawa Senators are looking at moving Jakob Chychrun.
The Anaheim Ducks just made a massive move yesterday, trading their top young defenceman in Jamie Drysdale for Cutter Gauthier, a forward prospect who has yet to play an NHL game yet. According to Seravalli, the Ducks may not think Zegras' game fits with the future vision for their team, and are unsure of his ability to play centre. Seravalli said the following on Daily Faceoff Live:
In speaking with teams around the league, they suggest that Zegras' name has been out there, and in play. I think the truth is I don't know many people believe Trevor Zegras meshes with the ultimate view of how (Ducks GM) Pat Verbeek wants to see the Anaheim Ducks.

Through 19 games this season, Zegras has disappointed by not taking a step with his offensive production, only scoring 4 goals and 7 points. This offseason, he signed a three year contract worth a steep $5.75M each year.
On Jakub Chychrun, Seravalli reported that the Ottawa Senators are looking to significant shake up what seems to be like a dressing room far too comfortable with losing. Now with a logjam of talent on the left side of defence with Thomas Chabot and Jake Sanderson, Chychrun has become expendable, and could be a great asset in trade. Again, Seravalli reported the following today:
One player that has generated a pretty significant amount of interest on the market is Jakob Chychrun. It strikes me as a situation where they probably don't have enough minutes to go around for everyone. They haven't met expectations, and I think they're ready to make some seismic moves.

Chychrun has impressed greatly in Ottawa this season, scoring 7 goals and 25 points from the back end in 35 games. Including this season, he has two years left on an extremely affordable $4.6M contract, and could be an attractive trade piece for a contending team looking to add on defence.
Clearly, these are seismic moves as Seravalli described. We'll have to see how these two teams play out the season and how that affects these potentially massive trades going forward toward the trade deadline.
Major News: Two teams looking to trade star players in franchise altering trades

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