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Panthers to Shake Things Up, Shop Aleksander Barkov?

Could the Florida Panthers actually be thinking about trading Aleksander Barkov? Are the New York Rangers interested?

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It’s unclear if there is any steam behind the talks involving Aleksander Barkov from the Florida Panthers this week, but there’s some speculation the Panthers might be looking at shaving salary and cutting costs. One of the names that would have incredible value on the trade market is Barkov and in a recent New York Post mailbag segment, Larry Brooks talked the Panthers potentially shipping out the dynamic center.

Brooks specifically was answering a question about what it would take for the New York Rangers to acquire Barkov and Brooks suggests almost anything would be on the table, with the exception of two pieces.

Noting that there are some players carrying no-trade clauses (Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, and Chris Kreider), Brooks adds that Adam Fox and Kaapo Kakko are probably untouchable from a Rangers perspective. But, if the Rangers have a chance to obtain someone like Barkov, who is signed through 2022, they should try.

How Likely Is It Barkov Would Be Traded?

As unimaginable as the Panthers trading Barkov might seem, it’s hard to know what teams will do coming out of this NHL pause and where their organizations will sit.

Should the Panthers decide to drastically shake things up, it would need to be sooner than later if there’s actually any steam behind these rumors. While some are expecting the Panthers to be a team that struggles financially coming out of this NHL pause, there’s a window in which to move Barkov. He has a no-move clause that kicks in following this season and a modified no-trade in 2021-22.

Obviously, Barkov could waive should he choose but the Panthers may not want to take that chance. Still, at this point, we’ll call a Barkov trade unlikely.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Benjamin Bousa

    April 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Lias Anderson, Nils Lundqvist/Tony D, Karl Henriksson, Hajek, And a 2020 1st.

  2. Harrboy (@Harrboy)

    April 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    The Panthers would be insane to trade him.

    • NHL Trade Talk

      April 21, 2020 at 11:29 am

      Yes, it certainly seems like a stretch. Might have to see how the financial situation all plays itself out in a couple of months.

  3. Tooth

    April 20, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Can definitely have Kakko in any deal for Barkov. That’s just silly….

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