The Trade Deadline is Starting to Move, will Kyle Davidson Now Get Involved?

Maybe... maybe not ?
Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks
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Chris Tanev is now a Dallas Star. In a move that was widely regarded as a near certainty, Tanev (the long time veteran) went to the Stanley Cup contender in a three team deal. Full deal below per Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff:

Dallas gave up, in Blackhawk Up's opinion, a fair compensation package and yet gained a reliable and experienced top 4 defenseman to net the Stars one of the best d-cores in the entire NHL. Before the season, the Dallas Stars were the prediction to win the Stanley Cup by this website. While we weren't the only ones to have the Stars on that line, it definitely looks like Jim Nil is "going for it" this season.

In a wide open field this campaign, it is now believed that other trades could soon be made. Will a team give up a lot of assets for Noah Hanafin next? Could he be headed to the Panthers, Golden Knights, or Lightning? Could Jake Guentzel still be an option for someone despite his injury at the moment? Or maybe just maybe the move for a contending GM is to buy up some trustworthy veteran bottom pairing defenseman or bottom 6 forwards.

Would a Tyler Johnson, a pending UFA, finally be of interest to a team looking for depth scoring. Johnson is a cup winning forward and while not the player he once was, can produce in the playoffs when it matters most. On the worst team in the league, Johnson has 12 goals in 44 games with a .56 ppg playoff career. Not only that, but the Stanley Cup winner has 32 career goals in the playoffs.

Tyler Johnson
2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

So does an experienced and proven forward on a 22 goal (per 82) pace for the worst team in hockey have value? Yes. What exactly that will be is yet to be seen, but if there was any deal on Kyle Davidson's desk at the moment it's likely one involving Tyler Johnson.