Nick Leddy | Defenseman
Cap hit: $5.5 million (2 years)
Production (2019-20): 60GP 3G 21Pts
Why Leddy is on the trade block:
Nick Leddy carries a large cap hit at $5.5 million and is relatively valuable. The Isles also have another third-pair puck-moving defenseman in the AHL in Sebastian Aho that they could insert in the line up if they do move Nick Leddy.
They could also insert Thomas Hickey into the lineup as the team’s third lefty blueliner. Hickey is still under contract for the next two seasons.
It’s not to say the Isles will move Leddy or that they are actively shopping him. But they could potentially replace him with Aho – or Hickey – both would be cheaper on the cap. Having him on the block to (A) create cap space or (B) move in a package for a forward is a smart move.
Leddy hasn’t been the same player he was in his first few years in the organization. On most NHL teams he’s a top-four blueliner. On a weaker blue line, he’s easily a top pair guy. He could still return good value for the Isles on a team looking for a leader and two-way defenseman. Looking at you Detroit.
What can Isles expect in return:
We see depth defenders go for second-round picks at the trade deadline so you know that Nick Leddy will go for more. Maybe not much more but a B-level prospect and a second-round pick would do the trick.