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NHL Trade Deadline Odds: Will the Sabres Deal Hall?

Buffalo Sabres forward Taylor Hall is the biggest prize on the market in NHL Trade Deadline odds.

Ahead of the NHL trade deadline on April 12, NHL general managers have been busy evaluating both their players and members of opposing teams in order to give their teams a boost for the playoff push.

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But this is 2021, and things are going to operate differently this time around. The NHL is in uncharted territory as a result of protocols surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary divisional alignment and a new Stanley Cup playoff setup have GMs looking at the trade deadline with a unique perspective.

Due to COVID-19 laws in Canada, anyone crossing into the country from the United States previously had to quarantine for 14 days, which was a major disadvantage for Canadian teams looking to acquire talent from American clubs. The Canadian government is now allowing those teams to move that number to seven days.

An upcoming flat salary cap might also hinder teams from making a splashy move for a player with an expensive cap hit.

To prepare for the deadline madness, online sportsbook Bovada has released a large number of prop specials in NHL trade deadline odds. Here’s a look at some of the likeliest players to get traded, along with analysis for bettors looking for potential value.

Odds on Taylor Hall Getting Traded

Where will Taylor Hall play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Buffalo Sabres-200
New York Islanders+400
Edmonton Oilers+400
Boston Bruins+500
Florida Panthers+500

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

The Buffalo Sabres shocked the rest of the league when they signed Taylor Hall to a one-year, $8-million deal last fall. Hall, the biggest fish in the free-agent pond, looked like a great fit with Jack Eichel on paper, but it simply hasn’t worked out for the 29-year-old in Upstate New York.

The Sabres (9-23-6) are enduring a nightmare campaign this year. Hall hasn’t looked like his usual dominant self with the Sabres, as the former Hart Trophy winner has two goals, 17 assists and a -21 plus/minus rating through 37 contests.

So, considering Hall is once again going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the campaign and with the likelihood of the Sabres re-signing him seemingly shrinking by the day, is there a chance he gets moved at the deadline? 

According to Bovada, the chances are slim. Hall is a -200 favorite to stay with the Sabres in NHL trade deadline odds.

NHL teams know they’re going to get another crack at signing him in the summer, and the asking price Buffalo is expecting for him will likely be too high for many teams. Still, Hall has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, so there might be a higher possibility of him getting moved than the book thinks.

Odds on Mikael Granlund Getting Traded

Where will Mikael Granlund play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Toronto Maple Leafs+110
Nashville Predators+150
New York Islanders+350
Boston Bruins+500
Philadelphia Flyers+600

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

The Predators (21-18-1) aren’t in nearly the same territory as the Sabres, but they have their work cut out for them to make a playoff push in the tough Central Division. Nashville has been in much better form of late, though, as the Preds have won eight of their last 10 contests.

Despite the recent hot streak, could Nashville opt for a sell-off at the deadline? It’s certainly a possibility. Forward Mikael Granlund and defenseman Mattias Ekholm are at the forefront of trade speculation, but it’s Granlund who has the best chance of getting traded, according to NHL trade deadline odds.

The Toronto Maple Leafs sit as the +110 favorite to land Granlund for a reason. Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is rumored to be going all-in in order for Toronto to make a badly needed deep playoff run, and a plethora of draft picks and prospects are on the table.

Granlund hasn’t been putting up eye-popping stats for the Predators (nine goals, seven assists in 36 games), but he’d be an excellent fit for the Buds. Don’t be surprised if the Leafs make a deal for him sooner rather than later to get him in the lineup.

Odds on Sam Bennett Getting Traded

Where will Sam Bennett play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Calgary Flames-240
Colorado Avalanche+350
Pittsburgh Penguins+450
Anaheim Ducks+550
Columbus Blue Jackets+600

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Bennett has been on the trade block all season long, but is he finally going to be dealt at the deadline? The shop evidently isn’t expecting him to leave the Calgary Flames, based on his heavy -240 odds to remain in Alberta.

The No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft hasn’t lived up to expectations in Calgary, and a fresh start might be beneficial for both him and the Flames. Bennett requested a trade from the team in January, but the trade talk surrounding him has cooled off of late.

The Flames have changed coaches since then, with Darryl Sutter coming in to replace the fired Geoff Ward. Bennett is in the final year of his contract and is a pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights. A team that acquires him can determine whether or not they want to either keep him around or hammer out a long-term deal.

Bennett has a past history of key playoff performances, and his $2.55-million contract is more than managable. Of the teams listed, I like the Avalanche at +350 to make a run for Bennett.

Colorado is built to win now but hasn’t been able to translate recent regular-season success into postseason glory. Adding an impactful playoff player like Bennett to the mix at a cheap price could be incredibly beneficial for Avs GM Joe Sakic.

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In the meantime, here are the rest of the props available in Bovada’s NHL trade deadline odds:

2021 NHL Trade Deadline Odds

Where will Alex Goligoski play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Philadelphia Flyers+110
Arizona Coyotes+190
Boston Bruins+240
Winnipeg Jets+600
Toronto Maple Leafs+600

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Bobby Ryan play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Detroit Red Wings-150
Montreal Canadiens+300
Toronto Maple Leafs+325
Boston Bruins+500
Pittsburgh Penguins+550

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will David Savard play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Columbus Blue Jackets+130
Boston Bruins+260
Philadelphia Flyers+260
L.A. Kings+550
Winnipeg Jets+650
Toronto Maple Leafs+700

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Frederik Andersen play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Toronto Maple Leafs-400
Los Angeles Kings+225
Edmonton Oilers+800
Washington Capitals+800
Carolina Hurricanes+1200

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Jack Eichel play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Buffalo Sabres-850
New York Rangers+500
Boston Bruins+950
L.A. Kings+1400
Detroit Red Wings+2500
New Jersey Devils+2500
Ottawa Senators+2500
Minnesota Wild+2500
Vancouver Canucks+3500

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Jake DeBrusk play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Boston Bruins-310
Edmonton Oilers+450
Columbus Blue Jackets+650
Vancouver Canucks+800
Nashville Predators+800
Buffalo Sabres+800

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Jonathan Bernier play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Detroit Red Wings-400
Colorado Avalanche+400
Washington Capitals+600
Carolina Hurricanes+600
Edmonton Oilers+750

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Jonathan Quick play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
L.A. Kings-250
Toronto Maple Leafs+225
Pittsburgh Penguins+650
Washington Capitals+650
Edmonton Oilers+750

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Mattias Ekholm play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Nashville Predators-150
Boston Bruins+375
Washington Capitals+600
Philadelphia Flyers+350
Winnipeg Jets+760
Montreal Canadiens+800

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Nick Foligno play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Columbus Blue Jackets-130
Toronto Maple Leafs+135
Boston Bruins+300
Pittsburgh Penguins+1100
Edmonton Oilers+1100

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Rickard Rakell play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Anaheim Ducks-175
Toronto Maple Leafs+270
Boston Bruins+650
Pittsburgh Penguins+650
Calgary Flames+750
Edmonton Oilers+750

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada

Where Will Tanner Pearson play after the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline?
TeamOdds
Vancouver Canucks-215
Toronto Maple Leafs+350
Montreal Canadiens+350
Arizona Coyotes+550
Boston Bruins+700

Odds as of April 9 at Bovada