Three potential trade destinations for San Jose Sharks forward Anthony Duclair

Jan 6, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Mitchell Russell (64) and San
Jan 6, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Mitchell Russell (64) and San / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Rangers

Sending Duclair back to his old stomping ground in New York seems like a very logical fit. The Duke was originally drafted by the Rangers many moons ago in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry draft. He played with the Blueshirts shortly before being traded to the Arizona Coyotes. From there, Duclair kind of bounced around the league for a little bit until he arrived in San Jose this summer from the Panthers.

New York has been plagued with injuries all season, and with both Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko out for a prolonged period of time, some support on the forward core might be on the cards for Rangers general manager Chris Drury this summer. With Mike Grier already looking to make moves, it sounds like these two could be involved in conversations quite quickly. With former players on both teams, there area connections between the organizations.

Duclair's speed would go well into the Rangers middle six. They've been looking for a complimentary winger for the duo of Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad for a while. Production has come easily for the speedy winger, and on a line with two of the best players the original six organization has to offer, he could be a strong fit for a team that will be looking to try and capture another Stanley Cup banner for the rafters of thier arena.

Cap space isn't a problem either because of the contracts the Rangers have on their long term injured reserve, meaning it could be both quite cheap and fruitful to acquire the Pointe-Claire, Quebec native. He's one of the more interesting available wingers at the deadline and with teams limited cap space, teams like the Rangers are sure to be calling for the forward.