3 p.m. ET on March 3rd.
That is when the 2023 NHL trade deadline is. Vladislav Gavrikov's name has been mentioned in several trade rumors as he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Gavrikov is 27, which is an important factor in these trade negotiations, as a team may offer more if they feel they can sign him to a long-term extension.
So, what can the Blue Jackets expect to receive in return for Gavrikov?
On March 21, 2022, deadline day, the Edmonton Oilers acquired 28-year-old pending UFA Brett Kulak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Edmonton's 2022 second-round pick, its 2024 seventh-round pick, and William Lagesson. Kulak signed a four-year extension with the Oilers at an annual cap hit of $2.75M.
On March 19, 2022, two days before the trade deadline, the Boston Bruins acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who was a 28-year-old pending UFA at the time. In exchange for Lindholm, Boston sent Anaheim its 2022 first-round pick, its second-round picks in 2023 and 2024, John Moore, and Urho Vaakanainen. Boston then signed Lindholm to an eight-year extension at a $6.5M annual cap hit.
Three days earlier, the Florida Panthers traded for 30-year-old pending UFA Ben Chiarot from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Florida's 2023 first-round pick, the Rangers' fourth-round pick in 2022, and Ty Smilanic. Chiarot did not re-sign with the Panthers following the season.
On March 20, the Seattle Kraken traded 38-year-old pending UFA Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for second-round picks in 2022 and 2023 in addition to a third-round pick in 2024. Giordano signed a two-year extension with the Maple Leafs at an $800k annual cap hit.
On April 10, 2021, the Blue Jackets acquired the Tampa Bay Lightning's first-and-third round picks in the 2021 draft in exchange for 30-year-old pending UFA David Savard. Savard did not re-sign with the Lightning following the season.
Gavrikov is younger than all the players listed above, which may help drive up his price at the deadline, especially for a team desperately in need of defensive help. If these past trades are any indication, the Blue Jackets should receive a solid return for their veteran defenseman.