NHL Trade Rumors: 12 Teams That Will Be Most Active Before the Deadline

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NHL Trade Rumors: 12 Teams That Will Be Most Active Before the Deadline
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There are two times of the year when NHL GMs truly earn the money for which they are paid: the free-agency period in the summer and the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.

In the next few weeks, general managers and their assistants will be furiously working the phones. Some might be trying to find that missing piece for their upcoming playoff run. Others might be trying to get rid of horrible contracts or get a modest return for players who either request a change of scenery or will become free agents at the end of the season.

Everybody’s got an angle, a strategy, a way to play the game.

Almost every year, it seems like there's that one deal that sets off the arms race and prompts other teams to make a deal in order to keep pace.

Which team will make the first move? More than likely, it’ll be one of these 12.

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