NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Deals That Could Shake Up League

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NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Deals That Could Shake Up League
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On June 23, 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers' general manager Paul Holmgren traded two big-name players in Jeff Carter and Mike Richards—the team's captain and leading scorer.

The hockey world was baffled to say the least.

Yet those same Philadelphia Flyers sit at fourth place in the Eastern Conference and three points out of first place.

So what does this have to do with anything now?

It goes to show you don't need to fall in love with players. That you can part ways with perceived important pieces for younger players and still compete.

Are the Flyers a better team than they were last year? It's really hard to say, but one thing is sure: they are definitely built to be better in years to come.

As anyone who watches professional sports in general can tell you, it's "monkey see monkey do" out there.

With the trade deadline approaching, teams will be looking at what the Flyers did last year and considering in great depth the idea of moving some key pieces for youth and more salary cap friendly contracts.

Allow me to present 10 potential deals that could shake up the NHL, much the same way June 23 did last year.

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