NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Best Forwards on the Market

Steven MarinoContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2012

NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Best Forwards on the Market

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    After a successful All-Star game, the NHL is back in full swing.  With races tight in both conferences, teams are looking for an edge on their opponents.

    Teams are looking for trades to provide their rosters with scoring capability.  With many of the perennial All-Stars staying put in their respected cities, much can still be added to team's rosters.

    In a forward-happy league, here is a look at five of the best forwards on the market.

Dominic Moore

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    Dominic Moore might not be a household name, but veteran experience is essential in the NHL.

    With seven years of experience, Moore has bounced around the league and is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  

    Playing in 49 games this season, Moore has four goals and 15 assists averaging just over 16 minutes of playing time per game.

    If contract extension talk turns sour, expect Moore to be traded before the deadline.

Jeff Carter

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    Drafted 11th overall in the first round by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003, center Jeff Carter has played in 30 games this season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting 10 shots in the back of the net and contributing seven assists.

    In six years playing in the NHL, Carter has tallied 191 goals and 169 assists.  With a heavy contract, Carter could be a tough asset to move.

    Carter is still a playmaker many teams would like to have, which is why he is on the trading block.

Tuomo Ruutu

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    Tuomo Ruutu was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 9th overall in the 2001 draft.  

    A proven scorer with seven years of NHL experience, many teams are looking to acquire the Carolina Hurricanes center.

    This season, Ruutu has played in 52 games, scoring 15 goals along with 11 assists.

    Hurricanes' GM Jim Rutherford has Ruutu as a hot topic in the NHL trade rumors, with the Senators as the most recent team to join in on Ruutu's bidding.

Zach Parise

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    There has been much talk about the trading of New Jersey Devil's star winger, Zach Parise.

    With a salary cap issue after locking in Ilya Kovalchuk for over $100 million, many are skeptical if the Devils can hold onto a talent like Parise.

    Parise claims he wants to stay in New Jersey, but a talent with 179 goals and 203 assists in six years of NHL hockey is going to draw a lot of attention from other GM's.

    It should be interesting to follow where Parise ends up.

Travis Moen

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    With heavy interest from the Vancouver Canucks, Travis Moen could be on the move.

    The veteran winger with seven years of experience has nine goals and seven assists on the season, appearing in 46 games.

    Having 568 games under his belt, Moen's experience could benefit a Canucks team who fell short in the NHL finals last season.