As of right now, the National Hockey League's trade front seems to be at a standstill, mainly because there remains an abundance of teams who are still in the playoff race.
While teams like the Dallas Stars or the New York Islanders may not be sellers at the moment, the next few weeks may see them drop to a stage in which they would be more willing to trade off their valuable assets in hopes of building a competitive team for the future. Other teams who fall into this category include the Colorado Avalanche, the Minnesota Wild, the Phoenix Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets.
After New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow outright stated that he will not trade his star goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, the only quality goaltender that remains potential trade bait is Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin.
As far as defensive help goes, with Carolina Hurricanes blue-liner Tim Gleason re-signed along with Andy Sutton of the Edmonton Oilers, teams looking for help on the back-end may be limited to depth defencemen such as Montreal's Hal Gill or the Hurricanes' Bryan Allen.
The one position that remains deep is that of a forward.
There are plenty of forwards remaining on the market who could help a contending team find its way to dominance, despite Columbus locking up Vaclav Prospal to a new deal.
With that in mind, here are the 15 best forwards who could be traded between now and the NHL's February 27 trade deadline.