NHL Trade Speculation: 10 Players Who Could Be Moved at the Draft

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIMarch 20, 2012

NHL Trade Speculation: 10 Players Who Could Be Moved at the Draft

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    The NHL trade deadline has passed, and teams are now in their stretch run towards the playoffs. While some teams have their rosters set for the playoffs and the future, others will be looking to make changes as soon as they can.

    The biggest opportunity for general managers to make those changes will be during the NHL draft. Teams looking to make trades will be all together in one room and could pull off a number of deals. Players who weren't dealt at the deadline could finally be on the move.

    Here are 10 players who could be dealt at the draft.

Rick Nash

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    Contract Status: Six years remaining

    Cap Hit: $7.8 million

    The big ticket of the trade deadline was not moved, and he will not last long in the offseason. Rick Nash's days in Columbus are numbered, and if Scott Howson is still the Blue Jackets' general manager, he will make the best trade that he can.

Zach Parise

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    Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent on July 1

    Cap Hit: $6 million

    New Jersey would rather not trade Zach Parise, but if the Devils don't have a good run in the playoffs, it might be better for them to trade him. If Parise doesn't believe the Devils can bring him a Stanley Cup, he might give the Devils no choice.

Ryan Suter

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    Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent on July 1

    Cap Hit: $3.5 million

    If Ryan Suter reaches the open market on July 1, he will be the most sought-after defenseman by far. The Nashville Predators are doing their best to convince Suter to stay, but if they don't go far in the playoffs, Suter will have no choice but to take his career elsewhere.

James van Riemsdyk

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    Contract Status: Six years remaining

    Cap Hit: $4.25 million

    James van Riemsdyk is one of the rising young stars in the league. However, that has not stopped him from being shopped around in trade speculation. If the Flyers decide to make yet another overhaul during the offseason, it could start with the trade of van Riemsdyk.

Paul Stastny

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    Contract Status: Two years remaining

    Cap Hit: $6.6 million

    With the Colorado Avalanche challenging for the final playoff spot, it was smart for them not to make a big trade at the deadline. The draft might be a different story. With the Avalanche having both Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, Paul Stastny might be on the outs, and he would fetch the Avs a pretty nice return.

Dustin Brown

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    Contract Status: Two years remaining

    Cap Hit: $3.175 million

    Another player who could have been moved at the deadline, Dustin Brown might be moved so the Kings can take a run at Zach Parise in free agency. If that happens, Los Angeles would be a powerhouse with Parise, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar in its top six.

Cory Schneider

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    Contract Status: Restricted free agent on July 1

    Cap Hit: $900,000

    Cory Schneider has seen a little bit more action this year, but he is still being underutilized. A starting goalie stuck in the backup role, Schneider deserves to play more than he currently does. Considering that he could get the Canucks a great return, it's confusing why he has not been traded already.

Derek Roy

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    Contract Status: One year remaining

    Cap Hit: $4 million

    The Buffalo Sabres have not performed to owner Terry Pegula's standards. The Sabres brought in players such as Ville Leino and Christian Ehrhoff and were expected to make a big impact in the Eastern Conference, though it is obvious that has not been the case. Paul Gaustad was traded at the deadline, and Derek Roy might not be a Sabre for too much longer either.

Stephen Weiss

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    Contract Status: One year remaining

    Cap Hit: $3.1 million

    Two Words: Jonathan Huberdeau

    While Stephen Weiss has been a longtime part of the core in Florida, with Huberdeau ready to make the jump, Weiss might be expendable. Rather than going through the stress of whether or not he will re-sign with the team, the Panthers might trade him and allow Huberdeau to take the reins as the No.1 center.

P.A. Parenteau

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    Contract Status: Unrestricted free agent on July 1

    Cap Hit: $1.25 million

    The New York Islanders are definitely trying to re-sign P.A. Parenteau, who has formed some chemistry with John Tavares. However, with Ryan Strome presumably ready to make the jump to the NHL next season, it might be best for the Islanders to let Parenteau go.