NHL Draft 2012: NHL Trade Rumors for the 2012 NHL Draft

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NHL Draft 2012: NHL Trade Rumors for the 2012 NHL Draft
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There will be trades at the 2012 NHL Draft. It's not a question of if, but a question of who. Every year the NHL Draft is both a time for new players to enter the league and old players to find new teams.

Technically, the offseason began for most teams several weeks ago, but the real kickoff event for the NHL offseason is the NHL Entry Draft. The draft is a beacon of hope for teams who finished at the bottom of the standings last year, as well as a perfect chance for teams to trade to move up and down in the draft.

The draft is also typically the time where teams have the most salary cap flexibility, which means it's a perfect time for teams to trade for big-name players.

It's also one of the last times a team can trade an upcoming free agent, because it gives the team acquiring him enough time to negotiate a deal before he hits the open market.

Here are five players to watch on Draft Day because they've been involved in recent trade rumors around the NHL. There's a good chance they'll be on a new team before all is said and done.

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