It is that time of year when baseball trade talk is at its hottest, yet so much is unresolved on the hockey hot stove near the halfway mark of the NHL’s offseason.
In the dusk of July, Rick Nash has finally been dealt from Columbus, but the likes of Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan and Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo continue to make their winter homes on the Pacific coast.
With that said, there are a little less than two months between now and the tentative start of training camp for these magnets of rumors and speculation to settle the debates. There is an equal amount of time for trade talk to pick up a second wind around those teams whose recent chatter has been confined to rural library decibels.
Whether names are hot topics among fans and pundits or someone has done nothing to draw serious attention since a trade that happened weeks ago, here is an encapsulation of the latest in all 30 NHL circles.