For the last NHL teams still negotiating trades and deals, it's become a shady venture.
After all, the elephant in the room—the soon-to-expire Collective Bargaining Agreement—casts a pretty large shadow.
However, the typical trade talk and free-agency discussion hasn't been completely exterminated yet, and that means the occasional rumor is still seeping out from behind closed doors.
Shane Doan remains unsigned. Keith Yandle, Bobby Ryan and Roberto Luongo remain undealt. And, of course, the salary cap remains iffy—meaning that some of the highest-paid teams (Boston, Minnesota and Vancouver all fall within $2.5 million of the cap) could soon have some scrambling to do.
How are the final hockey-related rumors shaping up, and exactly how legitimate are they? We break down four of the most crucial on the coming slides.