NHL Trades: 15 Free Agents-to-Be Who Will Be Traded Before the Deadline

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NHL Trades: 15 Free Agents-to-Be Who Will Be Traded Before the Deadline
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The captains of two Canadian NHL franchises, Daniel Alfredsson of Ottawa and Jarome Iginla of Calgary, are seeing their Stanley Cup windows steadily close. All the while, the odds are against them prying their current teams’ windows open in a timely fashion.

Two recent Cup-winning goaltenders, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings, are candidates to be traded in light of various statements they have made this spring and summer.

If any of the four are to go to another organization, their present employers had best make it happen via trade before any of them hit unrestricted or restricted free agency on July 1, 2013.

The same goes for a multitude of skaters who project to have a hard time fitting in on a given team’s depth chart. Rather than risk a full year of poisonous consequences from a surplus player’s mounting disappointment and then getting nothing when he leaves, the teams in question would be naturally prudent to trade him and, in turn, import something to address their needs.

The top 15 candidates to be traded before the NHL’s next deadline and subsequent free agency period are alphabetically listed as follows.

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