NHL Trade Speculation: Each NHL Team's Most Valuable Trade Asset

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NHL Trade Speculation: Each NHL Team's Most Valuable Trade Asset
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Due to the NHL lockout, general managers across the league are forced to wait until a new collective bargaining agreement is hammered out before making any tweaks to their rosters. 

Nonetheless, just as was the case following the 2004-05 lockout, virtually every team will be making significant adjustments to their lineups, either via the trade or free agency markets. 

In particular, young players will likely be of greater value, as new salary cap constraints may call for teams to spend less on veteran players, making prospects and players still on entry-level deals more marketable trade assets. 

With that in mind, here's a look at each NHL team's most valuable trade asset, excluding franchise players, because generally speaking, they're untouchable unless a team is unloading contracts. 

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