Each NHL Team's Best Potential Trade Chip After Lockout

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Each NHL Team's Best Potential Trade Chip After Lockout
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After reviewing the rejected CBAs between the NHLPA and the NHL, one thing seems imminent—player contracts are heading toward major reform. Many teams will be thinking about whom they could trade for a big return, should they decide to make changes in their roster.

Players and owners have been reluctant to compromise on the fate of active contracts. According to The New York Times, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants current contracts to be rewritten while NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr wants them grandfathered into the new CBA.

This does not mean that star players will be free for the taking; the details of their contracts will likely be adjusted according to the new CBA. However, many teams will find it in their best interest to move some of their more valuable trade assets.

Here is a list of those assets, weighted on potential, age, skill and the likelihood of their team to trade them.

***DISCLAIMER: Franchise players are not included in this list unless there is a reasonable chance they can be traded. 

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