NHL: 6 Biggest Potential Trades Early in the Shortened 2013 Season

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NHL: 6 Biggest Potential Trades Early in the Shortened 2013 Season
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The return of normal business in the NHL means the ice is automatically fertile for trades, which means thawing out the flow of the speculation stream.

Granted, the lockout and late start to the 2012-13 season is not quite finished percolating angst among puckheads who are eager for this aspect of the game to pick up substantial traction. The excitement and intrigue of the final days and weeks before the trading deadline will be pushed off this year as that deadline shall pass on April 3, more than a full month later than normal.

Fanbases hoping for a momentous import and export or even the reported prospect of such an occurrence will more than likely need to wait on that. However, all is not fully mute on the transactions front as the NHL rounds out its first week of game action in 2013.

The top teams and players who are drawing trade talk at the moment are as follows.

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