No general manager wants to lose a player to free agency without getting something in return for him.
Yet any general manager who has a free agent on his roster faces just that prospect if he holds on to him for the remainder of the season and doesn't get him to sign a new contract.
The best move from a business perspective is to trade a pending free agent for a draft choice or a player who will be under contract in future years.
Teams that are in the playoff mix or at least have a chance to contend for one are likely to hold on to their free agents just in case they make the postseason.
General managers may be more inclined to hold on to their free agents this year, because they saw the Los Angeles Kings clinch a playoff spot in the final week of the season and then win the Stanley Cup from the No. 8 position in the Western Conference a season ago.
With that in mind, here are six soon-to-be free agents who will be moved by the April 3 trade deadline.
All salary figures are from CapGeek.com.
(Take note of the Anaheim Ducks and their 5-1-1 start. Until they start to slump, we are going to look at the Ducks as a legitimate contender who won't be trading their free agents because they have a legitimate chance to play postseason hockey.)