Top 10 NHL Candidates to Be Moved Prior to the Trade Deadline

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Top 10 NHL Candidates to Be Moved Prior to the Trade Deadline
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The calendar has turned to February, and for the NHL, the smell of the trade deadline is in the air. 

Oh wait, that's a statement of habit.

In this lockout-shortened campaign, the 2013 NHL trade deadline will take place not at the end of February, but on April 3, less than four weeks before the Stanley Cup Playoffs commence. By that time, contenders and pretenders will begin to discuss how they can mutually benefit one another, and players will change uniforms.

Only weeks into the NHL season, the landscape of the league is beginning to take shape and the needs of teams with Stanley Cup aspirations, along with the financial considerations and rebuilding necessities of other franchises, are coming into focus.

As the deadline approaches, the teams will begin to correspond and make season-changing trades.

These are the 10 players most likely to be on the move before April 3. 

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