What the NHL's Biggest Stars Would Be Worth on the Open Market

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What the NHL's Biggest Stars Would Be Worth on the Open Market
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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins just... running it with that wicked 'stache.

The addition of the phrase "salary cap" to the NHL lexicon has brought with it several changes to the way teams conduct business off the ice. The ability to sign players to ridiculously lengthy contracts has been among the most profound and impactful of changes.

Teams and players sign themselves up for a decade-plus marriage of sorts that couldn't possibly go wrong. This is especially reasonable since the owners and players have such a long and illustrious history of seeing eye-to-eye on everything.

Players inked to these mega-deals are typically superstar/franchise cornerstone types, and on these deals they will almost assuredly outlast the manager that signed them. 

So what happens when things go south?

We saw an outstanding example of exactly what happens last season during the "Rick Nash doesn't love the Columbus Blue Jackets in that way" sideshow.

So, just for fun, what would some of the NHL's other leading superstars attract if they were placed on the trading block for all teams to consider and chase?

Also worth noting: just because player X or Y isn't on here doesn't mean I am implying that they aren't a superstar by omission. I'm looking at just a few cases for fun, and my leaving your guy out wasn't on purpose or to get under your skin or anything.

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