Rick Nash is living proof that an uneventful trade deadline, even in the wake of a whirlpool of rumors, does not mean a given player is staying where he is. Just wait up to another handful of months and see if Player X is dealt on the second try.
Not all of the 30 NHL clubs will ruffle their rosters between now and April 3, but there will still be players worth monitoring in the mill. They may be retained through this season’s deadline only to be exported as soon as their current team steps into the offseason.
Some franchises are currently quieter than others in this department, maybe even to the point of a virtual chatter standstill. That, too, can change as early as the summer solstice and it is worth pondering who is most prone to being dangled as soon as that team is ready for its next tweak.
Whether they are a hot trade talk topic of the present or paving a pattern sufficient to forecast their exit down the road, here is each NHL team’s front-running trade candidate.