Top 10 Players That Will Be Targeted at the NHL Trading Deadline

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Top 10 Players That Will Be Targeted at the NHL Trading Deadline
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If a couple of Cup-less captains decide to take the Ray Bourque route in pursuit of a title, there ought to be no shortage of takers among the certified contenders in the NHL.

Other players with comparable combinations of seasoning, leadership qualities and postseason experience, whether it is in the form of success or shortcoming, either are or should soon be churning in the trade rumor mill.

Not all of them will be on the move between now and the April 3 deadline. Some of the top names will stay true to no-trade clauses and successfully resist any transactions, while others will be withheld by their current employers to sustain an ideal playoff core.

But none of that will stop prospective purchasers from trying their luck on any of these players because it never does.

The transaction tempest has already picked up with such deals as Erik Cole for Michael Ryder and Ryan O’Reilly ostensibly blowing in Calgary’s direction, only to stay in Colorado through a matched offer sheet.

With Sunday marking exactly one month until the deadline, here are the 10 names NHL fans can expect to hear the most in trade talk until the player in question is dealt or until April 3 passes.

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