Jaromir Jagr could be a key trade candidate by the April 3 trade deadline.
The Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers are in a category by themselves.
If you look at the NHL standings as another page gets ready to be pulled off the calendar, those are the only teams that are not in the playoff race.
The other 27 teams at least have a shot at making the postseason.
Some of those teams—the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets—may not have great chances, but they are in contention.
That makes finding trade partners quite difficult with the April 3 deadline approaching.
Most teams don't want to move veteran players if they think they have a shot at playing in the postseason. However, those same teams don't want to lose unrestricted free agents and get nothing in return in the offseason.
So there will be trades, and it will be a seller's market. Here's a look at how much it will cost to acquire stars being mentioned in trade deadline rumors.
Jaromir Jagr is a future Hall of Fame player.
Jagr, 41, has shown that he is still capable of playing at a high level with 14 goals and 12 assists this season.
While he's not the dominant superstar he was during his heyday, Jagr can take advantage of mistakes by opponents and provide leadership by making key plays at big moments.
Jagr is not going to go end to end or make a lot of plays in the defensive zone, but he can get it done in the clutch.
If the Stars choose to move Jagr, they probably are not going to get a boatload in return. He is an unrestricted free agent next year, and he has not said he will play in the future.
A team that believes it is in the championship race should be willing to give up a high draft pick—first- or second-round—and one minor-league prospect.
The Penguins gave up prospects Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and a first-round pick for Iginla. The former Calgary star is six years younger than Jagr, and the Stars should not expect to get as much for their star.
Mark Streit is not a superstar, but he is a dependable puck-carrying defenseman who could make a difference for a team that considers itself a Stanley Cup contender.
Streit, 35, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $4.1 million (prorated) this season. His New York Islanders are surprisingly in contention for a playoff spot, but general manager Garth Snow can't just assume that his team will make a Los Angeles Kings-like run if they happen to make the playoffs.
If he decides that's not possible, he could trade Streit to a legitimate contender. Streit could fetch the Islanders a second-round draft pick and a minor-league prospect.
Mike Ribeiro could be the most sought-after player by trade deadline, or he could be removed from this list if he can come to a contract agreement with the Washington Capitals.
Ribeiro, 33, is in the final year of his contract and has been talking with the Caps about an extension. Ribeiro turned down a three-year offer that was presented to him because he wants a five-year deal.
Ribeiro and Washington general manager George McPhee may be able to make a solid deal prior to the deadline.
Ribeiro is a creative offensive player who has been productive this year with 11 goals and 24 assists for the Caps in 34 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks are among the teams interested in Ribeiro. The Caps could get a high draft pick—first- or second-round—and perhaps two minor-league prospects for a difference maker like Ribeiro.
The Buffalo Sabres are one of the teams that still appears to be in the playoff race, but they have played poorly this season and are not likely to sneak into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Darcy Regier fired head coach Lindy Ruff earlier in the year and is open to retooling his team. All names appear to be in play, and that includes former Vezina Trophy winning goalie Ryan Miller.
Miller, 32, has one year remaining on a contract that will pay him $6.25 million in 2013-14. The Tampa Bay Lightning are quite interested in Miller's services since they have had defensive and goaltending issues the last two seasons.
Since Miller has another year on his contract, it seems likely that the Sabres would want a current NHL player off the Lightning roster, in addition to a high draft pick and a minor-league prospect.
Steve Yzerman has to look at Miller as a key future component on a strong team that includes Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Victor Hedman and Sami Salo that has not played well since the 2011 postseason. That means Yzerman would almost certainly pay a premium price to acquire Miller.
Teams that are in need of shoring up their defense will give Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames every consideration.
Bouwmeester, 29, is a solid puck mover who has 10 years of NHL experience and has played in two All-Star games. He can get the job done on both ends of the ice. He has six goals and nine assists in this truncated season and can do a solid job handling his defensive responsibilities.
Bouwmeester has one year left on a contract that is scheduled to pay him $6.6 million next year. With the reduced salary cap, that obligation may make Bouwmeester tougher to move.
Calgary general manager Jay Feaster will need a solid minor-league prospect and a draft pick or a young NHL veteran and a draft pick for him.
Joe Nieuwendyk has hard decisions to make in Dallas. If the Stars' general manager takes a hard look at his team, he will probably come to the conclusion that the Stars are not going far even if they do happen to sneak into the playoffs.
That's why he could trade more veterans. He has already moved Michael Ryder (Montreal Canadiens) and Brenden Morrow (Pittsburgh Penguins), and that's why he could move Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy.
Roy, 29, is in the final year of his contract and will be free to sign with the highest bidder in the offseason. He has scored four goals and added 17 assists this year and is a high-level, finesse-type of player.
He tends to stay on the outside and use his wrist shot and sharp passing to influence games. He is not going to punish anybody with his physical play.
Roy could be a decent acquisition for a team looking for more offense and playmaking. He could bring the Stars a minor-league prospect and a second-round draft pick.