Trades have always been a part of hockey. Some are blockbusters involving Hall of Famers like Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Brad Park or Mark Messier while others are minor deals involving fringe players or late draft picks. This article predicts which big name NHL players are most likely to be traded by the trade deadline this year.
There are many factors that are taken into account and being on this list doesn't necessarily mean a player or team will be disappointing. It just means that this particular player and/or his contract may no longer be a good fit with his present team.
All of the players on this list are heading into the final year of their contracts which means they will either be signed to an extension, traded by the deadline or allowed to leave as a free agent next summer.
Feel free to comment on the list and add any player you feel I may have overlooked or disagree with any player on the list. As always, indicate why you feel the way you do.