The recent NHL trade action—Buffalo Sabres shipping Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and draft picks; the Colorado Avalanche shipping Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers for Max Talbot—has fans buzzing over the possibility of more big deals to come.
The salary cap has made significant early season trades like Vanek-for-Moulson and Downie-for-Talbot rarities. Under the new CBA, however, teams can retain up to 50 percent of a player's salary in a trade to a maximum of three contracts per season. That could improve early-season trade activity.
Several notable NHL players are expected to be shopped leading up to the March 5 trade deadline. Here's a look at the 10 most likely to be traded this season.