The NHL Olympic break is less than a month away. There will be a roster freeze in place from 3:00 p.m. ET on February 7 to 11:59 p.m. ET on February 23. No trade activity can occur during that period. Shortly following the Olympic break comes the NHL's trade deadline, set for March 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
That won't allow much time for general managers to make deals to address their respective roster needs. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun speculates that could result in trade activity from late January leading up to the Olympic break. Some GMs could attempt to use the limited time frame to get the jump on their rivals. Otherwise, they risk finding limited options remaining in the trade market between the end of the Olympic freeze and the trade deadline.
The following is a ranking of the 10 NHL teams most likely to make a trade this season, their biggest needs, the assets they could move and the odds they'll make a move before the trade deadline.