10 Potential NHL Trades That Make Perfect Sense

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10 Potential NHL Trades That Make Perfect Sense
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NHL teams have avoided trading players all season long, mostly due to salary-cap restrictions. As the trade deadline nears, teams will finally be willing to make deals in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. 

There's a wrinkle to the deadline this season. Next year's cap is going up significantly, so teams may be open to taking on long-term deals in exchange for rentals. In this way, both the team that is trading for immediate help and the team that is sending it can win these deals right now. 

This is a unique trade deadline, and the deals we see will reflect it. Here are 10 potential trades that make perfect sense.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, statistics are courtesy of CapGeek.com and are current through January 25, 2014.

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