When the NHL Olympic roster freeze lifts on February 23, there will be a narrow 10-day window for general managers to address their needs leading up to the March 5 trade deadline.
Trade rumors involving several notable NHL stars will fly fast and furious during this period. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek and New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan are among the notable players who could be on the move by deadline day.
Fans and pundits will speculate over potential destinations for these stars. Most NHL trades, however, tend to catch everyone by surprise. It's possible some of these players could end up in deals no one expected to happen.
The following is a listing of eight trade possibilities that would shock the NHL this year, along with the plausibility of these deals and the chances they will take place.
Salary-cap figures provided by CapGeek unless otherwise noted.