There is a very important period of time coming up in the NHL—one that will determine the fate of more than a few teams who choose to actively participate in it.
Between 12:00 a.m ET on Monday, Feb. 24 and 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 5, it’s like Christmas for NHL general managers and fans alike. It’s the last time this season that any team can make a trade and have the players be eligible to compete in the playoffs.
Usually all of the action comes on deadline day as the trade market opens up and all kinds of skaters are suddenly in play. Some years the trade deadline is exciting, full of surprises and blockbuster moves. Other times the day is uneventful, the landscape of the NHL barely changing.
This season, with the amount of talent either unhappy, unwilling to compromise or on the verge of free agency, March 5 looks to be a day bustling with activity. While it is hard to predict who will go and where they will end up, here is a list of the 10 NHL players most likely to be moved before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff.