As the Stanley Cup playoffs move into the Conference Finals, the NHL teams eliminated through the previous two rounds head into the offseason with roster issues in need of addressing.
Each team has its unique set of needs, though a few share some similarities: several clubs need to improve their depth at center, some must bolster their defensive depth and few are in need of scoring punch.
While they could address their problem areas via free agency, there's not much quality talent available this summer. The trade market, on the other hand, could hold more promising opportunities.
The ability to retain salary to facilitate a trade, along with the expected increase of the salary cap from $64.3 million to around $70 million, could stimulate considerable trade activity.
The following is a listing of the 10 biggest trade rumors involving NHL playoff teams, with analysis of each and predictions of their possible outcomes. The rankings are in part based upon the players involved, as well as the viability of each rumor.
Note: All contract information via CapGeek.com.