When the Stanley Cup playoffs finally end in mid-June, NHL general managers will set about improving their rosters for next season. Most of this will be done through trades and free-agent signings.
The bulk of offseason player movement usually takes place via free agency, but several factors this summer could result in increased trade activity compared to recent years.
One is the ability of teams to retain a portion of a player's salary to improve his trade value. Another is a lack of depth in quality talent available in this year's free-agent market. Several NHL stars whose contracts expire next season could become trade candidates.
Each team has different needs to address. There are clubs which must shed salary to create room for other acquisitions. Rebuilding teams have young players who could be exchanged for veteran depth. There will be teams attempting to overhaul their rosters, while some will tweak their lineups to improve their Stanley Cup chances next season.
The following is a list of 10 NHL teams with the most trade assets heading into the offseason. While most of the players on this list have appeared in recent trade rumors, there's no guarantee they will be dealt.
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