Predicting the 10 Most Active NHL Teams in 2014 Trade Market

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Predicting the 10 Most Active NHL Teams in 2014 Trade Market
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The 2014 NHL draft will be held on June 27-28. The days leading up to, and including, the draft weekend is usually a time when significant trades involving established NHL talent take place. That's because teams have more cap space during this period and a willingness to deal.

Several factors this year could result in more player movement than usual this year. Sporting News' Sean Gentille recently cited The New York Times' columnist Jeff Z. Klein reporting NHL commissioner Gary Bettman estimating the salary cap could increase from $64.3 million to between $69-$70 million. Teams can also absorb up to half of a player's salary to facilitate a trade.

Since January several teams underwent management changes, sparking considerable media speculation of possible trades following the Stanley Cup playoffs. A lack of star talent in this summer's free-agent market could also spur more trade activity.

Those factors could affect the 10 teams on this list. The ranking is based upon their respective roster needs, quality of their trade assets and frequency of their appearance in recent media trade rumors.

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