The approach of NHL's holiday trade freeze period (Dec. 19 through Dec. 27) has sparked an increase in trade rumors. Several trades since mid-November have also fueled the speculation.
Struggling clubs could seek players to improve their rosters. Some teams could draw upon depth in one area of their rosters as trade bait to improve in other areas. Players due to become free agents at season's end could also attract interest.
The following slideshow lists the biggest trade rumor for each NHL team this season, analysis for each rumor and predictions as to how it will pan out.