NHL: Five Trades That Must Happen Before July 1

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NHL: Five Trades That Must Happen Before July 1

Well, now that the Chicago Blackhawks have capped off the 2009-10 season on the ice with the Stanley Cup, there are a couple of off-ice events that must be addressed before July 1, when the free agency floodgates open.

First, the NHL Awards will take place next week. Some of the great individual performances of this past year will be rewarded.

Second, the NHL Entry Draft will also take place on June 25, and we will all find out who goes to Edmonton. Taylor or Tyler.

With that being said, the draft is also the time of year where some major deals can go down.

Over the last few years, we've seen names like Chris Pronger and Mike Cammalleri change teams at the draft.

Expect more of the same this time around, as teams position themselves for next season on the ice, as well as off it financially.

Here are some deals that need to take place between now and July.

This will address the needs of some teams, some players, and their respective situations.

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