NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Packages That Could Land Brad Richards

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NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Packages That Could Land Brad Richards
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The Dallas Stars are 30-15-5, sit atop the Pacific Division and their first-place record in the conference has the franchise primed for a deep run into the postseason. 

However, their top-flight center Brad Richards is likely to be dealt before the NHL's Feb. 28 trade deadline.

It goes without saying that the days leading up to the deadline include some of the most intriguing moments in the league's calendar year.  

This time of year has media outlets over-analyzing potential roster moves and hockey fans bombarding the Internet with unsubstantiated rumors of key players being dealt.

Brad Richards has been one of the most common names mentioned in the trade rumor mill of late and the possibility that Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk could move the player some time this season is very real.

He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2010-11 season, so Dallas is looking to move the player if they are unable to sign him long-term.

Many teams in the playoff hunt could benefit from having a seasoned veteran center with leadership ability and a knack for scoring. Richards would make a great rental player for a playoff-caliber contender that has some prospects to spare for use as trade chips. 

He is a top ten offensive player in the NHL and could easily notch a seven-year contract for $7 million a season. That kind of deal could scare away a number of small-market teams.

The New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs have expressed interest, but could not put together the right package to impress Dallas. The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning are also potential suitors, but at what cost ?

Time will tell how much it will take for the Stars to finally pull the trigger on a deal to move the crafty athlete.

Here is a look at 10 packages that could seal the deal on a trade for Richards.

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