Pending NHL Free Agents Most Likely to Be Traded During the 2014-15 Season

November 20th, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
In the modern salary-cap era, the days when an NHL team could make a trade to shake off a slump are long gone.

These days, every dollar needs to be carefully managed, especially for teams that are already flirting with the league's cap ceiling. Personnel moves are few and far between.

As the year wears on, however, salary commitments start to diminish. If a player on an expiring contract is acquired by trade, a team is only on the hook from the date that he joins their roster. That's one of the reasons why trade deadline deals are so popular—contenders can get a big bang for minimal bucks, like the Los Angeles Kings did with Marian Gaborik last season on their way to the Stanley Cup.

This summer, Jason Spezza is the biggest name that's scheduled to reach unrestricted free agency. Though his Dallas Stars are currently underachieving, Spezza's contract includes a limited no-trade clause, so it's unlikely that he'll get dealt this season.

The main market at the moment is for defensemen—especially right-handers.

Here's a look at six potential unrestricted free agents who are most likely to move to new homes on or b ...

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