Ranking the Best NHL Players Still on the Trade Market

July 4th, 2015 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »

While free-agent signings usually make NHL headlines at this time of year, it's been a busier-than-usual summer for trade activity. Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Ryan O'Reilly, Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton are among the notable players dealt thus far.

One reason behind the trade traffic is the lack of top talent in this summer's free-agent market. Another is the limited increase of the salary cap for 2015-16, forcing some teams, such as the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, to shed expensive players such as Patrick Sharp and Vincent Lecavalier. Rebuilding clubs, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, could shop veterans for promising youth.

The following is a ranking of the best NHL players believed to be on the trade market, explaining why they're on the list. Performance, salary, potential asking price and trade value are factored into this compilation.

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