The Top Players Likely to Be Available at the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline

January 2nd, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
With the calendar turned to January 2016, the NHL's Feb. 29 trade deadline is within sight. Pending free agents, such as Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (pictured above), could be dealt if unsigned before deadline day. A young talent under contract on a struggling team, like Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, could also hit the trade block. 

Factors such as salary-cap space, team and player performance could determine who gets moved on deadline day. As for returns, the clubs shopping unrestricted free agents are rebuilding clubs seeking draft picks and prospects. For players like Johansen, the return could be significantly more. 

Here's a look at the top players likely to be available at the NHL's 2016 trade deadline. Feel free to weigh in with your comments below. 

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