Trade intrigue increases as draft nears
May, 23, 2014
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider
Even as the Stanley Cup playoffs continue, it's hard not to notice several situations that could produce a flurry of trade activity in the early offseason, particularly come the NHL draft.
In fact, Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill told USA Today's Kevin Allen he believes there could be "a lot of moves" made over the two-day draft in Philadelphia.
Allen's article notes seven teams who could be motivated to make a move, including the Florida Panthers, who hold the No. 1 overall pick and the only guarantee of selecting highly touted defenseman Aaron Ekblad. Add in the new GMs for the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins (whoever those last two GMs turn out to be), who will likely look to re-shape the rosters that forced out their predecessors, and there should be no shortage of names on the trading block -- and some high profile names at that. Here's a look at some of the most prominent that have popped up recently, starting with one that won't be read until June 27: