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NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29921692 Trading block? Trading+block%3F NHL

The start of the NHL 2011 Entry Draft is nearly upon us and, as expected, rumors are ramping up over which established NHL stars could be on the move this weekend as teams commence wheeling and dealing in earnest. It remains to be seen how many players could be dealt, and those who are usually aren't a fixture in the rumor mill. Regardless, here's a look at some of the names that have been bandied about as possible trade candidates. -- Spector

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NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924281 Far-fetched? Far-fetched%3F NHL In addition, there's also been some wild Internet-generated speculation suggesting the Tampa Bay Lightning might trade Steven Stamkos, or the Los Angeles Kings could shop Drew Doughty if these players aren't re-signed by the entry draft weekend. Stamkos and Doughty are restricted free agents and if unsigned by July 1, could become targets for expensive offer sheets from rival clubs, which could prove too expensive for their current teams to match. While it remains to be seen how their respective contract situations shake out, disregard any suggestion of Stamkos and Doughty being traded this weekend. It's not going to happen. Noah Graham - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery10-JW_20110622134232531_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery10-JW_20110622134232531_107_80.JPG
NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924279 Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers Ales+Hemsky%2C+Edmonton+Oilers NHL The Oilers considered trading him leading up to February's trade deadline before shipping winger Dustin Penner to the Kings. Hemsky has one season remaining on his current contract and it is believed Oilers management could attempt to re-sign him either later this summer or early next season. That being said, there's no guarantee he sees himself in the Oilers long-term plans, so it's possible they could be open to moving him for the right offer. Jason O. Watson - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery9-JW_20110622134229528_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery9-JW_20110622134229528_107_80.JPG
NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924278 Brad Richards, Dallas Stars Brad+Richards%2C+Dallas+Stars NHL

He's not going to re-sign with the Stars, making him the best player potentially available in this summer's free-agent market. It's possible a rival club could make a pitch for his negotiating rights in hopes of re-signing him prior to his eligibility for UFA status on July 1, but such a move would need Richards' blessing as he has a “no-movement” clause in his current contract.

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NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924280 Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula, Detroit Red Wings Jiri+Hudler+and+Valtteri+Filppula%2C+Detroit+Red+Wings NHL

GM Ken Holland is expected to pursue a replacement for recently retired defenseman Brian Rafalski via free agency, but it's also possible he could seek a more affordable option via the trade route. Forwards Hudler [pictured] and Filppula are believed possible trade candidates. Holland might prefer to retain Filppula, but he'd have more trade value than Hudler, who struggled last season after returning from a year playing in the KHL.

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NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924275 Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild Brent+Burns%2C+Minnesota+Wild NHL GM Chuck Fletcher's recent claim he'd consider offers for everyone on his roster except Mikko Koivu has stoked speculation that Burns, the Wild's best defenseman, could be available. The Wild desperately need to bolster their scoring depth and if Burns signals his intent to test next summer's UFA market, he could be traded for a scoring forward. Anthony Gruppuso - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery6-JW_20110622134210521_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery6-JW_20110622134210521_107_80.JPG
NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924277 Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles Kings Jonathan+Quick+and+Jonathan+Bernier%2C+Los+Angeles+Kings NHL

It's believed the Kings are in the market for first-line scoring depth and given the lack of quality scorers in this summer's free-agent pool, they could instead look toward the trade market. Quick [pictured] and Bernier are oft-mentioned as possible trade candidates though it appears the Kings aren't in any hurry to move either goalie. Still, if they got the right offer, one of them could be on the move.

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NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924276 Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings Ryan+Smyth%2C+Los+Angeles+Kings NHL Smyth denied the initial report on Monday claiming he'd approached Kings management over a possible trade back to the Edmonton Oilers, but subsequent reports in the L.A. media claim the Kings and Oilers had discussed a deal involving Smyth. It remains to be seen if it occurs given Smyth's age, salary ($4.5 million with a cap hit of $6.25 million) and where he'd fit into the Oilers rebuilding plans, but this might be worth watching in the coming days. Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery4-JW_20110622134210522_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery4-JW_20110622134210522_107_80.JPG
NHL 142 43 Top NHL trade rumors 29924274 Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals Semyon+Varlamov%2C+Washington+Capitals NHL Injuries and the performance of Michal Neuvirth last season cost Varlamov the starting goalie job with the Caps last season and with promising Braden Holtby knocking on the door for next season, the Russian netminder could be the odd man out. He's reportedly attracting interest from KHL teams, but Varlamov's intent is to play in the NHL even if it is for less money than he could earn in Russia. Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery3-JW_20110622134210523_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2011/06/22/062211-NHL-Top-Trade-Targets-Gallery3-JW_20110622134210523_107_80.JPG
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