Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/06/13 at 05:21 PM ET
The NHL on TSN has identified six urgent matters facing teams now that the lockout is over. Some are certainly more glamorous than others, but all will impact the rosters that teams put on the ice this season....
Canvassing the Trade Market
There are several good and expensive players scheduled to hit the unrestricted free agent market this summer. Under the new CBA and its lower cap ceiling, their current teams may not be able to afford them and could look to make deals before the trade deadline. Players on this list include Nicklas Backstrom (Minnesota), Alex Edler (Vancouver), Mike Smith (Phoenix),Joffrey Lupul (Toronto), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Corey Perry (Anaheim), Mike Ribeiro (Washington) and Jarome Iginla (Calgary). The rumor mill will be churning, especially if the Ducks feel like they won't be able to re-sign Perry and/or Getzlaf.
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