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by Paul on 06/10/14 at 09:37 AM ET
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
With so many players to keep an eye on this summer, we take a look at the top 10 trade candidates. Players who will become a UFA on July 1 (whose rights can be traded) do not qualify. Honorable mentions go to Kris Letang, Nail Yakupov, Brent Burns, Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner.
9. James Reimer
There doesn’t appear to be any way Reimer will return to the Maple Leafs next October, but the tricky part is finding a home for him. The Leafs, and their fans, should be prepared to receive only pennies for their one-time No. 1 since the goalie market is flooded with all kinds of goalies. The Calgary Flames are a potential destination and a few more are viable if they feel prepared to acquire Reimer as a backup (Tampa Bay, New Jersey). The goalie wants to be a starter in the NHL, but there don’t appear to be any fits for him in that role.
10. Evander Kane
I’m going to say it, even if I think this would be the most ridiculous move for the Winnipeg Jets to make. Kane has long been a part of all Winnipeg rumors, on account of money-stack phone mimes and allegations of skipping out on a restaurant bill. He clashed with former coach Claude Noel earlier last winter over a scratch/healthy scratch decision and was benched for an April game by Paul Maurice for breaking a team rule. More importantly, Kane had his worst season since his rookie year, scoring 19 goals and 41 points in 63 games, while the Jets again missed the playoffs. Kane, however, will only be 23 at the start of next season and is signed for four more years. Any team would jump at the chance to acquire Kane. Winnipeg better be careful with this one.
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