There is potential for this to be the "summer of the blockbuster" because of the new team being added, but also because of the long list of names being bandied about in rumours. We're talking star players, support players, you name it — the temperature is about right for an off-season of massive change.
"This is by far the most interesting and juicy off-season in hockey history between the depth and quality of players that are on the trade board, the deep free-agent class and you factor in the expansion draft as well," Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli told 590 the FAN's Lead Off. "There's going to be a lot of player movement over the next 15-20 days that really reshapes the look of this league."
With that, we turn to our list of off-season trade candidates, which currently runs 25 names deep:
Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings
Cap hit: N/A (RFA)
Status: One year away from being UFA-eligible
2020-21 stats: 9 GP | 5 G | 2 A
The skinny: The Maple Leafs have been rumoured to have interest in Bertuzzi, possibly as a replacement for Zach Hyman if he leaves in free agency. But if Toronto is interested, you know other teams will be, too. The Wings may decide they want to keep Bertuzzi, who had back-to-back 20-goal seasons before this injury shortened year and brings the kind of jam teams want. But does he fit in to Detroit's long-term plan given he'll be 27 next season?
a bunch more names...