That said, it's time for our annual look at players with a chance of being traded, and what they would cost against the salary cap.
The players most likely to move are veterans that are set to become free agents after this season playing on teams with no hope of qualifying for the postseason. As of Monday, that list isn't a long one, but includes teams like Toronto, Edmonton, Florida, Ottawa, New Jersey and the New York Islanders, with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche very close to joining them. Those teams are loaded with players that fit the bill of a deadline rental for a playoff bound team.
Just as a reminder -- When an in-season trade is made the cap hit the team takes on is a pro-rated amount of the players average annual salary. The formula: The average yearly salary for the player, divided by the number of days in the season (186) and then multiplied by the number of days remaining in the season (41 days on deadline day).
And now, on to the list (all cap numbers come via CapGeek and are approximate)...
Now, of course, not all of these players will be traded by deadline day (some may not even be on the market). This is simply a look at players that fit the mold of a deadline rental as we sit two weeks away from the big day. There's also the complication of no-trade clauses, like the ones Tomas Kaberle, Chris Phillips and Tomas Vokoun have in their contracts.
If you're wondering where your team will sit on the 28th in terms of how much cap space it can take on, you can check out CapGeek to get an idea. The Vancouver Canucks look to have the least amount of space, while the Atlanta Thrashers have the most.