The NHL trade deadline is less than a week away and teams willing to deal have some potentially intriguing options.
Most franchises might be idle or severely limited because 18 teams have $1 million or less of salary cap space available, and the ceiling for what they can spend will not go up next season.
By the afternoon of April 12, though, some familiar faces will likely change places. In most if not all cases, the traded players will leave teams with little hope of hoisting the Stanley Cup to franchises with a shot to contend for the coveted prize.
Here's a look at some of the top players who appear to be available — for the right price — in the days leading to the deadline:
The 29-year-old forward bet on himself, signing a one-year deal for $8 million with Buffalo after turning down longer-term offers from numerous teams. It hasn't worked out for him or the Sabres. Hall has scored just two goals and has 19 points in 37 games for the league’s last-place team.
A contending team, though, would be happy to acquire the 2018 NHL MVP with 220 career goals and 582 points since Edmonton drafted him No. 1 overall in 2010. In another city, Hall would also be especially motivated to showcase his skills before becoming a free agent again this summer.