12 NHL Stars Who Could Be On The Move This Summer

If the 2016 NHL off-season were a team or player, you might see talking heads bloviating about how it was being snubbed and overlooked. With the possible exception of Steven Stamkos' free agency and the Auston Matthews-led draft class, the focus of many hockey fans and observers has already shifted towards next season and beyond on account of the looming possibility of incoming expansion and a loaded 2017 free agent class.

But let's hold on here for just a second. Before dreaming about the prospect of your team landing a Jamie Benn or Kevin Shattenkirk next summer, you might want to take a closer look at the present NHL environment. We are coming off a season in which every Canadian team - along with their fervent fan bases - fell short of the postseason, bringing calls for change from coast to coast across the country. Where clubs like the Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets could typically flounder without much external impetus for overhaul, all seven clubs situated north of the border will face pressure to do something.

Then there are the other franchises in varying states of transition. The Blackhawks and Kings are perennial contenders who might need an injection of new blood to extend their dominance, the Capitals and Ducks under-performed in the playoffs and may face the possibility of a shakeup and the Panthers and Stars might need some additional reinforcements as they continue their ascendance. With a number of clubs motivated to take some kind of action, there could be a combustible cocktail that allows this year's off-season to be a meaty one filled with movement. But just who might be changing jerseys and zip codes? Let's take a look:

12 Dan Hamhuis

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11 Andrew Ladd

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10 Mikkel Boedker

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9 Milan Lucic

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8 Eric Staal

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7 Dustin Byfuglien

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6 Ben Bishop

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5 David Backes

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4 Mark Giordano

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3 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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2 Steven Stamkos

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1 P.K. Subban

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Could everyone's favorite lightning rod possibly leave Montreal with seven years to go on his contract? Far-fetched as it seems, Habs GM Marc Bergevin is currently exploring any way of making his club better in light of a disastrous 2015-16 campaign that began with Stanley Cup aspirations and ended outside the playoff bubble. Enter Subban, whose status in Montreal has always been strangely tenuous and who cannot be moved once his new deal kicks in on July 1st. Bergevin is free to make a move before then and whispers of a trade for Taylor Hall have already begun.

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12 NHL Stars Who Could Be On The Move This Summer