NHL Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Players Most Likely To Be Traded

The NHL Trade Deadline approaches and by this time on Monday, there could be a number of players suiting up for new teams. Among the most likely of teams to be in on the action this week, the Eastern Conference in the NHL is providing a lot of good value.

The New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes are just a few of the teams with multiple players on the trade chart and looking to clear assets. Players like Rick Nash, Erik Karlsson, and Mike Green would be among the most coveted players potentially available and fans should expect most of these names to move if not all of them to be on the way out.

These three players aren't everyone though. Here are some of the most notable names from the Eastern Conference to keep an eye on.

New York Rangers

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One of the teams many fans are watching is the New York Rangers. They'd been teetering on the verge of reshaping the organization for a while but when they sent a letter to their fanbase thanking them for their patience and explaining their plan moving forward, that was the official sign that the team was going to be moving players.

At the top of the list is veteran forward Rick Nash. He's one of the players most expect to go and the Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues or Vegas Golden Knights could be interested teams. Also on the rumor list out of New York is Michael Grabner and Ryan McDonagh.

Grabner could be the steal of the deadline considering he only makes $1.69 million and McDonagh is the type of player who will go for a valued return.

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Ottawa Senators

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The Ottawa Senators were another team rumored to be making sweeping changes but where things got really interesting is the news that the Sens might be willing to move Erik Karlsson by the deadline.

He's one of the top-three best defensemen in the NHL and if he goes, it will be for a king's ransom. Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, Zack Smith, Bobby Ryan and J-G Pageau are also high on the list of players to watch. The Senators could rule the deadline and look extremely different for next season.

Detroit Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings are going to rebuild. As such, offensive defenseman Mike Green is available and the Tampa Bay Lighting is leading the way in terms of acquiring him. He's already agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go there so it might be a matter of time.

Detroit may also move Luke Glendening, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. If clubs are looking to pick up pieces without having to move a lot to acquire them, Detroit could be busy.

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Buffalo Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres always seem to be a team to keep an eye on at each year's respective deadline. This year is no different as the team is rumored to be looking at shipping out Evander Kane, Benoit Pouliot and Robin Lehner (although Lehner is less likely).

Kane is the player to watch out of Buffalo but the question is, will any team meet the Sabres asking price? It appears they want three solid pieces for Kane and that could be hard to obtain considering Kane comes with a lot of baggage. Pouliot seems like an easier piece to move. He's had a surprisingly good season and a low salary of $1.15 million.

Carolina Hurricanes

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The Hurricanes should be busy as both Jeff Skinner, Derek Ryan and Cam Ward could be player who find a new home after Monday's deadline. Skinner would be a strong acquisition for a team looking for top-line scoring on at left wing and Justin Faulk might be a reclamation project for a team willing to take a chance on a former potential Norris Trophy d-man who has struggled the last couple seasons.

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