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Top 10 NHL Trade Deadline targets

Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog lead list of players who could be moved by March 1

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET on March 1 is fast approaching, and there could be many big names switching teams in the next two weeks. Here is a look at some of the most coveted players who could be on the move:

 

1. Matt Duchene , C, Colorado Avalanche -- Duchene's name has surfaced in trade rumors over the past few months while the Avalanche have plummeted to the bottom of the League standings. Duchene would provide a huge boost for any team looking to upgrade at center but his $6 million average annual salary could make it difficult for those up against the cap.

2. Gabriel Landeskog , LW, Colorado Avalanche -- One would have to think Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic would have to be blown away to part with his 24-year-old captain, but Landeskog will make $5,571,429 in each of the next four seasons, according to CapFriendly.com. Landeskog has had at least 52 points in four of the past five seasons.

3. Shane Doan , RW, Arizona Coyotes -- It's hard to envision Doan playing anywhere else but he could OK a trade to a Cup contender after 21 seasons with the same franchise. The 40-year-old has only played beyond the opening round of the playoffs once in his career (2012).

4. Jarome Iginla , RW, Colorado Avalanche -- Iginla is in the final year of his contract and has struggled this season (he had seven goals and eight assists in 54 games as of Feb. 14), but he could be an attractive option for a team looking for someone who has been through the rigors of the postseason. Iginla has 68 points in 81 playoff games.

5. Radim Vrbata , RW, Arizona Coyotes -- Vrbata's offensive production has slowed in recent years, but he is a two-time 30-goal scorer and could be a cheap rental. Vrbata can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

6. Thomas Vanek , LW, Detroit Red Wings -- The Red Wings have qualified for the playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons, a streak very much in danger of ending. General manager Ken Holland will likely field offers for Vanek before the deadline.

7. Patrick Sharp , RW, Dallas Stars -- Sharp is in the final year of his contract and has plenty of playoff experience, winning the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks.

8. Ryan Miller , G, Vancouver Canucks -- Miller, 36, ranks among the top 15 goalies in the NHL in save percentage who have played at least 30 games this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

9. Cam Fowler, D, Anaheim Ducks -- Fowler has one year remaining on a five-year, $20 million contract worth an average annual value of $4 million, according to CapFriendly.com. He has 11 goals and 20 assists in 63 games this season.

10. Mike Green, D, Detroit Red Wings -- Green, 31, has one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract worth an average annual value of $6 million. He has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 50 games this season.

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