TRAIKOS: Cap space could be the No. 1 trade commodity at this year’s NHL deadline

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Michael Traikos

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Ranked just below Nashville’s Mattias Ekholm and ahead of St. Louis’ Vince Dunn on TSN’s ‘Trade Bait’ board is the one thing that all Stanley Cup contenders are looking for at this year’s deadline.

No, it’s not a goal-scoring winger or a heart-and-soul veteran who plays with grit and determination. Nor is it someone who has the versatility of being able to kill penalties and move up and down in the lineup as needed.

Forget about Taylor Hall or Nick Foligno or David Savard.

Forget about players, in general.

The 12th-ranked item on TSN’s list was “Chicago’s Cap Space.” Ask any general manager and they will tell that it should be ranked a lot higher.

That’s how valuable cap space has become this year.

After all, it’s one thing to have the assets required to acquire a rental player such as Hall, Foligno or Savard in a trade. But it’s another to actually have the cap space required to add that player into the lineup.

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