Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic knows his team needs to make multiple moves in order to changes its fortunes around, but with the fate of club's 2016-17 season pretty much sealed, focus has turned towards next season and beyond.
Sakic is expected to move veteran star Jarome Iginla prior to the March 1 trade deadline, but the 39-year-old right wing won't be the only player the Avs part with this season.
Trade chatter surrounding young stars Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene will escalate in the coming weeks, though a move involving either player is not guaranteed, especially prior to the trade deadline.
But the club knows a shakeup is required, and as the Denver Post recently reported, team chemistry is not where it should be.
Landeskog, the club's 24-year-old captain, has four years left on his contract beyond this season, while the 25-year-old Duchene has two-years remaining.
Separate league sources have also suggested goaltender Semyon Varlamov could be moved if the right deal presented itself, though such a trade is not yet on the horizon.
Duchene and Landeskog are the club's most marketable players -- outside of Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie, neither of whom are up for grabs -- and it would take a blockbuster deal to part with either player, but inquiries have been made and interest will increase.
The Avs have wanted to bolster its blueline, but it's unclear if the team will swap out a young star forward for a young star defenseman, similar to when the Columbus Blue Jackets moved center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Seth Jones last season.
Center John Mitchell and rearguard Fedor Tyutin could also be moved prior to this season's trade deadline, as they are both in the final year of their respective contracts.