Eight NHL trades that make sense

What sort of bounty could the Avalanche secure if they were willing to trade Matt Duchene before the deadline? Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Clearly the league’s general managers need a little assistance. Here it is, mid-February, and we still don’t have a trade to sink our teeth into. They’ve got the coach-firing thing down pat. No help needed there.

But trades? That is apparently asking too much.

“It’s the hardest market to read,” said one Eastern Conference GM this week.

So I'm here to help. Maybe spark an idea.

Here are eight trades that I think work well for both sides in some form. But let’s be clear, these are just suggestions. These aren’t rumors. These aren’t necessarily conversations being held. But there’s also an effort to make them realistic.

Let’s dive in: