It's a strange time to post a trade list just before free agency, given there are a number of players to be had for free (overpaid, but no assets given up), but in reviewing the UFA's it's clear there isn't a ton of top line players out there, so this list is for those who either fall short in free agency, or are interested in a different piece. The Blues The team currently have 16 full-time NHL forwards, and 9 d-men, and the team is over the cap with these players. As such, likely two of their top rated players will be moved from amongst a number of top 6 forwards and one top 4 d-man. All ratings referenced are for next season and 2019 draft picks suit me fine: FORWARDS Kyle Turris (C): Finally landed my Sens center, and then he is traded! Remains a solid scoring center in all aspects. 28 years old $6.4M. Key ratings: PA-83, SC-72, PH-79, DI-89, PH-79. Looking for a 1st round pick and blue-chip prospect. Zach Parise (LW/RW): An injury riddled campaign last year has only dulled his rating slightly. He remains a bonafide top 6 winger with a top notch scoring rating. 33 years old $7.5M. Key ratings: SC-86, PH-76, PS-76, SK-84, LD-87. Looking for a high pick or prospect. Wayne Simmonds (RW): It hurts to consider this move, but there have been several inquiries. A beast power forward. 29 years old $3.975M. Key ratings: SC-83, PA-74, CK-82, SK-84, PH-87, DF-73, LD-81. Can be used everywhere. Looking for a 1st rounder plus a blue-chip prospect. Patrick Maroon (LW). A true power forwardwho produced extremely well after his trade to the NHL Devils. 30 years old, $3.25M Key ratings: SC-74, PA-77, CK-85, ST-86, PH-78. Defensive d-man Nikita Zaitsev. Yes, the whipping boy of Leafs fans, but hard to deny his stalwart defensive rating. As long Babcock continues to use him as one of his shutdown d-men (who else would he use!?), Zaitsev will remain an extremely valuable piece in a top 4. 26 years old, $4.5M. Key ratings: DF-91, CK-84, DI-92, ST-74. Looking for a high pick or solid prospect. GOALIE Mike Smith. I like Smith just fine (78OV), but if I could swap him for a younger cheaper goalie than what Smith is at ($5.75M) I’d add a decent piece to the deal, depending on the goalie coming back.