We're jumping out of the Olympic furnace and into the trade deadline fire.
Nary a beat has been missed since the end of the Sochi Games and the real start of the trade deadline frenzy. In the days leading up to Wednesday's deadline, names will be thrown about like so much confetti. Often it's much ado about nothing, and the trades that do get made don't guarantee success of any kind.
That said, here's a look at the 10 most intriguing names you'd better get used to hearing in the coming days.
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Our guess: St. Louis remains a Bolt until at least the draft.
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks
This is a similar story to the St. Louis situation, with former Frank J. Selke Trophy winner Kesler seemingly ready to move on but the Canucks likely asking for maximum return value for a top asset, given that they're in the middle of the playoff picture. Still, as our good friend Pierre LeBrun reported some time ago, the Canucks are considering remaking themselves on the fly, so moving a core player in favor of younger assets fits the long-term plan. Kesler would be a Grade A acquisition for any team looking to make a long run, especially in the tough-as-nails Western Conference. The center has an injured hand that kept him out of Wednesday's win over the Blues, so that's an issue. He has two years left on a deal that pays him $5 million (same cap hit), and that number makes him more attractive to many teams, as opposed to being a straight rental player. He also has a no-trade clause, and a deal might be easier to do at the draft.
Our guess: Kesler stays in Vancouver, for the time being.