Now is the time for star players to step up and show why they are worth their millions of dollars in salary.
ESPN Insider has the latest news and notes from around the NHL.
With a player payroll among the league's lowest the Pens don't have much more room to slash salaries.
Jaromir Jagr has been on the block for about a year after failing to live up to expectations with the Capitals.
Capitals players haven't shown many signs of breaking out, so any trades will only serve to dump salaries.
A shakeup is reportedly on the way for the Islanders despite a respectable 7-4-2 start.
St. Louis has 72 hours to accept an arbitrator's award of $6.5 million in salary to leading scorer Pavol Demitra.
Trading captain Teppo Numminen probably won't be the last salary dump by the Coyotes for the 2003-04 season.
For players who don't choose arbitration, they risk extending contract disputes through training camp or into the season.
With the end of the collective bargaining agreement coming next summer, clubs don't want to add more rich contracts.