The NHL trade season is almost upon us. Wait -- didn't the season just start? Yes, but that's what happens when you play only 48 games. April 3 is the deadline, so teams don't have much time to decide whether their unrestricted free agents need to be moved. The biggest names:

5. Daniel Alfredsson » It would be a shame to see the longtime Ottawa player in another uniform. But given their disastrous injury situation, it might be best for the Senators to cash in the 40-year-old Alfredsson.

4. Mike Ribeiro » He has been exactly as advertised for the Capitals -- a second top center. But after years of trying to fill that hole, would Washington really give him up? Only if it decided a short-term rebuild was in order.

3. Ryan Getzlaf » One of two key Anaheim players headed to free agency, Getzlaf is a top-tier center, and those are precious commodities on the open market. But the Ducks are playing so well that trading him might be impossible.

2. Jarome Iginla » He's another player hard to see in another uniform. But Calgary is a borderline playoff team with no shot at a Stanley Cup. It's time to retool, and selling its star winger to a contender is the place to start.

1. Corey Perry » At just 27, he's a former Hart Trophy winner and a tough-as-nails goal scorer at right wing with plenty of grit in his game. Again, the Ducks are playing well, but the risk is he will find the money this summer from a higher profile club too hard to ignore.

- Brian McNally