NHL training camps for the 2022-23 season open for the 32 teams on Sept. 21 and 22. Their respective general managers and coaches will be evaluating their rosters looking for areas of strength and weakness as they prepare for the start of the regular season in October.

Several teams sitting above the $82.5 million salary cap for the coming season will also be looking to shed salaries. They can remain over the cap by 10 percent during training camp and preseason but must be cap compliant when their respective regular-season schedules begin next month.

Some teams, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs, must get under the cap once they've signed all their remaining restricted free agents. Others, like the New York Rangers, could be looking to move out a player for other reasons.

Here are five NHL trades that could occur before training camp opens later this week based on recent trade rumors. Feel free to express your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.

 

Dallas Stars Might Attempt to Move Anton Khudobin

Two years ago, Anton Khudobin had a new three-year contract in hand after backstopping the Dallas Stars to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Perhaps before the start of training camp or the start of the coming season, he could be playing for a different team.

The Stars are hoping to get Jason Robertson under contract when training camp opens next week. The 23-year-old winger is a restricted free agent who is coming off a career-best performance of 41 goals and 79 points. He'll be seeking a significant pay raise coming off his entry-level contract.

Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News speculated on Sept. 13 that Robertson could get a three or four-year deal worth an annual salary-cap hit of $7 million. With $6.3 million in cap space, the Stars could be forced to make a cost-cutting trade to accommodate Robertson's new contract.

DeFranks suggested Khudobin or Radek Faksa as trade options. While the 36-year-old goaltender is returning from offseason hip surgery, he could draw interest from clubs looking for experienced and affordable goaltending depth. He's signed to the end of this season with an average annual value of $3.3 million.

 

Edmonton Oilers Could Trade Jesse Puljujarvi

Jesse Puljujarvi avoided arbitration with the Edmonton Oilers by signing a one-year, $3 million contract on July 26. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old winger remains the subject of frequent trade speculation. The Oilers must shed salary to make room for a new contract for restricted free agent Ryan McLeod.

Chosen fourth overall by the Oilers in the 2016 NHL draft, Puljujarvi has struggled to meet expectations as a scorer. He's totaled just 46 goals and 98 points in 259 regular-season games and five points in 20 playoff contests.

On Sept. 8, The Athletic's Daniel Nugent-Bowman reported Puljujarvi, winger Warren Foegele and defenseman Tyson Barrie were considered to be trade options. Four days later, TSN's Ryan Rishaug tweeted the Oilers continued to pursue all trade options for Puljujarvi to clear some cap space.

Puljujarvi could be enticing to some teams as a potential reclamation project. His cap hit might prove difficult to move given most clubs have limited cap room but there could be someone willing to take the chance.