With the 2013 NHL season half way through its 48 game schedule, the trade deadline is just around the corner. This year the deadline is on April 3, and there are many teams looking to not only buy, but also to sell. I’m going to go through the Eastern Conference with what I think each team needs to do.
Montreal Canadiens: The Montreal Canadiens are sitting pretty, tied atop of the Northeast Division with a record of 20-7-5 and 45 points. The Canadiens at the beginning of the year, were the talk of the hockey world with star P.K. Subban holding out for a new contract. Now that GM Marc Bergevin has his star on the team, the Canadiens are moving full steam ahead. The team has been very lucky injury wise. The two main injuries right now are Brandon Prust, and Rene Bourque, with those two guys out, the team may look at spending money to add depth to make a deep playoff run.
Boston Bruins: The Bruins like the Canadiens are atop of the Northeast Division with a record of 21-7-3 and 45 points. The Bruins are clearly the team to beat in the division and could be the team to knock out the Penguins in the playoffs, if they make it to the conference finals. The Bruins are a team that has been surrounded with the rumors of Jerome Iginla leaving Calgary for bean town. The Bruins would be interested in Iginla, if the asking price is right. If they need to give a lot of prospects or the asking price is too high, look for the Bruins to stay with the team they have now.
Ottawa Senators: The Sens have been plagued with injuries. Erik Karlsson, the teams top defensemen suffered a severed Achilles tendon earlier this season and is expected to miss the remainder of the year. The Sens also have Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Craig Anderson all on injured reserve. The Senators should look at adding a top six forward, however if GM Paul Holmgren has to give away a top prospect or young player, look for the Senators to stay with what they got.
Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs have been very solid so far this year, with a record of 18-12-4 and 40 points. In a tough division where as of right now, four of the five northeast teams are in the playoffs, the Leafs have held their own. The leafs are in need of a top line center. If the Capitals decide to let go of Mike Ribeiro, who will be a free agent in July, the Leafs could snatch him up for the right price. Toronto also could use another to defensemen to round out that corps, if someone is available they might open the checkbook.
Buffalo Sabres: The Buffalo Sabres besides the Panthers, Lightning, and Flyers could be the most disappointing teams in the east. With the team slumping early in the season, the team made a change letting go of veteran head coach Lindy Ruff. Ryan Miller is another player that is the team says that he is available could be snatched up quickly. According to NHL.com, Forwards Steve Ott, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville could be on the market, as well as defensemen Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold. The Sabres won’t make the playoff this year, so look for the team to be sellers rather than buyers.