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Looking West At The Trade Deadline

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com is here to offer you a trade deadline primer, a look at all 30 teams and what they potentially could do before the final buzzer sounds on this year's trading season.

Here is a peak into the 15 teams in the Western Conference...

Dallas Stars- GM Joe Nieuwendyk is in a precarious position. On one hand, his team is not out of the race and getting into the playoffs would be a big deal for the organization. However, Nieuwendyk also has to determine if it's worth hanging on to players like Brenden Morrow, Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy the way he did Brad Richards a few years ago. Richards stayed in Dallas because the Stars thought they could get into the playoffs. They didn't make it and Richards left, leaving Dallas with nothing in return. Nieuwendyk likely would not want to allow the same thing to happen.

Edmoton Oilers- The dilemma facing Oilers GM Steve Tambellini isn't much of a dilemma at all. Instead of playing out the string and hoping to win the draft lottery again, the Oilers are in the playoff chase. Tambellini told NHL.com he would add, even a rental player, to bolster his roster. Perhaps he looks to add a top-four defenseman, but those players will come at a price the Oilers may not be willing to pay (draft picks, prospects). If he can add without subtracting from the goal of building a consistent winner, he will. If not, Edmonton could stand pat.

read on for 13 more Western Conference teams...

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Vladimir16's avatar

Detroit could use a big, physical defenseman in the worst way

Yeah, no sh!t

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/21/13 at 03:50 PM ET


I can’t understand why everyone seems to be ignoring Detroit’s most pressing need.  Other than the two games against Vancouver Detroit is averaging 1.7 goals for in the last ten games.

Detroit needs someone who can put the puck in the net.  They’ve only given up 2.07 goals against in the last 14 games.

In the long run, obviously, the need is a top four (really, top two) defenseman, but the need right now, above everything else, is goal scoring.

In the meantime, I propose a rentals-for-rentals swap:  White and Filppula (or Cleary, if Doug Wilson has recently been hit in the head) for Douglas Murray and Ryan Clowe.

Posted by Garth on 03/21/13 at 04:09 PM ET

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