Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/20/13 at 08:50 PM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Chiarelli, Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks and Steve Tambellini of the Edmonton Oilers all told NHL.com that as of Wednesday they are looking to add before the deadline. And they represent only a small sampling of managers who without question are looking to bolster their rosters for a playoff push.
The Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets are all in that mix.
Predators general manager David Poile went on NHL Network and said his 13th place team is hoping to be a buyer.
If there are that many buyers as of now, that means there are fewer sellers. Even the teams that could turn into sellers by April 3 haven't been able to determine that. That's why Rutherford said teams are going to pay a premium for players.
"I don't think guys are going to want to trade players away until they're out of the race, and as it is now, certainly in the West, you could make an argument that almost every team is still in it," Bowman told NHL.com. "So it's going to be tight."
But there are some teams that want to factor realism into their trade-deadline plans. In particular, Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said his goal with any move would be to make the club better for next season and beyond.
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