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The NHL's Northeast Division At The 2011 Trade Deadline: Rumors And Expectations

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Boston Bruins At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

After acquiring both defenseman Tomas Kaberle from the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Rich Peverly from the Atlanta Thrashers on February 19th, the Bruins salary cap has been officially topped out. But just as importantly, they aggressively addressed the need for defense.

If the Bruins can stay ahead of Montreal for the remainder of the season and win the division, they ought to be sitting pretty for playoffs. That doesn't mean that can't make any more trades; it just makes it appear less likely that they will.

Status: Buyer

Need: None - topped out by the salary cap

Players On The Block: No one in particular

Prediction: They may make a minor move before the trade deadline, but the Bruins are likely done trading for the season. Still, if they're able to trade a high salary guy for some cheaper parts, that could happen. Chances are, they're not doing anything more, however.

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Buffalo Sabres At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

The Sabres are five points out of the final eighth spot in the Eastern Conference behind the Carolina Hurricanes. With new ownership finally in place, this team will be going through some big changes. Their next two games will be crucial in determining whether this team will make a run at that final spot by making a trade or two, or if they'll start a fire sale trying to get rid of everyone they can.

Status: On The Bubble

Need: Powerplay quarterback, defensive depth, depth at center

Players On The Block: Tim Connolly ($4.5 million), Craig Rivet ($3.5 million)

Prediction: After putting their captain Rivet on waivers, this team is showing that it means business. Look for the Sabres to try to swing a deal any way they can to bolster up their weak spots. If the team loses its next two games before the trade deadline, more than just Connolly and Rivet will be on the block.

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Montreal Canadiens At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

Four points behind the Boston Bruins in the standings, Les Canadiens are looking to better themselves - and to better the Bruins. They'd like to see themselves take over that top position in the conference, instead of languishing in second place.

However, thus far the team is fairly happy with the player personnel that they have. And who can blame them? They did more with less last season. However, this is a team that loves the quick fix, so they might still make a big splash.

Status: Buyer

Need: Scoring, defensive depth

Players On The Block: No one in particular

Prediction: Les Habs will make a trade if it suits them, but they're going to be picky about it. They think they can do well enough with who they have. So unless a really sweet deal comes their way, watch for the Canadiens to listen for the wooshing noise of the trade deadline flying by.

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Ottawa Senators At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

The Senators are officially done for the season, and they aren't being shy about it. Pretty much any team can have just about any player they have - for a price, of course. Can "deliberately tanking" be a trade deadline strategy? Free agency is where the Senators will make a serious splash. But until then, they'll just have to bide their time and ship out as many players as possible. There's not many left, so they might be done before Monday.

Status: Selle

Need: Everything and nothing

Players On The Block: Everyone must go! (Except for maybe Chris Phillips....)

Prediction: The Senators will offload anyone and everyone they can so that they can start fresh in the offseason with free agency. What will be interesting to see is who is left with the team by then, and what direction they'll take in rebuilding.

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Toronto Maple Leafs At The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline: Rumors, Needs And Expectations

Six points out of a playoffs spot, the Leafs still have a legitimate chance at the post season. But only if a lot of things go right for them between now and the end of the season. And the Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is nothing if a realist. But is he the glass half-full realist, or the glass is half-empty type? The trade deadline will reveal all.

Status: On The Bubble

Need: Puck-moving defenseman

Players On The Block: Clarke MacArthur ($1.1 million)

Prediction: The Leafs likely aren't done yet. Look for Burke to pull the trigger and get at least some depth. He'll be trying to work a deal up until the last minute, so you just never know what might happen. This is the time of year he lives for, so either to build or to make a run, Burke will make things happen.

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