Welcome to the 2011 Trade Deadline blog at nhl.com! We are 27 days away from one of every hockey fan's favorite days on the calendar -- Trade Deadline Day.
Last season Trade Deadline Day brought plenty of volume but little in the way of star power changing teams, though Anaheim's addition of Lubomir Visnovsky has proven to be a great one for this season -- he's currently second among NHL defensemen in points.
The big blockbuster of 2010 happened nearly a month before the deadline when the New Jersey Devils added Ilya Kovalchuk from the Altanta Thrashers. Will there be star players on the move this month? Atlanta has traded the best player two of the past three years (Marian Hossa in 2008), but the Thrashers are now contending for a playoff spot in the East and aren't likely to be dealing away top players anytime soon.
During the next four weeks we will be tracking the latest in trade news and rumors, and posting some stories, analysis and interviews on this blog. First up is going to be a quick rundown of each of the 30 teams, broken up by division, and where each might stand as trade deadline day approaches. Check back during the next couple days to see posts on each division.
Whether your favorite team is buying, selling or not quite sure which way to go yet, it is sure to be an exciting month of anticipation and most importantly, trades! We'll try to keep you updated on all the bartering going on around the League.