Where does each team stand as the trade deadline approaches? Let's take a look around the League, one division at a time, and try to decipher which direction the teams might be leaning as the 3 p.m. deadline on Feb. 28 approaches. First up is the Atlantic Division, which features three of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the bottom feeders.
If the Flyers are confident in rookie Sergei Bobrovsky and one of last postseason's heroes, Brian Boucher, in net than Philadelphia doesn't really have any needs to address (and the record reflects that). There's enough cap room to do something if an injury occurs, but doing so would likely push some bonus money for James van Riemsdyk and Bobrovsky onto next year's cap. Verdict: STANDING PAT
GM Ray Shero has been very willing to wheel and deal as the deadline approaches during his tenure. The problem this season is a lack of cap space. Capgeek.com lists the Penguins as the team with the least amount of flexibility in the League, which means Shero is going to have to move some money out if he wants to make a move. Given the depth on defense (and lack of it up on the wing), expect Alex Goligoski's name to be in some trade rumors this month. Verdict: BUYERS
N.Y. RANGERS (29-20-3, 61 points)
The Rangers are probably going to want to see what the lineup looks like with some of the injured guys back before making any decisions, but the addition of Wojtek Wolski and a healthy Vinny Prospal is a boost up front. Count the Rangers as one of several teams who could be in the market for a veteran defenseman. Verdict: BUYERS
N.Y. ISLANDERS (15-27-7, 37 points)
Obviously the Islanders are still trying to build around John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, and Matt Moulson's three-year contract extension puts to rest any rumors that he might be one of the pending UFA forwards available this month. It could be a pretty quiet deadline for the Islanders, although Zenon Konopka could be a sneaky-good addition for someone as a fourth-line center who wins a lot of faceoffs and is willing to drop the gloves. Verdict: SELLERS
The Devils started to ascend from their disastrous start to the season with some strong play before the All-Star break. Now the question will be: Does GM Lou Lamiorello see this surge as a reason to keep the team intact, or was the first few months reason enough to make some changes? It might be tough to move some guys because of their contracts if Lamiorello wants to blow it up, but pending UFA Jason Arnott could be a hot commodity. Verdict: SELLERS
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4