This is the first in a series of stories as NHL.com looks ahead to the 2011 Trade Deadline, which comes Feb. 28. This week, NHL.com will go division by division to assess each team's potential needs, and who might be the big players as the deadline approaches.
For more than a decade, conversations about what New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello might do leading up to the trade deadline always were focused on which players he might add or which needs he might address to help the franchise prepare for another run at the Stanley Cup.
Lamoriello's team might be mentioned in a lot of articles leading up to the 2011 NHL trade deadline, but he likely will be in a different role. Given New Jersey's place in the League standings, the Devils likely will be one of the teams other clubs look to for players to help fortify a potential Cup bid.
It's a date that's been circled on my calendar, so it's kind of nice to have it here and get it over with (Thursday). This is a little bit of the closing of the book on the move. That's kind of how I'm looking at it.
— Stars forward Jason Spezza on returning to Ottawa for the first time to face the Senators