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 was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.
— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders