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Drafting 101

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com
Feeding Frenzy
02.24.2009 / 5:18 PM

Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster, now a NHL Radio Insider, has been through a few trade deadlines during his five seasons as the Lightning's GM, as well his time as the team's assistant GM.

So, he has a feel for what will unfold in the next eight days as we storm toward the March 4 deadline.

Some have predicted that this year's deadline will be soft on action, featuring far fewer than the 20-plus deals we have seen for each of the past three years. Feaster agrees, but only to a point.

"I don't know that we will get the big splash or that we will get to 25 trades this year, but we will be active," he says. "I think there are enough sellers, especially in the East, and even in the West now; some teams are starting to feel a little more separation at the bottom."

-- Shawn P. Roarke


Sens-ing a Change in Ottawa

02.24.2009 / 11:22 AM

While everyone expects Toronto GM Brian Burke to be the central figure at this year's deadline, he may get a good deal of competition from a traditional Toronto rival -- the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray is a realist and he knows his team will have to pull off a minor miracle to keep alive a run of 11-straight postseason berths. Entering Tuesday night's game against Carolina, the Sens sit in 12th place, 15 points out of the eight-team playoff picture with just 24 games remaining in the season.

-- Shawn P. Roarke

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