The Atlantic Division will be one to watch as we are within two days of the NHL Trade Deadline. The top five teams are all in a playoff spot and will look to stay there until the rest of the season. The race for the top three spots in the Atlantic will also be one of the hottest races in the NHL.
The Atlantic standings currently look like this:
1. Boston Bruins – 81 points
2. Montreal Canadiens – 75 points
3. Tampa Bay Lightning – 73 points
4. Toronto Maple Leafs – 72 points
5. Detroit Red Wings – 68 points
6. Ottawa Senators – 65 points
7. Florida Panthers – 53 points
8. Buffalo Sabres – 44 points
With the deadline close, the top teams will be looking to cement their spot at the least and move up if they can. The question is: Which team do the Leafs need to worry about the most? One team making a blockbuster acquisition could change everything.
The Sabres are selling off almost all their good assets so they don’t need to worry about them, at least for this year. The same can be said for the Panthers as they are primarily focused on the future as well.
The Senators are rumored to be in talks with the Sabres, most likely about either Matt Moulson or the newly-acquired Chris Stewart. As the only top team not in a playoff spot, the Senators are going to push hard to improve at the deadline. They may also move defenseman Chris Phillips if they can’t re-sign him.
The Lightning seem to be in a quandary of whether or not to trade Martin St. Louis. With them being one point ahead of the Leafs, Toronto fans are probably hoping that the Lightning don’t do much to improve.
The Canadiens have been rather quiet in the past few weeks. The only name really being talked about is Andrei Markov and the Habs would rather re-sign him. They probably won’t do anything drastic.
The one thing that can be said about the Bruins is that they have been looking for a defenseman since Dennis Seidenberg went down. They are one of the teams that will look at acquiring Phillips from the Senators if they choose to move him.