Hockey Prospectus is taking a look at the NHL division by division and suggesting ways each team should approach the forthcoming trade deadline.
April 3 marks the NHL's trade deadline, and every team in the league -- both the playoff-bound and those likely headed to the draft lottery -- has needs to address. To prepare for the final flurry of transactions, we're going team by team to see which players could help fill some holes on contenders or provide some foundational stability for teams building for next season and beyond.
One statistic you'll come across in the analysis below is GVT, the main player-valuation metric used by Hockey Prospectus. All numbers here are accurate as of the morning of March 25.
Like most of the NHL, the Atlantic Division is a muddle that may not make itself fully clear until the last week or two of the truncated season. The Penguins are the odds-on favorites to walk away with the division's -- if not the Eastern Conference's -- top seed, but the other four teams could shake out in any order.
New York Rangers