NHL Trade Deadline: 4 Teams That Got Worse

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NHL Trade Deadline: 4 Teams That Got Worse
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The trade deadline usually separates teams into one of two categories. The good teams, the ones that are looking at a playoff berth, become buyers. The not-so-good teams, the lousy ones, they become sellers.

The buyers are looking to bolster their respective rosters, and fill in any weaknesses that may hurt them in the playoffs. The sellers are looking to dump higher-paid players, soon-to-be free agents and older players in order to build for the future.

Unfortunately, both sides sometimes come off on the losing end of a trade. After all, no one's thinking perfectly clear with a deadline closing in on him.

Here are the four teams that got worse from the 2012 trade deadline.

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