If you don’t think the trade deadline is important when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup, take a look at the last two winners.
Prior to the 2011 trade deadline, the Boston Bruins added Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle. Peverley and Kelly played vital roles in the Bruins' Stanley Cup run and while Kaberle was a disappointment, he had a couple of decent moments for the Bruins.
Last year, the Los Angeles Kings felt good about their team but general manager Dean Lombardi knew his team needed more offense. He assessed his roster, swallowed hard and traded solid defenseman Jack Johnson and a 2013 first-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Jeff Carter.
The move turned out to be the right one because the Kings suddenly had the scoring they needed to make a successful Stanley Cup run. Carter would go on to score a team-high eight goals in the postseason as the Kings won their first championship.
With those scenarios in mind, let's look at each teams’ top trade asset as the April 3 trade deadline approaches.
(All salary information is courtesy of CapGeek.com.)