Each NHL Team's Biggest Need Heading into the Trade Deadline

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Each NHL Team's Biggest Need Heading into the Trade Deadline
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The biggest story of the 2013 NHL trading deadline is all written but the epilogue. The prevalent theme of that chapter shall surround the moves or attempted moves by teams other than the most logical Stanley Cup favorites.

With less than five days remaining until the deadline and a sustained lopsided discrepancy between prospective buyers and sellers, "attempted" will be appended in many cases. However, even with a shallow quantity of results, the buildup need not lack any compelling or competitive element.

Barely a handful of teams are either good enough to not require significant additives or shriveled enough to be as good as eliminated from playoff qualification. Even sellers, though, can have needs that they might as well begin to address late this season as a means of early preparation for 2013-14.

Whether they fall into one of those extremes or the populous middle ground, the state of every NHL team on the cusp of the trade deadline is assessed as follows.

All statistical information for this slideshow was found via nhl.com, and all free-agent and salary-related information was found via capgeek.com

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