Ranking the GMs on the Hot Seat as 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Looms

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Ranking the GMs on the Hot Seat as 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Looms
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The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday and a lot of general managers are under immense pressure to make a trade or two to improve their roster for this season or the future.

We have not seen too many trades this season, and the high amount of teams still in the playoff race has a lot to with this. Very few general managers want to give up on the season and become sellers when just a couple wins could get their team back into the playoff picture.

Even if they are small and don't include any star players, moves made at the deadline can have a tremendous impact on who wins the Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings, who are the last two Stanley Cup champions, both made trade deadline moves that greatly affected their playoff success.

Let's look at the seven general managers who are facing the most pressure to make the correct moves at the deadline.

Note: Hot Seat refers to general managers under a lot of pressure to make a move(s) for playoffs, as well as GMs who need a good deadline to prevent the possibility of being fired in the offseason.

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