Predicting the Top Buyers and Sellers at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline

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Predicting the Top Buyers and Sellers at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline
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The Buffalo should be prime sellers prior to the trade deadline.

The trade deadline can be one of the prime moments for teams to improve themselves in two ways.

Teams that are on the outside of the playoffs looking in can trade veteran players who will make other teams better and get draft picks and prospects in return. A better tomorrow for the teams that are suffering today.

Teams that are likely playoff participants can improve or at least fine-tune their rosters so they are stronger once the puck drops in the postseason.

This season, matters are complicated by the truncated 48-game schedule and next year's $64.3 million salary cap. The shortened season means that more teams think they are still in playoff consideration, while next year's reduced cap means that taking on additional salary could create huge problems next year.

Here's a look at the teams that should be most active through the April 3 trade deadline.

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