The official trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. and the New Jersey Devils could use an addition. Losers of four straight, they sit precariously in the seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with the New York Islanders tied with them in eighth place and the Rangers just two points back with a game at hand.
It's going to be an exciting home stretch for hockey fans in the New York City metro area. Because the Toronto Maple Leafs may be out of reach in sixth place, it looks like there are just two spots for the area's three teams.
The Devils have already re-traded for Alexei Ponikarovsky and acquired forward Andrei Loktionov, both moves coming earlier in the season. Loktionov has proven himself well worth the flyer with 11 points in 19 games with the team.
But there is no doubt this team lacks scoring punch and features a less-than-dynamic top six forward group. They have an overabundance of capable defenseman that could provide value in a trade scenario. However, General Manager Lou Lamoriello could see the recent return of Dainius Zubrus and eventually Ilya Kovalchuk as the roster boosts the Devils are looking for, and elect to remain quiet.
Regardless of what New Jersey decides to do, there have been recent moves across the Eastern Conference landscape that have implications in the Devils' universe. Frankly, they are causes for concern for a team that is a disturbing 6-10-6 in the past six weeks.
Because the salary cap is set to lower next season teams are weary of trading for players whose contracts extend beyond 2013.
Here are four moves that should have Devils and their fans tossing and turning in their sleep.