2013 NHL Trade Deadline: Teams That Need to Make Last-Minute Deals

Joshua AxelrodCorrespondent IApril 3, 2013

Both the Rangers and Capitals could use a last-minute trade to up their chanes of playoff success.
Both the Rangers and Capitals could use a last-minute trade to up their chanes of playoff success.Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

NHL teams still have time to bolster their rosters before the trade deadline officially ends at 3 p.m. ET. Some teams desperately need to make a move in order to stay competitive this season.

There are plenty of teams struggling for a playoff spot that may be missing the piece or two that could put them over the edge.  

Then there are the contenders that feel they need to constantly outdo each other to stay on top (see: the Pittsburgh Penguins acquiring Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames or the Boston Bruins getting Jaromir Jagr from the Dallas Stars).

With only a few hours left to put up or shut up, it is time for teams to decide how serious they are about making a 2013 playoff run. For several teams' postseason chances, they better do something and do it quickly.

New York Rangers

After making the Eastern Conference finals last year, the Rangers do not look like they have the potential for a playoff run right now.

At 17-15-3, they are fourth in the Atlantic Division and are still trying to solidify a playoff spot.

The Rangers need to stockpile a quality forward or two. They already got Ryane Clowe from the San Jose Sharks, but they might want to consider making another last-minute acquisition.

Coach John Tortorella has not been afraid to voice his concern about young players Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller, which means he sees the need for an upgrade at forward as well.

It appears that the Rangers are currently looking at Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, who Tortorella previously coached in Tampa Bay.

Whatever the Rangers do, they better do it fast in order to make a surge toward the playoffs.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are currently fourth in a stacked Northeast Division, but their 19-11-6 record has them easily in the playoffs right now.

Unfortunately, the injury bug has bitten Ottawa. Top defenseman Erik Karlsson and top forward Jason Spezza are both out for the season.

They may be surviving without them at the moment, but a trade could be what the Senators need to counteract these losses.

They could use goaltender Ben Bishop as trade bait to lure in some talent. So far, the only player the Senators have been linked with is Flames winger Curtis Glencross.

Ottawa may want to use these last few hours to round out its roster.

Washington Capitals

It has been a roller-coaster ride of a season for the Capitals so far. They started out playing poorly but have slowly clawed their way back to respectability.

Washington is currently 17-17-2 and only two games behind the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Southeast Division.

If any team needs to make a move to make the playoffs, it is the Capitals. They have big names they can shop in center Mike Ribeiro and winger Jason Chimera.

The Capitals cannot afford to be quiet right now if they want to be playing this summer. It is time for GM George McPhee to prove he is serious about building a playoff-bound team by making some moves.