A quarter of the way through this NHL season, several aspiring playoff contenders face various weaknesses within their rosters. Be it a need for an experienced goalie, blue-line depth or scoring punch, these weaknesses could jeopardize their playoff hopes if left unaddressed.
Making a significant early-season move in today's salary cap era can be challenging for even the most skilled general manager. Some teams cannot afford to take salary. Some lack available assets that would make attractive trade bait. Others may be unwilling to move a prized asset to address a specific weakness.
Undaunted by these factors, several general managers are shopping around trying to bolster their rosters. Here's a look at 10 teams in need of trades to improve their postseason chances.