Let's look past the salary dumps and the potential free agent implications that most NHL trade deadlines seem to focus on, and let's see if there is any help out there for some of these NHL elite players.
While we have seen Peter Forsberg attempt yet another comeback, as well as free agents signed and then claimed by other teams, there should be a focus on a few teams to finally take advantage of some other teams' current fates.
The Nashville Predators' acquisition of Mike Fisher is a prime example of a team getting a player to help them not only now, but certainly for some time to come.
The future ramifications of the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche blockbuster deal will be felt by both clubs for quite some time.
While the Ottawa Senators open their doors for a good deal of their players to exit, one can't help but wonder where that franchise might be heading.
There are three star players that need help.
They all have different circumstances to deal with. They all have a current situation to ponder and contend with. A dilemma? Maybe...
There are a number of teams that are either in need of a rebuild or are currently trying to live through one, and some of these stars are feeling the pressure that is associated with being a leader and star player on a club that is in flux.
Could relief be right around the corner?
Whether they get help from a deadline deal or possibly through free agency this summer, it's very apparent that these stars need help...and need it quickly.
If their help arrives in the form of a trade at this deadline, then the immediate need will be to take the remaining games and work together to improve.
If players leave at the deadline with only salary space and prospects to show, it could be a long summer for some of these players.
Let's look at three star players that are not only at different stages of their personal careers, but who all have one thing in common: They have all endured a troubling season so far.