February is by far the most tumultuous and exciting month in the NHL.
As the Feb. 28 trade deadline inches closer, teams must decide if they want to be buyers or sellers.
Playoff-bound teams will be busy scouring for rental players on the cheap that can help in the stretch run.
Conversely, franchises that already fell out of the postseason picture will be retooling their rosters and ridding themselves of expiring contracts.
Obviously, whether or not a team is buying or selling is related to their chances of making the playoffs.
For instance, the St. Louis Blues were sure to be buyers until a recent 2-7-1 skid dropped them out of the postseason race. Injuries to two of their top three forwards and a three-game losing streak sealed the deal on a lost season that was once promising.
On the flip-side, a team like the Calgary Flames has been hot of late, riding a five-game win streak that has them on the heels of the eighth-seeded Minnesota Wild. They clawed and scratched their way back into the postseason hunt and should be buyers before the deadline.
There are plenty of NHL squads saddled with veterans carrying expensive contracts, which will make for an interesting month of players on the move.
The trade market hot stove is sure to heat up over the next few weeks, and here is a look at six teams that will be buyers before the deadline.