The Ottawa Senators and 5 Teams to Watch at The Trade Deadline

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The Ottawa Senators and 5 Teams to Watch at The Trade Deadline
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The countdown clock is ticking away. On February 28th at 3pm Eastern, the NHL trade deadline will officially pass, and any sort of inter-team deals will no longer be allowed. That being said, trade deadline day and the few weeks leading up to it are some of the most dramatic, tension-filled weeks as fans and players wait to see if their team will make a push for the playoffs, or if they will write off their year and hope for a better fate when the new season comes around in the fall.

I realize that really every team should be watched closely over the course of the next couple weeks, and general managers can make, often times, stunning moves to bring in some stellar talent or trade away the big name franchise player. However, I'm going to shorten my list to teams who I believe will be the big deal makers on deadline day—the ones who will be making a ton of deals either to make that push to the playoffs, to support that run at the Stanley Cup, or to sell off what they have and start their rebuilding process.

Here is who I believe will be the top 5 deal-making teams in the final days before the NHL Trade Deadline.

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