NHL Trade Scenarios: Ideal Move for 2011 Playoff Teams Prior to 2011-12

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NHL Trade Scenarios: Ideal Move for 2011 Playoff Teams Prior to 2011-12
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Dany Heatley has been part of major offseason trades three times in his career

Every NHL team has needs coming into the 2011-12 season. It is just that some have more needs than others.

This list identifies and prioritizes each team's needs and looks for one player who would fill the most of them. It does not identify what trades are realistic. This is about identifying what player epitomizes and encapsulates that team's needs most.

In other words, in a dream scenario, what one player could move his new team to the next level?

Since anyone can pick the Sedins, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Lidstrom, Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara, the one rule I am instituting to make it more interesting is that no player can be chosen twice.

The following list is ideal moves for each of the playoff teams of 2011; a list for non-playoff teams (with slightly different rules) comes before the weekend.

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