NHL Trade Speculation: 8 Teams That Will Deal for Leadership at the Deadline

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NHL Trade Speculation: 8 Teams That Will Deal for Leadership at the Deadline
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Few moves that an NHL GM can make at the trade deadline have the potential to impact a team like adding a savvy veteran to the mix. Adding the right guy can put a team over the top for various reasons, while adding the wrong one usually doesn't come with big repercussions.

Adding more experience at the deadline can make several impacts for a club.

Perhaps the GM just wants to have a guy that has been there and done that in a locker room full of young twenty-somethings. Adding a guy who can walk into a room and show off his Stanley Cup ring is rarely a bad move for these kinds of youthful teams.

Maybe the incumbent captain could use a little bit of help with his troops.

Sometimes the veterans are brought on board for one last kick at the Cup, to be a secondary scorer or to be a shutdown third-liner. Nearly every team that has recently taken a run at the Stanley Cup has made some kind of move to bolster their lineup at the trade deadline.

So which teams will be looking to make that savvy move when the deadline approaches?

(For the record, not all of these teams are going to be taking a run at the Cup or even make the playoffs. However they all could use an extra veteran in the lineup for different reasons, and I'll state them in each slide.)

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