Some shortcomings less subtle than others

Updated: March 11, 2004, 6:54 PM ET
By Chris Stevenson | Special to ESPN.com

So NHL trade deadline day (aka. New York Rangers Day at La Guardia) has finally passed and now everybody in Toronto can rest easy with the knowledge they went out and got that veteran center. Yup, Chad Kilger is on hand if needed.

Has there been a year when the Eastern Conference contenders have been harder to separate than the gravy from the fries at the Bell Centre in Montreal? Things only got tighter after the trade deadline as the Eastern Conference teams loaded up like Vladimir Krutov ...

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