After trades, Pens, Sabres favored
Pickups pave the way for Pittsburgh, Buffalo to crack postseason
A chance at making the NHL playoffs can be a powerful catalyst for change, and sure enough, three of the most active teams at the NHL trade deadline are also three teams fighting for the final two spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes all made a splash on deadline day, but will the moves give them the boost the each need to make the postseason?
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2009 NHL TRADE DEADLINE
Here is all the news, analysis and intrigue from the March 4 NHL trade deadline: