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Early deficits should trigger trades

Updated: October 24, 2011, 10:26 AM ET
By Craig Custance

The Vancouver Canucks didn't wait long to infuse some life into a team slogging through the early part of its schedule by taking a chance on the talented but pricey David Booth in a weekend trade with the Florida Panthers.

The move immediately benefits Ryan Kesler, who knows Booth well through USA Hockey. They're also both Michigan natives and expected to skate on a line together.

On Sunday, the Phoenix Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens announced a three-player deal that will impact the AHL more than the NHL, but it's clear -- general managers are active right now. More and more, teams can't overcome a slow start and it likely won't stop with this group of general managers.

Who's next? These franchises shouldn't wait long before making a move:

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