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Five tricky trade deadline decisions

Updated: February 25, 2012, 4:07 PM ET
By Craig Custance

There are 11 games on the NHL schedule Saturday night. And the results of those games could have a direct impact on how active teams are on Monday. In some cases, it could have an impact on what exactly they're shopping for or selling.

"Teams are going to make decisions over the weekend. I'm aware of that," said Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who is in the market for another forward. "I think 30 teams are aware of that."

The results of tonight's games could mean a much more active day on Sunday as things clear up in the standings. But regardless of what happens, there are teams that will be facing tough decisions this weekend, including these five issues:

1. What does Washington Capitals GM George McPhee do at the deadline?

This season has been a disaster for the Capitals and yet they're right in the playoff mix thanks to a Southeast Division that seems incapable of providing a front-runner. Washington's win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night kept pace with the first-place Winnipeg Jets, with the Capitals just two points out despite playing two fewer games than the Jets. The safe bet before Monday is that GM George McPhee moves disgruntled defenseman Roman Hamrlik and little else. The better move might be to shake things up, even if it means being a seller.

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