The NHL trade deadline is getting close — March 4 — and we at Faceoff Factor will be dedicating the upcoming days to previewing what could go down.

Below, you will find a chart containing our preview for today’s division.  Please note that each category is to be looked at separately.  We are not trying to predict specific trades, but rather indicate the needs, targets and assets each specific team may have.

The panel includes Eric Politowski, Michael Farkas, Zach Boslett and myself.
  • Tues., Feb. 24 – Southeast Division
  • Wed., Feb. 25 – Central Division
  • Thurs., Feb. 26 – Northeast Division
  • Fri., Feb. 27 – Northwest
  • Sat., Feb. 28 -  Pacific Division
  • Sun., Mar. 1 – Atlantic Division
 
Atlanta Thrashers — $17,519,489 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Seller Seller Seller Seller
Needs Goaltending Draft picks Positional depth Picks/Prospects
Targets Toskala Detroit Picks/Prospects van Riemsdyk
Assets Hainsey Havelid Havelid Havelid
 
Carolina Hurricanes — $5,945,833 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Seller Stand Pat No decision Buyer
Needs Scoring winger Grit Scoring Scoring winger
Targets Antropov Neil Cole/Havelid Kovalev/Antropov
Assets Whitney Draft picks Whitney/Corvo Draft picks
 
Florida Panthers — $2,456,667 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Buyer Buyer/Seller Buyer/Seller Buyer/Seller
Needs Top-6 forward Offense Center Experience
Targets Smyth Spezza Antropov Recchi/Roberts
Assets Bouwmeester Bouwmeester Bouwmeester Bouwmeester
 
Tampa Bay Lightning — $6,917,500 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Seller Seller Seller Seller
Needs Scoring winger Cap space Everything Defense
Targets van Riemsdyk Blue Jackets Picks/Prospects Picks/Prospects
Assets St. Louis Recchi St. Louis/Prospal Recchi/Roberts
 
Washington Capitals — (-$135,962) in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Buyer Buyer Buyer Staying Put
Needs Top-4 defender Defense Defense Goaltending
Targets Kaberle Sopel Hedican/Witt Roloson
Assets Nylander Nylander Nylander Nylander