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
 
Chicago Blackhawks — $55,872 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Buyer Buyer Buyer Buyer/Seller
Needs Experience Center Faceoff specialist Center/Grit
Targets Guerin Nylander Halpern/Pahlsson Neil
Assets Khabibulin Draft picks Bfyuglien Havlat
 
Columbus Blue Jackets — $4,282,640 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Seller Buyer Buyer Buyer
Needs Top-line center Center Center Top-line center
Targets Spezza Prospal Gomez Tkachuk/Nylander
Assets Picks/Klesla Klesla Klesla Whatever it takes
 
Detroit Red Wings — $226,667 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Staying put/Buyer Staying put Buyer Staying put
Needs Grinder Backup goalie Rental goalie Goaltening
Targets Neil Raycroft Roloson Fernandez
Assets Helm Hudler Leino Franzen
 
Nashville Predators — $10,979,967 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Buyer/Seller Seller Seller Seller
Needs Scoring depth Scoring winger Wing depth Top-6 scoring
Targets Picks/Prospects Picks/Prospects Prospects/McGinn Picks/Prospects
Assets Bonk/Fiddler de Vries Zanon/Dumont Bonk
 
St. Louis Blues — $8,109,168 in cap space
  Eric Matt Michael Zach
Status Seller Seller Seller Seller
Needs Top-4 defense Picks/Prospect Young talent Top-6 scoring
Targets Kuba Bruins Prospects/Hamill Young defense
Assets Tkachuk Tkachuk Tkachuk Tkachuk