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Buying in: Three teams who will buy to make a run at the Cup

Buying in: Three teams who will buy to make a run at the Cup docteur es sport via Flickr


The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and this is the time of year where teams look for that extra piece to make a run in the playoffs. Here are three teams that will be buying before next Wednesday:


For a team that has led their division for most of the season, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Quebec franchise. The move to Claude Julien as head coach has not worked too well so far. Montreal dropped his debut to the Winnipeg Jets last Saturday.

Carey Price has struggled recently, not looking like the top-flight goaltender he did at the start of the season. Montreal lacks secondary scoring, and even their scorers like Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk have not been consistent as of late.

Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes has been linked multiple times to Montreal. If GM Marc Bergevin feels that the team needs another top-flight scorer, he could make a run at one of the Colorado Avalanche forwards that are expected to be dealt (Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog).


Once the playoffs start, the Kings become one of the most dangerous teams in the league, no matter where they finished in the regular season.

They won the 2012 Stanley Cup from the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Their 2014 championship win came from the third position of the Pacific. It’s no secret that the injury bug has impacted the Kings season considerably.

Their starting goaltender Jonathan Quick has been out all season, and top forwards Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli have missed double-digit games. The offense has been struggling, as Jeff Carter is the only player that has more than 35 points. Anze Kopitar is having a down season making the offensive struggles even more difficult to overcome.

The Kings may be in the running for Duchene or Landeskog. They could possibly contact the Coyotes about the availability of Hanzal, as well. A veteran bottom-pairing defenseman wouldn’t be a bad idea to explore for Los Angeles.


It has not been a nice run during the past couple seasons for the Leafs. But, being one of the leagues worst teams, and butt end of many jokes, is coming to a rapid end.

Toronto’s electrifying rookies have brought excitement to the city and are turning them back into a legitimate contender each game. While they aren’t necessarily in a position to make a Cup run, this team is competing for the second Wild Card spot in the East. Even with a first round elimination, playoff experience is invaluable. Getting the young talent a taste of the playoffs can pay off later down the road.

The Leafs should not give anything great to get a rental player, but making a run at vets with lots of postseason games under their belt like Jarome Iginla or Shane Doan would be ideal to help lead the inexperienced youth and be the calming voice when a game starts to turn sideways.

Obviously these players would fall into roles on the fourth line. However, leadership and experience is an important part of a postseason run. Speaking of experience, it may seem that the trade of Dion Phaneuf wasn’t as smart as it first seemed.

It would be nice to have a solid veteran on the back end for the Leafs. The lack of veteran defensemen on the market may leave the Leafs a tad green on the back end.