A look at the NHL’s East heading into the trade deadline


GM Peter Chiarelli likes to get ahead of the pack, but that has proven difficult this year. The Bruins have cap room and Chiarelli wants to bring in an impact forward to help the power play. He’ll go after either Dallas winger Brenden Morrow or Calgary captain Jarome Iginla. It will be costly, though.


If GM Darcy Regier is going to be given the chance to rebuild this team, he’s got a lot of work to do. If he wants to deal captain Jason Pominville — and the word is the Sabres do — then there will be a strong market. Right winger Drew Stafford and goaltender Ryan Miller are names you will hear mentioned a lot.


They have started to fall without goalie Cam Ward and there’s a lot of talk they may make a pitch for Ottawa’s Ben Bishop. Before Ward was hurt, the Canes were looking for a veteran defenceman. Carolina needs some sort of boost. Defencemen Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain are available.


GM Dale Tallon was ready to sell off assets, but the Panthers are so banged up he doesn’t have a lot left. The Panthers would move left winger Tomas Fleischmann if there was any interest. A team looking for goalie depth in the playoffs can have goaltender Jose Theodore. They could be quiet.


The Habs have risen to the top of the standings, but they’d like to add a veteran blueliner before the deadline and, perhaps, San Jose winger Ryane Clowe. He hasn’t been any good during the regular season, but he plays hard in the playoffs and Montreal still needs a little more grit.