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Canadiens set to be buyers, Maple Leafs big sellers at NHL trade deadline

02/26/2015 01:40 EST | Updated 04/28/2015 05:59 EDT
Canada's seven NHL teams have seven very different perspectives and goals to accomplish before Monday's NHL trade deadline. Here's a look at where they stand as the clock ticks down to 3 p.m. on March 2.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Status: Buyers

Skinny: General manager Marc Bergevin already made a hockey trade by swapping skilled but inexperienced winger Jiri Sekac with Devante Smith-Pelly, a bigger and more physical player from the Anaheim Ducks. The Habs could use another defenceman, though, especially a right-handed one.

OTTAWA SENATORS

Status: Sitters

Skinny: If the decision has been made not to trade long-time tough guy Chris Neil, the Senators may be best suited to stand pat. Defenceman Marc Methot is off the market thanks to his new contract, and Ottawa doesn't have many assets to sell off for spare parts.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Status: Sellers

Skinny: Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik are already gone as GM Dave Nonis got a jump on the trade-deadline frenzy. But the Leafs are far from done, especially with Olli Jokinen, David Booth and Korbinian Holzer as impeding free agents and a large-scale rebuild coming soon.

WINNIPEG JETS

Status: Buyers

Skinny: The Evander Kane blockbuster set the table for what should be a legitimate playoff chase in Winnipeg, and the deal for Jiri Tlusty gave the Jets more needed depth. But with a chance to make the post-season for the first time in this incarnation, the Jets could still make another move.

CALGARY FLAMES

Status: Sitters

Skinny: The Flames are in the playoff race in the Western Conference like the Jets, but they're still supposed to be on the upward climb and have a long-term plan. Other than dealing pending free agent Curtis Glencross, GM Brad Treliving might sit on this team and hope it can get it done.

EDMONTON OILERS

Status: Sellers

Skinny: Despite being last in the West, the Oilers aren't expected to be active because they don't have many movable pieces and don't want to blow up their core of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle just yet. Defenceman Jeff Petry is Edmonton's biggest trade chip.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Status: Sitters

Skinny: Ryan Miller's injury puts the onus on Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom, but the Canucks aren't in the market for another goaltender. Barring a collapse, Vancouver should be a playoff team and would hope to get Kevin Bieksa back from a hand injury at some point.

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