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Teams will be looking for defense, depth at center

Updated: January 26, 2007, 4:30 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

There is an element of high-stakes poker to the NHL trade deadline period. General managers have to assess their needs, and then try to determine what the marketplace is going to look like.

Sometimes moves are pre-emptive strikes, keeping a division or conference foe from obtaining a key piece. That was the case last season, when Carolina obtained highly coveted center Doug Weight before the deadline. The Hurricanes wanted depth down the middle, but Carolina also kept Weight from landing ...

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