Trade deadline: How it impacts teams' playoff picture

Updated: February 26, 2008, 9:59 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

All of the events leading up to the NHL's trade deadline are shot through the prism of the future.

For many teams, it's the immediate future (what did a team do to arm itself for the coming playoff wars?). For other teams, the future is further in the distance (how well did they arm themselves for future battles?).

Here's the post-deadline look at the playoff picture and whether teams are trending up, trending down or merely treading water. (Teams listed in order of the ...

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