What does your favorite NHL team need at the league’s March 3 trade deadline? A star? A bit of depth? To swap anything of present value for future assets?

The Athletic asked its NHL staff this week what they think each team needs. Here’s what they said.


Anaheim Ducks

Another first-round pick: Can Connor Bedard be acquired? What, no inter-league trading? Well, until the Ducks take their shot in the draft lottery, the next best thing at the deadline would be to add another selection in the first round. They have to continue building out their core, and it’s good to have multiple chances at getting players who could make an impact for the next five or 10 years. Trevor Zegras, Jamie Drysdale and Mason McTavish were all top-10 selections. OHL star Pavel Mintyukov could become a key piece on the Ducks’ future blue line. But recent late first-rounders Jacob Perreault and Brayden Tracey haven’t progressed. Nathan Gaucher, a rangy physical two-way center who went 22nd last year, could change that streak. But getting that extra first won’t be easy.

Arizona Coyotes

A young asset and/or draft-pick accumulation: The Coyotes’ blueprint going forward is clear: Ideally, they’ll have a competitive team in place by the time a new building is in place, which would then create the revenue streams to pay for a playoff contender. Until then, the goal is to move players in and out to keep costs low but gain assets for a more hopeful someday down the road. 


Boston Bruins

Depth scoring/defense: The best-in-show Bruins have no weaknesses. They also have no cap space. As such, they might not be able to afford a big-ticket acquisition such as Bo Horvat. More realistic adds would be a right wing to play some of the shifts the Bruins expected Craig Smith to take. They would also be stronger with a depth defenseman, preferably a right shot. 


Buffalo Sabres

Help on defense: Buffalo’s defensive depth has been tested this season, and it’s become clear that beyond Rasmus Dahlin, Mattias Samuelsson and Owen Power, consistency is becoming an issue. A big part of that is the need for another experienced player on the blue line. If the Sabres don’t want to give up the assets required for someone like Jakob Chychrun or Matt Dumba, a veteran like Joel Edmundson could fit.