Blue Line Specials

Need a quality defender for the playoff run? These guys may be available.

Updated: March 5, 2003, 1:17 PM ET
By By E.J. Hradek, ESPN The Magazine
Savvy NHL execs know you can't win a Cup without a solid group of defensemen. So while it's nice to pick up a scoring winger or a good faceoff man, GMs hoping to hoist the big bowl look to add depth to their blue lines before the March 11 trade deadline. "Defensemen get really beat up in the playoffs," says one Eastern Conference GM. "Adding an experienced guy boosts your chances of making a serious run." Here's a six-pack of veteran D-menmostly from the talent-rich Westwho could be available for playoff-bound teams looking for that extra push.