Lightning looking to pull away from pack

Teams in the Southeast division will have to decide if they are buyers or sellers in the trade market.

Updated: January 28, 2004, 2:17 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
After the season started with indications the Southeast was improving, the division has gradually settled back into its status as the weakest in the NHL.

As of Wednesday morning, Tampa Bay would be the only team from the division to make the playoffs and three of the four worst teams in the Eastern Conference were from the Southeast. While there's still a tight race going on for the division lead, pretty soon some teams will have to decide if they are buyers or sellers in the trade market.

That said, Southeast teams should be busy one way or another leading up to the March 9 trading deadline, so here's a look at how the teams are shaping up for the stretch run:

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