Teams prepping for the postseason

The Original Six clubs have been among the busiest in this year's trade market.

Updated: March 4, 2004, 12:11 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
After Wednesday's blue-line specials bolstered the defenses of Toronto and Boston in their quests to end long Stanley Cup droughts, New York was trying to grasp the concept of "long-term" that has been added to the Rangers' rebuilding project.

Including Montreal's acquisition of forward Alex Kovalev from the Rangers on Tuesday and Detroit's acquisition of center Robert Lang from Washington last weekend, the Original Six clubs have been among the busiest in this year's trade market. Here's a look at how the recent deals are being viewed in these demanding markets:

New York Rangers trade defenseman Brian Leetch and a conditional draft pick to Toronto in exchange for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev, forward Jarkko Immonen, Toronto's 2004 first-round pick and 2005 second-round pick.

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