The trade deadline is still more than a week away, but Friday saw a flurry of trades that significantly impacted the balance of power in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins, firmly ensconced in a playoff position, made the biggest moves, shoring up their blueline and forward corps. However, the Atlanta Thrashers, barely staying above water in the race for the postseason, may have sacrificed one of their best forwards to add some more balance between their front and back end. And in the process, they may have scuttled their already slim playoff hopes.
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