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Evaluating the postdeadline East

Caps, others get help, but will it be enough?

Updated: February 28, 2011, 9:31 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine
Jason ArnottAlan Maglaque/US PresswireCan Jason Arnott provide the boost the Caps need?

While the Eastern Conference -- top to bottom -- isn't nearly as competitive as the West, there are several teams that see a great opportunity to carry the Stanley Cup in June.

With the 2011 trade deadline in the rearview mirror, here's my look at each of the East's 15 teams and the moves they made (or didn't make).

Atlantic

Philadelphia Flyers
GM Paul Holmgren made his move when he traded for winger Kris Versteeg earlier in the month. He also added the always popular "depth defenseman," picking up Nick Boynton off waivers Saturday. The Flyers are poised for a deep playoff run.


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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.