- E.J. Hradek, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
The Western Conference race has been as close as anything we've seen in league history. Just several days ago, for example, the entire Pacific Division was separated by just two points. That's ridiculous.
The chase for the final six playoff spots figures to go right to the bitter end. GMs throughout the conference have been seeking any edge they can find. Some made moves while others decided to stand pat. There were others (Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk) who were forced to make some real tough decisions.
Here's my take on how deadline day went down in the wild, wild West.
It was a quiet day in Hockeytown. GM Ken Holland has been relatively happy with his strong roster. The Red Wings didn't have much cap space to make a deal, so they watched from the sidelines. They won't be doing that in the playoffs. If they can stay healthy, the Wings could win another Cup.
E.J. Hradek evaluates each team in the Western Conference following the flurry of trade deadline deals Monday.