Clutch Performers NHL Contenders Should Be Targeting at the Trade Deadline

February 2nd, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
With the NHL trade deadline less than a month away, league general managers are working the phones and kicking tires. 

There are some big names that could be moved, like pending free agents Steven Stamkos and Eric Staal of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively. But there are far fewer flashy players potentially available who could make a difference to a contender.

Beyond the stars, both fading and current, there are some players who exhibit the always difficult to define "clutch" attributes that should be targeted by a shrewd GM. Whether it's a penchant for scoring game-winners, or the ability to keep those out of the net, these guys have something to offer despite falling outside the ranks of the league's top scorers.

For this slideshow, I'm putting on my GM cap and poring over the list of players who could be pried away from struggling squads with little hope of making the playoffs and those that look incapable of making a serious run at the Stanley Cup.

Click ahead to see who I'm making calls for, and why they're on my short list of potential bargains.

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