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Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

As we approach the midway point of the 2009-10 season in the National Hockey League, many questions remain unanswered.

Which teams are serious about playoff contention?  Who needs a massive upgrade to make the push from a bubble team?  Which team should sell off the year and attempt a mini-rebuild?

Those are some thoughts circulating the League as we take a look at the state of all teams around the NHL.  Now, when perusing through certain rosters some names that could bring in returns which would benefit a team in need of depth.

Today, we look at the defensemen around the NHL likely to be moved by the March 3rd, 2010 trade deadline. As a side note, be sure to tune into “The Hockey Guys” on deadline day as there will be an all day live event with a live chat room for discussion on all the rumors and news as it breaks in the NHL.

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Trade Rumors: Guillaume Latendresse for Benoit Pouliot

Chicago Blackhawks v Montreal Canadiens

Benoit Pouliot and Guillaume Latendresse have been traded for one another respectively.  Should we care?  Combined the young forwards scored a paltry seven points rendering them fantasy-useless, but was it always that way?  Both teams felt their players needed a change of scenery this much is clear.  But do both teams see something in the players they got back.  Now that is the question.

Looking at Pouliot, the 23-year-old is a skilled left wing who never really has dominated offensively at any level.  Standing at 6’3″ the Ontario native broke into pro hockey with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves playing with NHL regulars Marc Staal and Nick Foligno.  He averaged a little over a PPG showing that he could potentially be an NHL power forward.  With these hopes the Wild took Pouliot with the 4th overall pick of the 2005 draft.

By comparison, the Canadiens took Latendresse with the 45th overall pick in 2005.  Surprised that he was still on the board, the Habs moved up in order to snag what the entire Province of Quebec thought would be their chosen son.  Coming out of the offense oriented QMJHL, the 22-year-old averaged 1.24 points-per-game making his draft spot a relative surprise.  He would quickly be brought up to the big club, and there he would stick.

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