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NHL trade deadline: Sizing up West; buyers or sellers?

With the NHL trade deadline a week away, here’s an overview of each Western Conference team’s status and an analysis of the general manager’s trading prowess.

Anaheim Ducks

Buyer: The Ducks could use another scorer up front, preferably one with grit, and they can afford to part with a defenseman . Anaheim has the potential to make a long playoff run. The Ducks will be ‘all-in’ when it comes to preparing for the postseason.

General manager Bob Murray: His expertise and value was evident in his decision not to fire coach Bruce Boudreau when the team was floundering earlier this season. He knew that Boudreau could get the Ducks flying again. Murray is forceful trader. Even in an era of salary cap concerns, he finds a way to get major deals done.

Arizona Coyotes

Buyer/Seller: The Coyotes are in a tricky situation because they are still in the playoff race. They know they can land a strong return for Mikkel Boedker, an…

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