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Assessing the pros and cons of 5 top trade-deadline targets

Regardless of the outcome, the Feb. 26 trade deadline is sure to be one of the most-watched dates on the NHL calendar.

As teams jockey for playoff position, front offices carefully weigh every potential deal, knowing the right player could be the difference between springtime hockey or early nights on the dock.

A number of top trade targets could be on the move in the coming weeks. Here are the main advantages and disadvantages attached to acquiring five of the most talked-about names.

Max Pacioretty

Pros: Top-six forward. Genuine 30-goal threat. Extra year of control.

Cons: NHL | theScore

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