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January 15, 2011 // 1:44pm ET
Thrashers inching closer to trade?

Holding the eighth and final playoff spot, the Thrashers are vigorously looking to make upgrades to their roster to help solidify their second playoff birth in franchise history.

Atlanta has picked up one point in its last three games and has failed to gain any ground on the rising Carolina Hurricanes, who sit in ninth position in the Eastern Conference.

Thrashers GM Rick Dudley and President Don Waddell, who remains active in trade discussions, have been weighing their options and looking for ways to improve their team, as the Feb. 28 trade deadline inches closer.

The Thrashers have been scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks, among other teams, this month.

Dudley would like to add another top-six forward and a gritty depth forward.

The Thrashers have a significant amount of available cap space (almost $18 million), but will not spend nearly that much. Ownership has given management the green light to add to the roster to boost the club's chances at locking in a playoff spot.

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