The NHL trade deadline may have been the final act for some general managers.

With only three weeks left in the season, all 30 teams tried to tweak at Wednesday's cutoff to make trades, but a chosen few were more desperate than others because their jobs are on the line if they don't make a playoff push.

Here's a look at some GM's in trouble:

Greg Sherman, Colorado: Many believe he's in over his head and he'll be the first one gone with coach Joe Sacco. The betting money is former star Joe Sakic takes on the lead role to try to get the Avs back to respectability.
George McPhee, Washington: Trying to save his butt, he dealt Filip Forsberg to the Predators for Martin Erat. The Caps might squeeze into a playoff spot, but Forsberg and Russian prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov have been available all season.
Jay Feaster, Calgary: Was getting rid of Jarome Iginla, Blake Comeau and Jay Bouwmeester enough to save Feaster? Hardly. A lot of speculation about the future of president Ken King, as well. The Flames' situation is fluid.
Dale Tallon, Florida: He all but assured the fan base the club would make the playoffs this season. The signings of Sean Bergenheim, Alexei Kovalev and Ed Jovanovski were disastrous and the team has taken a major step back.

The career of Marian Gaborik hasn't followed the path he expected. Dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the deadline, it might be a good time for somebody to remind the 31-year-old winger how he turned down a long-term, $79-million deal from Minnesota Wild in 2009 because he thought he could get $100 million as a UFA. Instead, Gaborik signed a five-year, $35-million deal and was run out of New York by coach John Tortorella. So much for the bright lights of the big city. The Jackets were the only team interested in the $7.5 million left on Gaborik's contract next year ... The Jackets will deny it, but sources confirmed GM Jarmo Kekalainen did offer one of their three No. 1 picks in the first round to the Dallas Stars for Jaromir Jagr. He landed with the Bruins instead, but the Jackets were in there right until the end. The Red Wings made a pitch, as well. Shrewd move by GM Peter Chiarelli, Jagr could be Boston's next Mark Recchi.