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RUMOURS DU JOUR

The Habs have been shopping UFA forwards Dale Weise and Thomas Fleischmann along with defenceman Tom Gilbert.

Time to decide if Kreider’s best use is as future star or trade chip

And now, a week away from the Feb. 29 trade deadline, Kreider’s name has begun to pop up with more frequency, though it is far more likely that is because he is a target for clubs seeking to do business with general manager Jeff Gorton than it is because the Rangers have made it known that the winger is available.

To add a player, Wings must subtract salary

The phone calls have started to come daily.

The NHL is in its final countdown to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, offering teams a last chance to try to improve before the playoffs. The Red Wings will be looking — but they have to be especially conscientious buyers.

Leafs trade Polak, Spaling to Sharks for Torres, picks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks for two second-round draft picks and forward Raffi Torres.

http://www.tsn.ca/leafs-trade-polak-spaling-to-sharks-for-torres-picks-1.441504

Leafs deal Matthias to Avalanche for prospect, draft pick

Eight days before the NHL’s trade deadline, the Maple Leafs shipped centre Shawn Matthias to Colorado in exchange for Avalanche prospect Colin Smith and a fourth-round pick in June’s draft.

Will the Oilers look to move their first round pick?

Eight sleeps to the Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline and here’s a thought. With the Oilers now 30th, what could you get for the Oilers first round — potentially No. 1 overall — draft choice between now and the actual lottery draft?

Hudler, Staal among top deadline targets

Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving: He wants badly to be active and is willing to accept he hasn’t got a playoff team this spring. Teams are calling about veteran forward Jiri Hudler, who is an unrestricted free agent, along with defenceman Kris Russell. There was talk the Flames were going to re-sign Russell but the word is the two sides aren’t close to a deal but he could fetch north of $5 million on the open market and Calgary may not pay that out. Some wonder if Treliving will be able to get a goalie at this deadline.

Sharks and Flames looking for a goalie

The San Jose Sharks are looking for a backup goaltender, according to Friedman. The Calgary Flames may also be in the market for help between the pipes as a replacement for Karri Ramo, who was lost for the remainder of the regular season earlier this week. They can cross at least one name off their wishlist.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/what-teams-are-looking-for-at-the-nhl-trade-deadline/

Will the Hawks go after Loui Eriksson?

Loui Eriksson would be the perfect fit. A smart, two-way vet who can play in all situations, he comes with a workable cap hit ($4.25 million) and an expiring contract. The Bruins are looking for a young, NHL-ready defenseman in return, something Chicago can’t provide, but the Hawks have other assets, including this year’s first-round pick/prospect forward Marko Dano, who might get the ball rolling.

Parenteau finds place in lost Maple Leafs season

“I’m really happy with how things are going personally this year.”

Why Stars GM Jim Nill is going to be leery of going all-in for veterans before NHL trade deadline

Nill is a wily executive who has pretty much made over the entire Stars roster in his 33 months on the job, so he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big deal. But he also knows that building the youth of the team can bring dividends that last for years.