Category Archives: Trade Deadline

Bruins targeting help on defense

Some trade targets:

Ales Hemsky’s healthy enough to be traded – if that’s what the Edmonton Oilers want

In a limited trade market with few competent offensive players, Hemsky’s history of scoring might very well appeal to another NHL team. That potential trade value is certainly something the Oilers have to consider, particularly given the way the player’s skillset overlaps with that of other skaters (Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov) on the roster.

But despite the rumours that have dogged the long-time Oiler, a trade shouldn’t be seen as automatic either.

Sharks mailbag: Return of Ray Whitney?

The rumors are already out there that Whitney could be in play, and the 41-year-old would be the dictionary definition of a rental player. A quick check of the stats says that Whitney has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 43 games with the Dallas Stars this season, but lately he hasn’t played among the top six. He’s in the second and final year of a two-year, $9 million deal.

Are the Senators interested in Matt Moulson?

Speaking of Moulson, he’s a guy that interests the Ottawa Senators as well, a source said Tuesday.

Could the Oilers trade Ryan Smyth?

Darren Dreger: Sam Gagner, we know. Ales Hemsky, we know. Ryan Smyth is expected. There’s no dialog between Craig MacTavish and Ryan Smyth. The belief is that Smyth wants one more crack with a winning team to see if he can win the Stanley Cup. He’s still effective, at least in the offensive zone, so I expect his name will heat up as we get closer to the deadline.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=441829

Oilers and Sens trade rumors

Who might be available and who might be on the move in Edmonton?

Dreger: Sam Gagner, we know. Ales Hemsky, we know. Ryan Smyth is expected. There’s no dialog between Craig MacTavish and Ryan Smyth. The belief is that Smyth wants one more crack with a winning team to see if he can win the Stanley Cup. He’s still effective, at least in the offensive zone, so I expect his name will heat up as we get closer to the deadline.

New York Rangers Taking Calls on Ryan Callahan

According to a source close to the situation, Ryan Callahan, the U.S.A Olympian and the captain of the Rangers could be calling a new city home for the remainder of the season. The reason? The team doesn’t feel he will be worth the salary — currently making $4.825-million with a cap hit of $4.275-million — he will likely demand as an unrestricted free agent over the summer, and Sather is hopeful that he will be able to get a decent return if he can trade him before the March 5 trade deadline.

Plenty of teams focused on Flames

With a number of players set to become free agents this summer, the Flames have plenty of attractive pieces available for rent.

Forwards Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan, and defenseman Kris Russell are among Calgary’s pending unrestricted free agents, all of whom could moved by the deadline.

Calgary will not trade their first round pick

In a wide-ranging interview with the 58-year-old acting GM, Burke told the Calgary Sun nobody has pitched him on peddling his first-round draft pick, which will undoubtedly be a top-five lottery selection this summer.

More importantly, he says he sees no scenario in which he will offer it up.

“No — it’s not in play,” said Burke, who has spoken sparingly as promised.

“We’ve had no inquiries — people wait to see the draft sequence.”

Could the Blue Jackets trade Gaborik?

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The second crossroads will come with the NHL trade deadline on March 5. Only four regular-season games will have been played after the Olympic break, so the Blue Jackets will need to have determined whether Gaborik’s style of play meshes with the rest of the roster.

The Blue Jackets and Gaborik have had no contract talks to date, and there have been no indications they are interested in signing him to an extension.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen would not comment, but it’s possible Gaborik, if healthy, could be traded at a second straight deadline.