Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Deadline means defense for Penguins on trade market

As the clock ticks steadily toward Monday’s NHL trade deadline, general manager Jim Rutherford makes no bones about what’s at the top of his shopping list.

He wants a defenseman.

With Ben Lovejoy out long term with an upper-body injury, the Penguins are down to six players with meaningful NHL experience on the blue line. That almost certainly will change before the deadline.

Seven non-rental players who could be on the move

Here are seven non-rental players who could be on the move before the bell rings on Monday:

Five defenceman the Leafs could target in the off-season

The average age of the Leafs’ defencemen Thursday night will be 23.4 years old, meaning GM Lou Lamoriello could be looking for blue-line help in the off-season. So, come July 1, what unrestricted free agents might help the Maple Leafs?

Schultz and Purcell on their way out

Blackhawks interested in Hamhuis, Vrbata

What are the chances the Blackhawks can make a deal with the Canucks for Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata?

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/insider-trading-blackhawks-interested-in-hamhuis-vrbata~816527

Insider Trading: Imminent Ladd trade should open up floodgates

There will be a lot of forward thinking at this year’s NHL trade deadline because there is no shortage of wingers and centres available.

But, for the market to shake loose, it seems either Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd or Boston Bruins scorer Loui Eriksson has to get moved so that the contenders can turn their attention elsewhere.

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The curious case of Eric Staal

Lots to think about when it comes to deciding on how to handle the Eric Staal situation.

First-round picks could move at NHL trade deadline

In fact, there are at least four pending UFAs whose price tag might require a first in order to pry them away from their current clubs: Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Eric Staal and Mikkel Boedker.

How Keith Yandle went from trade piece to vital Rangers cog

Multiple sources report keen interest in the 29-year-old, much of it coming from the Western Conference. Dallas has been dogging the Rangers for weeks. The Blueshirts perhaps would be able to get the Stars’ immensely talented 20-year-old winger Valeri Nichushkin as part of the return package. Such a possibility would surely tempt Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton.

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.