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NHL trade deadline: Maple Leafs among teams looking to trade

Tick, tock. The NHL trade deadline is a week away.

It’s one of the two times of year, as Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is fond of saying, when his fellow general managers make their biggest mistakes. (July 1, a.k.a. Free Agent Madness, is the other.)

Why does Burke say that? Because only one team wins the Stanley Cup. But ever year about 20 of them think that if they make one or two moves — add some grit, add a goalie, some size, a puck-moving D-man — they’ll be in good shape.

The temptation to mortgage the future — or to save your job — for a shot at the Stanley Cup is huge. So throw in a prospect, throw in a draft pick. Go ahead, overpay.

Some will make trades for the playoffs. Some will make trades for the future. Some will make trades they regret.

Bidding war setting up for Nash

Say this about Columbus Blue Jackets general manager, Scott Howson: He’s handling the Rick Nash game like a professional poker player.

Howson may not move his prized forward by next Monday’s trade deadline or even during the summer, but with all the attention on him, the GM has certainly lined up the suitors in ample time to create a big-stakes bidding war.

Much like Brad Richards was in last summer’s free-agency period, Nash is the runaway darling of the trade deadline market, obviously, and rival GMs are getting in line to woo Howson with the multi-player packages it’s going to take.

Idling San Jose Sharks need to add another gear (goal scorer)

The Sharks lost again Sunday, lost for the sixth time in their past eight games. But do not come to the wrong conclusion.

The Sharks are not in trouble. The Sharks are in need.

They need an oomph injection.

Flyers listening to Columbus about Nash

What price for Rick Nash?

Whatever it is, it should be too much for the Flyers.

Do they need a Rick Nash?

Do they need another scoring winger? Is Nash going to fix the problems on defense? Or in net? Or on the penalty kill? No. And those are the issues that Flyers were dealing with this past week.

Leafs pushing for Nash?

Sportsnet can confirm that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke met with Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson this morning at a New York City hotel.

Burke was in New York for an HBO taping when he ran into Howson and the two managers decided to talk over breakfast.

As reported earlier, Damien Cox confirmed the Leafs were on a short list provided by Rick Nash to the Blue Jackets of teams that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause for.

Sens face deadline dilemma

All eyes are on Bryan Murray.

With just over a week to the Feb. 27 trade deadline, many are wondering if the Senators GM is going to pull the trigger or stand pat to see if this group can make the playoffs.

While Murray told the Sun last week he’d like to add a piece to help the Senators get to the post-season, he won’t so do at any cost. As we head into the final week of bidding, prices remain unreasonable.

Grabovski in a sticky situation

In the minds of Maple Leafs management, this is not a question of moving a player whose contract expires at the end of the season just to get some sort of return for the future.

The goal remains to make playoffs this season. Dealing away the team’s third leading scorer in Grabovski just to get help for down the road doesn’t do anything to bring them closer to achieving that goal.

Teams looking for some d

LeBrun: A Flyers source suggested Thursday night that if they can add another defenseman, they would. But no team needs a blueliner more than the Blackhawks, and it hasn’t been from a lack of trying on the part of GM Stan Bowman. He’s been working the phones for a few months but has yet to find the fit. A source told me that the Hawks had inquired about Grossman, but I’m not sure how serious they were about him.


The Montreal Canadiens acquired a familiar name in a trade that has defenceman Hal Gill going to the Nashville Predators on Friday.

As part of the deal, the club acquired forward Blake Geoffrion – son of former Canadien Danny Geoffrion, grandson of Habs great Bernie Geoffrion and great-grandson of Montreal legend Howie Morenz.

Devils eye deal for defenseman

With Larsson out and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot) not expected back anytime soon, the Devils are trying to add a defenseman before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

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