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Rick Nash on the trading block; are the Rangers ready to pounce?

What is certain about the trade deadline is that the Columbus Blue Jackets will be open for business. The uncertainty is in the magnitude of their moves: Impending free agents, like Sammy Paulsson? Cancerous mistakes like Jeff Carter?

Or captain, star and face of the franchise Rick Nash …

Renaud Lavoie of RDS reported on Monday that an NHL general manager confirmed to him Nash is in play and has been offered around to some teams — news that was confirmed by a second source.

Potential Bruins' trade targets

Tuomo Ruutu – The roughneck forward is exactly the kind of skill/sandpaper player the Bruins love for their third line roles, and he’d fit in perfectly with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. The Bruins are interested in Ruutu and have several former Hurricanes players on the B’s that have given their recommendation on the scrappy Finn. Unfortunately two major stumbling blocks stand in the way: it appears Carolina is going to sign him to an extension just as they’d done with Tim Gleason. The price for Ruutu is a first-round pick plus some kind of prospect.

Michael Russo’s Sunday Insider: Fletcher weighs options

Chuck Fletcher is weighing the present with the future, treading carefully as he tries to help jolt the Wild into a playoff berth as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches.

The Wild general manager wants to make the playoffs, but he doesn’t want to do something foolish that he’ll regret years from now (i.e. Nick Leddy Part Deux).

After working to build up a prospect pool, he doesn’t want to make a desperation move for a short-term fix.

Dustin Penner and the Maple Leafs trade rumour of the day

If Brian Burke is looking at a rental player to give the Maple Leafs an edge in their stretch drive, the club could take a chance with Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner.

At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Penner is one of those big-body forwards that Burke covets and knows well from his days in Anaheim.

Moreover, a change of scenery might also ignite the 29-year-old Winkler, Man., native, who has struggled since the Kings acquired him a year ago in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

At the time, the trade was considered one of the big plays of the trade deadline.

Tough questions abound about Canucks' goaltending

The decision over the future of the Vancouver Canucks’ goaltending position might be the most important of general manager Mike Gillis’s administration but, in analyzing things as they stand, there is one number that stands out for Roberto Luongo.

It is not the 10 years he has left on his contract. It’s not the $5.333 million US annual cap hit he represents. It’s not even the number of Stanley Cups he’s won.

Burke: Trade talks ’very quiet’

Could the trade deadline on Feb. 27 come and go with no big moves made by Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke?

It’s a possibility.

Not only have the Leafs been playing well enough to possibly convince Burke that a significant trade does not need to be made, it appears there simply is not a lot happening on the trade front.

“It’s very quiet,” Burke told reporters in Detroit at the Winter Classic announcement.

What is Mikhail Grabovski worth?

f there’s a Toronto Maple Leafs player who’s a little underappreciated around the league, it’s probably Mikhail Grabovski.

Although you can make an argument for Carl Gunnarsson, too.

But when some of those trade rumours began to start up last month with Grabovski’s name included, it appeared perhaps he was underappreciated by Leafs management as well.

Will Philly take a Flyer on Schenn?

General manager Brian Burke has a lot riding on making the playoffs this time. It was his strong preference to make a splash in late January, ahead of the deadline rush, but most expect a move of some kind before shopping closes.

“You never know what he has up his sleeve,” said Schenn. “Everyone’s aware the deadline is coming up. It has been talked about a lot in (the dressing room). But in saying that, it doesn’t matter who is in or out of our lineup, guys are trying to play as hard as they can and get points for the Leafs.”

What is Mikhail Grabovski worth?

If there’s a Toronto Maple Leafs player who’s a little underappreciated around the league, it’s probably Mikhail Grabovski.

Although you can make an argument for Carl Gunnarsson, too.

But when some of those trade rumours began to start up last month with Grabovski’s name included, it appeared perhaps he was underappreciated by Leafs management as well.

REAL CHANCE THAT LEAFS MAKE NO SIGNIFICANT MOVES

Of course, things can change at a moment’s notice but the Leafs’ wish list is very specific, they want a top six forward with size who can score.

And there just aren’t too many of them floating around right now.

James van Riemsdyk has a concussion, he’s not a factor for the Leafs at this point.

Jeff Carter has a contract that Leaf GM Brian Burke would have difficulty taking on, especially when the Leaf GM has been so vocal against those long-term deals with the bogus years at the end.

Nash rumours becoming reality?

Sportsnet has been running the HOCKEY CENTRAL Trade Tracker for a few weeks now in anticipation of the Feb. 27 deadline. It comes as no surprise that some of the players discussed will not be moved. And I think we’ve been pretty honest in saying that. But one player who just might be in the mix is Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, who continually plays down the fact he will never ask for a trade.

Leafs' D deadly at both ends of rink

The Maple Leafs’ group is not only helping to keep the puck out of the net, to the tune of 27 goals against in 14 games in 2012, but also is adept at contributing at the other end.

Leafs defencemen, led by captain Dion Phaneuf’s 30 points, have accounted for 119 points in 2011-12, third most in the National Hockey League behind the Ottawa Senators (127) and the Vancouver Canucks (123).

Blackhawks in search of applicants for help-wanted ad

Stan Bowman doesn’t like what he sees. But, at least for the moment, the Blackhawks’ general manager said there’s nothing he can do about it.

Before his team extended its losing streak to a season-high five games with a 3-1 loss Friday to the Calgary Flames, Bowman told reporters that he is in regular contact with GMs across the league but he can’t find any sellers.

In spite of the Hawks’ second losing streak of at least four games in a month, Bowman pointed to the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins as ­examples of teams with talent and depth who rebounded from terrible starts with what they had.