Goalie Andersen could be trade bait for Ducks

Frederik Andersen could be the everyday starting goalie for a number of NHL teams. He was that for the Ducks last season and he could still become the one they lean on.

But when it comes to the upcoming trade deadline, Andersen is also one of their most attractive pieces to dangle if they want to seriously look in that direction with the mild-mannered netminder.

Andersen is wrapping up a two-year contract that’s paying him $1.3 million this season. It has been a remarkably affordable deal for the Ducks but that’s going to change as his next contract will easily be worth more.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/andersen-704165-ducks-play.html

Burrows denies report he’s willing to waive no-trade clause

With the Feb. 29 trade deadline nearing, and the franchise in a retool-on-the-fly mode, the fact Burrows is 34 and has a year left on his contract at a $4.5-million US salary-cap hit made the Saturday report by Hockey Night in Canada insider Elliotte Friedman thought-provoking.

As deadline nears, Blackhawks have holes to fill, questions to answer

A little less than three weeks ago, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said it was difficult to get a feel for who might be available at the Feb. 29 trade deadline because of how many teams were on the playoff bubble.

“The biggest thing is, you’re not quite sure what’s available around the league,” Bowman said. “At this point, there’s a lot of clustering in the standings. And in order for trades to happen you have to have teams that are willing to look toward next year.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/1326548/deadline-nears-blackhawks-holes-fill-questions-answer

In an NHL market flooded with forwards, it’s tough to tell who will move before deadline

The Canucks will get calls on defenceman Dan Hamhuis now that he’s back from his facial injury. He’d be a nice fit for a team looking to get somebody solid to help them go deep into the playoffs. He’s suggested he wants to stay with the Canucks but is going to have to take a pay cut if that’s going to happen. GM Jim Benning has indicated his roster is about to get younger.

http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/02/13/in-an-nhl-market-flooded-with-forwards-its-tough-to-tell-who-will-move-before-deadline

Why Brooklyn-frustrated John Tavares could bolt to Leafs in ’18

And who might become available as a 27-year-old free agent on July 1, 2018?

Why, none other than John Tavares.

McKenzie: Canadiens “Were In Hard On Jonathan Drouin”

“They were in hard on Jonathan Drouin… There hasn’t been a lot of results on that front, but I don’t think it’s been a lack of (activity).

Would free agent Kyle Okposo leave Islanders for Minnesota homecoming?

As one of the top NHL players set for free agency this summer, would Okposo, the St. Paul native and former Gopher, consider returning home to play for the Wild?

“That’s something so many people ask me about,” Okposo said.

Leafs to make a huge push for Stamkos

Blundell, citing the same anonymous source who informed him that Mike Babcock would sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs if certain conditions were met, said the Leafs may be prepared to make a play for Stamkos’s negotiating rights this summer with the intention to pay $11-$12 million per year over an eight-year term.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/lightning-faced-with-numerous-stamkos-trade-possibilities/

Hamonic-for-Trouba swap not likely

Cheveldayoff says it’s either a contract extension or trade before deadline for Ladd

Although he was non-committal on the subject on Monday when he spoke with local reporters in St. Louis, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff went a step further when he was a guest on Hockey Central at Noon.

Dan Hamhuis, Russell and Edmonton’s Justin Schultz are top d available

The focus has been on Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders since his summer trade request became public in November, but GM Garth Snow does not seem to be in any hurry to fulfill Hamonic’s desire to land with a Western Canadian team. A deal for Hamonic may have to wait until the summer with the Islanders gearing up for a playoff run.

That leaves Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis, Calgary’s Kris Russell and Edmonton’s Justin Schultz as the next echelon of available defencemen on the market.

http://www.tsn.ca/trade-deadline-who-is-the-next-domino-to-fall-1.435923

Both Staal and Ward do not want to leave Carolina

Will Carey Price be out of the World Cup of Hockey

There are already Montreal media members that have written off Carey Price for the World Cup of Hockey, the theory being that he should just focus on his health for the Montreal Canadiens ahead of next season, but Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong still plans to name the injured goaltender as part of the first 16 players announced on March 2. Now, no question Armstrong will confer with Habs GM Marc Bergevin, who happens to be part of the Team Canada management staff, as well as Price himself, before naming him.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/14747400/prices-rental-players-trade-deadline