Has Joffrey Lupul played his last game for the Maple Leafs?
Another player to keep an eye on is Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin. He’s at his home near Montreal waiting for a trade and talks have intensified in the last 24 hours. Bolts GM Steve Yzerman has been steadfast in demanding immediate help for Tampa Bay, along with a prospect or two in a deal, if Drouin is to be traded. The Senators, Rangers, Blues, Sharks and Jets are among those that have done more than kick tires on Drouin … This will be Don Sweeney’s first deadline in the GM’s chair of the Boston Bruins and he is facing a huge dilemma with winger Loui Eriksson.
Maybe the goalie market really does stink right now, but the Canucks had a chance to trade Ryan Miller in the offseason and passed.
Miller is 35 years old. The Canucks are a team on the rebuild. Why is it so important to have an aging veteran who is no longer a bona fide No. 1 on the team?
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.
@DarrenDreger goes without saying Dregs. I'd expect LA, Anaheim, St Louis etc will be looking to make splash after CHI jumped to get Ladd
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 26, 2016
As the TSN insider reported, the Canucks are open for business. They haven’t been this open for business since Mike Keenan got his hands on the controls and made 11 trades in three months in 1998 and dealt away just about everyone except Mark Messier.
In the middle of a rebuild, with his team eight points out, Benning has to sell.
Top non rental players to consider in trade Harmonic, Hanzal, Marcus Johansson, Kadri, RNH, Drouin, F. Anderson, Eberle, Jannik Hansen……
— Brian Lawton (@brianlawton9) February 27, 2016
TOR not commenting on decision to put Jared Cowen on waivers, so we're left to let our imaginations run wild as to Leaf motivation…
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2016
CHI may be done adding pieces but it's not iron clad. If Hawks choose to deal Bryan Bickell, it could open up cap space for another move.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2016
#canadiens keeps 30% of Dale Weise salary in the trade.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 27, 2016
Here are seven non-rental players who could be on the move before the bell rings on Monday:
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?
If Schultz and Purcell aren"t playing both getting traded. Purcell to LA or Florida. Schultz? Who knows? Tough night for Tychkowski on gm
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) February 26, 2016