Likely trade interest in Brandon Prust

Blues look forward to healthier lineup, but outside reinforcements could come, too

The Blues are fourth in the standings, but they may be leading in trade rumors. The most recent one centers on speedy Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin, who has demanded a trade and was recently suspended for not showing up to an American Hockey League game.

Assessing the trade value of the Maple Leafs’ pending UFAs

How much value do those players have on the trade market? Obviously, it’s whatever a rival general manager is willing to pay, but to get a ballpark figure we dug into the trade deadlines of the past few years to see what players in similar roles and with similar production brought back in trade. Using that information, we have assigned a tentative value to Toronto’s potential rental players.

Reported Lightning offer to Stamkos worth $8.5M per year

“Earlier this week we reported that the Lightning had made an offer to Steven Stamkos some time in the last few weeks,” Friedman said. “It’s believed that the average salary of that offer is $8.5 million dollars. We’ll see where that takes the negotiation as we head to the trade deadline.”

Keith Yandle bounces back vs. Canucks, says he’s ‘all in’ with Rangers despite trade talk

Yandle, 29, is a trade candidate before the NHL’s Feb. 29 deadline because of his expiring contract and the raise he’ll command from his current $5.25 million salary. GM Jeff Gorton won’t want to lose Yandle for nothing in free agency, but if the team starts winning and Yandle plays well consistently, the GM could keep him because he feels the veteran blue liner gives his team a better chance of advancing deep in the playoffs. Yandle told the Daily News he doesn’t want to leave. He’s a popular player with his teammates and his wife and two young daughters call Tribeca home.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/yandle-ignore-trade-talk-article-1.2502020

If Oilers win draft lottery again, they should trade chance at Auston Matthews for prize defenceman Ekman-Larsson

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will probably be on the horn to his Arizona counterpart, Don Maloney, five minutes after the televised lottery show, knowing that the Coyotes would be falling all over themselves to get the marketing jewel, Scottsdale-born Matthews, for a much-needed boost in ticket sales. Chiarelli could offer Maloney the No. 1 pick for his diamond, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and everybody will live happily ever after. Maloney might tell Chiarelli to drop dead, between guffaws, because Ekman-Larsson is a terrific player; as talented as Erik Karlsson but not quite as offensive. But it never hurts to ask.

What will Boston do with Loui?

Canucks have plenty of trade bait

If James Reimer will really get the Leafs a first-round pick at the deadline, as some suggest, what would Miller be worth? Again, the mind wanders.

Five Maple Leafs players who could draw interest before NHL trade deadline

With the Maple Leafs looking like sellers at the Feb. 29 trade deadline, here’s a look at five Toronto players who could draw interest:

Why trading Phil Kessel makes good sense for the Penguins

There’s a growing desperation for scoring around the league. Montreal, Minnesota, Anaheim … the list of potential buyers goes on. And if their desperation enables him to get greater value than what Kessel is providing, he has to consider the option.

http://www.si.com/nhl/2016/01/20/pittsburgh-penguins-phil-kessel-trade-possibility

Patrick Marleau’s trade request has really gone quiet

Patrick Marleau’s kind-of trade request has really gone quiet as a storyline since that early-season blip of news. But don’t think it has gone away. His agent, Pat Brisson, continues to quietly explore the market; San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson gave him permission to do so earlier this season. Things should heat up closer to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, although there’s certainly no guarantee of a deal. Wilson will trade Marleau only if it’s a deal that makes sense for San Jose. Which means there’s just as good a chance that it’s an offseason move.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/40668/rumblings-predators-wild-looking-to-add-offense

Dreger said he thinks Hextall will be relatively busy at the deadline

Stars back in mix for Phaneuf?

The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.