Will the Jackets go into tank mode?

Ultimately, you want to have the best chance at winning the lottery — and getting Matthews, who is most often compared with Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar, and never to Gilbert “I’ve got my Sidney Crosby” Brule.

If you are the Jackets, what you want to do is lose, artfully and otherwise. You want to dump veterans at the trade deadline, bring up a bunch of Lake Erie Monsters and see what the kids can do. You want to make February, March and April into three more Octobers.

Alas, the penchant of these Jackets is to catch fire around Groundhog Day, and, well, we’ve all seen that movie, many times, and we’ve yet to see the end of it.

http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2016/01/31/michael-arace-jackets-must-dump-vets-play-kids-earn-high-draft-spot.html

Could the Senators look to move Cowen?

The Senators will clear $4.4 million in salary, according to www.generalfanager.com, by saying goodbye to longtime employees Chris Phillips and Chris Neil. But the small-market Senators would still prefer to have more breathing room to re-up Hoffman, who has a team-high 22 goals. Jared Cowen has one year remaining at a hefty salary of $4.5 million.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2016/01/30/nhl-all-star-game-requires-improvements/u70RK8TnNplanokPBQsnsJ/story.html?

Will the Flyers by sellers at the deadline?

Based on the first 47 games, odds are that Hextall will be a seller at the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

Then again, they are only five points out of a playoff spot, so if they stay in the race, Hextall may try to upgrade the offense by adding a winger (Kyle Okposo? Andrew Ladd?) for the stretch run – or see if he can pry 20-year-old Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay.

If Hextall decides to be a seller, defensemen Mark Streit and Nick Schultz are among the players who could help a contender, and winger Matt Read might be attractive in the right fit.

Veteran defensemen usually cost a premium to playoff teams. Remember, Hextall last year got Chicago to deal two second-round draft picks for 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen, who had been sidelined all season by blood clots.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20160131_Flyers_at_the_break.html#2PtiOBGRXK2EZ6ZM.99

Are the Wild looking to make a trade?

This season, the Wild’s healthy and goaltending has not been an issue. The problem is with the exception of recently heated-up Charlie Coyle, the Wild’s in a team-wide goal-scoring slump.

How do you fix that with one trade?

Could the Wings make a push for Dustin Byfuglien

The Wings do like Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, a right-handed shooting 6-foot-5, 250-pound behemoth, as a top-pair defenseman or top-six right winger, but they’d need to clear space for his $5.2 million salary — and to be certain he’d re-sign, as he’s a pending unrestricted free agent.

Will Caps make a trade before the deadline?

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has shown he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big trade (Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a pick for T.J. Oshie) and I could see him going hard after Vancouver Canucks pending free agent Dan Hamhuis, who spent the first six years of his NHL career under Barry Trotz in Nashville. Now 33, Hamhuis is recovering from facial fractures suffered on a Dan Boyle shot he took to the jaw back in December.

http://www.csnmidatlantic.com/hockey-washington-capitals/talk/will-caps-make-trade-deadline?

Calgary Flames won’t commit — yet — to being buyers or sellers at NHL trade deadline

With 13 games on the docket before deadline day, the Flames GM is likely waiting for a hint from his inconsistent squad, and, in the meantime, hoping that his slate of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents — the most obvious trade chips — can boost their sagging stock over the next month.

http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/01/29/calgary-flames-wont-commit—-yet—-to-being-buyers-or-sellers-at-nhl-trade-deadline

As trade deadline nears, Maple Leafs are open for business

James Reimer is an interesting case. If he continues his stellar play — his .932 save percentage is second best in the league — he would be attractive to playoff-bound teams looking for some depth in net.

Oilers trying to get Hamonic deal done, Friedman says

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman talking to Oilers uber-insider Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now and dropping a few trade rumour bombshells.

Stauffer mentioned the Oilers trying to upgrade at right defence from Justin Schultz by moving for either Sami Vatanen of Anaheim or Travis Hamonic of the Islanders, as both teams can use a scoring winger.

Breaking down Rangers’ trade deadline options: Kevin Shattenkirk, Jonathan Drouin, Patrick Marleau on the list

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was born in New Rochelle. He grew up a Rangers fan. His favorite player was Brian Leetch, and it’s believed he wants to play for the Blueshirts one day. He turns 27 on Friday. He is a right-handed shot and a major power play weapon, and he paired with Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh on the United States’ 2008-09 World Junior championship team.

Jones: Steven Stamkos to Toronto makes sense

Stamkos can become a free agent this summer, and you can’t get through a couple of hockey shifts without speculation that the Toronto-born Stamkos will end up playing for his hometown team. Rumors ramp up even more when the Lightning plays the Maple Leafs.

GMs Acknowledge Bergevin’s ‘Sense Of Desperation’

If this season is going to go up in smoke, as it appears it might based on the last couple of games they played or didn’t play against the Columbus Blue Jackets, then put yourself in that position for a draft pick. I know the fan base isn’t going to want to hear that, but Bergevin has already declared he’s not firing his coach. If he can’t find a suitable trade, or he doesn’t want to give up the assets just for the sake of making a trade, maybe the silver lining is you continue to drop and all of the sudden you slide into a top 10 spot or higher at the draft.”

http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/dreger-gms-acknowledge-bergevins-sense-of-desperation/

Don’t be surprised if the Oilers move out a right shot D within a few weeks