For their part, the Maple Leafs say they are refusing to look ahead to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, even knowing the roster may be significantly overhauled in the next 40 days.
“I try not to think about that,” forward P.A. Parenteau said after Tuesday’s morning skate. “I’ve said from Day 1 this season that I’m taking it day by day and game by game. That’s the mentality that I’m going to try to keep through the end of the year.”
On if Lucic would want to go to Vancouver, given the stage at which the Canucks are now:
“It’s hard to say. That’s the old deciding… at what cost do you want to play in your hometown. And again, where does he fit for Vancouver. They’d have to see how it works for them. But because he’s a hometown guy, who in the past has sort of wondered aloud what it would be like to play in his hometown, you at least throw it on the table as a consideration. I mean, hey listen – you’re an unrestricted free agent. If you get to that, the world is your oyster. You get to go anywhere you want, who wants you.
Benning says he's taking daily calls on trade possibilities & acknowledges he's among the most active GMs in making calls. #CanucksOn1040
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) January 18, 2016
“I think with Edmonton, the only thing that changed is that a couple of teams have been calling on Nugent-Hopkins. Now, I don’t think Edmonton – in fact I know – they were not shopping him. I don’t think that was a priority for them, was to trade Nugent-Hopkins. But it doesn’t prevent other teams from checking in, because he’s a young center.
Trade Talk: Habs moving for Drouin?
BREAKING NEWS Strong source confirms Habs making a huge push today putting a more significant package on table to acquire Drouin.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 18, 2016
“Oh, I think they’re all in. They’ve pushed their chips on the table and they said, ‘Okay, we’re in.’
Here in mid-January, it’s clear three clubs — Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus — will be sellers at the trade deadline, and pretty evident Edmonton will be, too.
Of those clubs, Leaf winger Leo Komarov and his 16 goals may be the most appealing asset available. Komarov, 28, has two more years at an affordable $2.95 million cap hit, and has shown this season he can play in the top six on the Leafs, and definitely in the top nine of a better club.
I don't think Bergevin wants to fire Therrien. But Bergevin has a boss too, and a boss who expects a playoff team. #Habs
— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) January 18, 2016
Minnesota Wild defencemen Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin are learning to live with their names on the trade block.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, the defencemen have both had their names bounced around in trade talks as the team has struggled through a scoring slump.
“You can’t overreact and force trades,” Fletcher said by phone as he drove to Des Moines to watch the Iowa Wild. “You do that, and that’s when you can turn a small slump into a bigger problem. If something’s there that makes you better, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing well or struggling, you’re going to make a move. When you start to force trades, that’s dangerous and when you make poor decisions.
Bickell’s wish was ruined by the Blackhawks and the rest of the league on Sunday. No team claimed Bickell off waivers prior to the Sunday morning deadline, and he was later reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL for the second time this season.
What would it take to add Eric Staal to Tavares’ left side? What would it take for the Islanders to pry Dustin Byfuglien or Andrew Ladd out of Winnipeg, if not both? And is it not worth investigating whether Steven Stamkos would be available to play right wing for a few months with Tavares?
With Vancouver trending towards a youth movement, and various veteran players rumored to be available, another long-time Canucks’ future with the team is in limbo.