McKenzie: Drouin to the Blues?

It appears the Jonathan Drouin trade talks are heating up. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie provides an update on The Morning Show on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal.

http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/mckenzie-drouin-to-the-blues-1.423315

Players most likely to be dealt before the 2016 NHL trade deadline

After months without any meaningful transactions, the recent spate of trades has NHL fans expecting a flurry of activity in the days ahead. And based on the buzz around the league, they’re going to get it.

Here’s a look at a 13 noteworthy names who could be on the move ahead of the Feb. 29 trade deadline:

Wild sets sights on Lightning’s Drouin

The Wild is one of several teams having trade talks with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. Other teams pursuing Drouin, according to league sources, include St. Louis, Anaheim, the Rangers, Islanders, Colorado, Winnipeg, Montreal and New Jersey.

Dustin Byfuglien Update

Speaking of partial no-trade clauses, Dustin Byfuglien has one as well and, as of Tuesday afternoon, has not been asked to supply a list of teams. He might not ever have to if the Winnipeg Jets end up re-signing the pending UFA star blueliner. I don’t think there’s any way Byfuglien signs for any less than five years in length, so I believe the internal debate for Winnipeg is whether it’s comfortable with that term or not. Byfuglien turns 31 on March 27.

Sabres are sellers at trade deadline

“This is the process. If I can acquire younger assets or future assets for some of our veterans, especially veterans on expiring contracts, I’m going to pursue that for sure.”

Insider Trading: Who is creating buzz on the trade front?

Tyler Ennis (BUF), Roman Polak (TOR), Jonathan Drouin (TB) and Justin Schultz (EDM), Loui Eriksson (BOS), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL), Radim Vrbata (VAN)
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/insider-trading-who-is-creating-buzz-on-the-trade-front~786729

Rangers could look to move Yandle

If Alain Vigneault’s season-long strategic use of Keith Yandle is any indication, and you would think it would be, the Rangers cannot seriously be invested in attempting to keep the puck-moving impending free agent off the market.

http://nypost.com/2016/01/13/keith-yandles-future-and-three-other-pressing-rangers-issues/

Among the pursuers for Jonathan Drouin is Anaheim

Among the pursuers for Jonathan Drouin, one source warned Monday Anaheim hasn’t got enough mention. It’s a logical bet, because no one needs offensive help more than the Ducks.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/30-thoughts-ducks-a-logical-fit-for-lightnings-drouin/

Five NHL teams that need to make a move before trade deadline

1. Montreal Canadiens: The Habs are 4-13-0 since Dec. 3, and their struggles can’t be blamed on the absence of goalie Carey Price.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin wants to be traded, and GM Steve Yzerman will be looking to give his team a boost.

3. St. Louis Blues: The loss of Jaden Schwartz to injury showed the Blues that they could use another scorer. They are among many teams interested in Drouin.

4. New York Rangers: The most logical player for the Rangers to trade is defenseman Keith Yandle and yet he seems like a player they shouldn’t move.

5. Anaheim Ducks: Haven’t we been waiting most of the season for the Ducks to make a major move?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2016/01/10/nhl-trading-season-canadiens-rangers-lightning-blues-ducks/78595394/

Updates on Higgins

Will the Hurricanes trade Eris Staal?

The uncertainty, Eric Staal admits, has weighed upon him more than he has let on at times. It isn’t just about playing out the final year of his contract without knowing what comes next. As a player, he can deal with that. As a husband and father and brother, it gets a little tougher.

Ducks may look outside current roster for scoring help

Tampa Bay is seeking a right-shot defenseman. The presence of rising prospect Brandon Montour could make Sami Vatanen expendable, especially when left-shooting Shea Theodore has looked the part of an NHL regular while Cam Fowler recovers from a knee injury.

The Ducks want to re-sign Vatanen, their top offensive threat from the blue line. But a deal obviously hasn’t gotten done. Vatanen, 24, might reach 35-plus points for the second straight season and could at the very least triple the $1,275,000 he’s making this season.

Could Drouin be headed to Minnesota ?