Could the Preds move Weber this Summer?

The way Nashville general manager David Poile stocked up with younger defensemen this season seems to indicate the Predators may be willing to part with Shea Weber’s gargantuan contract this summer. Wouldn’t surprise anyone. If that happens, you can be certain the Flyers will be a major player.

Could the Blues move Chris Stewart?

Nothing much went down on the trade deadline before the roster freeze.

Part of it was economics, since the players are due a paycheck during the Olympic break. Part of it was concern about injuries that could occur during the competition in Sochi.

Islanders’ MacDonald on block after rejecting $16M offer

The offer was there, it was rejected, and now Andrew MacDonald has to start contemplating life in the NHL with a team other than the Islanders.

About a month and a half ago, the top-four defenseman turned down a four-year contract worth $16 million, The Post has learned. So now, as the Olympic roster freeze approaches on Friday at 3 p.m., and the March 5 trade deadline nears, Islanders general manager Garth Snow is set to deal MacDonald to the highest bidder.

NHL trade rumors: Sam Gagner on the cheap?

It was easy to dismiss at first, but a trade rumor that would put Sam Gagner on the Los Angeles for, principally, Kyle Clifford is indeed real.

Senators should go after Ott, not Moulson

If the Senators can pry a guy out of Buffalo to play alongside Jason Spezza, Matt Moulson should be their second choice.

Their primary focus needs to be on Steve Ott.

Halak’s recent poor play sparks the Miller to St. Louis rumors again

That was tough luck for Halak, but we’ve seen that before. Games turn quickly when pucks find their way into the net.

“All of a sudden it evaporates,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged during his postgame news conference. “Jaro had a tough night.”

Halak could have made amends in the shootout, but he didn’t. A big point got away from the Blues in startling fashion.

Red Wings not planning any trades before Friday deadline, says GM Ken Holland

Because of the Olympic break this season there are two trading deadlines in the NHL.

The first begins Friday at 3 p.m. (and expires at noon Feb. 23) — the second deadline on March 5.

Don’t expect the Red Wings to do anything by Friday.

Steve Ott generating trade buzz

There has been so much focus on Matt Moulson that you forget the Buffalo Sabres have a long list of pending UFAs, and another forward generating lots of interest is Steve Ott.

Rumblings: Will Vanek be moved soon?

Among the teams keeping tabs on the Vanek situation are the Los Angeles Kings, although a source Tuesday suggested he might not be their top target. My guess is that would be Matt Moulson, although as reported before, Sam Gagner and Mike Cammalleri are also options for L.A.

Leafs’ Dave Bolland on trade block?

The future of Dave Bolland, and whether it’s with the Maple Leafs, should become clear in the coming weeks.

Certainly, we’ll know before the NHL trade deadline on March 5.

Report: Preds are attempting to trade Legwand

David Legwand doesn’t carry the name recognition or flash that a trade target like Thomas Vanek does, but the Nashville Predators hope to score a quality asset for him anyway. At least, that’s the word from TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings have talked “very seriously” about a Sam Gagner trade

This just in, Hockey Night in Canada’s top hockey reporter Elliotte Friedman  on the Fan 960 in Calgary: “The one move, I kind of hear, has been talked about to some degree and looked close at one point, although I don’t know what happened, is Sam Gagner, and I think L.A. has some interest in him.

Coyotes notes: Could The Coyotes bring back Whitney?

So with Whitney in town to face the Coyotes on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena, and with the Coyotes facing his Stars two times in the next three games, the speculation has begun that Phoenix might consider bringing The Wizard back to add a little scoring punch for a playoff push.

Gallagher: There’s hope for the Canucks, but it only comes via trade

Consider for a moment if this team could, for argument’s sake, get into the running for a player like Thomas Vanek. Re: a winger who could score and would have a chance of playing well with the twins in their years to come in this uniform.

Are the Canucks getting ready to trade Edler?

Vancouver gets another defenceman in the Raphael Diaz for Dale Weise trade but isn’t that an overabundance? Does this lead us to believe the Canucks will deal a defenceman at some point?

McKenzie: Everybody assumes that this is the precursor to moving one of their veteran defencemen; getting Alex Edler to waive his no-trade clause or what have you.

Video- Darren Dreger Talks Vanek, Kings, Stamkos And Rangers

Darren Dreger of TSN was on NHL Live this afternoon and the first topic was what’s next with Thomas Vanek.  Next topic was the LA Kings and who they may target for a trade.

Up next was the latest on Steven Stamkos and then Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi talk.

http://kuklaskorner.com/hockey/comments/video-darren-dreger-talks-vanek-kings-stamkos-and-rangers

Stuart wants to stay with the Jets

 

Leafs’ secondary scoring resurgence leaves trade-deadline questions

Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri are leading a resurgence of secondary scoring for the Leafs — but will it be enough to carry the team past the upcoming Olympic roster freeze and trade deadline?

 

Possibly yes, and possibly no.

Bryan Murray thought he had a deal done Saturday.

Bryan Murray thought he had a deal done Saturday.

Now, the Senators GM is starting to believe he won’t be making a trade before the Olympic break.

Buffalo is believed willing to meet Callahan’s asking price of a seven-year deal

Time is more an ally of the captain than of general manager Glen Sather. As a pending free agent, Callahan won’t be able to speak to all of the other 29 teams until June 25, so though he would likely prefer to take care of his business now, there is no urgency whatsoever for him to operate in a restricted market.