NHL Trade Rumour Roundup: Teams kick tires on Leafs’ JVR

Head coach Mike Babcock dropped some clues on Hockey Central at Noon Thursday, when he specifically named seven players who have impressed him through the first half of the season.

Not named by Babcock? Centre Tyler Bozak, who thriving this season in spite of Phil Kessel‘s absence, and sniper James van Riemsdyk, now sidelined for weeks with a broken foot.

“Van Riemsdyk, I think other teams would love to get their hands on him.,” Friedman said. “I’ve had a couple of teams tell me that they’ve asked and been told he’s not available. So the price is very high for him.”

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-trade-rumour-roundup-drouin-flyers-wild-hextall-bozak-james-van-reimsdyk-maple-leafs-buyers-sellers-blues-lightning/

Oilers made big push for Seth Jones

Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportsnet that Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli offered centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Nashville in a bid to land defenceman Seth Jones.

Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course, Nashville general manager David Poile chose to deal Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen instead. What it tells us is that Chiarelli sees Nugent-Hopkins as the one player from the Oilers former core that can command the greatest return — yet at the same time is expendable.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/west-coast-bias-oilers-made-big-push-for-seth-jones/

Oilers should wait before making huge trades

Hockey commentator Craig Simpson says the Edmonton Oilers should be stepping up, even with key players out of the line-up. At the same time Simpson told Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now that it’s no time to make a trade, not until players like Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom return and the Oilers see how the team functions at that point.

Kadri wouldn’t be a good trade piece for Drouin

McKenzie: Byfuglien, Ladd Hot Topic for NHL Execs

“The No. 1 question I was asked this week was, ‘What’s Chevy going to do?’ And everybody wants to know what Chevy is going to do… what’s he going to do with Ladd and Byfuglien. Two guys, unrestricted free agents. They’ve had contract negotiations. I think Ladd seems to be further down the road than Byfuglien, but neither one of them is close to being done.

Lightning would like to trade Carle

Among the worst-kept secrets in the NHL is that the Lightning would like to trade Carle, a move that would clear $5.5 million off Tampa Bay’s salary cap. But Carle has two seasons on his contract beyond this season, a road block in trying to work out a deal with another team.

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/