If Oilers win draft lottery again, they should trade chance at Auston Matthews for prize defenceman Ekman-Larsson

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will probably be on the horn to his Arizona counterpart, Don Maloney, five minutes after the televised lottery show, knowing that the Coyotes would be falling all over themselves to get the marketing jewel, Scottsdale-born Matthews, for a much-needed boost in ticket sales. Chiarelli could offer Maloney the No. 1 pick for his diamond, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and everybody will live happily ever after. Maloney might tell Chiarelli to drop dead, between guffaws, because Ekman-Larsson is a terrific player; as talented as Erik Karlsson but not quite as offensive. But it never hurts to ask.

What will Boston do with Loui?

Canucks have plenty of trade bait

If James Reimer will really get the Leafs a first-round pick at the deadline, as some suggest, what would Miller be worth? Again, the mind wanders.

Five Maple Leafs players who could draw interest before NHL trade deadline

With the Maple Leafs looking like sellers at the Feb. 29 trade deadline, here’s a look at five Toronto players who could draw interest:

Why trading Phil Kessel makes good sense for the Penguins

There’s a growing desperation for scoring around the league. Montreal, Minnesota, Anaheim … the list of potential buyers goes on. And if their desperation enables him to get greater value than what Kessel is providing, he has to consider the option.

http://www.si.com/nhl/2016/01/20/pittsburgh-penguins-phil-kessel-trade-possibility

Patrick Marleau’s trade request has really gone quiet

Patrick Marleau’s kind-of trade request has really gone quiet as a storyline since that early-season blip of news. But don’t think it has gone away. His agent, Pat Brisson, continues to quietly explore the market; San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson gave him permission to do so earlier this season. Things should heat up closer to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, although there’s certainly no guarantee of a deal. Wilson will trade Marleau only if it’s a deal that makes sense for San Jose. Which means there’s just as good a chance that it’s an offseason move.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/40668/rumblings-predators-wild-looking-to-add-offense

Dreger said he thinks Hextall will be relatively busy at the deadline

Stars back in mix for Phaneuf?

The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.

Lightning have officially suspended Drouin

Leafs unfazed by increasing trade chatter

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.”

McKenzie on Lucic, Kings and Canucks

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.

http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/mckenzie-on-lucic-kings-and-canucks/

Canucks GM Benning working the phones

LeBrun: Oilers Were Not Shopping Nugent-Hopkins

“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.