Deadline means defense for Penguins on trade market

As the clock ticks steadily toward Monday’s NHL trade deadline, general manager Jim Rutherford makes no bones about what’s at the top of his shopping list.

He wants a defenseman.

With Ben Lovejoy out long term with an upper-body injury, the Penguins are down to six players with meaningful NHL experience on the blue line. That almost certainly will change before the deadline.

Canucks have to sell

As the TSN insider reported, the Canucks are open for business. They haven’t been this open for business since Mike Keenan got his hands on the controls and made 11 trades in three months in 1998 and dealt away just about everyone except Mark Messier.

In the middle of a rebuild, with his team eight points out, Benning has to sell.

Seven non-rental players who could be on the move

Here are seven non-rental players who could be on the move before the bell rings on Monday:

Five defenceman the Leafs could target in the off-season

The average age of the Leafs’ defencemen Thursday night will be 23.4 years old, meaning GM Lou Lamoriello could be looking for blue-line help in the off-season. So, come July 1, what unrestricted free agents might help the Maple Leafs?

Schultz and Purcell on their way out

Galchenyuk “Not Being Shopped” By Canadiens

Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Thursday morning.

On if he’s hearing anything on the Alex Galchenyuk trade rumor front:

“Yeah, just rumor. And again, let’s be careful with how this information is dissected. Galchenyuk’s name is out there, but only in the sense of a wonder. Teams wondering if Bergevin would consider something like that. Because he’s still a project. He’s still a developing player. Is he a center? Is he a winger? What is he? I think that’s what Michel Therrien has tried to find out. Has he had enough opportunity in playing center ice for anyone to fully determine that? I think the answer is no.

http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/dreger-galchenyuk-not-being-shopped-by-canadiens/

Habs listening to offers on Pacioretty

Jets send Ladd to Chicago

from tsn.ca

Andrew Ladd is returning to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Winnipeg Jets have traded their captain to the team he won a Stanley Cup with in 2010 along with Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser for Marko Dano, a 2016 first-round pick and a conditional pick in 2018.