When it comes to reinforcing this team for the stretch run and for the next few seasons, the Bruins are best served with hockey trades, such as the one that brought Brett Connolly last year for a pair of picks. Connolly is young, under control, and has room to improve. At the moment, he is not a go-to No. 1 right wing. But he is playing a good grind game next to Marchand and Bergeron, even if he doesn’t develop into the sharpshooting snapper that Lightning scouts once projected him to be.
The Habs have been shopping UFA forwards Dale Weise and Thomas Fleischmann along with defenceman Tom Gilbert.
Hextall says he is NOT looking to add at trade deadline. No rentals
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) February 21, 2016
Panthers GM Tallon told us other day that he’s looking for 2 pieces to put team over the top. Jets LW Andrew Ladd has 15 goals, 17 assists
— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) February 20, 2016
And now, a week away from the Feb. 29 trade deadline, Kreider’s name has begun to pop up with more frequency, though it is far more likely that is because he is a target for clubs seeking to do business with general manager Jeff Gorton than it is because the Rangers have made it known that the winger is available.
The phone calls have started to come daily.
The NHL is in its final countdown to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, offering teams a last chance to try to improve before the playoffs. The Red Wings will be looking — but they have to be especially conscientious buyers.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks for two second-round draft picks and forward Raffi Torres.
Eight days before the NHL’s trade deadline, the Maple Leafs shipped centre Shawn Matthias to Colorado in exchange for Avalanche prospect Colin Smith and a fourth-round pick in June’s draft.
Eight sleeps to the Feb. 29 NHL trade deadline and here’s a thought. With the Oilers now 30th, what could you get for the Oilers first round — potentially No. 1 overall — draft choice between now and the actual lottery draft?
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving: He wants badly to be active and is willing to accept he hasn’t got a playoff team this spring. Teams are calling about veteran forward Jiri Hudler, who is an unrestricted free agent, along with defenceman Kris Russell. There was talk the Flames were going to re-sign Russell but the word is the two sides aren’t close to a deal but he could fetch north of $5 million on the open market and Calgary may not pay that out. Some wonder if Treliving will be able to get a goalie at this deadline.
The San Jose Sharks are looking for a backup goaltender, according to Friedman. The Calgary Flames may also be in the market for help between the pipes as a replacement for Karri Ramo, who was lost for the remainder of the regular season earlier this week. They can cross at least one name off their wishlist.
Loui Eriksson would be the perfect fit. A smart, two-way vet who can play in all situations, he comes with a workable cap hit ($4.25 million) and an expiring contract. The Bruins are looking for a young, NHL-ready defenseman in return, something Chicago can’t provide, but the Hawks have other assets, including this year’s first-round pick/prospect forward Marko Dano, who might get the ball rolling.
“I’m really happy with how things are going personally this year.”