Parenteau finds place in lost Maple Leafs season

“I’m really happy with how things are going personally this year.”

Why Stars GM Jim Nill is going to be leery of going all-in for veterans before NHL trade deadline

Nill is a wily executive who has pretty much made over the entire Stars roster in his 33 months on the job, so he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big deal. But he also knows that building the youth of the team can bring dividends that last for years.

Sorry I don’t post rumors today. I was out of town and got a flat on the lonely highway.

Micah

Eric Staal the missing piece to another Rangers Cup run

Gorton has the duty to bolster his team if he can. The Rangers may be fifth in the league in goals per game and 13th in goals against average (the latter stat skewed by dreadful penalty killing), but their biggest need remains the same as it was through the last two springtimes. They need a formidable, physical top-six winger who will bring a presence to the down-low, grinding game and to the power play.

And Eric Staal is that player.

Penguins still looking to add before trade deadline

A playoff spot is hardly assured to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but, as currently constructed, they are all-in.

And if they get in, who knows in this parity-filled league — particularly the Eastern Conference — how far they just might get.

Leafs’ Polak, Reimer know they could be moved before trade deadline

The Maple Leafs defenceman knows that many National Hockey League observers figure he will be dealt on Feb. 29, the day of the NHL’s trade deadline.

Polak isn’t inclined to disagree. In fact, he has had the idea in the back of his mind since last summer.

Is Dion Phaneuf the man to inspire Ottawa Senators to the postseason?

The Ottawa Senators have struggled to build any serious momentum throughout the opening stages of the season and really needed to make some form of change in order to get their season back on track.

While there weren’t many calls for a managerial switch-up, a trade was welcomed and the Senators managed to acquire experienced defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a five-man switch. Not only are the Ottawa fans excited to see just what he can do on the ice but his gritty determination and desire to win should have a positive effect on the entire locker room.

Would the Hawks look at trading Teravainen

When the Hawks arrive in New York for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers, they could be asked about a report speculating about a Shaw trade. They might even hear rumors about a certain Finnish forward, whose biggest move should be to the top line.

For anyone to overreact to a tough stretch for Teravainen would be rash. For the Hawks to consider trading Teravainen for a more proven veteran would be reckless — and eventually regrettable.

“I try not to think about that at all,” Teravainen said. “I just try to think about us winning the Cup again this year.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-teuvo-teravainen-trade-deadline-haugh-spt-0216-20160215-column.html

Could the Anaheim Ducks peddle a young defenceman for short-term forward depth?

Would the Anaheim Ducks, absolutely loaded with young defencemen in their organization, deal one of them for an obvious rental forward — Winnipeg Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd — to play in their Top 6?

The Ducks had five defencemen aged 25 and under dressed against the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night — Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Sam Vatanen, Josh Manson and Simon Despres.

LADD NOW THE NAME?

Now that Steven Stamkos is no longer in play heading into the Feb. 29 trade deadline, does Andrew Ladd become the biggest name who possibly might be moved?


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