TradeCentre: Monday's rumours from around the NHL

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4/1/2013 6:01:21 PM
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With the NHL Trade Deadline three days away, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell. Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat, and follow each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

The Deal on Jagr

As TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun writes on, it'as still unclear as to what will transpire with Jaromir Jagr. According to LeBrun, the Dallas Stars approached Jagr's three weeks ago about a contract extension, and the two sides have gone back and forth since.

LeBrun adds that the Stars' front office is debating whether the team should sign or trade Jagr and that decision was not been made as of Monday afternoon. The team still has to figure out if they should cash in on pending UFA Jagr or keep him around for another season - as the Stars were only two points out of a playoff spot Monday morning.

Calls for Bishop?

According to LeBrun, a source told Monday that the Ottawa Senators have received "several calls" regarding goalie Ben Bishop the past day or so.

But as LeBrun doesn't think the team feels pressed in moving Bishop before Wednesday's deadline and are 'more than happy' to wait until the summer to figure out their three-goalie situation with Bishop, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

Also, pending UFA blueliner Sergei Gonchar is expected to stay for the rest of the season as the the Senators need him for the playoff run.

Blue Jackets - A Buyer?

LeBrun and TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger add that the Columbus Blue Jackets are willing to move one of their three first-round picks in this June'sdraft if they can get a scoring forward - with term past this season - in return. 

LeBrun also said it wouldn't be a surprise me if Columbus was willing to move a defenceman to get a top-six scoring forward.

On The Defensive?

Aside from discussing a potential Tyler Bozak for Roberto Luongo trade, the Toronto Sun also mentions that the Maple Leafs are searching for help on their blue line.

The Coyotes' Keith Yandle, Panthers' Dmitri Kulikov, and Flames' Jay Bouwmeester are a few of the names linked to Toronto on the rumour mill, according to the Sun.

Sparking A Trade?

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that league sources say the Senators are interested in Flames' forward Curtis Glencross.

After dealing Jarome Iginla, the Flames may not be done. While Jay Bouwmeester and Miikka Kiprusoff have been in the spotlight, Glencross (14 goals and 22 points this season) could be an attractive option for other teams.

The Flames may ask for a goaltender, potentially Ben Bishop, in return from the Senators.

Understanding The Business

John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports that Thomas Vanek wants to stay with Sabres, but would understand if he gets moved before the deadline.

"Every year you think about that, but obviously this year probably more than any other year because of the position we're in and one year left on my contract," Vanek said. "Obviously, you think about it, but at the same time it's part of the business. If it happens, it happens, and we'll move on.

The Sabres may decide to begin a rebuild, in which case Vanek, captain Jason Pominville and goaltender Ryan Miller could all be in play.

One More Move?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal speculates that the Penguins aren't done dealing and will be in the hunt for a fourth line centre.

He suggests the Penguins could target Coyotes' Boyd Gordon, Sharks' Michal Handzus, or Blues' Scott Nichol.

Ducks In A Row

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register points out that the Ducks have been quiet so far on the trade front, but that things could change before Wednesday's deadline.

"We'd love to help them," Murray said, "but we're not going to overpay."

Anaheim's interest would be in a impact forward, with the Stars' Derek Roy and Capitals' Mike Ribeiro fitting their needs. 

Jaromir Jagr (Photo: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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