The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value.
Check out today's trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported on RDS Thursday that Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has informed the other 29 NHL teams that winger Rene Bourque is available.
Bourque has two more years left on his contract at a cap hit of $3.3 million per season.
Green Means Go?
According to Mike Wise of The Washington Post, it may be time for the Washington Capitals to move defenceman Mike Green. Wise says Green could still bring the Capitals something good in return, maybe even a veteran tough guy or a defensive defenceman for a change.
According to Wise, it may take several trades, but seeing as how Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are understandably untouchable, Green is the one who can bring the most back now. For both parties involved, he adds that Green should be moved for the right player or players as soon as George McPhee can get it done.
On An Island
Arthur Staple of New York Newsday writes that Thomas Vanek said he understands that the New York Islanders need to know in the next week or two whether he's open to signing with them long term. He also understands that if he can't give an answer or doesn't like a contract offer, the Islanders may trade him by the Mar. 5 deadline.
Vanek said even if he's traded, he'd consider signing with the Islanders if he hits the open market on July 1.
Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports that the Phoinex Coyotes are on the lookout for help. The return of Zbynek Michalek has pretty much crossed a defenceman off general manager Don Maloney's wish list and directed all of his attention to finding offence.
"I don't want to trade a forward for another forward," Maloney said. "You're always looking to upgrade, but we're looking to add instead of give a forward to get a forward."