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.
Ready to Start
The Ottawa Senators' fourth loss in five games against the Hurricanes on Saturday dropped them to 12th in the Eastern Conference but the team remains just three points back of the final wild card spot, held by their division rivals from Detroit.
Ottawa's brain trust has concluded meetings to discuss strategy for the trade deadline and the team's new assistant general manager Pierre Dorion told The Ottawa Citizen that he feels the Sens' group is ready whenever business picks up.
“We identified possible targets for possible trades,” he told the Citizen's Ken Warren. “You always have to be ready for that possibility, for players that could help us in the short or long term.”
Warren believes the Sens have prioritized a winger for Jason Spezza as being the team's greatest need and that they could be in the market for a rental such as Matt Moulson or Ales Hemsky.
Calgary Flames defenceman Shane O'Brien cleared waivers on Sunday and the veteran was assigned to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League.
Going unclaimed does not bode well for his future in Calgary, but acting Flames general manager Brian Burke hopes to do right by O'Brien before the deadline.
“We thought someone might grab him because he's a good player,” Burke told the Calgary Herald. “Obviously the extra year of his contract is the killer, so now we'll see if we can structure a trade and we'll see if there's a team that would take him if we aren't part of the obligations...that will be the first order of the day."
Currently seven points out, the Winnipeg Jets' playoff odds might point to them selling off pieces before the deadline.
Rentals such as Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi are believed to be available, but the Jets face a tough decision with defensive stalwart Mark Stuart.
He is eligible for free agency come summer and The Winnipeg Free Press has speculated that he could be available in hopes of garnering assets from a contender before re-signing him during the off-season.
The paper adds that it's a risky proposition, but if the Jets can't reach a deal with Stuart before Mar. 5 yet are still confident in luring him back come July it could prove a shrewd move by GM Kevin Chevaldayoff.
It's long been believed that the Columbus Blue Jackets could be moving veteran forward Marian Gaborik prior to the deadline. However, his recent injury history may actually bode well for his future in the Ohio Capital.
The Columbus Dispatch noted that Gaborik's experience - plus his recent injury struggles - could place him in a unique position for his next contract.
Should Gaborik remain on injured reserve through the Olympic break, Aaron Portzline notes he will exceed 100 days. NHL veterans who have played 400 or more career games and spend 100 days or more on injured reserve are eligible to sign contracts with bonus structures.