The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell. Check out today's trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat, including breaking news around the New York Rangers' plans for captain Ryan Callahan.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger tweeted Friday that Western Conference teams are suggesting the New York Rangers are collecting information on St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart.
With rumours swirling around pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Callahan, Dreger tweeted "Callahan for Stewart would be a sweet deal for Blues.
On Wednesday, Dreger said he was told that "Rangers general manager Glen Sather has reached out to a number of general managers and he is gauging trade interest on Callahan."
The Rangers captain is in the final season of a three-year, $12.825 million deal. He has nine goals and 20 points in 38 games.
Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau has found himself front and centre of trade rumours with the Montreal Canadiens.
Talking to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post on Sunday, Parenteau addressed his current situation with the Avalanche and the potential for a move to Montreal.
"Any time a top-six guy on a team is out of the lineup (rumours) are going to go around. It's part of the game, but it's not fun with family and stuff like that. It's Montreal, too, and everyone was calling me. But I'm trying to block that out and wait for my turn," he said.
Parenteau, 30, is in the second season of the four-year, $16 million contract he signed with the Avalanche as an unrestricted free agent in 2012.
Thomas Vanek is close to making a decision on his future with the New York Islanders, or so his agent says.
Steve Bartlett, who spoke to Newsday's Arthur Staple on Wednesday, said the Austrian winger is not quite ready to seal his fate, but that "we continue to have what I consider very good and constructive conversations with the Islanders."
The Islanders acquired Vanek last October from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matt Moulson, a conditional first-round pick in 2014 -- New York could defer the pick to next year if it is a top-10 selection -- and a second-round pick in 2015.
"We certainly understand the team will want to explore [a trade] and try to recoup some of the assets they gave up," Bartlett said.
"We are getting close to that line in the sand time and we understand the risks and rewards of the situation we're in. (GM) Garth (Snow) and the Islanders have been nothing but great in this whole process."