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TradeCentre: Sunday's reports from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
2/2/2014 10:57:20 AM
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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. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates.

Kings' Ransom

With the Los Angeles Kings fighting for a Western Conference playoff berth and just three points up on the wild card zone, is it time for general manager Dean Lombardi to pull the trigger on a deal?

The Hockey News looks back at one of Lombardi's shrewdest moves - sending Jack Johnson and a first rounder to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Jeff Carter in 2012 – and wonders if the same type of shake-up is available this season.

Former Kings Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri would work - THN muses - but even a cheaper option like Brad Boyes could also do the trick.

Not Going Wild

The Minnesota Wild turned heads at the 2013 trade deadline by letting go of prime assets like Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett and a pair of high draft picks for then-Sabres captain Jason Pominville.

So, naturally, surrendering all those future assets would naturally take them out of the running to add a major piece this year, right?

Not necessarily so, says Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. He told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he intends to be more cautious this deadline, but that he won't say no to the right deal.

"In a perfect world, I don't want to trade first-round picks in consecutive years," Fletcher told the Star-Trib. "If opportunities come up, sometimes you have to do things, and this first round isn't as deep and our scouts always seem to deliver no matter what picks I leave them with. But it would have to be something pretty special. I'd like our guys to have a first-rounder this year."

Blue Line Bolts

Thanks to injuries on the blue line including Mattias Ohlund and Brian Lee, the Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves with a defence budget to work with ahead of the deadline.

With about $3 million in available cap space, the Tampa Bay Times envisions the Bolts looking for a blue line stalwart to help the likes of Victor Hedman and Mark Barberio.

The Islanders' Andrew MacDonald and Detroit's Kyle Quincey headline the Times' wishlist. MacDonald averages the seventh-highest ice-time in the league while Quincey - a more expensive rental option would be a more stay-at-home pick-up.

Mike Cammalleri (Photo: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

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