TradeCentre: Friday's rumours from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
3/8/2013 10:26:50 AM
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With the NHL Trade Deadline less than a month 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 TSN.ca each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Bruins getting reinforcements?

On TSN's Insider Trading on Thursday night, Darren Dreger stated that the Boston Bruins could soon be adding Carl Soderberg from the Swedish Elite League once his current club Linkoping is out of the playoffs.

"He is 6'3", 225 pounds and they believe he can play as a second line centre, second line winger or at worst case in their top nine," Dreger said. "He's the real deal."

Blues looking for Blueline help?

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, the St. Louis Blues are in the market for a top-four, left-handed defenceman that can be paired with either Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk. LeBrun goes on to say that if the Blues can't fill that need by the deadline, it will be something that GM Doug Armstrong will try to accomplish in the off-season.

Looking at the Rent-a-player Market

Craig Custance of ESPN.com listed the top 20 players who have expiring contracts at the end of the season that could help out teams trying to make a push. Anaheim Ducks forward Cory Perry, Ottawa Senators winger Daniel Alfredsson, New Jersey Devils forward David Clarkson, Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla and Washington Capitals centre Mike Ribeiro top the list.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur, Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar and Winnipeg Jets forward Nik Antropov are other players mentioned on the list that play for a Canadian team.

Leaving the Island?

A report on NESN.com states that Islanders could move a lot of players at the deadline with forward Brad Boyes, defencemen Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov all being free-agents at the end of the season.

White Seeing Red

Ansar Khan of mlive.com states that while defenceman Ian White is unhappy with being scratched for the club's last five games, that he hasn't asked the club to trade him.

"We're not there yet," White said. "This is Game 5 (being scratched), you play so many games in a condensed period, it can get away from you pretty quick. All the sudden you look, after the weekend that's seven straight games, if you don't play.

"You just try to get a determination of where (Babcock) thinks you fit and where [GM Ken Holland] thinks you fit, now and going forward."

The 28-year-old White is in the final year of a two-year, $5.75 million contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Carl Soderberg (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

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