With the NHL Trade Deadline just over a week 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.
Making A List
Sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla submitted a list of four teams he would approve a trade to: the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.
The Flames have taken the position of not commenting on the speculation.
The 35-year-old Iginla is in the final year of a three-year, $21 million deal and will be an unrestricted free agent following the season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, who fired head coach Guy Boucher on Sunday morning, will likely be quiet in terms of any player movement due to a lack of tradable assets says Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
With Nate Thompson signed to a new four-extension, there are very few players left that other teams might be interested in Erlendsson says. Ryan Malone's left shoulder injury could prevent teams from looking at him seriously while Eric Brewer, who has also been mentioned in rumours, has two years left on his contract and a modified no movement clause.
Erlendsson also says that he does not see the team trying to trade Martin St. Louis whom he believes will retire as a member of the Lightning.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch says the shortened NHL season will mean plenty of confuison at the trade deadline.
"It's all out of whack this year," Portzline quoted an NHL executive as saying. Portzline goes on to say that the Blue Jackets won't divulge what they plan to do at the deadline partly because they simply don't know where there team will be a week from now.
"We've got a big week ahead of us as an organization, and I think a lot of teams are saying the same thing," said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson.
The StarTribune's Michael Russo says that NHL GMs will face some tough choices as trade deadline approaches. With the standings as tight as they are, teams will be reluctant to trade players who could help them reach the playoffs even if it might be the right move to make.
He points to the Dallas Stars as an example of a team with a tough decision on whether to pull the plug, buy, sell or stand pat.
Some other he says could be players before the deadline include Calgary, Dallas, San Jose and Pittsburgh.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post speculates on whether the Dallas Stars will embrace a rebuild before the trade deadline. He wonders, not whether players like Jaromir Jagr will be made available, but whether the Stars will really look to overhaul their roster by making Loui Eriksson available.
If the Stars do, Brooks says the New York Rangers would be very interested in making a deal.