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NHL Trade Tracker

As we are now less than a week away from the trade deadline, the NHL rumor mill looks to be heating up. Here's the latest media speculation and trade talks from around the league:

Sabres Trying to Trade Halak to Minnesota?

According to Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune, the Minnesota Wild are looking for goaltender insurance and are talking to the Sabres and Devils.  Both Jaroslav Halak and Martin Brodeur are believed to be the goalies the Wild are asking about.  More from Russo:

But some inside the Wild worry he was a product of the Blues’ stingy system and there’s a reason St. Louis felt Miller, not Halak, was the final piece of a Stanley Cup puzzle.

But if the price is right, Fletcher could pull the trigger.

It should be noted that Sabres GM Tim Murray and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher have known eachother for a long time and are considered to be good friends.  Stay tuned...

Sabres Not Done?

Following the Sabres' trade of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott on Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie speculated that Tim Murray may immediately turn around some of the parts he received from the Blues. McKenzie noted on Twitter that he thinks Buffalo will attempt to send G Jaroslav Halak to Minnesota and RW Chris Stewart to the Senators. According to McKenzie, names from Ottawa that may intrigue Murray include Mark Stone, Matt Puempel, Mark Borowiecki, and Fredrik Claesson.

That was followed by a report by Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun stating that the Sens are still interested in Stewart.

Executive Suite Shakeup?

TSN's Bob Mckenzie tweeted Saturday afternoon that there is a potential shakeup in the Buffalo Sabres' executive suite, and no more than a half hour later Elliotte Friedman reported that "Something is up with Pat LaFontaine and the Buffalo Sabres." Read into that however you want, but it appears the Sabres are far from finished making moves.
Interest in Myers
Last night, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported that Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers is drawing "considerable interest" around the league. According to Dreger, GM Tim Murray is willing to move the 24-year-old former Calder Trophy winner. Dreger mentions Toronto, Anaheim, and Colorado as potential fits and suggests that whatever team is interested in acquiring Myers will have to "come ready to pay a premium."
Ehrhoff Garnering Attention
In addition to Myers, Christian Ehrhoff has also generated interest from teams looking to bolster their defensive core. ESPN NHL writer Craig Custance said in a tweet last night, "Sabres also getting calls on defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Like the other Sabres w/no-trades, he's submitted his list." The list that Custance is referring to is Ehrhoff's limited no trade clause. Meanwhile, Wayne Scanlon, who is a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, cites a NHL GM who believes that there may already be a deal in place for the Sabres captain Steve Ott.
Kesler Denies Requesting a Trade
It has been an eventful week for Canucks forward Ryan Kesler. On February 24th, Canucks GM Mike Gillis expressed a desire to acquire a player to help Kesler. On Wednesday night, TVA Sports' Louis Jean reported that Kesler requested a trade "some time ago" and wanted out of Vancouver. After practice yesterday, Kesler spoke to Vancouver reporters and called Jean's report "completely false." Last night, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos and Bruce Garrioch reported that while the asking price is believed to be steep, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and the Rangers are all interested in acquiring the 29-year-old's services. Kesler carries a $5 million cap hit through 2015-16 and currently is day-to-day with a hand injury that he suffered playing for the United States in Sochi.
St. Louis Wants a Move to Rangers
After hardly denying a report that he wanted a trade, longtime Lightning forward Martin St. Louis has also singled out his favored destination. According to Dreger, St. Louis has his heart set on a move to the New York Rangers. In a Wednesday night tweet, Dreger said, "Teams may continue to call Tampa Bay on St. Louis, but, as of now, Lightning are telling teams St. Louis is locked on the New York Rangers." TSN reporter Scott Cullen cites the fact that St. Louis lives in nearby Connecticut as a possible reason why St. Louis likes the idea of a move to New York. St. Louis, who has 58 points in 59 games, carries a $5.625 million cap hit and also possesses a no-movement clause.
Callahan Likely On His Way Out
Reports earlier this week said that there was a "99 percent chance" that Callahan would be moved prior to Wednesday's deadline. That belief was echoed by ESPN New York's Katie Strang. Strang spoke to Callahan's agent Steve Bartlett who said that he had no contact with the Rangers front office over the Olympic break. Callahan, the Rangers captain and a Rochester native, is believed to be seeking a seven-year deal, averaging somewhere between $6.5 and $7 million a year. Unlike Kesler and St. Louis, Callahan is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

Blues Beat Reporter Confirms Team Interested in Miller
Jeremy Rutherford of the St Louis Post-Dispatch was on Schopp and The Bulldog earlier today and said the Blues interest in Miller is "100% legitimate". You can hear full audio of the interview right here:

Other Names Making Headlines
Ryan Callahan's teammate Dan Girardi has signed a new 6 year extension with the Rangers worth $33 Million.  Brian Burke has told reporters that he will not be Calgary's general manager next season. Nashville Predators center David Legwand discussed his contract talks with the Nashville Predators by simply saying, "We aren't anywhere." Lastly, the New York Islanders are reportedly seeking a first-round pick for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

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