With the NHL Trade Deadline coming into effect today at 3 PM ET, rumors continue to swirl around unsettled players and pending UFA's. Here are the latest trade rumors from around the league.
Red Wings Pursuing Ehrhoff
In a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the Detroit Red Wings have expressed interest in Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. While LeBrun is hesitant in believing the Wings will make a huge push to acquire him, Ehrhoff's contract and skill set do have appeal, especially for a team that could use a "top-four, offensively minded defenseman." Ehrhoff's contract, despite having seven years of term left, isn't that harmful due to the front-loaded money within the deal. According to LeBrun, any team that acquires Ehrhoff will only have to pay $18 million over the remaining seven years of his deal.
Price for Kesler High
If there is a contender that is looking to bolster their top six with the Vancouver Canucks forward, they will reportedly have to pay a steep price. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Canucks are looking for three pieces in a return for Kesler. The first is a center, preferably 25 or younger, that can hopefully fill the void created by the forward's departure. The second piece would be a "top" prospect, which McKenzie believes would likely be a forward. The third piece would be a first-round draft pick. In addition to those high demands, Kesler's no-trade clause may also limit potential suitors. Last night, the Vancouver Province reported that Kesler would not permit a possible move to the Columbus Blue Jackets. While the Blue Jackets may not have a shot, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported last night that Kesler has submitted a short list of teams to the Vancouver front office. Kypreos believes a trade out of the Western Conference is preferable to the Canucks, and that the Penguins, Rangers, and Flyers are in the mix to acquire the 29-year-old center.
Veteran Defenseman Drawing Interest Despite Injury
Despite the fact he hasn't played since November 29 due to a broken leg, Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is drawing serious interest on the trade market. According to a report on CSNNE.com, an anonymous NHL executive believes that Robidas "will be moved" before tomorrow's deadline." The executive believes that the Boston Bruins would be a logical fit. “A lot of teams covet [Robidas],” The executive said. “He’s a veteran right-hander that competes like a bastard. He’d be a perfect fit for the Bruins.” Robidas, 36, has long been valuable in a penalty-killing role for the Stars. He also provides some offensive upside as he has recorded 41-point and 30-point seasons in his career.
Murray Claims Spezza Not on Trade Block
After rumors began surfacing that Senators captain Jason Spezza could move before the deadline, Ottawa general manager Brian Murray has moved to quiet that speculation. In addition to briefly sharing his frustration with the media making false assumptions, Murray assured reporters that club was not actively looking to move Spezza. “I’m not going to … the more I say about it, the more it’s going to be played over and over the next couple days, so I’ll just say that we have not talked, at this point in time, about Jason Spezza," Murray said.
Miller Interested in Extending StayAlthough it isn't trade talk, Sabres fan would be interested in knowing that former goalie Ryan Miller has already expressed in an interest in signing long-term with the St. Louis Blues. “I’m very open to it,” Miller said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out.”
The Goalie Carousel Continues to Spin
There's been much speculation on what the Blue and Gold plan to do with newly acquired Jarolsav Halak. Tuesday afternoon, many sources had Halak linked to the Minnesota Wild. For now however, it looks as though Halak will stay put as the Wild have acquired Ilya Bryzgalov from the Oilers for a 4th round pick. Edmonton in the meantime, has picked up a goaltender of their own, receiving Viktor Fasth from the Ducks. Anaheim gets a 5th round pick in 2014, and a 3rd round pick in 2015 in return.
Anaheim Busy on Fat Tuesday
Dustin Penner is now a Washington Capital. The Ducks fetch a 4th rounder for the forward. Wasting little time, Anaheim sent a conditional 4th round pick to Dallas for Stephane Robidah.
Philadelphia is gearing up for their playoff push, sending two picks, a 3rd round pick in 2014, a 2nd round pick in 2015 along with prospect Matt Mangene for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
It's also been reported as of 4:30 PM Tuesday that goaltender Roberto Luongo along with Steven Anthony have been sent to the Florida Panthers. Fellow goaltender Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias head to Vancouver in return.
Boyes Re-signs with Florida
Former Sabre Brad Boyes agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday. The deal is believed to be worth $2.625 million per season.
Vanek on the Move Again?
John Shannon of Sportsnet reports that Thomas Vanek will not dress tonight against Winnipeg. We'll have more to come on that as it develops.
St. Louis and Callahan Swapped
Marty St. Louis is out of Tampa Bay. The Lightning moved him to the New York Rangers in exchange for pending UFA Ryan Callahan, a 1st round pick in 2015 and 2nd round pick in 2014.
Ales Hemsky now an Ottawa Senator
After years of flirting with moving at the deadline, Ales Hemsky finally gets dealt. The Oilers send Hemsky to Ottawa in exchange for a third round pick in 2015 and fourth round pick in 2014.
Marion Gaborik to the LA Kings
Gaborik has been traded to the Kings, Per TSN in return, the Blue Jackets are getting Matt Frattin and two conditional picks
Marcel Goc traded to Penguins
Pittsburgh makes their first move of the day landing forward Marcel Goc from the Florida Panthers in exchange for 2 draft picks. Penguins expected to make a push for Ryan Kesler still.
Tuommo Ruutu to New Jersey
The Carolina Hurricanes have dealt forward Tuommo Ruutu to the Devils in exhange for Andrei Loktionov
Tim Thomas traded to the Stars
Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets
Edmonton receives a 5th round pick in exchange for Schultz
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