The NHL trade deadline is 3 pm ET today. Check out the latest rumors as the clock ticks down to the deadline.
Collection of rumors from the Ottawa Sun.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the St. Louis Blues are shopping around for a deal, but they don’t want to give up much in return. There’s speculation forward Patrik Berglund is available…Teams are calling the Ottawa Senators about goalie Robin Lehner and defenseman Jared Cowen but GM Bryan Murray apparently isn’t willing to part with his young players…New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky could attract interest if GM Lou Lamoriello is willing to move him…The Buffalo Sabres still hope to move right wing Chris Stewart. The Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and possibly the Blues could be interested…The Toronto Maple Leafs could be today. All eyes will be upon Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak…The Montreal Canadiens want to add a defenseman and are linked to Toronto’s Roman Polak and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry. There’s talk the Canadiens could be shopping promising goalie Zac Fucale…Anaheim Ducks pending UFA winger Matt Beleskey could attract some interest in the rumor mill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems like Berglund’s been trade bait forever…I don’t see the Sens moving Lehner, Cowen or any of their good young players…I expect Zidlicky to be dealt, though his no-trade clause limits where he can go…The Bruins are probably out of the Stewart bidding after acquiring Brett Connolly earlier this morning from the Bolts. I doubt the Blues are keen to bring Stewart back…I still think Phaneuf and/or Kessel get dealt this summer, but I will admit it’s possible one of them could be traded today. I believe Lupul or Bozak are more likely to go first, especially the latter…If the Canadiens are dangling Fucale I expect they’ll want a young player with term on his contract, not a rental player.
Latest on the Leafs.
SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reports the Maple Leafs are trying “real hard” to trade defenseman and team captain Dion Phaneuf before the deadline. Kypreos believes there are teams with interest in Phaneuf, but the Leafs might have to pick up part of his salary (he’s earning $7 million annually) to facilitate a deal.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley reports of whispers around the NHL the Detroit Red Wings have interest in Phaneuf, but the Leafs must retain part of the blueliner’s salary. Tyler Bozak is also believed available, and the Leafs could move recently-acquired center Olli Jokinen. Joffrey Lupul’s injury history could adversely affect his trade value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger also speculate the Wings could be pursuing Phaneuf, but the blueliner’s big contract is a stumbling block. Since the Clarkson trade, the Leafs have some wiggle room to absorb part of Phaneuf’s salary if they can get a good return. I don’t believe the Wings are willing to part with their good young players or top prospects. There’s growing talk of the two clubs perhaps swapping toxic contracts, with the Leafs sending Phaneuf to the Wings for center Stephen Weiss. That might be the only way Phaneuf ends up in Detroit. We’l know by 3 pm ET today.
Updates on Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Jeff Petry.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: David Pollak reports Sharks management hasn’t asked Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau to waive their no-trade clauses. Marleau, however, seemed to leave the door open to that possibility if he felt he wasn’t wanted.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis notes recent trade rumors suggesting the St. Louis Blues have interest in Oilers blueliner Jeff Petry, but doubts they have the depth in draft picks and prospects to land him. Willis notes trading Petry is a deal Oilers management has to get right.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Thornton or Marleau get dealt it could be this summer. As for Petry, he’ll certainly be traded today but I have my doubts he’ll land in St. Louis. The Oilers will want a first- or second-round pick plus a top prospect or good young player. Remains to be seen if they’ll get that return, of course, but they will seek a high price.
Latest on the Devils, Senators, Jets, Red Wings, Stars and Wild.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports today could be a busy one for New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. There’s reports of interest in defenseman Marek Zidlicky. “The Devils also have Scott Gomez, Jordin Tootoo, Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat available to teams looking to add depth,” writes Chere.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports not to expect a splash at the deadline by the recently-surging Senators. Four players worth watching are Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba, Chris Phillips and Colin Greening.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports that, despite the Jets recent acquisition of forward Lee Stempniak, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff might not be done dealing. Pending free agent winger Michael Frolik has come up in trade rumors but Wiebe doubts he’ll be dealt.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland continues to work the phones after acquiring winger Erik Cole yesterday from the Dallas Stars. “Players such as defensemen Jeff Petry (Edmonton), Zbynek Michalek (Arizona) and Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey) are available, all right-hand shots who have varying strengths and weaknesses but could have appeal to the Red Wings,” reports Kulfan.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the Stars might not be done dealing after trading Erik Cole yesterday to Detroit. Pending UFA center Shawn Horcoff is a strong candidate to move, as could Vernon Fiddler or Patrick Eaves.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn’t expect to make a move today.