TradeCentre: Tuesday's rumours from around the NHL

With the NHL Trade Deadline only weeks away, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell and deciding which players can make the biggest difference or hold the greatest value.

Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Stalked by Rumours

Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun says that Maple Leafs forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur have been stalked by trade rumours of late.

Grabovski is not involved in serious Leafs trade talks at the moment and would become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He has so far shrugged off any rumours that he could be moved as part of a package deal.

Read the full report here.

Suter Watch

Frank Seravalli from reports that a source told him during the All-Star weekend that the consensus around the NHL is that Predators defenceman Ryan Suter is unlikely to be traded before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. However, Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen said he was trying to gently massage the idea of Philadelphia in to Suter's head during the All-Star break.

Read more here.

USA Today's Kevin Allen also re-iterated that the reason Suter has not signed an extension with Nashville is not simply about money. Suter wants to see if the Predators' management is serious about making the team a Stanley Cup contender. Allen also said that Nashville could benefit from acquiring Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu.

Read more here.

Staying... For Now

The New York Post is reporting that GMs inquiring about New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise are being told that he will not be traded before the deadline.

It is believed that if the Devils are unable to sign him to an extension before July 1, when he would become an unrestricted free agent, they will try to shop his negotiating rights.

Read the full report here.

Gillis Wants Grit

Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province looks at what the Cancuks will look to do between now and the playoffs. With the trade deadline four weeks away he says Canucks GM Mike Gillis won't be a bystander.

McIntyre says the Canucks need another top-four defenceman as well as additional grit up front. One possible target is Montreal forward Travis Moen while Phoenix defenceman Adrian Aucoin could be insurance on the blue line.

On the Canucks side of things he says that Mason Raymond will continue to hear his name mentioned a lot in trade talks

Read the full report here.

Too Much Up Front

The New York Rangers have a lot of depth up front.

In fact, Chris Botta of the New York Times says the Rangers have too many forwards. He speculates that either Wojtek Wolski or Erik Christensen, the team's 13th and 14th forwards, could be moved.

Sean Avery, who is currently with the Rangers' AHL affiliate, could also be shopped for a mid-round draft pick.

Read the full report here.

Deny, Deny, Deny

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger shot down a rumour involving Rick Nash heading to Toronto from Columbus. He tweeted yesterday that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has never discussed a trade involving the Blue Jackets forward. This came in response to a tweet from Bill Watters that involved Nash and Kristian Huselius coming to Toronto in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski, Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and Mike Komisarek.

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also denied any rumours saying he would trade goaltender Tim Thomas. "Not trading him," Chiarelli said in an e-mail to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. "I have not talked to anyone and I don't plan to."

TSN's Gord Miller also reports that the San Jose Sharks have vehemently denied that Ryane Clowe could be in play. The team called  trade rumours involving Clowe "idiotic."