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3/25/2013 10:05:40 AM
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With the NHL Trade Deadline just over a week away, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell. Check out Monday's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat, and follow TSN.ca each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Star Search

After dealing captain Brenden Morrow, the Stars could soon be hanging the “For Sale” sign according to the New York Post's Larry Brooks.

While rental players such as Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy and Eric Nystrom could likely be had, Brooks wonders if the Stars might truly start a rebuild by fielding offers on forward Loui Eriksson.

The 27-year-old Swede has proven he can produce - netting 25-plus in each of his last four seasons - and would net a tidy return by virtue of the three years remaining on his contract beyond 2013 at an affordable $4.25 million.

Not Done Yet?

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Dehan Kovacevic thinks the Penguins still have some cards to play after landing Stars' captain Brenden Morrow via trade Sunday.

He thinks the Pens next priority will be adding a depth defenceman.

Kovacevic's prediction would wind up being prophetic, as the Penguins dealt a pair of second-round picks to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenceman Douglas Murrayon Monday.

Long-Term Outlook

Centre Mike Ribeiro has apparently been impressed enough over his first season in Washington that he'd be open to re-signing with the club.

However, as the Washington Times' Stephen Whyno reports, the pending UFA will be looking for hefty term on his next contract: probably in the five-year range.

Ribeiro's exceptional playmaking abilities may make him an attractive deadline target if he is unable to reach a deal with the Caps. However, the team might be loath to deal him given the fact that they are still in a playoff hunt, that Ribeiro is the team's leading scorer and that the Caps paid a hefty price (Cody Eakin and a second-rounder) to acquire him this past off-season.

DeKeyser Roll-Out

With NCAA free agent Andrej Sustr signing with Tampa last week, the top available collegiate free agent is now Western Michigan defender Danny DeKeyser.

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported via Twitter that DeKeyser might also be close to making a decision on his NHL future.

While McKenzie stated that the Toronto Maple Leafs had high interest in DeKeyser under former GM Brian Burke, the front runners are now believed to be Detroit, St. Louis, Anaheim and Edmonton.

NHL execs are expected to make pitches to DeKeyser's camp in person in Toronto mid-week with the defender expected to have his equipment ready to immediately join whichever organization he chooses to sign with.

Jaromir Jagr Loui Eriksson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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