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TSN.ca Staff
3/27/2013 4:20:05 PM
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With the NHL Trade Deadline exactly one week away, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell. Check out Wednesday's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat, and follow TSN.ca each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Shark Bait

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote in his blog for ESPN.com on Wednesday that the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and even the Vancouver Canucks would show interest in acquiring Ryane Clowe from San Jose.

But according to LeBrun, Habs GM Marc Bergevin may not be keen about giving up prime, future assets for a rental player and wouldn't have the "all-in" mentality of Boston and Pittsburgh when it comes to the trade deadline.

The early price on Clowe is reportedly a first-round pick and another young asset.

Plan D

Staring down the prospect of the team's first early summer since 2007, the Philadelphia Flyers may be looking to upgrade on the blue line in hopes of making up the current seven point gap between 14th and eighth in the East.

Philadelphia Daily News reporter Frank Seravelli reports that the Flyers' brass was recently spotted in Minnesota. GM Paul Holmgren and director of hockey operations Chris Pryor were spotted in the Land of 10,000 Lakes scouting not only the NCAA but the Wild's recent tilt against the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks have already moved Douglas Murray and rumours persist that Dan Boyle could be moved, but Seravelli believes the object of the Flyers' affection is six-foot-five defender Brent Burns.

Burns would be a longer commitment than Boyle by virtue of his four remaining years at $5 million-plus and Seravelli sees him as a perfect fit for a Philly reclamation project.

Skip Kipper?

Miikka Kiprusoff's name has been surfacing in trade rumours of late as an attractive option for teams seeking a proven number one goalkeeper.

However, the Finnish netminder may have pulled himself off the block before any deal can be negotiated.

The Calgary Sun's Randy Sportak reports that although Kiprusoff does not possess a no-trade clause in his current deal, it is believed he would refuse to report to a new team were he to be traded.

Kiprusoff found little time for the media after the Flames' 2-0 loss to Chicago, but the reports - which originated in the Finnish press according to Sportak - point towards the fact that Kiprusoff has a new-born at home as part of his decision to want to stay in Calgary.

Dog Days

Fox Sports Arizona is reporting that the Phoenix Coyotes are teetering precariously between being buyers or sellers over the next week.

"We're right at the cliff as far as I'm concerned," GM Don Maloney told reporter Craig Morgan. "If we slide much further, all bets are off. We're going to go out and find assets. This is reality."

Should the 'Yotes go into sell-mode, names like Boyd Gordon, Raffi Torres and Derek Morris could soon find themselves on the market, according to Morgan.



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