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Trade Deadline Rumour List

The NHL's annual trading deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 27. And with an earlier date than previous years, teams won't be making deals for successful playoff runs so much as they'll be loading up just to clinch a postseason berth. With that in mind, TSN.ca tracks down the names heard prominently in trade rumours around the league.

The Names In Play


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Adrian Aucoin
Position: Defenceman
Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age: 33
Rumoured Suitors? - Canadiens
The Blackhawks pinned much of their immediate future on Aucoin when they signed him to a four-year, $12 million deal in 2005. But the veteran blueliner has not lived up to expectations, battling groin injuries and spending a lot of time in the press box because of his recent defensive struggles. Aucoin can get his game back with a new team, but with two years and $8 million left on his contract, the price could be too much. Recent rumours had him possibly going to Montreal for Craig Rivet and Sergei Samsonov.


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Todd Bertuzzi
Position: Left Wing
Team: Florida Panthers
Age: 31
Rumoured Suitors? - Red Wings
Coming off back surgery, a healthy Bertuzzi could give any team an edge in a tight playoff race. But off-ice issues aside, a big drawback is the remainder of his $5.3 million salary that has to be paid out. That will limit the number of potential suitors, but teams would be getting a player who can still dominate and set the tone in any given game. Bertuzzi will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.


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Jason Blake
Position: Left Wing
Team: New York Islanders
Age: 33
Rumoured Suitors? -
Blake is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July and got in a bit of hot water when he gave the Islanders a hint of the 'sign me or trade me' motto. But reports say he has changed his stance a bit and wants to remain an Islander. Blake's camp is seeking a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $18 million, but contract talks may be put on hold as the team focuses on getting into the postseason.


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Bill Guerin
Position: Right Wing
Team: St. Louis Blues
Age: 36
Rumoured Suitors? - Senators, Red Wings, Maple Leafs
Guerin, who won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 1995, has plenty of playoff experience and brings veteran help to any team looking to make a postseason run. The one-year contract he signed with the Blues last summer makes him the perfect rental player, much like Mark Recchi and Doug Weight were last season. If St. Louis seems like it's on the outside looking in, the gritty scorer will be a hot commodity come Feb. 27.


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Olli Jokinen
Position: Centre
Team: Florida Panthers
Age: 28
Rumoured Suitors? -
While Bertuzzi and Roberts are the hot names emerging from Florida, it's surprising to hear Olli Jokinen being floated around in circles as well. He signed a four-year, $21.5 million contract last year to stay in Florida, but rumblings out of the Sunshine State suggest the team is listening to offer. With Peter Forsberg gone, he's the next best available player based on his skill, durability and contract status.


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Sergei Samsonov
Position: Left Wing
Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age: 28
Rumoured Suitors? - Blackhawks
Simply put, the stats show that Samsonov has been a bad fit for the Canadiens. A change of scenery may be the remedy to get this speedy and skilled forward back up to par, but the sticking point for the Habs may be his $3.75 million salary next season. He was recently waived by the Canadiens, but it looks like the Russian sniper and the team are stuck together until a) he finds his groove down the stretch or b) GM Bob Gainey is able to find a suitable trading partner.


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Ryan Smyth
Position: Left Wing
Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age: 30
Rumoured Suitors? -
Seeing Smyth in anything but blue, white and orange would burn the eyes of Oiler fans, but if the two sides can't come to terms on a new long-term deal, it could be a harsh reality. Smyth may be the heart and soul in Edmonton, but you can bet the Oilers won't let the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent walk away for nothing. The pressure to sign him or trade him will only intensify if the team falls out of contention for a postseason berth.


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Sheldon Souray
Position: Defence
Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age: 30
Rumoured Suitors? - Ducks
Seeing Souray in anything but bleu, blanc et rouge this season is a long shot. But if the Habs fall out of playoff contention, GM Bob Gainey will have a tough decision to make - try to re-sign his star defenceman or trade him for assets. As the league's top offensive defenceman this season Souray will likely seek dollar amounts similar to that of Toronto's Bryan McCabe last summer. And if Gainey can't get him locked up, the market will be huge for Souray's services. And according to the rumour mill, the Sharks are circling...literally.


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Jose Theodore
Position: Goaltender
Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age: 30
Rumoured Suitors? -
Another season, and another year of struggles for the former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner. Pierre Lacroix's big acquisition from Montreal last March has turned out to be an $11.5 million ($5.5 million this year, $6 million next year) albatross for current GM Francois Giguere as backup Peter Budaj has unceremoniously taken the No. 1 job in net. There are few doubts that the Avalanche would love to trade Theodore and his hefty salary, but you won't find any takers.



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