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TradeCentre: Tuesday's rumours from around the NHL beat

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TSN.ca Staff
1/17/2012 1:42:31 PM
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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 from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca each day until Deadline Day for all the updates:

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk never expected his team to be so good so quickly.  He went on record on Monday saying that in the right circumstances, his club will look to improve at or before the NHL trade deadline.

"If we continue on our road and we're healthy, we'll certainly look at doing something prior to the trade deadline and, at the very least, we'll be looking at doing something.

"But a lot also has to do with not screwing around with a good thing," Melnyk said.

Read the story in the Ottawa Citizen.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs had their annual mid-season pro scouting meetings this week.  The Leafs are currently one-point out of the playoffs and are reportedly looking for some size up front. 

General Manager Brian Burke has a track record to doing deals prior to the deadline, meaning if the Leafs were to make a move it would likely be sooner rather than later.

Read the story in the Toronto Sun.

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With the Jets in contention for a playoff spot, some of the focus has fallen on Nik Antropov, who only has five goals and 20 points this season, despite making over $4 million a year. 

Is his contract a moveable one if the Jets are interested?

Read the story in the Winnipeg Sun.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have been using Marcus Kruger as a second-line centre, and according to reports general manager Stan Bowman is looking for an upgrade there as well as on the blueline.

Read the story in the Chicago Sun Times.

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Over in New York, the Rangers have struggled to score goals and according to Newsday, general manager Glen Sather may start feeling the pressure to add some more offensive punch to the lineup.

Read the story in Newsday.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have been hit hard by the injury bug, are clinging to the eighth spot in the East.

Because his team has rarely been healthy this season, general manager Ray Shero is unsure how active he'll be at the deadline.

He did go on record and say that the team's top four prospects, defencmen Joe Morrow, Simon Despres and Scott Harrington, as well as forward Beau Bennett are not on the market.

Read the story in the Tribune Review.

Nik Antropov (Photo: Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

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