TradeCentre: Thursday's rumours from around the NHL

TSN.ca Staff
2/23/2012 11:00:32 AM
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With Monday's NHL Trade Deadline looming, 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 TSN.ca each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Leafs GM Burke on Nash, goaltending

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was on TSN Radio 1050 on Wednesday to address the Rick Nash rumours and his club's goaltending.

"We do not have a firm offer on the table for Rick Nash," Burke told TSN Radio 1050's Cybulski & Company. "That I can assure you."

The Maple Leafs' goaltending has become a focal point to many after a trio of questionable goals cost the team a win against New Jersey on Tuesday.

Burke would not go into specifics as to what it might cost to add a goalie, but he would concede that the team has to at least explore the market before Monday.

"We haven't been dabbling in that market," he said. "But certainly it's something we have to explore to at least find out what the price tags are."

Insider Trading

TSN's Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun appeared on a special version of the The Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz, and were asked three questions.

The trio discussed which goaltender the Maple Leafs should target, where they expect Rick Nash to be at 3pm on Monday when the deadline is over, and which role player will be the most sought-after.

When dealing with the role player, Dreger felt that Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott would be popular among teams. McKenzie spoke highly of Colorado Avalanche forward Daniel Winnik, while LeBrun believed that Buffalo Sabres forward Paul Gaustad would have a lot of interest.

Greener Pastures?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports that Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr believes that his friend and fellow Czech Ales Hemsky could be well served if he's dealt by the Oilers.

"Maybe if he went to a different team it would be like a new start," Jagr told the Journal. "Maybe he gets 100 points."

"He's that skilled."

Jagr, who considered signing with the Oilers three years ago before he went to Russia, played with Hemsky on the 2006 Czech Republic Olympic team.

"Sometimes staying in one place won't help players...maybe that's what he needs."

Matheson also believes that when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Theo Peckham return from injury soon, the Oilers will have too many players on the roster. Matheson speculates that Peckham or Cam Barker could be moved at the deadline.

Hamrlik on the Move?

According to Katie Carrera of Washington Post, the Capitals could be shopping defenceman Roman Hamrlik, who was a healthy scratch on Wednesday night against the Senators.

The 37-year-old is under contract through next season, with an annual salary cap hit of $3.5 million. In the report, Carrera believes that the St. Louis Blues, who have had people scouting the Capitals during recent games, could have interest.

Tough Market for the Bruins?

While Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will look to help his club capture a second consecutive Stanley Cup, according to NESN.com, his job might be more difficult at the deadline this year.

With Tuomo Ruutu resigning with the Hurricanes, and Antoine Vermette being dealt to the Coyotes, it doesn't seem to be a friendly marketplace for a team like the Bruins who do not want to deal any of their highly regarded prospects.

Sharks' Wilson remains mum on Nash Rumours

David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News spoke to Sharks general manager Doug Wilson about the Rick Nash rumours.

While Wilson didn't want to comment specifically on any reports and stated that he never talks about discussions he has with other general managers. He did share some organizational philosophy.

"One of the most important things we do is make this a place that players do want to play and make it an attractive destination," Wilson said.

He also stated that club's four game losing streak won't affect his decision making progress at the deadline.

"You can get tricked by playing really well as well as you can by playing a poor game," stated Wilson.

Ales Hemsky (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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