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TradeCentre: Thursday's rumours from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
3/7/2013 11:11:08 AM
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With the April 3 NHL Trade Deadline looming, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell and deciding which players can make the biggest difference and 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.

Habs Seeking Size

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN believes that the Montreal Canadiens are looking for a top six power forward and are looking at a Ryane Clowe-type player. The Habs have three second-round picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft plus two third-rounders that could be used as bait.

Times They Are A Changin?

In the same story, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi told LeBrun that the market might be slower this season due to some changing trends.

"What's happened the last five or six years is teams realizing that even if they're a seller, they realize it's not like the old days where you trade [a UFA to be] for a draft pick and easily replace them [in the offseason]," Kings GM Dean Lombardi said. "Even midrange players, many teams are now deciding to keep them and try to sign them versus giving them away for a second- or third-round pick. That's something that's changed in this business since I got in it; very different. Some teams are looking at that No. 4 or No. 5 defenseman and saying, 'I'm not replacing him this summer, I need to keep him and sign him.'"

Third Watch

Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com feels that the Boston Bruins need to upgrade their third line.

He states that Bruins have scouted Ryan Clowe from the Sharks, but notes that the club could target Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla, Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Smyth or Dallas Stars winger Brendan Morrow if those players can be had.

Moves in Motown?

Ansar Khan of mlive.com states that while the Detroit Red Wings will wait until closer to the deadline before they make a move, but if the club does act, they will be targeting a top-four defenceman or a top-six forward.

Khan lists Jay Bouwmeester of the Flames, Ryan Whitney of Oilers, Winnipeg Jets veteran Ron Hainsey, Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit of the New York Islanders, and Buffalo Sabres veteran Robyn Regehr as players that the club could target.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Khan that the deadline could be busy, but there's still time for teams to figure out where they are.

"I think there will be a lot of little depth trades," Holland told mlive.com. "Will there be big ones? I don't know.

"What helps create moves at the deadline is separation. Lots of teams are not in a selling mode because they have a chance to be in the playoffs. In our position, you want to win some games to be in a position to be a buyer."

Clowe celebrates (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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