TradeCentre: Thursday's reports from around the NHL

TSN.ca Staff
2/6/2014 10:14:52 AM
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The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell.

Check out today's trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates.

Miller's Crossing 

Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News writes that netminder Ryan Miller is unsure about his future with the Sabres. Heading into Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Miller said, "anything is possible" when pondering if it was his last game in Buffalo. Asked point-blank by The Buffalo News if he's told the Sabres he wants out - or told them he's all-in to talk about a contract extension - Miller remained elusive.

"That's not really something I want to discuss with you guys," he said. "It's a private conversation about a business transaction. Really, that's what it comes down to. I'm waiting to see kind of what the plans are around
here. That would kind of give a little more indication.

"They can't execute anything they might be planning until some time passes, where they make some trades or they have some kind of indication what's going to happen. Even then, there's no guarantee they're going to get everything they want. It's just kind of we'll wait and see."

Harrington also wrote that Sabres GM Tim Murray pretty much confirmed that he's in limbo on dealing Miller as well. Murray said the Sabres are studying options all over their roster but the scuttlebutt around the league is they're getting plenty of inquiries on pending unrestricted free agents Miller, Steve Ott and Matt Moulson, as well as interest in defenceman Henrik Tallinder.

"There are players on the team we're certainly going to go forward with, young guys that they fit what we want to do," Murray said. "In saying that, if a team calls and they absolutely knock your socks off, then I guess I've told a fib by saying we're going to go forward with a certain player and I've traded him. It doesn't look right, but that's my motto. I'm willing to listen on every single player, so I'm certainly listening on Ryan. Is that our plan? I guess we'll see what other teams have to say."

Moving Mike? 

While TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday on Twitter that the Calgary Flames and Mike Cammalleri are "continuing dialogue on new contract," Wes Gilbertson of The Calgary Sun says it would be a surprise if the club's highest-paid player wasn't moved before the deadline.

Staying Focused

Derek Van Diest of The Edmonton Sun writes that Oilers centre Sam Gagner is focused on helping Edmonton win games rather than trade speculation.

"It's something where you try and block it out," Gagner said. "I think it's an easier thing to do the further you are from the trade deadline, but as it creeps up, it's sometimes hard. I think it's important just to focus on your game. I have some things that I need to continue to get better at, and that's something that I'm trying to focus on right now, trying to help this team win games, and hopefully, I can do that heading towards the stretch here."

Deep Freeze

Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sportsnet tweeted out that Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has had trade talks but doesn't see them making any deals before the Olympic roster freeze.

Mike Cammalleri (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


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