The countdown to the Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is on.
As NHL teams return to business and teams decide on whether to buy or sell, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.
And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates.
On The Mark(ov)?
According to Tony Marinaro of TSN Radio 690, the Montreal Canadiens have offered a one-year, $6 million contract to defenceman Andrei Markov.
Marinaro adds that Markov, an unrestricted free agent at season's end, is seeking a three-year deal while general manager Marc Bergevin wants to go one year at a time.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger told TSN Radio 1050 on Tuesday that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is rumoured to be looking for a top four defenceman. Dreger reports that The Maple Leafs are only interested in 'hockey moves' and would probably prefer to stay away from a rental player.
Dreger adds there's still the possibility that a Jake Gardiner type of trade occurs - but only if the rate of return is acceptable.
Nothing Too Big
As Mike Zeisberger of The Toronto Sun adds, Nonis is not looking at making a splash ahead of the Mar. 5 trade deadline.
"I don't anticipate us making any major moves," Nonis told The Sun. "And I definitely don't see us getting involved in a rent-a-player transaction that sees us move resources for someone we only have for a handful of weeks."
Nonis added that while he's not closing the door completely on a major deal, it would have to be one that's too good to pass up.
"You're always looking to get better," he said. "But it has to be a hockey deal. It has to make sense long term while helping us now as well."
Another Flame On The Block?
With pending UFAs Michael Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak already mentioned on the block, Scott Cruickshank of The Calgary Herald says the Flames would like to deal Shane O'Brien. The veteran blueliner has a $2 million cap hit tha runs through next season.
Blue line help in Philly?
Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com writes that the Philadelphia Flyers will need an 'impact defenceman' if they want to make the playoffs, thinking that a player like Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien, Nick Schultz of the Oilers, Calgary's Dennis Wideman and Dallas Stars defenceman Trevor Daley could be a fit.
Waiting On Erat
Washington Capitals GM George McPhee will be asking disgruntled forward Martin Erat again if he wants to be traded. "I don't think that's going to change," McPhee told Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com. "I'll talk to him when he gets back and if he still wants to be traded, we'll try to accommodate him.
"It's been a difficult year with transactions. Had this been a typical year we might have been able to move him within weeks of his request, but that wasn't the case this year."
(The Other) Subban in Play?
With Boston's goaltending set with Tuukka Rask for years to come, Stephen Harris of The Boston Herald thinks prospect Malcolm Subban could be, 'a very valuable chip' in a possible trade if he can land a player which helps the Bruins win the Stanley Cup again.