TradeCentre: Friday's reports from around the NHL

TSN.ca Staff
2/28/2014 6:17:23 PM
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With less than a week until the NHL Trade Deadline, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

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From Pierre LeBrun

While Anaheim GM Bob Murray said earlier this season he was not going to trade Jonas Hiller despite the fact he's an unrestricted free agent on July 1, some sources have told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Murray might be willing to move another goalie.

LeBrun doesn't think John Gibson or Frederik Andersen are on the block, so by process of elimination, Viktor Fasth might be an option. He's signed for another season at $2.9 million.

Meanwhile, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee told LeBruun that his priority is still finding a suitor for Martin Erat.

"The only thing I'm working on that has to be done is moving (Martin) Erat," Caps GM George McPhee told LeBrun on ESPN.com. "There are some teams interested. He still wants out. I'd love to be able to do it this weekend. But we'll see."

Where the Edmonton Oilers are concerned, LeBrun hears that winger Ales Hemsky is getting decent traction on the market and that it's a guarantee he gets dealt before Wednesday. LeBrun also says that veteran winger Ryan Smyth and Nick Schultz could be moved to contenders.

Finally, there's no contract extension on the horizon for pending unrestricted free agent David Legwand, but with a full no-movement clause, Nashville Predators GM Poile says there's limit in his ability to explore the trade market.

Unless an offer blows Poile away and is something Legwand wants, there's a good chance he'll stay.

In an update on the Vancouver Canucks, LeBrun writes that the Philadelphia Flyers could be interested in centre Ryan Kesler or defenceman Alexander Edler.

If Kesler is in their sights, LeBrun imagines that the Canucks' asking price in any Kesler deal would start with Brayden Schenn. But he's not sure the Flyers would go there.  

Crunch Time For Phillips?

TSN Hockey Darren Dreger tweeted Friday that the Ottawa Senators' contract talks with defenceman Chris Phillips are expected to continue. He adds that a trade is still an option, with the Boston Bruins believed to be among teams with interest.

Eyes On Brodeur?

Randy Miller of NJ.com writes that Chicago Blackhawks director of player personnel Pierre Gauthier and pro scout Dennis Bonvie attended Thursday night's Devils-Blue Jackets game, as well as Minnesota Wild assistant general manager Jim Nill. Miller mentions that, according to rumours, both teams have been linked to Martin Brodeur.

Still Shopping Around

Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun wrote this week that the Senators could be interested in St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart and adds that the team likely won't be involved in the race for for Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson unless the asking price goes down.

Garrioch also reports that there's been interest in forward Milan Michalek. The Sun story says it's not known if he's talked contract with GM Bryan Murray and a decision may have to be made before Wednesday.

Ward Off?

Tough decisions lie ahead for Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

Dreger says that the team is open to trading any one of its three goaltenders ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline, including veteran Cam Ward.

The Hurricanes have 61 points through 59 games this season and sit five points out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Market For Mez?

Philly.com writer Sam Carchidi writes that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren faces a tough decision on pending UFS defenceman Andrej Meszaros - trade him or keep him for the stretch run.

Carchidi adds that the Boston Bruins - without Dennis Seidenberg for the season - are among the teams reportedly interested and that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara could be 'nudging the Bruins to add Meszaros.'

Carchidi also speculates that the Flyers could get a third-round pick or a prospect for Meszaros.

No Big Sales In Sunrise

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be a seller, but he won't be conducting an all-out fire sale, writes George Richards of the Miami Herald.

"We're going to do what's best for the Panthers to build a championship team," Tallon said during the recent Olympic break. "We're not blowing this thing up. If we can sell some assets to get better, we'll do that. It depends what happens in the next few weeks. We'll be aggressive either way."

There's ample trade speculation surrounding pending UFAs Tim Thomas, Brad Boyes and Tom Gilbert, but Tallon said all three, 'deserve to stick around if they so wish.' "Those guys have had good years and deserve the chance to stay," he said. "I'm happy with the way they've played, happy with their professionalism."

Richards adds that other free agents the Panthers could offer include Marcel Goc, Mike Weaver and Dmitry Kulikov.

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