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TradeCentre: Monday's reports from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
3/3/2014 10:17:47 AM
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With just two days until the NHL Trade Deadline, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

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Getting Creative

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try their best to acquire Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks before the Trade Deadline.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Penguins GM Ray Shero will do everything he can to trade for Kesler by Wednesday's deadline.

Dreger reports the Penguins aren't the only team showing interest in the veteran centre, however, with the Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, and New York Rangers also showing interest.

Among other topics Dreger touched on was Rangers forward Ryan Callahan's softening contract demands and the several veterans that could be on the move before Wednesday's deadline.

Surprise Trade Piece

Despite not playing a game since late November, Dallas Stars defenceman Stephane Robidas may still be a hot commodity at the Trade Deadline.

Dreger tweeted that the veteran blueliner, who has been out with a broken leg, is garnering interest. Robidas, 37, could be back by mid-March, according to Dreger.

Netminder Insurance

Heading to the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild may be looking for some insurance for rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports that Ryan Miller isn't likely to be the only goalie moved before the deadline, and New Jersey Devils veteran netminder Martin Brodeur could be a perfect fit for the Wild.

The Wild need another goalie with Niklas Backstrom battling injuries and Josh Harding out indefinitely after his MS flared up, and Brodeur could be receptive to a move to Minnesota where his son plays high school hockey and good friend Zach Parise on the team.

Keeping Pace

In light of the St. Louis Blues' acquisition of goalie Ryan Miller, several of the Blues' rivals in the Western Conference could make moves to keep pace with the team.

According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, teams like the Chcago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Anaheim Ducks could be looking to add talent as well.

Names floating around for those teams include Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Tyler Myers, and Andrew MacDonald.

Landing Spots

Matheson also took a look at the Edmonton Oilers and where some of their tradable assets may wind up.

Forwards Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth could be on the move while defenceman Nick Schultz may also be traded. Schultz is one of several defencemen Matheson reports the Boston Bruins are looking at, with others including MacDonald, Chris Phillips, and Andrej Meszaros.

Pressing Forward

Despite not being in a playoff spot as of Monday, the Ottawa Senators are expected to be buyers at the Trade Deadline.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said during Sunday's Heritage Classic that his team is definitely not going to be sellers this season.

John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports that recently acquired forward Chris Stewart is a candidate to be flipped to the Senators before the deadline.

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