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TradeCentre: Tuesday's reports from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
3/4/2014 11:42:25 AM
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With just one day until the NHL Trade Deadline, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

And follow TSN.ca right through Wednesday's 3pm et trade deadline for all the updates.

Blue line help for Red Wings?

In addition to what he reported in Insider Trading, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote on ESPN.com that the Detroit Red Wings are believed among the teams looking at defenceman Christian Ehrhoff. More than half of Ehrhoff's $40 million contract will be paid out by the end of the season.

Where Could He Go?

The Vancouver Province's Ben Kuzma writes that Ryan Kesler won't waive his no-trade clause for the Columbus Blue Jackets and adds that the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are the front runners for his services. Kuzma speculates that Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier could address the Canucks' needs if Philly is in the mix.

Fair Return?

While the Ottawa Senators contemplate giving Chris Phillips a two-year contract extension, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has been told the Senators are looking a first round draft pick in return for the veteran defenceman. Also, Dreger says while there is some interest in Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen, it appears he wants to stay in Philadelphia. As for fellow blueliner Andrej Meszaros, the asking price is a second round draft pick.

Options for Columbus

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch examines some deadline options for the Blue Jackets, which includes adding an experienced defenceman, and a gritty forward. Portzline adds that the team could hold on to Marian Gaborik - up to the trade deadline - to see he will generate a good return. If not, they could keep him for the rest of the season. The column also speculates trading forward Cam Atkinson if they can make an improvement in return.

Never Count Out Pittsburgh...

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says says Kesler, defenceman Marek Zidlicky of the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton's Ales Hemsky are among the players the Penguins have interest in going into Wednesday's deadline.

...Or Philly For That Matter

According to Frank Seravalli of The Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers have tabled a 'substantial offer' for Kesler and are also interested in Canucks defenceman Alex Edler.

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