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TradeCentre: Wednesday's reports from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
1/22/2014 10:42:06 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 while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value.

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.

Vets for Sale?

Toiling in the Western Conference cellar, are the Edmonton Oilers ready to start moving some pieces out for future assets?

According to TSN's hockey insiders, the Oilers could be willing to part with more than just the widely-rumoured-to-be-available Sam Gagner. Darren Dreger floated the names of veteran forwards Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth as both being available prior to the deadline.

Smyth and Hemsky are both set to hit unrestricted free agency following the 2013-14 season, carrying cap hits of $2.25 million and $5 million, respectively.

Are You Jellin'?

The Bruins defence corps may be without Dennis Seidenberg after season-ending knee surgery, but the B's don't appear to be in a hurry to add a veteran to their young blue line behind captain Zdeno Chara.

According to the Boston Herald General manager Peter Chiarelli is ready to be patient with his blue line before exploring the trade market for a veteran d-man.

Moulson Canadian?

The possibility of Matt Moulson finding a new home before Mar. 5 has been rumoured since the Buffalo Sabres acquired the pending-free agent in a deal with the New York Islanders on Oct. 27.

But TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun believes the Ottawa Senators could be a suitor for Moulson if they are able to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

LeBrun points to the working (and familial) relationship between Senators general manager Bryan Murray and new Sabres GM Tim Murray (Bryan's nephew) as a good starting ground for discussions.

The Sabres have already acquired three additional draft picks in the first two rounds of June's NHL Draft, with one of those being a conditional first from the trade that brought Moulson to Buffalo. The Senators traded away their 2014 first round pick in the deal that landed them Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks.

Matt Moulson Mark Pysyk (Photo: Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
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