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TradeCentre: Tuesday's reports from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
2/4/2014 9:52:20 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.

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.

Who's Peeping at Tom?

Thomas Vanek reportedly rejected a long-term deal from the Islanders, thrusting his name to the forefront of trade speculation once more. But who are the contenders that might look to bring the Austrian sniper on board?

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie believes the Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings would be foremost amongst the teams looking to add a scoring winger. He notes that the Penguins have cap issues but that Venek's level of skill will be enticing to a lot of contending teams.

Meanwhile, The Buffalo News took a different angle on Vanek's reported rejection of the Islanders by looking at a deal that might have been. The News wondered what the Sabres may have looked like had the team connected this past summer on a discussed trade with the Boston Bruins for Tyler Seguin.

Sunshine Stopper

Tim Thomas says he's open to sticking around with the Florida Panthers.

"I'm certainly willing to entertain the idea. I haven't talked to the club about that," Thomas told the Sun Sentinel on Monday.

"I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success. That's been a little bit difficult,” the 39-year-old continued. “Having said that, it's a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year. I bought into this process, and what we're trying to do is turn it around."

The Panthers signed Thomas to a one-year, $2.5 million deal this past off-season after the two-time Vezina-winner took a year away from hockey. The team currently possesses the NHL's third-worst record.

Cally Cash

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger revealed more on the current impasse between the New York Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan.

Dreger said Callahan is believed to be seeking more than $6.5 million but less than $7 million per year on a seven-year term from the Rangers.

There's Rangers don't have a lot of wiggle room in negotiations with Callahan and that's why Glen Sather is considering and working towards moving his captain.

On his Mark

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart's pending unrestricted free agency has thrust his name into trade speculation, but he's reportedly more interested in finishing what he's started with the team.

TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg host Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press tweeted on Monday that Stuart has said he wants to stay with the Jets beyond the deadline and into the future.

Stuart's three-year, $1.7 million AAV deal expires at season's end. The Jets currently seventh in the Central Division.

Thomas Vanek (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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