TradeCentre: Wednesday's rumours from around the NHL Staff

1/25/2012 11:25:26 AM

With the NHL Trade Deadline only weeks away, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell and deciding which players can make the biggest difference or hold the greatest value.

Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Future Planning

On Wednesday morning's edition of Blue Breakfast on TSN Radio 1050, NHL Insider Darren Dreger spoke about the Toronto Maple Leafs as the NHL trade deadline approaches.

While the market appears to be calm right now as selling teams wait to see if the prices go up for players, Dreger discusses what the Leafs might have to give up as they try to land a difference maker.

"If Burke is going to make an impactful deal, then he's going to have to give away potential, and that's Nazem Kadri, Luke Schenn, players like that," Dreger said.  "Otherwise, you're tinkering."

Listen to the complete segment here.

The First Step?

According to (The Boston Globe), the decision by Tim Thomas to not join his teammates at the White House on Monday may be the first step towards the Stanley Cup champions and their Conn Smythe Trophy winner eventually parting ways.

An article on the website notes that both GM Peter Chiarelli and Cam Neely were disappointed in Thomas' decision to decline the invitation in Washington. The 37-year-old's no-movement clause expires at the end of the season, and with the emergence of back-up Tuukka Rask, Thomas could bring a strong return on the trade market.


Contract Players

Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told the Charlotte Observer that Joni Pitkanen's injury status (concussion, injured reserve) would not necessarily inhibit any potential trades involving the defenceman.

And by trading away potential unrestricted free agent Alexei Ponikarovsky to the Devils, there is speculation that the club's other potential UFA's - Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek - could be moved as well.

"If we were to trade a UFA for a veteran player, we would want control of him next year or the next few years," explained Rutherford. "Usually, we have looked to bring in younger players, but a hockey deal where a veteran player is under contract also is a possibility."

Read more in the Charlotte Observer.

Sick Bay in San Jose says that the knee injury this week to defenceman Brent Burns, in addition to current injuries to Martin Havlat and Ryane Clowe, means Sharks GM Doug Wilson may have to go shopping before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

The potential recovery time of the trio will go a long way to determining San Jose's next move.


Music City to Broadway?

The New York Times suggests that the Rangers' woeful power play could be vastly improved if GM Glen Sather went after one of the Nashville duo of Ryan Suter (UFA after season) or Shea Weber (restricted free agent).

The newspaper says that the Blueshirts would have to give up a roster player, high draft pick, or prospect to make it happen.

Read more in the New York Times.