TradeCentre: Monday's rumours from around the NHL Staff

1/30/2012 11:10:05 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.

The First Domino?

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and NHL broadcaster Pierre McGuire were on the NHL on TSN panel on Sunday and the two discussed what could happen leading up to, and on, deadline day.

Dreger believes that this could be the week that Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu gets dealt, as there are reports out of Carolina that the club would like to make a move sooner rather than later.

McGuire says that he expects the power brokers in the West, Detroit, Chicago and Vancouver, along with Nashville and the New York Rangers and Penguins in the East to drive the trade market as they make a push to win the Stanley Cup.

Watch it here.

Just the Beginning?

While the Chicago Blackhawks added Brendan Morrison from the Calgary Flames on Friday night, the club is apparently not done trying to make deals.

According to Tracey Myers of Comcast Sports Network, general manager Stan Bowman has said that he's looking for a defenceman before the deadline.

Read the full report here.

Toughening Up?

The Detroit Red Wings open the second half of the season as the top team in the league, and not surprisingly they're looking to add some talent at, or before, the trade deadline.

Gregg Krupa of the The Detroit News reports that the club is looking to get tougher with the playoffs looming, and head coach Mike Babcock revealed his wish-list.

"To me, if we could get another heavy winger, or heavy forward, or D - those would all be good things to help you," Babcock told the News.

Read the full report here.

The Waiting Game

While the fourth-place in the West St. Louis Blues could use some more offence up front, they might not be ready to make a deal just yet.

According to Norm Sanders of Belleville News-Democrat, the club will likely wait to see what they can get from Alex Steen and Andy McDonald before making a move. Steen is still out with a concussion, while McDonald was activated from the IR over the weekend.

Read the full report here.