TradeCentre: Friday's rumours from around the NHL Staff

2/3/2012 11:22:15 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.

Broadway Bound?

Less than a full season after returning to Edmonton, there's the possibility that Ryan Smyth could be leaving again, this time to New York. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Smyth would consider waiving his no-move clause to join the Rangers, according to a source.

The possible move would reunite Smyth with GM Glen Sather, who drafted him back in 1994.

Staying in Edmonton, after Sam Gagner's eight-point night, TSN Insider Darren Dreger tweeted that the Oilers' asking price for the young forward likely went up.

Make or Break Stretch

Before losing to the Jets in overtime Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning had pulled off five straight wins. With their recent strong play, the Lightning have possibly moved into the playoff hunt. Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports GM Steve Yzerman could determine whether he'll be a buyer or seller at the Trade Deadline based on how his team plays in the next five games or so.

Cristodero also reports D Pavel Kubina and LW Ryan Malone, both of whom have been rumoured to be possible trade pieces, haven't been asked to waive their no-trade clauses.

Spending for Scoring

Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram sat down with new Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi to get his thoughts on the team's possible moves approaching the trade deadline. Engel reports Gaglardi knows the Stars need more scoring and he's willing to spend to get it, leaving GM Joe Nieuwendyk with the task of going out and finding it.

Sticking with the Stars, Mike Heika of the Dallas News reports that unless Nieuwendyk gets an offer that blows him away, he could keep D Nicklas Grossman for the rest of the year, and then move his rights in the off-season.

Contract Talks

On pace to put up the best numbers of his career this year, Minnesota Wild centre Kyle Brodziak is in line for a raise come contract negotiation time. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports those talks could happen soon. Russo also said it's unlikely that the Wild will move Brodziak before this year's Trade Deadline, but could in the off-season if they decide to shake things up.

Looking Up Front?

While it's been reported the Boston Bruins are likely in the market to rent a veteran defencemen this year, the team could also trade for a veteran forward. Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald reports that with the uncertainty surrounding Nathan Horton's injury, the team could use another forward such as the Coyotes' Ray Whitney or the Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu.

Time to Make a Splash?

The San Jose Sharks will once again be in the "buyer" category leading up to the Trade Deadline, and Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea says the team needs to make more of a splash this year to keep up with the teams at the very top of each conference. Ratto examines some of the names that could be on the market for the Sharks to target as well as which players the Sharks could ship out to make those deals happen.