TradeCentre: Sunday's Rumours from around the NHL Staff

2/5/2012 11:21:44 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.

Hawks Circling

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is still looking for help on defence leading up to the trade deadline. Jesse Rogers on ESPN. com reports there is nothing imminent though as there are currently alot more buyers than sellers with so many teams still in the playoff race.

Bowman also said that he is comfortable with the current group is no deals can be made. The Blackhawks are currently giving up 2.92 goals per game which ranks 25th in the NHL and 14th in the Western Conference.

On an Island

The New York Islanders could be sellers by the trade deadline, but they don't have much to offer up for potential buyers says Craig Custance of Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and blueliners Mark Eaton and Steve Staios are among the names he says could be shopped.

Forward PA Parenteau is also set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and has been mentioned as potentially being on hsi way out, but the Isles would prefer to re-sign him.

Uncertain Future

Edmonton forward Ales Hemsky has said he would like to remain an Oiler but admits his future with the club seems uncertain reports John Mackinnon of the Edmonton Journal.

He also says that it makes no sense for the Oilers to entertain any offers for Sam Gagner unless the package was overwhelming.

Denver Defensive Depth

The Colorado Avalanche will most likely deal one of their eight NHL caliber defensemen by or before the trade deadline says Adrian Dater of the Denver Post. Kyle Quincey and Shane O'Brien are the most likeliest candidates to be moved.

He also says that Colorado should look at trying to get former Avalanche player Chris Stewart back from St. Louis.