TradeCentre: Friday's rumours from around the NHL Staff

2/10/2012 11:23:36 AM

With the Feb. 27 NHL Trade Deadline looming, 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.

Just One Offer?

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger on the NHL on TSN's Insider Trading, the Columbus Blue Jackets have just received one offer on the table for centre Jeff Carter - a low one at that.

Dreger added that the 'usual suspects' have denied making an offer and Columbus GM Scott Howson is also tight-lipped on where the deal came from.

Island Punch?

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the New York Islanders believe they've got a shot at a playoff spot in the East and GM Garth Snow says that Evgeni Nabokov isn't on the block.

"We have no intention of moving Evgeni," Snow told LeBrun on "He's been great for us. His performance speaks for itself."

There haven't been any contract talks between the Islanders and Nabokov's camp, but it's not out of the question down the road.

Ray Day Coming?

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, Ray Whitney is on the radar of a few contenders and could be on the move if the Coyotes fall out of the playoff race over the next two weeks.

Sources told LeBrun that Boston, San Jose and the New York Rangers covet the slick playmaker.

Whitney has a no-move clause that calls for him to list eight teams to which he'd be willing to be traded - a conversation has yet to happen.

Offseason Duck Hunting?

LeBrun adds that if the Anaheim Ducks were going to move one of their 'big guys' (Bobby Ryan or Ryan Getzlaf) it would likely happpen in the offseason, when there's a better opportunity to involve more teams in the mix.

Blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky could still move before Feb. 27, however, although the Ducks aren't giving him away. He's not a rental player, he's got another year on his deal, so Anaheim will move Visnovsky only in a traditional hockey deal, not a rental deal.

Niklas Hagman (a UFA on July 1) is getting some interest as well.

Eyes on the Leafs

As mentioned in the NHL on TSN's Insider Trading, the Toronto Maple Leafs want a top-six forward with size.

But they're hard to find and making a roster move to a dressing room that's in sync may not be in the cards.

Mikhail Grabovski - slated to be a UFA July 1 - remains unsigned, although his agent Gary Greenstin did recently chat with Toronto.

"I spoke with Maple Leafs management a couple days ago and I believe they understand our position and we understand their position," Greenstin told Pierre LeBrun on via email Wednesday. "Like I said before, Mikhail loves the city, organization and the fans, and we know the fans like him too. He would like to stay in Toronto and win the Stanley Cup with them, but he is in his prime years in his hockey career and this has to be right for Mikhail and it has to be right for the Maple Leafs."

Kubina In Play?

Veteran defenceman Pavel Kubina will be an unrestricted free agent July 1, but has a limited no-trade clause, which states the Lightning must ask him for the five teams he'd be willing to move to. According to LeBrun, that conversation has not yet happened.

Ruutu Watch

Mike Russo of the Star Tribune believes the Minnesota Wild have a strong interest in Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu. The asking price is high and TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported on Thursday that the Hurricanes are still trying to get him signed to a contract.