TradeCentre: Wednesday's rumours from around the NHL Staff

2/15/2012 11:11:54 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.

Northern Exposure?

The news that Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash may be dealt before this year's trade deadline led many to speculate on Toronto as a possible destination.

As a Brampton native, the connection with the Maple Leafs is an obvious one and Leafs GM Brian Burke will certainly be in the hunt, but Nash ending up in Toronto isn't likely, according to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun.

Big City Lights

The New York Rangers are another Original Six team that will be intrigued by the idea of bringing in a scorer like Nash to the Big Apple.

While a blockbuster trade for Nash would make headlines, it might not be the best move for the Rangers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Rangers would have to put a significant package together to acquire Nash and in doing so, they risk damaging their team chemistry.

Down To A Science

The Rangers aren't the only team worried about disrupting their successful chemistry.

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told he is open to making a move to bolster the Bruins' chances at returning to the Stanley Cup Finals, but he is being cautious.

Stay or Leave?

Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky has been the focus of the majority of trade rumours coming out of Edmonton, but the market for veteran Ryan Smyth may be bigger, according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

While he said he is in search of a new contract with the Oilers, Smyth, who is a pending unrestricted free agent, hasn't approached general manager Steve Tambellini about exercising his no-trade clause to stay in Edmonton.

Devil Is In The Details

The New Jersey Devils may be limited in terms of what they can do at the trade deadline due to a secret payroll budget they must remain under, according to a report in the New York Post.

The report also suggests the Devils may be interested in bringing back defenceman Johnny Oduya, if the Winnipeg Jets fail to reach the post-season.

Not Ready To Go

If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to make a deal at the deadline, it will likely see one of their young talents headed out of town.

After arriving in Toronto last year in a deadline deal, centre Joe Colborne told the Toronto Sun that he hopes he isn't dealt again this year.