TradeCentre: Tuesday's rumours from around the NHL Staff

2/21/2012 10:20:34 AM

With Monday's 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.

The Waiting Game with Nash

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, a Rick Nash trade is not on the verge of completion.

"We're waiting for the right deals," general manager Scott Howson said. "We're getting closer. But we're not there yet."

On Monday night, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie spoke about where Nash could land if he's dealt at the deadline. McKenzie believes that the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers seem to be the front runners at this point. The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly pulled back a bit due to the asking price.

Even if the Kings don't land Nash, McKenzie says that with the team out of a playoff spot at this point, general manager Dean Lombardi is under a lot of pressure to upgrade the Kings offence. L.A. didn't score in back-to-back games this past weekend.

Ready for Rental?

Buffalo Sabres forward Paul Gaustad, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, has heard his name come up frequently in trade talks, but according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, the seven-year veteran isn't spending much time worrying about it.

"I'm not too focused on it. I don't really listen to guys on the radio or read your newspaper articles." Gaustad told the News. "So it's not too hard for me. It's focusing on our team. We've had some struggles and that's what's tough on us."

Gaustad said that he wants to remain with the Sabres long term, and would consider re-signing with the team in July if he's moved at the deadline.

Getting Some Help?

While management hasn't asked him, the longest serving member of the Florida Panthers Stephen Weiss wouldn't mind adding a player or two to help the team win the division and make the playoffs, according to Mike Berardino of the Sun Sentinel.

"We'd love to add anyone at any position that could help us out, for sure," Weiss said. "We're in position this year where we're not selling, and it would be nice to get some guys to help out."

General Manager Dale Tallon said that while he would be open to a deal, the club would remain 'very patient' and wouldn't do anything that would mortgage its future.

Depth Moves

Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sports New England reports that while the Boston Bruins are looking to upgrade their roster at the deadline, the team won't be adding a big name player like Rick Nash or Ryan Suter.

"I have all the names on my board of potential UFAs, and it's not a real big list," general manager Peter Chiarelli said.

The Bruins, who don't have their second or fourth round picks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, are not interested in moving goaltender Tuukka Rask or 2011 first rounder Dougie Hamilton.

Net Gains?

While the Philadelphia Flyers have already added a pair of defencemen, according to Tim Panaccio of Comcast Sports, the club could use an upgrade in net.

With Sergei Bobrovsky and Ilya Bryzgalov struggling, Panaccio says that New York Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov would be a good fit.