With the season more than half over and a two-and-a-half week Olympic break coming up, the NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline isn't that far away and teams will be making decisions on whether to buy, sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value.
Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal (http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/01/05/short-shifts/) mentions the possibility that the Pittsburgh Penguins could offer defenceman Simon Despres at the trade deadline because they have both youth and depth at the position.
He also mentions that because of his ties to head coach Dallas Eakins, the Edmonton Oilers could have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer if he were to be available. Matheson adds that Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth could also be in play at the deadline.
In a separate report, Matheson (http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2014/01/05/this-n-that/) states that teams are interested in both Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler from the Winnipeg Jets though the team would rather move pending unrestricted free agents Devin Setoguchi, Olli Jokinen and Mark Stuart.
Dan The Man
Larry Brooks of the New York Post (http://nypost.com/2014/01/06/sather-must-decide-is-dealing-girardi-best-for-rangers/) writes that New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi could be a valuable trade asset at the deadline.
He believes the Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks could all be possible landing spots for the impending unrestricted free agent. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, who is also going to be a UFA in the offseason, could also be in play.
Craig Morgan of Fox Sports (http://msn.foxsports.com/arizona/story/it-might-be-time-for-shake-up-for-coyotes-010414) reports that the Phoenix Coyotes could be ready to start making moves.
"I'm sure (general manager) Don (Maloney) and I will talk the next couple of days," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on Saturday. "We've got to evaluate where we are and where we want to get to." He speculates that a physical defenceman or left winger could be the best fits to add to the roster.
Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5330147-74/shero-crosby-penguins#axzz2pd10FEbp) mentions that Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero is unlikely to rent players at the deadline.
Despite that, the Penguins GM has not ruled out making additions to his roster before the playoff stretch. "A lot can happen between now and then," said Shero. "But I like our team. I don't feel like we have to do something."
Rossi also reports that Shero has not spoken to Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff about the availability of Evander Kane, contrary to rumours.
Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald reports that with the Boston Bruins losing defenceman Dennis Seidenberg for the season, they will be in the market for a new blueliner. His report includes a list of possible impending free agents that could be targeted in a trade including Buffalo Sabres blueliner Henrik Tallinder, Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and more.