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TradeCentre: Saturday's reports from around the NHL

TSN.ca Staff

1/11/2014 12:36:51 PM

With the second half of the season well underway and a two-and-a-half week Olympic break coming up, the NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline isn't that far off 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.

One Stays, Two Go?

TSN Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor that he believes Nonis will trade forward Nazem Kadri or defenceman Jake Gardiner if Nonis acknowledges that head coach Randy Carlyle will not use those players.  However, McKenzie notes that before the trading either Kadri or Gardiner the Leafs would have to be sure they are staying with Carlyle as coach long-term. McKenzie adds Nonis currently has no appetite for a coaching change but could make one if the Leafs continue to struggle.

TSN's Darren Dreger said Friday on SportsCentre that he had recently spoken to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, who is willing to make a blockbuster trade or a small deal before the deadline. Dreger reports the Leafs are interested in a top-line centre, a big time winger or a top defenceman.  Dreger believes the Leafs will have trouble acquiring any of those and more likely, no trade will occur.

Looking for Scorers

Randy Miller of NJ.com believes the New Jersey Devils will look to add a scorer before the trade deadline. Miller speculates that the Devils will likely have Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson, Calgary Flames' Mike Cammalleri, Winnnipeg Jets forwards Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi and Brad Boyes of the Florida Panthers on their list as they look for help.

Short-Term Answer

Kevin Allen of USA Today predicts the Pittsburgh Penguins will trade for a scorer to help replace injured forward Pascal Dupuis. The Penguins will have cap space after placing Dupuis on long-term injured reserve and could look at Moulson, Setoguchi, Jokinen or Lee Stepniak of the Calgary Flames according to Allen.

Selling, Not Buying

Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun believes the Flames could trade Cammalleri, Stepniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler before the trade deadline. All four will be unrestricted free agents after this season. Francis also speculates that defenceman Dennis Wideman could be traded if a team is willing to pick up contract and he waives his no-movement clause.