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TradeCentre: Saturday's reports from around the NHL

TSN.ca Staff

1/25/2014 11:24:48 AM

The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell while figuring out which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value.

Check out today's trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates.

Rafa's All-Out?

The Montreal Canadiens may be in the thick of the Atlantic Division playoff race but that might not mean they won't look to move some players out before the deadline.

The Montreal Gazette speculates that defenceman Raphael Diaz could be a contract casualty before Mar. 5, as the Swiss puck-mover is a pending unrestricted free agent.

Diaz – who has 11 assists through 46 games this season could get priced out of Montreal, whose top priority of the summer will likely be getting P.K. Subban's name down on another contract.

No Jackets Required

The Columbus Blue Jackets enter Saturday's games with a hold on the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division, despite having none of their players listed amongst the NHL's top 50 scorers.

Could that pave the way for them to add an impact scorer before the deadline? The Hockey News speculates that the Jackets – a team with good depth both on their NHL roster as well as in their prospect pool – could be a team to watch on the trade front in the coming weeks.

The Jackets have one of the NHL's deepest prospect pools and could potentially afford to part with their first round pick in June's draft, netminder Oscar Dansk or even one of the three players they took in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft like Alexander Wennberg or Kerby Rychel in search of the right offensive upgrade.

Hockey News Writer Ken Campbell warns, however, that with a team performing at such a high level (see: their current eight-game winning streak) as a collective may be best left as it is.

Do the Bart Man

The Bruins could still be looking to upgrade their D in the wake of the season-ending injury to Dennis Seidenberg last month.

Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty believes that the B's could be dangling 25-year-old blueliner Matt Bartkowski in efforts to bring in a veteran D-man, such as the Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips or the New York Islanders' Andrew MacDonald.

Bartkowski is no stranger to the rumour mill, however, as he was reportedly part of the package the Bruins offered up just a year ago in efforts to get Jarome Iginla out of Calgary.