TradeCentre: Saturday's reports from around the NHL Staff

2/1/2014 11:37:42 AM

The NHL's Mar. 5 Trade Deadline is drawing closer and teams will be deciding on whether to buy or sell.

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

Keep it Kul?

With the Toronto Maple Leafs having cleared a bit of cap room by dealing Mark Fraser to the Oilers on Friday, reports are now shifting towards their willingness to move a bigger roster piece.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported on Insider Trading Friday night that the Leafs have informed teams that they're willing to move Nikolai Kulemin.

Dreger notes, however, that this isn't simply getting rid of salary to make some room for the return of Dave Bolland. The Leafs would need a substantial return, including a player and not just a draft pick.

No offers have been tabled yet that make sense for the Leafs, according to Dreger.

A Leg Up

Kevin Allen of USA Today posted a list of the 10 most intriguing potential trade targets to watch before the deadline and while the list was populated with the usual collection of potentially-available names – Matt Moulson, Dan Girardi, Ales Hemsky and so on – he did bring up another interesting possibility.

Tucked away as an honourable mention, Allen suggests that David Legwand would be a fit for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Legwand does have a no-trade clause, as Allen notes, but could he be persuaded to leave Nashville for the first time since he is in the last year of his contract? The 33-year-old has never seen a Conference Final and with Pascal Dupuis out for the year with a torn ACL, the Pens may have both the cash and the need for a player like Legwand.

Captain for Hire?

Friday was a busy day in the rumor mill for New York Rangers' captain Ryan Callahan, with talk of a potential swap with St. Louis front and centre.

With reports that at least one team has been given permission to speak with Callahan's agent, the possibility of the 28-year-old getting dealt before Mar. 5 seems to be increasing.

The key motivator behind the rumours appears to be Callahan's expectations for his next contract. Dreger commented that “unless his contract demands soften, there's a 100 per cent chance that he's getting traded by the New York Rangers. They're not paying him what he's asking.