TradeCentre: Wednesday's reports from around the NHL Staff

2/26/2014 9:59:50 AM

The countdown to the Mar. 5 Trade Deadline continues.

As NHL teams decide on whether to buy or sell, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

And follow right through Deadline Day for all the updates.

Busy In The Capital

Senators general manager Bryan Murray told Wayne Scanlan of The Ottawa Citizen that he's fielded some calls this week from other GMs on trade deadline possibilities, including nephew and new Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray.

"I'm like every other manager, just trying to see what's right," Murray told the paper. "There's a few players everybody's looking to do something with and the price is real high to do that. I guess it will play out."

Murray added that a GM told him he has a couple of players he wants to deal, but doesn't expect to do so until the 'better' free agents are dealt first.

Scanlan also writes that Murray would like to acquire a veteran forward with term remaining on his contract.

"That's more of what I'm looking at, really," he told him. "If I can make the right deal to get a guy that's played in the league, that has a little term in his contract, then we would get a chance to get to know him and he'd get a chance to get to know us, and maybe then keep him around, that's the ideal thing for me."

Talking The Talks

In a dressing room scrum in Brossard on Tuesday, Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov was asked by Jimmy Murphy of Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio about Tony Marinaro's report on TSN Radio 690 that the team offered him a one-year, $6 million contract.

"Who said that?" he replied. "I don't know. Were people there at the meetings? I have nothing to say right now.

"Whatever you (media) guys are fishing for, I don't know. It's up to you guys."

After the scrum, Markov told Dave Stubbs of The Montreal Gazette that contract talks, "are still in progress."

"We'll see what happens," he told The Gazette regarding the discussions. "There are eight days left (until the March 5 trade deadline). It can happen at any time."

Jets In Holding Pattern?

Ken Wiebe of The Winnipeg Sun writes that the Jets still have have to decide what they will do at the trade deadline - buy, sell or stand pat. If they become sellers, Wiebe suggests that soon-to-be free agents like Al Montoya, Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi and Mark Stuart could be shopped.

Even Steven

As per Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune, Lightning forward Steven Stamkos isn't buying into the trade speculation involving Martin St. Louis. "They are rumors, but I don't really know where that stuff comes from," he told the newspaper.

Quiet In The Desert

Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney told The Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan that any trade the team makes will have to be dollar-for-dollar because the team is up against its own budget. Maloney added that there's nothing imminent on the trade front.