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TradeCentre: Thursday's reports from around the NHL

TSN.ca Staff

2/27/2014 10:28:30 AM

With less than a week until the NHL Trade Deadline, check out the latest trade-related reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

And follow TSN.ca right through Deadline Day for all the updates.

Waiting Last Minute

As per Arthur Staple of Newsday, barring a 'can't refuse' offer from anyone in the next few days, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow will go as close to the 3pm et deadline on Wednesday as possible to entice better offers for both Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald.

He adds that as games go on through the weekend, the number of suitors for MacDonald could go up.

Staple also writes that the Islanders have no intention of trading goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

High Asking Price

Chris Botta of The New York Times adds that the Islanders are asking for a first-round pick for MacDonald. He adds that there's a 'lot of interest' in MacDonald, but CSNNE.com adds that such a demand is too much for the Boston Bruins, who are reportedly looking for a blueliner.

Interest In Stewart?

According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, the Senators 'have an interest' in St. Louis Blues winger Chris Stewart. Garrioch adds that Stewart could be part of a deal with the New York Rangers if the Blues are interested in Ryan Callahan.

Staying The Course

Larry Brooks of The New York Post writes that Rangers general manager Glen Sather and his front office are devoting their attention to evaluating personnel who might become available in trades for Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, with no progress made toward signing them to contract extensions.

No One's Business

As Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger writes, no one should expect New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur to announce publicly that he wants to be traded.

Brodeur explained to Chere that he won't even won't say so unless a deal actually happens - and he hasn't even discussed the situation with general manager Lou Lamoriello.

"Oh, no. It's not going to be like that. I don't think so, anyway," Brodeur told the paper. "It's nobody else's business but mine as for the direction I want to go.

"It's been tough because you go through ups and downs. The more questions I'm asked, sometimes my answers change. That's why in the last few weeks I've been more quiet about it. It's on purpose, because I want to make sure my decision is an educated decision and there are no influences from the outside. Show up Thursday and you'll know if I'm on the plane to Detroit (where the Devils play Friday)."

Chere also writes that Jaromir Jagr, who doesn't have a no-trade clause, hasn't spoken to Lamoriello about a trade option.

"The one thing that is good about this team is we don't have much media coverage," Jagr told Chere. "Less media, less rumors and less trade rumors. I haven't even heard any rumors.

"Hey, I've been traded twice during the season. From Dallas to Boston and to New York from Washington. Going to the Rangers from Washington, they told me they were trying to trade me so I was kind of expecting it. The last one, Dallas to Boston, I was surprised. For me it's easier than somebody with a big family. I pack my stuff and go, if something happens. Or not go."

No Change Of Heart

Katie Carrera of The Washington Post reports that, to little surprise, Capitals forward Martin Erat is still looking to get out.

Erat, back from representing the Czech Republic in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, said Wednesday he still wants the Capitals to trade him but declined to elaborate further.

Capitals GM George McPhee said earlier this week that he planned to approach Erat again but didn't expect him to change of mind.