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TSN.ca Staff
3/4/2009 2:07:20 AM
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With the NHL Trade deadline only hours away, the NHL on TSN panel were each asked about certain players that have been the focus of rumours and where they could end up if they are moved before the 3pm et deadline on Wednesday.

--Chris Pronger--

Bob McKenzie: The Anaheim Ducks - if they get an absolutely terrific offer - will trade him now, but a team is going to have to be willing to pay a huge premium on Chris Pronger, otherwise the Ducks will just make this move in the off-season.

Right now, they have nothing on the table that would cause them to say 'you know what, we're going to trade one of the best defencemen in the National Hockey League while we're in the middle of a playoff race'. They will consider it for the right offer, but they're not going to do it unless it knocks their socks off.

--Jay Bouwmeester--

Pierre McGuire: Well you get a player that plays 27 minutes a game, he's got 13 goals this year, and if the Florida Panthers get the right deal, they will trade him. If they don't get the right deal they will keep him, they will go into the playoffs, they will go as far as they can with him, and then potentially they'll do something that a lot of other teams have done - like Montreal with Mats Sundin last year - trade him to a team, get a draft pick, and that team has the right to negotiate with him. But they are in no rush to trade Jay Bouwmeester unless it's a home run deal.

--Ryan Malone--

Darren Dreger: It's likely Ryan Malone stays with the Tampa Bay Lightning, largely because of his contract - a five-year contract averaging $4.5 million. That's a lot of term and that's a lot of money to try to move out of Tampa Bay. But you know that Brian Lawton and the ownership group of Len Barrie and Oren Koules are at least having conversations with teams around the NHL, including the Pittsburgh Penguins who recently said 'no, not so much, we don't want the term and we don't want the money.'

--Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts--

Bob McKenzie: There's no question that there are a lot of teams inquiring about Recchi, and the fact that he recently recorded five assists in a game - the oldest player to ever do that in the NHL, means he's very marketable right now, and the price isn't going to be huge.

Gary Roberts is on waivers, and he knows that his contract works against him getting picked up, but there's an outside chance that some teams that are running into injury problems or need some character, leadership and physical presence might bite on Roberts.

--Tim Connolly--

Darren Dreger: It appears that Connolly is staying with the Sabres.  There's been a negotiation that has continued through Tuesday.  It will likely wrap up, at least to the point where Sabres general manager Darcy Regier can pull him off the trade market, if he's even officially there.  There is progress being made, but as of Tuesday evening, the negotiations were at a delicate stage, with the Sabres not ready to sign off on the term or the money.

Pierre McGuire: Hats off to the Buffalo Sabres and Connolly's agent JP Barry if they can get this done.  Quite frankly, when you look at the big picture in Buffalo over the last few years, losing Chris Drury, Daniel Briere, Mike Grier and Brian Campbell, you have to stop losing players for nothing or next to nothing at some point.  This is a positive thing if Buffalo can keep Connolly.

--Scott Clemmensen--

Bob McKenzie: [Devils' General Manager] Lou Lamoriello has said that he'll try to trade Clemmensen, and he will, but knowing Lou, he's not going to give Clemmensen away either.  He could still be an asset for the Devils before it's all said and done.

Jay Bouwmeester (Photo: Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
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