TradeCentre: Thursday's rumours from around the NHL

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2/9/2012 3:17:21 PM
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With the NHL Trade Deadline only weeks away, teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell and deciding which players can make the biggest difference or hold the greatest value.

Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

Calm Before the Storm

It has been a quiet lead-up to the trade deadline so far. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger says GMs around the league simply think that it is too early at this point to make any moves.

Dreger says that teams will eventually pull the trigger though and that deadline day won't be a dud. He also addresses a few of the juicy rumours from around the league, especially the rumours surrounding the New York Islanders and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

What's He Worth?

Mikhail Grabovski's pending unrestricted free agency has led to some speculation he could be moved before the deadline. However, Grabovski's agent has been in Toronto of late and is likely negotiating an extension for his client.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail speculates on what Grabovski's worth might be and whether or not the Leafs would have to make a deal to afford him.

Let it Linger

Speculation continues to linger that Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn could find his way to Philadelphia and join his younger brother Brayden with the Flyers.

Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun writes that the Flyers are still looking for defensive depth owing to Chris Pronger's absence and reports on the likelihood of a deal being done for Schenn.

Bargaining Chip?

As it stands, the LA Kings have a solid backup netminder to starter Jonathan Quick in Jonathan Bernier. Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider examines whether it would be worthwhile for the team to shop Bernier.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi would only say, "I understand the value of having two strong goalies."

Job Insecurity

While Vinny Prospal may have just signed an extension with the Blue Jackets, Columbus GM Scott Howson said the signing doesn't mean the club has decided against a rebuild with an overhauled roster.

Shawn Mitchell reports on the rumours that continue to swirl about Rick Nash, Jeff Carter and other Blue Jackets veterans.

Blackhawks Down

The Blackhawks have struggled at the back end this season and GM Stan Bowman has made it clear that finding defensive help is a priority before the deadline.

However, available defenceman are highly sought after and the market is already shrinking with players like Tim Gleason and Francois Beauchemin re-signing with their teams. Adam L Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times says with that being the case, the Blackhawks best defence might be to add more offence.

Standing Pat

Stuck in a wait-and-see mode with several players dealing with injuries and the team looking for increased production from some of their forwards, St. Louis Blues GM says he will be patient at the deadline and may not make any moves at all reports Jeremy Rutherford of

Let's Make a Deal?

Pending Flyers unrestricted free agent Matt Carle claims he would prefer to remain a Flyer. However, Frank Seravalli of writes that it is unclear whether the Flyers have had any serious negotiations with Carle.

If the team can't get a deal done before he becomes a free agent, Seravalli says Carle could get a contract similar to the 6-year $33million James Wisniewski signed last year. So would the Flyers rather move him?

Patience Please

Dallas currently finds themselves two points back of the final playoff spot in the West and is still very much in the hunt for the post-season.

However, Richard Durrett of suggests that the Stars would be better served by remaining focused on a long-term rebuild rather than trying for a quick-fix at the deadline.

Luke Schenn (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images)


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