With the Feb. 27 NHL Trade Deadline looming, 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 TSN.ca each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writes that several sources have told him that some NHL GMs have asked the NHL to consider a one-time amnesty clause in the next CBA to allow teams to buy out one player without it counting against the salary cap. He points to Scott Gomez of the Canadiens as a likely target for such a clause.
He also discusses several trade rumours floating around the league such as the Rangers' interest in Rick Nash and Lubomir Visnovsky being available in Anaheim.
Getting Used to It
With Brian Burke as GM and as perhaps the league's highest-profile team, the Leafs have been involved in many trade rumours as deadline day approaches.
But Sean Gentille of the Sporting News reports that being part of trade rumours is becoming old hat for Luke Schenn and that Schenn doesn't let the talk get to him.
Making a List
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News lists several possible targets for the New York Rangers as deadline day approaches.
He names Coyotes winger Ray Whitney, Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina, Canadiens blueliner Hal Gill and Sabres winger Brad Boyes as potential targets.
About that Time
It was about this time last year that the Bruins made moves to bolster their lineup before their Stanley Cup run picking up Chris Kelly, Tomas Kaberle, and Rich Peverley.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe speculates on what moves the Bruins could make this year saying Carolina's Jaroslav Spacek or Tuomo Ruutu could be realistic options.
Meanwhile, Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald reports there aren't many potential trade partners for the Bruins at the moment but also lists a few potential suitors. He says the Bruins could look for defensive depth and lists Carolina's Bryan Allen, Phoenix's Adrian Aucoin and Calgary's Scott Hannan among others as targets.
Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News says that while there hasn't been much activity yet things will surely pick up.
He speculates on a number of possible trade deadline candidates. The list includes Phoenix's Shane Doan, Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu and Bryan Allen, Buffalo's Paul Gaustad, Edmonton's Ryan Smyth, Columbus' Rick Nash, Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone, Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf, Montreal's Hal Gill, and Calgary's Cory Sarich.
Searching for Suitors
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune writes that the Minnesota Wild are hoping to find a new home for Brad Staubitz who recently cleared waivers. He says that GM Chuck Fletcher has talked to numerous teams including Columbus about Staubitz.