TradeCentre: Thursday's rumours from around the NHL

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2/16/2012 1:35:55 PM
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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 each day until Deadline Day for all the updates.

The Latest on Nash

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that he believes that are five teams on Rick Nash's approval list: the Boston Bruins, the Los Angeles Kings, The New York Rangers, the San Jose Sharks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

While the Jackets would ask each club for a different return, the team reportedly wants a young roster player, along with some combination of high-end prospects and draft picks.

Conditional Selling

The Edmonton Oilers are more or less confirmed sellers at this point, but John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal writes that the club will be very particular about which players it moves.

"At no time are we going to be selling anything that is going to hurt our future, what we think is part of our core or something that is going to sustain good play for a long time," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. "If it's something we feel will make us significantly better, long-term and short-term, of course we'll consider it.

"But nothing for just a short-term gain."

Of the Oilers believed to be on the market, forward Ales Hemsky would net Tambellini the most return, as MacKinnon states that clubs is not interested in dealing Sam Gagner, Nikolai Khabibulin or Ryan Smyth.

Staying In Chicago?

While Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is finding his name in trade rumours a lot as the deadline approaches, Chris Boden of Comcast Sports Network Chicago doesn't see the struggling club dealing Kane at the deadline.

The Blackhawks, who are in the midst of a 1-8-1 stretch in their last 10 games, are still looking to make minor deals, but aren't aggressively shopping the man who scored the Stanley Cup winning goal a few years ago.

A Good Spot to Shop

The NHL leading Detroit Red Wings remain in search of a bottom six winger and a third pairing defenceman to help them in the post-season reports Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, but the club is dealing from a position of strength.

St. James feels that since the Wings are comfortably in a playoff spot, and are playing well, that they'll be able to make moves based on what the club feels is a fair price, as opposed to teams who are on the cusp of the playoffs, or a team sliding out of the race.

St. James states that Teemu Selanne would be the perfect addition for the club.

"Right now, I'm exploring," Holland said. "Let's see between now and the 27th if there's a deal at the right price that can give us a little bit of a boost."

Tampa a Seller?

With the Lighting sitting in 13th in the Eastern Conference, it's looking more and more likely that the club could be a seller at the deadline, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

Erlendsson lists impending unrestricted free agents Dominic Moore, Pavel Kubina, Brett Clark, Adam Hall and Matt Gilroy could all be players that general manager Steve Yzerman tries to turn into futures should the club decide to sell.

Ryan Malone and Steve Downie could also be players that Yzerman could move.

Update: During Thursday morning's skate, defenceman Pavel Kubina was held off the ice to protect the team's interests. The veteran has been asked for teams he would be willing to be deal to.

Not Moving Knuble

The Washington Capitals may be active before the trade deadline, but they have no plans to move Mike Knuble to improve the team.

"Mike has never asked for anything," Capitals general manager George McPhee told Chuck Gormley of when asked if Knuble had requested a trade. "We haven't had any conversations, period. He's a great pro, a great guy and we have no interest in trading him. He hasn't asked for that and we haven't talked to him about it."

Knuble has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.

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