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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.

Flip it and Reverse It?

The Buffalo Sabres made the first big move of the pre-trade deadline season by dealing Ryan Miller and Steve Ott for Chris Stewart, Jaroslav Halak and draft picks, but they are probably far from done dealing.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun believes the Sabres could look to flip Stewart before Wednesday.

LeBrun believes the Sabres may consider Stewart as a possible fit for the team's rebuilding core, given that he has one year remaining on his contract and is still only 26. However, LeBrun countered, the offers on Stewart could also be enticing to the Sabres with the Ottawa Senators believed to be interested in the forward dating back to before Friday's blockbuster.

Meanwhile, LeBrun tweeted Saturday afternoon that the Minnesota Wild are kicking the tires on goaltenders available via trade, including Halak.

Pitt Stop?

While Ryan Kesler's availability via trade remains a contentious issue around the Canucks, the Pittsburgh Penguins might be leading the charge to try to pry the 29-year-old loose.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi tweeted early Saturday that the Pens are "very interested and [it] sounds like they're on his list."

Kesler has two years remaining on his current contract at an average annual value of $5 million.

Rossi expanded on his tweet in an article on Saturday, reporting that the Penguins would offer Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks and the Canucks' choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin

Out of Oil

If this is Ales Hemsky's last week in an Oiler uniform, the Czech forward appears ready for whatever comes next.

"It could be my last two games in this locker-room, so I better enjoy it,” the 30-year-old winger said after practice on Friday. “I want to enjoy every moment I'll spend with the guys, with my friends, with the people I know."

“I'm ready for it. I'm excited.”

With a provincial showdown with the Flames on tap for Saturday it could provide one last battle-ground for the winger, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Strictly Business

Cory Schneider doesn't want to see his crease-mate Martin Brodeur traded, but understands that if the 41-year-old does get moved it's just part of the business of being an NHL player.

“Marty is big part of this team and has been forever. I'm not sure there is any player as synonymous with the franchise as Marty has been or is. So it wouldn't be just anybody leaving this team.

It would be the most important player in the franchise's history,” the 27-year-old netminder told The Star-Ledger.

Schneider, of course, is no stranger to speculation, having endured years of rumours in Vancouver playing alongside Roberto Luongo. The way that situation played out this off-season – resulting in his relocation to New Jersey – has shown Schneider that anything is possible.

“It would be difficult for everybody, but that's kind of what happens. I didn't think I was going to get traded and I did. It happens. It could happen to anybody.”

Chris Stewart (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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