TradeCentre: Sunday's reports from around the NHL

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TSN.ca Staff
3/2/2014 10:31:29 AM
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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.

Is that Your Final Answer?

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly ponying up in their efforts to lure Ryan Kesler out of Vancouver.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported a proposed deal between the Pens and Canucks that he credited to multiple sources.

“A proposed deal would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks — likely a first- and third-round — and the Canucks' choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin,” Rossi wrote on Saturday.

Rossi continued to say that it is possible the deal could involve another player going in either direction, but that Penguins' GM Ray Shero was only looking to acquire Kesler.

Goalies Gone Wild

The Minnesota Wild are apparently very much in the market for an upgrade between the pipes.

According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is after a netminder and was even in on discussions for former Buffalo keeper Ryan Miller before getting priced out.

So, who fits the bill for Minny's playoff push?

Russo drops a lengthy list that spans from new Sabres acquisition Jarsolav Halak to established number ones like Martin Brodeur and Cam Ward to enigmatic Oilers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.

Snowfall Warning?

Could this be Paul Stastny's last week as a member of the Colorado Avalanche?

The Denver Post's Adrian Dater writes that if the Avs are unable to get the 28-year-old re-upped before the deadline, they could deal him rather than risk losing him for nothing over the summer as an unrestricted free agent.

"You want to keep winning and don't want to break that chemistry, but at the same time if something happens, it happens. It's just part of the business. Some things I can't control and I just worry about what I can control — and that's playing hockey," Stastny told the Post.

Dater believes the Avs could probably expect a young defenseman in return and one that might still have time left on an existing deal or, if not, a pending restricted free agent.

Call Me, Maybe?

Jaromir Jagr is an intriguing name to watch prior to Wednesday.

The 42-year-old just became the NHL's seventh 700-goal scorer and – as a pending unrestricted free agent – could be an attractive veteran addition for many teams as they push towards the post-season.

But the iconic Czech winger cautions that any team looking for his services should probably run it by him first.

“The situation with me is I think if any team would try to trade for me they would probably ask me first if I wanted to go there,” Jagr told the Star-Ledger after the New Jersey Devils' Saturday win over the New York Islanders. “I don't have a contract (for next season) and I'm 42 years old. What if I decided to go home? Nobody is going to give any draft picks or players for me if they don't know.

“Same thing happened when I went to Boston (from Dallas last season). They called before. So I'm probably going to know what's going on before.”

Ryan Kesler  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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