The NHL's Mar. 21 Trade Deadline is approaching and teams are making decisions on whether to buy, sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat.
There is a strong expectation that Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott could be traded before Monday's deadline, TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston reported on Saturday.
Dermott, 25, logged just over 13 minutes of ice time in the Leafs' 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
The Carolina Hurricanes have informed teams they won't trade their 2023 first-round pick for a rental player, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
The Hurricanes have informed clubs they won’t trade their 2023 first round pick for a rental player. Obviously they don’t have their first this year from the Kotkaniemi offer sheet. @TSNHockey @TheAthletic— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) March 19, 2022
The club does not have this year's first-round pick from the Jesperi Kotkaniemi offer sheet last summer.
Carolina is currently second in the Eastern Conference with 88 points, second only to the Florida Panthers. The Panthers recently traded their 2023 first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens along with prospect Tyler Smilanic and a 2022 fourth-round pick in exchange for defenceman Ben Chiarot, who is a pending unrestricted free agent.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers continue to "grind away" on a trade for star forward Claude Giroux. LeBrun notes that there was some progress made on Friday, but they are still not where they need to be in order to get a deal done with a team.
The 34-year-old has 18 goals and 24 assists over 57 games with the Flyers this season, his 15th with the team.
Los Angeles Kings
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the injury to Kings veteran defenceman Drew Doughty is "more significant" than expected as the 32-year-old could miss more time than what was expected which could impact LA's positioning with the trade deadline just around the corner.
Doughty was placed on the injured reserve on March 13 with an upper-body injury. The London, Ont., native, who has spent his entire 14-year career with the Kings, has seven goals and 24 assists over 39 games this season.
The Preds and star forward Filip Forsberg continue to have negotiations regarding a contract extension, but very little progress is being made, according to Dreger.
Dreger notes that Nashville has "vaguely" inquired on trade interest for Forsberg with other teams, however other teams are "highly skeptical" the Predators would move the 27-year-old Swede ahead of the Trade Deadline.
Forsberg has spent his 10-year career in Nashville, scoring 32 goals and 24 assists over 48 games this season. He is in the final year of a six-year, $36 million contract.
LeBrun says there hasn't been much chatter regarding veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Blackhawks.
There have been some "general inquiries" on potential deals, but nothing serious.
The 37-year-old has a 19-20-5 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage over 44 games this season, his first in Chicago. He also has four shutouts.