The NHL's Feb. 29 Trade Deadline is approaching and teams are making decisions on whether to buy or 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.
Young for Old?
The Anaheim Ducks are stockpiled with young defencemen. Against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, the Ducks dressed five defencemen under the age of 25, and the team has three more prospects at the ready.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal doubts Ducks general manager Bob Murray will part with any of the five d-men in the NHL, nor top prospect Shea Theodore, but thinks prospects Brandon Montour and Jacob Larsson could be used as trade bait.
Montour, a second round pick in 2014, has eight goals and 38 points in 44 games with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls this season. Larsson was selected by the Ducks in the first round of last year’s draft.
If the Ducks decide to move one of their current defencemen, Matheson points out Sami Vatanen as a player who could be moved for a non-rental winger.
The Ducks currently sit second in the Pacific Division, three points back of the Los Angeles Kings.
Taking a Look
There was no shortage of scouts at Tuesday night’s game between the Ducks and Oilers, TSN’s Ryan Rishaug notes 13 teams were represented.
The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenceman Rob Scuderi on waivers Tuesday, which could help them make a move ahead of the trade deadline.
Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune points out the move will clear $950,000 in cap space should Scuderi clear waivers today.
The Blackhawks acquired Scuderi from the Pittsburgh Penguins in December. He owns a cap hit of 3.375 million, but the Penguins retained one third of that in the trade.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun noted on Insider Trading that Arizona Coyotes star Mikkel Boedker and Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd could be a good fit in Chicago at left wing beside Jonathan Toews.
UPDATE: Scuderi cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL.
Off the Market?
Boston Bruins winger Loui Eriksson has been the subject of trade speculation as he plays on an expiring contract, but he may not be on the market after all.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger said on Tuesday’s Insider Trading the Bruins would prefer to keep Eriksson on a three- to four-year deal.
Eriksson, 30, has 20 goals and 25 assists in 57 games with the Bruins this season. He currently owns a cap hit of $4.25 million and owns a partial no-trade clause.