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Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 6:53 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

NHL Live: Penguins, Ducks looking to buy at deadline

The NHL Trade Deadline is one week away, and Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek of NHL Live counted down toward March 2 at 3 p.m. with a look at the latest buyers and sellers.

The Philadelphia Flyers were 13 points out of the Stanley Cup Playoff race on Jan. 16 but sit four points out of the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 20 points in their past 13 games. In addition, the Flyers could be getting defenseman Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) back as soon as Saturday against the New York Rangers, which Hradek said puts them in a unique situation. Including Timonen, the Flyers will have nine healthy veteran defensemen under contract, which likely makes them sellers at the deadline.

Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 2:49 PM

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Hurricanes GM won't trade Jordan Staal: report

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis indicated he will probably be active before the NHL Trade Deadline, at 3 p.m. ET on March 2, but any players moved will most likely be unrestricted free agents, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

"You never say never on re-signing them, but at this point we're headed down the road of moving as many pieces as we can and getting back pieces when we can," Francis told the paper. "I think at this point we will be moving UFAs, but you always get a lot of calls on players at this time of year."

One player Francis made clear he has no interest in trading is center Jordan Staal, after a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggested the Pittsburgh Penguins could have interest in reacquiring the No. 2 pick in the 2006 NHL Draft.

Posted On Friday, 02.20.2015 / 10:52 AM

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Bruins' Seidenberg would waive no-trade: report

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said he would waive his no-trade clause if the Boston Bruins approached him with a deal they were pursuing that made sense for both sides, CSN-New England reported Thursday,

Seidenberg, who joined the Bruins in March 2010, said he only wants to be somewhere that he knows he's wanted.

"People have mentioned those rumors to me, but all I can do at the end of the day is play hockey and work hard. That's what makes you strong," Seidenberg told "If they feel like they want to move me, then there's nothing I can do. Even if I have a no-trade clause, I don't want to be here if they don't want me.

"But my job is to play with full effort on the ice, and hopefully that's enough for them to want to keep me. We'll see."

Posted On Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 6:53 PM

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Defensemen on the block at NHL Trade Deadline

Defensemen are in high demand with the NHL Trade Deadline of March 2 approaching, which makes them a hot-button topic according to Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek of NHL Live.

Hradek named Zbynek Michalek of the Arizona Coyotes as the defenseman most likely to get traded by March 2, citing the Coyotes' desire to move players and retool. Michalek, eighth among NHL defensemen with 130 blocked shots, can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and carries a $4 million NHL salary-cap charge.

"Expiring contract, right-shot defenseman, blocks a lot of shots, he's big," Hradek said. "He's not the most physical guy but he's big. He doesn't shy away. A guy like that I think has lot of value and I just think the Coyotes are definitely looking to move people out. The Coyotes are not going to be in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs]. They need to move assets out to get some youthful prospects and picks in there."

Posted On Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 4:35 PM

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Flames ask Glencross for list of teams: report

Forward Curtis Glencross, who has a no-movement clause in his contract, was asked by the Calgary Flames for a list of teams to which he'd accept a trade, Glencross confirmed Thursday to the Calgary Sun.

Glencross, in his seventh season with the Flames, has eight goals and 26 points in 49 games this season, but said his current role isn't where he wants it to be.

"I'm disappointed in that circumstance," he said, according to the Calgary Herald. "I feel like I can give more to this team and I can be used more on this team."

Posted On Thursday, 02.19.2015 / 1:13 PM

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At the Rink: Jets at Capitals

The Winnipeg Jets have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, but the news regarding one key player is positive heading into their game Thursday against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

Forward Drew Stafford, acquired in a trade Feb. 11 that sent forward Evander Kane to the Buffalo Sabres, took part in the morning skate and will be in the lineup, coach Paul Maurice said. Stafford sustained an upper-body injury Monday in a 5-4 shootout win against the Edmonton Oilers and was listed as day-to-day.

"I'm feeling good," Stafford said in video posted by the Jets. "I'm fully prepared to pick up where I left off."

Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 5:20 PM

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Maloney, Coyotes waiting for the right price

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Wednesday he "has a price in mind" for forward Antoine Vermette and other players but doesn't expect it to be met until closer to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

"Well, there's a certain ebb and flow to it. Through experience, generally the best deals come at the deadline," Maloney said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "We have a clear price in mind for not only Antoine, but any of our people here.

"We know we're having a difficult season. We need to bring some young assets in. We want to introduce more youth and speed into our lineup, which is what we plan on doing going forward."

Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 11:36 AM

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Penguins wouldn't mind adding a forward: report

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday he's more likely to add a top-nine forward than a defenseman prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Penguins are battling the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, with the four teams separated by five points entering Wednesday.

With the trade deadline set for March 2 at 3 p.m. ET, Rutherford said he isn't on the verge of pulling the trigger on a big trade.

"That doesn't mean there won't be [a trade] in the next week or so," he said, according to the Post-Gazette.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 7:54 PM

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Tallon says Panthers expect to be active: report

Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said Tuesday he expects to be active heading toward the NHL Trade Deadline, as much to give some prospects NHL playing time as to help the Panthers reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

"You know we have a lot of good young players in the minors that we'd like to get some action to after the deadline (March 2)," Tallon told the Sun-Sentinel. "It depends on what other teams are looking for and what they want to do and how it helps our chances not only this year but down the road."

Sean Bergenheim reportedly has requested a trade, and Tallon said he will try to accommodate him. The Sun-Sentinel also mentioned Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann and Tomas Kopecky as possibilities to be traded. The four forwards can become unrestricted free agents after this season.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.17.2015 / 3:55 PM

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Blue Jackets not looking to shake things up: report

After making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for only the second time in franchise history a season ago, and extending the Pittsburgh Penguins to six games before being eliminated in the Eastern Conference First Round, much was expected of the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen might be disappointed with where the Blue Jackets stand, 12th in the Eastern Conference entering their game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers and 13 points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild-card spot in the East, but that doesn't mean he's looking to make major changes to his roster as the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline closes in at 3 p.m. ET on March 2.

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