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Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 12:07 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Blackhawks 'pretty close' to making trade: report

The Chicago Blackhawks are close to making a trade, but not necessarily to directly replace injured forward Patrick Kane, general manager Stan Bowman told CSN Chicago on Thursday.

"We're getting pretty close [to a trade], but until it's done, it's not done," Bowman said. "I wouldn't want to characterize anything until you get the word that, 'yes, we have a deal,' and we'll make the trade call.

"I've seen enough things that you think are going to happen that don't quite work out. So we're not there yet, but we've had a lot of good discussions today. Hopefully we'll get there."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 11:51 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Smith-Pelly, Tlusty get new chances

Two forwards debuted with new teams Thursday, and as expected were given some good opportunities.

Devante Smith-Pelly (4 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, LW/RW) played his first game for the Montreal Canadiens, a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After starting on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Jacob De La Rose, Smith-Pelly played most of the final two periods with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 4:15 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Roy would be 'surprised' if Avalanche trade O'Reilly

Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly is often mentioned in trade rumors with the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. approaching.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy did his best to quell those rumors Thursday during his weekly interview with 104.3 The Fan in Denver. O'Reilly is signed through the end of next season with a $6 million NHL salary-cap charge, and Roy said he doesn't see him going anywhere.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 4:37 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Ducks

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has been tweaking his lineup to try to generate more offense. It began three games ago by splitting up forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Now, Boudreau has a new weapon to work with in rookie forward Jiri Sekac.

The Ducks acquired Sekac on Tuesday from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Sekac was present at morning skate Wednesday, taking line rushes with Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler, but his status for the game against the Ottawa Senators is up in the air with Sekac awaiting a visa.

"We know he has skill, he can skate, and he's got a good shot," Boudreau told the Ducks website. "We move people around in our top-nine [forwards] until we find the right spot for them. I assume that'll be the same case here."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 4:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Devils' Lamoriello not rushing to make moves: report

New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello appears content to wait and see what develops this week before deciding to buy, sell or stand pat heading into the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2 at 3 p.m. ET, according to NorthJersey.com.

The Devils have won four straight games and entered Tuesday eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They also have two teams ahead of them in the standings, the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Bruins and the Panthers each have a game in hand on the Devils.

Lamoriello believes most of the trade activity will come closer to the deadline.

"But that's a hard question to answer because really there's 29 other teams thinking independently and it takes two of them to do something," Lamoriello told NorthJersey.com. "Sometimes you think there's going to be no movement and there's a lot and then the reverse."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 1:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Tlusty, Hurricanes coping with trade rumors: report

Forward Jiri Tlusty is one of a handful of Carolina Hurricanes players reportedly on the radar with the NHL Trade Deadline of March 2 at 3 p.m. ET fast approaching.

Tlusty is a pending unrestricted free agent and Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told the Raleigh News & Observer on Monday that any players moved will most likely be pending free agents.

Tlusty has 13 goals in 51 games this season, but the Hurricanes are 15th in the Eastern Conference.

"Obviously I know the deal and know what they expect to do," Tlusty told the Raleigh News & Observer on Tuesday. "I'm trying to block it out of my mind and just play the game I know how to play. You need stay really focused on the game and that's what I'm trying to do.

"It's kind of hard but it is what it is. Other guys go through it in their careers and I'm going through it right now. It's a part of the business and you have to understand as a player what's the management plan. My plan is to go out there and do things right."

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 10:18 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live looks at who could be traded at deadline

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will present the NHL Trade Deadline edition of Slapshots by looking at 15 players and identifying whether they will be traded prior to March 2 at 3 p.m. ET.

There are 11 games on the Tuesday schedule, including the Montreal Canadiens visiting the St. Louis Blues. We'll go out to Scottrade Center and welcome in Blues analyst Darren Pang via Arena Cam to get his thoughts on the matchup.

The surging New York Rangers will host the Calgary Flames, who open up a lengthy road trip at Madison Square Garden. NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen will join us via Arena Cam with a preview of the action.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 9:39 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

Maple Leafs' Lupul waiting on future: report

Joffrey Lupul signed a five-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs two years ago because that's the place he wanted to play.

But with the Maple Leafs heading toward another season out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Lupul understands he's one of the players that could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline comes at 3 p.m. ET on March 2.

"There's not much I can do if that's the road they go on," Lupul told the National Post on Sunday. "If I'm not in the plans, I'm not in the plans."
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Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 6:53 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Monday, 02.23.2015 / 2:49 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Trade Deadline blog

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.

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