Leading up to the April 3 Trade Deadline, NHL.com will profile the players who are likely to be discussed and examine reasons for teams to keep him or move him.
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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis spoke with the agent for Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on Monday and likely will speak directly to Kiprusoff on Tuesday, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
This comes on the heels of multiple outlets reporting Monday that the Maple Leafs were granted permission by the Flames to speak to Kiprusoff, who is likely to be dealt before the NHL Trade Deadline passes Wednesday.
Clowe, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season and multiple media outlets have reported Monday that a trade is imminent.
"I'm aware of what's going on and anything happening with me has to go through me, so we'll see," Clowe said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Clowe did not say if he thought a trade would happen Monday or at least before the deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is willing to part with one of his three first-round picks before the trade deadline Wednesday in an effort to get more scoring into the lineup, according to a tweet from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
The Blue Jackets own their first-round pick plus first-round picks that originally belonged to the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. They picked up the Kings' pick in the trade for Jeff Carter last season, and they got the Rangers' pick in the trade for Rick Nash in the offseason.
Columbus is eighth in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Blue Jackets have won two in a row and are 10-2-5 since Feb. 26.
Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald reports a source has confirmed that the teams have held discussions, with the centerpiece of the deal being Islanders center Frans Nielsen. He would not be a rental -- the Danish center is signed through 2015-16 with a cap hit $2.75 million.
Sassone said the Blackhawks are also interested in acquiring a defenseman because of the struggles of Johnny Oduya on the second pairing -- he's minus-8 in the past four games paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson, and the Blackhawks have lost three of the four games. New York re-signed Lubomir Visnovsky on Friday night, but veteran Mark Streit, the Islanders' captain, is in the final season of his contract.
The Islanders reportedly covet are interested in defenseman Dylan Olsen, the Blackhawks' first-round draft pick in 2009, and perhaps forward Jeremy Morin. Olsen is playing with Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs; Morin was recalled from Rockford on Saturday when Marian Hossa was placed on injured reserve retroactive to March 19.
The Blackhawks are first in the Western Conference entering Sunday's game at Detroit (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, NHLN-Canada). The Islanders are battling for the final playoff berth in the East.
A source has informed CSN-California.com that the Sharks have approached Clowe's agent about the possibility of waiving his no-trade clause, and that a deal could happen as soon as Sunday.
The most likely suitors appear to be Boston, Montreal and the New York Rangers, according to CSN-California. Sharks director of pro scouting John Ferguson Jr. was in Philadelphia for the Bruins-Flyers game on Saturday afternoon. He flew to Montreal for the Canadiens-Rangers game later that day, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.
Ferguson also attended the Bruins' home game with Montreal on Wednesday.
It's been a disappointing season for Clowe, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound power forward. He entered Saturday with no goals and 11 assists, along with a team-high 77 penalty minutes, in 27 games. Clowe's 62 shots are the most by any player who hasn't scored a goal this season.
Clowe is in the final season of a four-year, $14.5 million contract, and is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
The Bruins could be interested in Clowe after seeing Jarome Iginla dealt to Pittsburgh earlier this week.
BUFFALO – No one on the Buffalo Sabres is untouchable.
With the Sabres in 13th place in the Eastern Conference heading into Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals and the trade deadline on Wednesday, Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier indicated that the team will be looking to improve with a focus on the future and that any player could be involved in trade discussions.
Earlier in the day, Regier traded veteran defenseman and upcoming unrestricted free agent Jordan Leopold to the St. Louis Blues for a second-round and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft that could turn into a fourth-round if the Blues win a playoff round. Depending on how trade talks go over the next few days, the Sabres may not be done making moves.
Though it isn't out of the realm of possibility, the chances are unlikely leading up to Wednesday's NHL Trade Deadline at 3 p.m. ET.
Miller has one season remaining on his contract that comes with an annual salary-cap hit of $6.25 million, according to Capgeek.com.
According to ESPN.com's Craig Custance, Miller does have trade protection in that he can submit a list of teams he won't accept a trade to, but some clubs believe the All-Star goalie, who has spent the past 10 seasons in Buffalo, wouldn't mind a change in scenery.
With the rumors swirling that the Boston Bruins are in the mix to acquire Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames, some have speculated goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban would have to be involved in order to land the services of the future Hall of Fame right wing.
But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Subban, the team's first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, isn't going anywhere.
"I can tell you this: I'm not trading Malcolm Subban," Chiarelli said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show. "He's young. He's a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We've got some goalie depth, but I'm telling you I'm not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we've got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I'm not trading Malcolm Subban."
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported via Twitter on Tuesday that Kiprusoff won’t report to any team he’s dealt to due to family reasons. The 36-year-old does not have a no-trade clause.
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun is reporting the Stars will send Brenden Morrow and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to the Penguins in return for Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation) and a 2013 fifth-round pick.
Brenden Morrow has just six goals and 11 points in 29 games this season, and for a short time was playing on the Stars' fourth line. However, he could be rejuvenated by potentially playing right wing on a line with two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin (when healthy) and 40-goal scorer James Neal with the Penguins.
In return, TSN is reporting the Stars would receive a package that includes Penguins defense prospect Joseph Morrow (no relation).
TSN is reporting the deal could be hinging on Brenden Morrow's decision to waive his no-trade clause.
"What we believe is going on is that the process had begun to trade him, and the list of teams is very small and it’s Stanley Cup contenders," said the CBC's Elliotte Friedman on the Hot Stove segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.
Meanwhile, both TSN's Darren Dreger, who is a hockey insider on the NHL Network as well, and Renaud Lavoie of RDS are reporting that four Stanley Cup contenders are on a list of teams Iginla has told the Flames he would waive the no-movement clause in his contract to join. According to both reporters, the Boston Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champion, comprise the list.
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is walking a very fine line approaching the April 3 NHL trade deadline.
While he has a few spots in mind he'd like to improve his team, he has no interest in altering the core of a group that won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
"You always want to try and improve," Chiarelli told CSNNE.com. "I want to try and keep the roster as intact as possible. I'll never say 'never,' but that's been my objective. I think I've shown over the years I'm trying to keep the core together and I'm going to continue and try to do that."
The injury to Chris Kelly has Chiarelli most focused ont rying to add something to a third line that has struggled to perform consistently.
"We've been trying to fill that hole on the third line and we haven't been able to," Chiarelli said. "That's an area we'd like to improve."
CSNNE.com lists potential targets as the Dallas Stars' Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow and Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks. The Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester also are possibilities, but the cost could be too high.
The latest addition to that list is forward Milan Michalek, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is out indefinitely. Michalek has played just two games since originally getting hurt during pre-game warmups prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 13.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray knows replacing Michalek with a player of similar skill won't be easy.
"I don't know how you ever get a scorer in the NHL anymore, but if you can get a top-six forward it's always the objective," Murray told the Ottawa Sun. "I haven't identified anybody who is going to be moved."
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is staying busy in the run-up to the April 3 NHL trade deadline, telling the Chicago Tribune he's "had tons of conversations," but that no moves are imminent.
"I'd like to add to the mix as opposed to trade players away," Bowman told the Tribune. "We would consider anything that would give us an improved chance to win, but we've played really well. If we don't end up making a trade I'd be comfortable with the group we have here."
The Blackhawks are 2-2-0 since their record-setting 24-game streak of games with a point to open the regular season ended, but still have a five-point lead on the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the Western Conference.
If Bowman does make any move, he said finding a center to play on the third or fourth lines might be an option.
"Probably just be depth-type moves," he said. "We have had a nice, consistent group on defense … [and] up front, we have some different looks. Perhaps some centermen maybe as a depth thing in case you run into injuries. There's really not one area that's a glaring area [in need] of improvement."
He's also a 38-year-old blueliner whose contract expires July 1, and according to the Ottawa Sun, Gonchar's representatives and the Senators have not had any talk about a new deal to keep him with the team.
So could the Senators look to move Gonchar prior to the April 3 NHL trade deadline?
Gonchar, who has 15 points in 25 games while playing 24:34 per game -- second on the club to Erik Karlsson, who is out for the season with an Achilles injury sustained Feb. 13 -- said he isn't concerned with any off-ice issues.
"It doesn't worry me," Gonchar told the Ottawa Sun. "I know we have to do well, I have to do well and everything [will] take care of itself. You can't go out there and think about it or worry about [it]. That won't do any good for you or your teammates. That's why I don't even think about it."
To Gonchar, all that matters is getting back to the postseason. The Senators enter Sunday 2-0-2 in their past four games, and fifth in the Eastern Conference.
"It's going to depend on the way we play," Gonchar said of his future with the Senators this season. "You have to think about it logically, and I've never had a discussion with Bryan [Murray, general manager], but what I'm thinking is if we have a chance to make playoffs, [he'll stay]. If some reason we're not, which I hope is not going to be the case, then that [a trade] is another way to look at it. My focus is the game. You can't worry about what-ifs, would-haves or could-haves. That doesn't do any good."
One of the surprise teams of the 2012-13 NHL season has been the Montreal Canadiens, who head into their game Saturday at the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC) leading the Eastern Conference standings.
It's a long way from last season, when the Canadiens finished 15th in the conference; entering this season they weren't predicted to finish much higher.
As the April 3 NHL trade deadline approaches, the decisions only get tougher for Canadiens first-year general manager Marc Bergevin. Does he stay with the team that's gotten the Canadiens this far? Or does he look to add pieces for a Stanley Cup Playoffs run?
"I think it's a constant revisiting of how you can improve your team on a daily basis," Canadiens assistant GM Larry Carriere told NHL.com. "That's something we started when Marc came in and it's something we do every day."
As the April 3 NHL Trade Deadline approaches, one of the more interesting names to watch is Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla. Iginla is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and while he's become the face of the franchise in his 18 years with the Flames, the Calgary Sun reported Saturday that there has been no talk of a new deal between the Flames and Iginla.
Iginla's agent, Don Meehan, told the Sun that Iginla is "not currently in negotiations" with the Flames. The newspaper also reported that Iginla has not instructed Meehan on whether to resume talks on a new contract with the team or to request a trade.
The decision facing the Flames is a tough one. Entering games Tuesday, the Flames are 15th in the Western Conference, but just six points out of eighth place.
Iginla is tied for the team lead with 12 assists and 19 points, and is third with seven goals, showing his offensive skills remain strong at age 35. If the Flames have any hopes of returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008, Iginla will be a major part of getting him there.
He also is someone the Flames could use as a trade chip to reinvigorate their prospect pipeline. Any team with hopes for a Stanley Cup surely would do its best to put together a package of prospects and draft picks that intrigues the Flames.
The third option, allowing Iginla to go into the offseason without a new contract and potentially sign elsewhere with no return for the Flames, is highly undesirable.
So with three weeks until the trade deadline, eyes will continue to be focused on Iginla and how the Flames opt to handle his future.
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The mindset of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the NHL Trade Deadline is a topic now being addressed with more regularity.
Inconceivably, the Lightning sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings -- eight points adrift in both the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference -- thanks, in large part, to a 4-13-1 streak that has all but erased memories of their rather torrid start to the season.
Yet, general manager Steve Yzerman still believes his club has the goods to develop into a Stanley Cup Playoffs-caliber team.
The Ottawa Senators enter Sunday sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2-2 mark in their last 10 games, and they've continued winning despite losing their best forward (Jason Spezza, back), their best defenseman (Erik Karlsson, Achilles tendon) and starting goaltender (Craig Anderson, ankle) to injuries. The team also is missing forward Guillaume Latendresse (neck) and defenseman Mike Lundin (concussion).
As the 2013 Trade Deadline approaches, Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray finds himself in an interesting position: Does he look to replace the injured players? Or does he wait it out with the roster he has and hope Spezza and Anderson return -- Karlsson is out for the season -- prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
"You make judgments accordingly," Murray told the Ottawa Sun. "I have to see if [Spezza] is going to come back in a time frame that will help us. I have to see if Latendresse and Lundin are going to be ready to play.
"If our numbers are getting close to our regular lineup [in the near future], then you probably have more ambition, if you're in the playoff hunt, to say, 'Let's make sure we make it and let's pay the price to do it.'"
There was a strong argument to be made that before Friday, the top two potential talents in the unrestricted free agent Class of 2013 were members of the Anaheim Ducks.
Now it is just the top potential UFA in July who plies his trade for the Ducks after center Ryan Getzlaf agreed to an eight-year, $66 million contract Friday, and the future of his friend and linemate Corey Perry becomes one of the most interesting storylines in the NHL.
To be clear, the Ducks are one of the great stories of the 2012-13 season, as coach Bruce Boudreau has Anaheim in first place in the Pacific Division and second only to the juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL standings. The chances of anything happening with any pending UFA on the Ducks, let alone a franchise-type player like Perry, are extremely remote because Anaheim clearly is a Stanley Cup contender until proven otherwise.
Still, there will be plenty of attention focused on Perry, and any discussions about a contract extension for the 2011 Hart Trophy winner and speculation about a new destination for him won't completely subside until he signs a new deal or does find a new home.
White, 28, has been a healthy scratch for the past five games, including a 3-0 win against Edmonton on Thursday night.
According to the Detroit News, White didn't ask for a trade when talking to Holland but does wonder about his future with the Red Wings.
The Boston Bruins are close to making themselves a better team -- and it may not be through the trade market, although GM Peter Chiarelli has not ruled that out either.
Thursday night, Chiarelli confirmed to the Boston Herald a report by TSN that the team is close to bringing Swedish star Carl Soderberg to the club.
The Bruins have owned Soderberg's rights since 2007 when his rights were acquired in a trade with St. Louis that landed the Blues goaltender Hannu Toivonen.
The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away and things are starting to heat up. Now is a great time to keep up with the latest trade news on Twitter -- if you're not doing so already -- and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #NHLTrade.
NHL.com's Trade Deadline Blog will be the top spot to find all the latest information leading up to deadline day on April 3.
In addition, "Cisco NHL Live" will have NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday to talk about the latest rumors.
Among the stories up for discussion could be the future of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard, who has been a frequent healthy scratch.
Also worth watching is the future of some key players who are headed to unrestricted free agency, among them Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Lubomir Visnovsky and Mark Streit of the New York Islanders, Mike Ribeiro of the Washington Capitals and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.
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