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2012 Trade Deadline

Stars trade Grossman to Flyers for draft picks

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 6:05 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers added depth and physicality to their blue line Thursday, acquiring defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a pair of draft picks.

Grossman, 27, had just five points in 52 games for the Stars, but is more regarded for his defensive-zone play. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder led the Stars with 100 blocked shots and also had 96 hits. He had an even plus/minus rating while averaging 18:26 of ice time per game, including 2:17 per game shorthanded, third-most on the Stars.

"He's experienced, he's a bigger body -- he's a good, solid defensive defenseman who can kill penalties for us," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He can play a regular shift, he's a guy that can chew up minutes and he's a big body."

The penalty kill is an area the Flyers have struggled in recently, allowing six power-play goals in their last three games.
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Deadline Diner: Jackets offering more than just Nash

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 1:31 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. We are now less than two weeks away from deadline day, and hockey's swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

COLUMBUS: The Rick Nash Watch continues, but it is important to remember that GM Scott Howson has more players he might be willing to trade than just his star captain. If the Blue Jackets are willing to part ways with Nash, that's a pretty clear indication just about anyone outside of maybe rookies Ryan Johansen and John Moore are available.

"Along with Nash, the Blue Jackets are shopping centers Jeff Carter, Antoine Vermette and Sammy Pahlsson, while listening to offers for just about anybody else on the roster, including winger RJ Umberger, center Derick Brassard and goaltender Curtis Sanford," writes Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

Among those players, Pahlsson and Sanford are the only unrestricted free agents. Carter, Umberger and Vermette all have at least three years left on their contracts (Umberger has a four-year deal that hasn't even started yet), while Brassard has two more years on his deal.
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Lightning to sit Kubina, explore trade options

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 12:16 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

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Pavel Kubina
Defense - TBL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 11
SOG: 56 | +/-: 1
The Tampa Bay Lightning are holding defenseman Pavel Kubina out of the lineup, and he's been asked which teams he would be willing to accept a trade to, the team announced Thursday.

Kubina is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and he has a limited no-trade clause. General manager Steve Yzerman told reporters Thursday morning that a trade is not imminent, but Kubina will be scratched from the lineup for the time being.

A 34-year-old defenseman, Kubina has three goals and 11 points for the Lightning this season. He's in the second of a two-year contract that carries a $3.8 million cap hit. Kubina has played parts of 14 seasons in the NHL and has 953 career games on his resume. He also won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Lightning.
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Deadline Dozen: FAQs as trading day approaches

Wednesday, 02.15.2012 / 5:46 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

There are only a dozen days left until the 2012 NHL trade deadline. With that in mind, here are a dozen of the most pressing questions about teams and players as the deadline approaches -- and some possible answers.

1. Why haven't there been any big trades yet?

There have been a couple of big trades this season, but they came earlier in the campaign. To this point, the only two deals where contending teams added someone for a future return are Chicago picking up Brendan Morrison and New Jersey obtaining Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Carolina Hurricanes.

The biggest reason there haven't been many trades yet is parity. There are 27 teams either occupying or within eight points of a playoff spot with somewhere around 25 games to go. If a team is eight points out right now, it has a very small chance of actually reaching the playoffs. But there is a chance, and general managers are trying to give their guys a chance to swing either way -- either keep winning to stay in it, or lose and fall out.

In previous seasons, a lack of salary cap space available was a big issue. That is much less of a problem this month -- lots of teams have room, but finding GMs ready to give up on 2011-12 has been problematic.
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Deadline Diner: Where will Nash land?

Wednesday, 02.15.2012 / 12:10 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. We are now less than two weeks away from deadline day, and hockey’s swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

COLUMBUS: The potential availability of Rick Nash now has consumed the portion of the hockey world focusing on the deadline. For good reason, too -- Nash almost certainly would be the best player available and one of the best ever dealt at the deadline if it were to come to fruition.

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Deadline Diner: Canes could have pieces Bruins want

Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 1:16 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. There were a couple of interesting trades in January, but hockey's swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

BOSTON BRUINS: When healthy and motivated, the Bruins remain the best team in the League. If there are on-ice needs, Boston could probably use one more top-nine forward (either as Nathan Horton insurance or to upgrade on Benoit Pouliot) and a veteran defenseman to improve the team's third pairing. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe wrote on Twitter that Tuomo Ruutu and Jaroslav Spacek of the Carolina Hurricanes are "high on Bruins' radar."

Ruutu and Spacek certainly appear, on paper, to be perfect fits for what the Bruins could use. Ruutu has been a versatile forward for the Hurricanes, both in terms of position and ability to play on different lines. Dupont guesses it would cost a first-round pick and a roster player for Ruutu and a fourth-round choice for Spacek.

If Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford wants a young roster player (likely), then Jordan Caron might be the guy in that scenario. It would be interesting to see what the Hurricanes might be able to get if Rutherford packaged Ruutu with Spacek or defenseman Bryan Allen. Provided Ruutu's injury from Monday night is not serious, Rutherford does have three interesting guys to move in a market that still appears to be quite narrow.
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Carter, Hemsky, Sabres highlight Monday's selections

Monday, 02.13.2012 / 12:13 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The calendar has flipped to February, and in the course of this NHL season that means it is trade deadline month. There were a couple of interesting trades in January, but hockey's swapping season is likely to pick up in the coming days. Here at NHL.com, we will bring you a daily roundup of reported rumors about who might be available and which teams might be looking to make a move for your lunchtime consumption in Deadline Diner.

BUFFALO: With the Sabres No. 14 in the Eastern Conference, Buffalo News writer Mike Harrington sees three options for GM Darcy Regier.

First are players heading toward free agency, among them forwards Brad Boyes and Paul Gaustad. He writes the Red Wings appear to have some interest in Gaustad, a big center, who has six goals and nine assists in 49 games, but has scored 12 goals in each of the past three seasons, so he knows how to put the puck in the net. He's also won 55.6 percent of his faceoffs, and his $2.3 million cap hit is manageable.

The second option are players who will be in the final seasons of their deal next season, a list that includes center Derek Roy and defensemen Robyn Regeher and Jordan Leopold
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Oilers agree to terms with Sutton

Monday, 02.13.2012 / 11:07 AM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Andy Sutton
Defense - EDM
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 9
SOG: 26 | +/-: 2
The Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Andy  Sutton have agreed to a one-year contract extension that will prevent the blueliner from becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The team has not confirmed the numbers of the deal, but the Edmonton Jounral is reporting the value of the deal to range from $1.5 million to $1.75 million.

The move likely means the Oilers will hold onto Sutton rather than move him prior to the Feb. 27 Trade Deadline.

The 36-year-old Sutton has three goals and six assists in 33 games this season. He leads the team's defensemen with a plus-2 rating while averaging 16:59 of ice time per game.

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Southeast: Will Panthers, Jets make a splash?

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 11:24 AM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The trade deadline is fast approaching, and teams around the NHL are trying to decide whether to buy or sell, and what needs can be or should be addressed. Increased parity in recent seasons has limited the number of teams willing to sell until the final days before the trade deadline, but there has still been plenty of deals and big names on the move.

This is going to be a division-by-division look around the NHL and the different needs, both in the short- and long-term, each club might be looking to remedy between now and Feb. 27.

A quick note: the salary cap information comes from the web’s unquestioned authority on the subjact, www.capgeek.com. Acquisition space is different than a team’s salary cap space -- it is how much salary a team can add on that day and be in compliance from then until the end of the season. The number changes daily, but each team’s figure for this exercise will be what it was on Feb. 4 unless that team makes a major move.

We started Monday with the Central Division and continued with the Northwest, the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Northeast Divisions. Up next is the final installment -- the Southeast Division.
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Blues may fill needs from within as deadline nears

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 2:34 PM / 2012 Trade Deadline

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

"I think it's too easy for everyone involved to look for someone else to come in and fix the problem, when I think the answer is right down there (on the ice). And I'm very comfortable that they think the answer is right down there, too." -- Blues' GM Doug Armstrong

ST. LOUIS -- It's obvious St. Louis Blues fans are anxiously awaiting and anticipating general manager Doug Armstrong to make a move or moves as the Feb. 27 trade deadline rapidly approaches.

But as it looks at the moment, the Blues will be more spectators than bidders. So if those fans are looking for Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, Zach Parise or even someone like Tuomo Ruutu -- guys that have been linked as potential targets for the Blues -- anytime soon, forget about it.

Why? Because the Blues are more eager to add from within, meaning they'd rather see what the results are if and when they get injured players back.
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