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NHL Trade Buzz: Wild defensemen drawing interest

Johnsson injury impact on Maple Leafs' plans; Penguins don't expect 'anything big' before Deadline

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are 10 days remaining until the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline (Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. ET), and has all the important news, rumblings and analysis heading toward the deadline.

Here is a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:


Minnesota Wild

Wild defensemen Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin have been attracting attention from other teams around the League, according to The Athletic.

Brodin who has 24 points this season (two goals, 22 assists), has one more season remaining on his contract; Dumba, who has 20 points (four goals, 16 assists), has three more seasons after this one remaining on his contract.

Minnesota likely would seek a center in return; Eric Staal is their only center with more than 30 points this season (41).

Although the Wild (27-23-7) are three points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, they fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday. If they fall further out of the race, more changes could be coming.

"There has to be accountability, and people are going to be held accountable," Minnesota general manager Bill Guerin said.


Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs could seek depth at forward before the deadline after Andreas Johnsson sustained a knee injury on Thursday that will keep him out eight weeks. 

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said the forward, who was injured in the first period of a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, would need surgery.  Johnsson has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 43 game this season.

Toronto is also without forward Ilya Mikheyev because of a wrist injury.

Keefe also said defenseman Morgan Rielly, who fractured his foot on Jan. 12, likley would not be back until the end of March. 

General manager Kyle Dubas told on Feb. 6 Rielly's status could determine what the Maple Leafs do ahead ahead of the deadline. Now, they have the Johnsson injury to contend with as well. 

The Maple Leafs (30-20-8), who visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNW, SNP, NHL.TV), are in third place in the Atlantic Division, 13 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and two points ahead of the Florida Panthers.


Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are content with their current roster but could make another move prior to the deadline.

"If we go with the group we have, I'm fine with that. I like this group," general manager Jim Rutherford told Sportsnet on Thursday. "There may be a little bit of tinkering at the end but I don't see anything big."

Pittsburgh, which acquired forward Jason Zucker from the Minnesota Wild on Monday, is without forwards Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Jake Guentzel (shoulder) and Dominik Kahun (concussion), and defensemen John Marino (facial surgery) and Brian Dumoulin (ankle). 

"I like our team," Rutherford told "Hockey Central at Noon". "We'll wait probably until about 48 hours prior to the deadline to make decisions going forward."

The Penguins (34-15-6), who host the Montreal Canadiens at PPG Paints Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, ATTSN-PT, RDS, TSN2, NHL.TV), are in second place in the Metropolitan Division, five points behind the Washington Capitals and two points ahead of the New York Islanders. 

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