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NHL Trade Buzz: Green happy with Red Wings but would consider move

Bruins acquire defenseman Holden from Rangers; Flyers add Mrazek, lose Simmonds

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Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are six days remaining until the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET; Feb. 26). Red Wings defenseman Mike Green could be open to a trade to a contender. The Boston Bruins add depth on defense, and the Philadelphia Flyers weigh their next move after adding goaltender Petr Mrazek but losing forward Wayne Simmonds.

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

Detroit Red Wings

Defenseman Mike Green has spoken to general manager Ken Holland about leaving the Detroit Red Wings before the deadline. If and when Holland has a potential trade, they will speak again.

Green, a pending unrestricted free agent, has a full no-trade clause.

"We'll see what happens," Green said Tuesday. "As far as right now, I love being here. I'll work hard to make sure I contribute."

Asked if he would consider going to a Stanley Cup contender, Green said: "We'll have to see. I can't give a definitive answer, but my mind's always open."

Video: DET@NYI: Green ties it late on redirection

Green, 32, could add depth and help on the power play. He has 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 56 games this season. He is expected to miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-TN, NHL.TV) but should be ready to play against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

"It's not a distraction," Green said of trade talk. "I mean, my approach to the game doesn't change. So I just stick to the process, and sometimes that's the only thing you can do."

Holland wants to gather assets for the future and traded goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-rounder in the 2019 NHL Draft.

Holland, whose Red Wings (24-25-9) are seven points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the from the Eastern Conference, wanted to make a move with Mrazek before the deadline. Mrazek can become a restricted free agent on July 1, and the Red Wings would have had to make him a qualifying offer of $4 million to retain his rights. They didn't plan to.

Aside from Green, everyone else on the roster is under team control beyond this season.

"So it's not like I feel that I've got to do a deal because I've got these unrestricted free agents," Holland said. "It appears to be right now more of a buyers' market. There's more teams that are selling. The standings are so close, there's some teams not sure what they're going to do. There's not enough teams that are really guaranteed a playoff spot."

More teams will be willing and able to trade around the draft.

"If it's not this time period and it's not the time period at the draft, then the reality is, it's probably a year from now," Holland said.

 

Boston Bruins

Defensemen are always a commodity at the deadline, and the Bruins (36-13-3), who are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and NHL, added some depth Tuesday by acquiring 30-year-old Nick Holden from the New York Rangers in exchange for minor-league defenseman Rob O'Garaand a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The move bolsters the Bruins blue line while giving the Rangers (27-28-5), who are five points out of the second wild card in the East and said earlier this month that they are looking to sell and revamp the team, another draft pick and a 24-year-old defenseman who grew up about 20 miles from Madison Square Garden. O'Gara played eight games for Boston this season.

Also, the Providence Journal reported Tuesday that forward Jarome Iginla is skating with Providence, Boston's American Hockey League affiliate. "I'd love to still play," the 40-year-old said. "This is kind of the first step, getting out there and seeing how it is … I wanted to see if I can still go." Iginla wasn't signed after finishing last season with the Los Angeles Kings and having offseason hip surgery; he had 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) for the Bruins in 2013-14 and has 625 goals and 1,300 points since entering the NHL with the Calgary Flames in 1996. Iginla said he doesn't have a deal, but he could be useful to a team hoping for a short-term scoring boost.

 

Philadelphia Flyers

With goaltenders Brian Elliott (abdominal surgery) and Michal Neuvirth (lower body) out for weeks, the Flyers addressed their goaltending issue on Monday, acquiring Mrazek and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Red Wings for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 Draft.

"He's very competitive and wants to win," said Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, who played with Mrazek for the Czech Republic at the World Championship and the World Cup of Hockey 2016. "As long as we find a way to win with him in the net that's all that matters. Hopefully that's what we're going to do."

Whatever they're going to do in the near future, it will be without Wayne Simmonds, who is out 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury. Simmonds has 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists) in 59 games, including four goals and four assists in his past 10 games. Philadelphia called up forward Oskar Lindblom from Lehigh Valley of the AHL.

While Simmonds will be missed, his absence may not necessitate a deadline move for the Flyers (30-19-10, 70 points), who are in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia's offense has been steady, averaging 3.00 goals per game (11th in the NHL).

Video: Flyers acquire goalie Petr Mrazek from the Red Wings

 

San Jose Sharks

Forward Jannik Hansen, acquired by the Sharks before the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline, hopes he's not on the move again.

"You're here, so you want to win here, you want to play here," Hansen told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday. "It's not fun to get moved. It wasn't fun to get moved last year. A lot goes into that. I have a young family, as well. You don't want to move them. You want them to have their routine so they know where their rooms, their toys, their schools are. It's not just a matter of, am I playing or am I not playing."

Hansen has no goals in 33 games this season and has not dressed for 26 of the Sharks' 59 games. But he's played five in a row and contributed three assists, helping San Jose to a 4-1-0 record.

The Sharks (32-19-8, 72 points) are second in the Pacific Division, but they're still missing key players. Center Joe Thornton (knee) has been out since Jan. 24. Forward Joel Ward (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to Feb. 8. Forward Tomas Hertl (upper body) has missed two straight games. That could keep him in San Jose past Feb. 26.

 

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets (35-15-9, 79 points) have been a model of consistency this season and are in second place in the Central Division. Could they use a little something extra at the trade deadline? Maybe. But as general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff told Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the Jets know what they will and will not part with.

"We have assets within the organization that we're willing to use and we have assets within the organization that I will not use. That's just the simple truth," Cheveldayoff said. "If a team wants to use something that I will not use, then I won't have a deal in place. But if it fits both ways, then maybe a deal comes into place. At the end of the day, it's not about not wanting to spend assets."

Team depth has kept the Jets going, as has goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who is 31-8-8 with a 2.33 goals-against average. Hellebuyck has been especially strong at MTS Bell Place, where he's 22-3-2 with a 2.11 GAA.

Video: FLA@WPG: Hellebuyck reaches for superb glove save

The Jets are getting healthier. Forward Mark Scheifele, who returned from an upper-body injury on Feb. 9, has made a big impact. Scheifele was named NHL Third Star of the Week after having three goals and four assists in three games, all Winnipeg victories, on Monday.

Cheveldayoff has done well in letting the Jets mature, and they're reaping the results of that now. The Jets have options at the deadline, but they'll weigh those carefully.

 

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes (27-23-10, 64 points) are trying to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. They enter play Tuesday even in points with the New York Islanders (29-26-6) for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, but may have to make some moves before the deadline to add offense.

Scoring has been an issue for Carolina. The Hurricanes are fourth in the NHL in shots per game (34.4) but 26th in goals per game (2.65). Their next game is Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PNC Arena (7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS FS-CR, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV).

"We're right there in every game but we've got to score," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said after a 3-2 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. "It seems like nights we do score we get lots and the nights we're not we're scrambling to score."

 

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks signed defenseman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year contract, taking him off the market. Gudbranson could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, which might have made him a trade target for team needing help on the blue line. The Canucks (23-30-6) are second-to-last in the Western Conference. 

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