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NHL Trade Buzz: Hurricanes could eye goalie, defenseman after injuries

Oilers reluctant to move first-round pick; Koivu reportedly staying with Wild

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There is one day remaining until the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday at 3 p.m. ET, and NHL.com has all the important news, rumblings and analysis heading toward the deadline.

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

 
Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes may need to make a few moves after sustaining key injuries in their 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Coach Rod Brind'Amour said defenseman Brett Pesce is out for a long time with an upper-body injury sustained in the second period and goaltender James Reimer is out for a while with an undisclosed injury sustained in the first period. Goaltender Petr Mrazek sustained an upper-body injury in the second and Brind'Amour wasn't certain how long he'd be out. 

The Hurricanes were already without defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who is out indefinitely after breaking his left leg on Jan. 16.

Carolina recalled goalies Anton Forsberg and Alex Nedeljkovic -- who have a combined 47 games of NHL experience -- from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Sunday. 

The Hurricanes (35-22-4) are tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They are three points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for third in the Metropolitan Division.

Video: CAR@ARI: Slavin finishes off the feed from Dzingel

 

New Jersey Devils

Wayne Simmonds could be traded before the deadline, but the 31-year-old forward isn't sweating it.

"I've been fine," Simmonds told The Athletic after the Devils defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 at Prudential Center on Saturday. "I've been through this before. This is not my first rodeo. I've stayed committed to the boys. I'm a New Jersey Devil. Until I'm not, I'm a New Jersey Devil and I'm going to give this team 100 percent."

Simmonds was traded before the deadline last season when the Nashville Predators acquired him from the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 25, 2019. He has 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 61 games this season for the Devils, who are last in the Metropolitan Division. Simmonds can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Video: WSH@NJD: Simmonds guides loose puck home for PPG

 

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers would rather not part with their first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, but there's one case in which they'd make an exception.

"If your return is a player with term, who will be on your team, maybe OK, and then next year you go quiet," general manager Ken Holland told NHL.com. "It looks like we have some young NHL players pushing through the system, to have a role on our team. If there was the right player that goes beyond this year, that might be a different discussion about a first-round pick. But would it be for a rental? Not yet."

The Oilers have been without several players, including forward Connor McDavid who has missed the past six games with a left quad injury. McDavid could return when the Oilers play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Sunday (10 p.m. ET; FS-W, SNW, NHL.TV). Defenseman Oscar Klefbom is out at least another 10 days with a shoulder injury. Forward Zack Kassian is eligible to return Feb. 29 from a seven-game suspension for a kicking incident against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Edmonton (32-22-7) is third in the Pacific Division, one point behind the second-place Vancouver Canucks and three points behind the first-place Vegas Golden Knights.

 

Minnesota Wild

The Wild are five points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the playoffs from the West and could make more changes at the deadline if needed.

"It's got to fix something for us or improve something for us, and it could be for now. It could be for later," general manager Bill Guerin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But it's got to do something for us. I don't want to do something just to do it, as I've been saying all year. We have guys signed that are good players, guys that I like. There's got to be a reason for it."

One player who won't be going anywhere is forward Mikko Koivu. The Star Tribune and The Athletic reported, citing sources, that Koivu will not waive his no-move clause prior to the trade deadline. Koivu has 703 points (203 goals, 500 assists) in 1,020 NHL games, all with the Wild.

Minnesota (29-25-7) lost 4-1 against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Video: NYR@MIN: Koivu earns 500th assist on Donato's goal

 

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider doesn't know if he'll remain in New York or be playing for another team in the next day or two, but the forward said he's drowning out the trade chatter.

"The way to block it out is to play good hockey and win," Kreider said after the Rangers defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. "And we've done that over the past few weeks, and we want to continue to do that."

The Rangers (33-24-4) have won seven of their past eight games and are four points behind the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They have not indicated if they plan to trade or sign Kreider, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. 

Kreider has 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 60 games this season.

 

Florida Panthers

The Panthers could make moves at the deadline. But forward Vincent Trocheck, who has been mentioned in trade rumors, is focused on the Panthers trying to get back into the playoff picture.

"It is what it is. Rumors are rumors and I just don't pay attention to any of it," Trocheck told the Athletic on Saturday. "I deleted Twitter last year… I love these guys, love this organization. My focus is just trying to get this team into a playoff spot."

Trocheck has 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists) in 55 games; he could be traded as the Panthers reportedly look for a defenseman. 

The Panthers (32-24-6) are 3-7-1 in their past 11 games, including a 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. They're four points behind the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card into the playoffs from the East, and two points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division.

NHL.com staff writer David Satriano contributed to this report

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