Trade Talk: Who's next on Leafs' trade block?

The NHL's Feb. 29 Trade Deadline is approaching and teams are making decisions on whether to buy or sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Check out today's trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat.

Who's Next?

With Dion Phaneuf out the door and playing for the Senators now, the Toronto Maple Leafs are officially open for business ahead of the February 29 Trade Deadline. There are very few untouchables on the Leafs with nearly the whole roster available for the right price.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail speculates 16 of the Leafs' current 27-player roster (including injured reserve) could be had by an acquiring team and breaks down which players are likely to be moved.

Mirtle says players like PA Parenteau and James Reimer could be easily moved, and for value, while on the other hand, a player like Joffrey Lupul will be more difficult to move.

Culture Change

Despite still being in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England says the Boston Bruins' 9-2 loss to Milan Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings, and their subsequent struggles against other strong Western Conference teams, was the tipping point that proved the Bruins aren't a true contender.

With that in mind, Haggerty says the Bruins should look to build towards the future this year, and think about trading some of their veteran assests.

Haggerty says Loui Eriksson, if he isn't willing to sign a team-friendly deal, and Zdeno Chara, if he's willing, should be shopped ahead of the Trade Deadline.

Off-Season Task

The Detroit Red Wings have two goalies that a number of teams would consider starters, but don't expect them to move backup Jimmy Howard before the Trade Deadline.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland was on TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, and said that he'll figure out his plans at goalie after the season.

Mrazek is a pending restricted free agent but is the clear cut No. 1 for the Red Wings, while Howard has had past success but isn't playing as well this year and is owed more than $5 million per season for the next three years.

Crowded House

The Detroit Red Wings had much brass in the building on Tuesday to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets play the New York Islanders in Nationwide.

Wings general manager Ken Holland was there, along with special assistant to the GM Kris Draper, and pro scout Kirk Maltby.

It's believed the Red Wings were taking a close look at Fedor Tyutin, who is likely to be dealt by the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

Another Suitor for Ladd

There has been plenty of speculation Andrew Ladd will be moved before the Trade Deadline, and with it plenty of rumoured suitors for the veteran left winger.

You can add one more. Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press reports the Los Angeles Kings are now rumoured to be in on Ladd as well.

The Kings were once thought to be interested in Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien before he signed a contract extension, and now the Kings could be shifting their attention to Ladd.

Forcing their hand

The Vancouver Canucks are still in the playoff race in the Western Conference and haven't yet decided their plans leading up to the Trade Deadline, but recent injuries to Brandon Sutter and Alex Edler may have forced their hand.

With the two expected to miss some time, Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk speculates the Canucks will now look to move Dam Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata. Both players are pending unrestricted free agents.

Source : http://www.tsn.ca/trade-talk-who-s-next-on-leafs-trade-block-1.436502

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