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