The rumors continue from around the NHL today, this time some news from the St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports that the Blues are trying to acquire a defenseman like so many other teams. LeBrun writes that sources from around the league say Blues’ GM, Doug Armstrong is particularly interested in finding a left-handed blueliner that could slide in to the lineup as a top-four d-man who can play with either Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk.
The problem lies in that many other clubs have the same desire as the Blues. Those clubs that are willing to part ways with a top d-man will be able to charge a hefty ransom over the next few weeks.
We’ve heard both Visnovsky and Streit’s names come up earlier this week as potential trade pieces and now forward Brad Boyes is being mentioned that he could be on the move.
The article also states that netminder Evgeni Nabokov could be had at the deadline as he, like Streit, Visnovsky and Boyes are set to become unrestricted free-agents this summer.
While the Islanders may not be out of the playoff picture at this time, just three points out of eighth, it’s believed that the Long Island club will become sellers at the deadline. With the above mentioned names set to become free agents, the decision will be made over the next couple of weeks. If the Islanders can’t climb in the standings over the next 7-10 games, then watch for them to sell off their trade pieces.