With the second week of March almost over, the trade rumors continue around the NHL as teams are eagerly trying to piece together which clubs will be sellers and which will be buyers. With that comes countless hours spent on the phones, asking who is available and for what price. With that, let’s get caught up with some of the rumblings from around the league.
The Dallas Stars appear to be preparing to part ways with Brenden Morrow according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. The Fourth Period has the report that Heika indicates the chances of the Stars dealing Morrow at this year’s deadline is 70-30, making it a harsh reality for Stars fans that they had best prepare themselves for life without Morrow.
The 34-year old has spent all thirteen of his NHL seasons with the Stars since being drafted 25th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Set to become an unrestricted free-agent this summer, Morrow is currently making $4.1 million this season and could see a raise this summer if he hits the open market.
A rugged forward with an offensive upside, Morrow would fit the wishes of many clubs looking for some grit for the playoffs. The Boston Bruins are said to be one of those many clubs interested in Morrow who does have a full, no-trade clause.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks are said to be looking to add another forward prior to the April 3rd deadline and Morrow could be a fit in the windy city. Hawks GM, Stan Bowman has indicated that he’d like to add a second or third line center to bolster his club for what could be a deep playoff run this spring.
The Fourth Period mentions names like Mike Ribeiro of the Washington Capitals and Derick Brassard of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames could be another target for Bowman if the Flames captain agrees to a trade. While nothing has been confirmed, we looked earlier at the latest on Iginla’s situation.
Finally, in Detroit, the Red Wings are still trying to add a top-four blue liner but haven’t had much luck when it comes to acquiring that “big” name.
Wings GM, Ken Holland has said to have inquired on the Flames, Jay Bouwmeester and the Coyotes’ Keith Yandle. But the asking price for both is said to be outrageously high and at this time Holland is content to let the market develop with hopes the price for either will drop.
TFP also drops the names of Ladislav Smid from Edmonton and Robyn Regher of the Buffalo Sabres as possible targets for Holland, both of who can play a bruising game on the back end.