A new day means new rumors from around the NHL as teams continue to figure out which way they’ll approach the trade deadline. Here’s the latest with two from the west and two from the east.
Starting with the St. Louis Blues where their leading scorer, Chris Stewart is getting plenty of interest from other clubs, resulting in multiple phone calls for GM, Doug Armstrong.
According to The Fourth Period, numerous clubs are interested in Stewart but the Blues haven’t made him available and are merely listening at this point.
Darren Dreger from TSN confirms that Stewart’s name is being thrown around a lot at the moment but Armstrong would need a hefty return to part ways with the 25-year old. Dreger reminds us that the Blues have been after a top-four defenseman since the start of the season so perhaps a deal involving Steward could be had.
On the other side, the Blues are also said to be looking for some second or third line help to help stabilize a balanced scoring attack. So moving Steward, their top point producer makes little sense from that regard.
Out west, the Vancouver Canucks are said to be looking for help up the middle according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. This comes as no surprise with the injuries to Ryan Kesler and Manny Maholtra, both of whom have missed the majority of the season.
McKenzie mentions Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars as one player that the Canucks could target. Roy, who makes $4 million this year will be an unrestricted free-agent this summer and the Stars could look at moving him prior to the deadline especially when the two sides are no where near an extension as McKenzie points out.
From the west coast to the Big Apple where rumors around the New York Rangers and Marian Gaborik continue. ESPN’s Craig Custance recently spoke with Gaborik’s agent, Tobin Wright and he confirmed that Gaborik has not and will not request a trade from the Rangers.
Gaborik has been demoted to the third line at times this season and talk has come up that the Rangers are gauging interest on what they could receive for a player with Gaborik’s talents. Andrew Gross of the Record states that the blue shirts may wait until the off season to try and unload the sniper who has one year remaining on his 5-year, $37.5 million dollar deal.
Finally, out of Washington where Mike Ribeiro has become the topic of trade lately. Sportsnets’ Hockey Central experts of Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean recetnly looked at Ribeiro’s situation with the Capitals and both agree that he could be moved by the deadline and that the Calgary Flames could be a potential landing spot.
Kypreos also believes that the Vancouver Canucks could be in on Ribeiro, a destination that would give him a shot at the playoffs.