Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported the Top five Eastern and Western Conference players that could be traded. In the East there is Marian Gaborik, Mark Streit, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pomminville, and Robyn Regehr. In the West there is Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Morrow, Ryane Clowe, and Dan Boyle. It’s pretty obvious Iginla has been at the top of the trade list. It’s just a matter of how long before Calgary agrees to keep him or trade him.
Carolina is in talks with Ottawa’s Ben Bishop. It’s said that Ottawa is looking for a top defenseman. This is no surprise since they have been hit with the Erik Karlsson injury, putting him out for the rest of the season. The Montreal Canadiens are also in talks of picking up a defenseman, but they are looking for a veteran defenseman.
Florida’s GM Dale Tallon wants to sell, but after being hit with injuries, it’s tough to send off hurt players. It’s said that they are ready to trade Tomas Fleischmann, who has six goals and 14 assists so far in 32 games. Pierre Lebrun has said that the Panthers aren’t looking to shop out Fleischmann, but they are willing to hear what other teams have to say if they are interested in him.
Toronto’s GM Dave Nonis told Prime Time Sports, “I’ve been asked if we’re going to be buyers or sellers, and I think there’s a possibility of both … We could be moving players out, we could move some picks to bring players in. It’s going to be determined on what’s available to us.” Then a shock from them came. That is that they may be looking at goaltenders Jonathan Bernier from Los Angeles and Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. Just when you think everyone has forgotten about acquiring Luongo, Toronto brings him back up into the light.
Columbus Blue Jackets could have Adrian Aucoin, Derick Brassard, and Vinny Prospal available to dish out. These players have a combined total of 36 points, with Prospal playing in 32 games, Brassard in 30 games, and Aucoin in 23 games. ”We’ve got a big week ahead of us as an organization, and I think a lot of teams are saying the same thing,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson. This after he opted out of giving details about their plans approaching the trade deadline.
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