The NHL Trade Deadline is just over 48 hours away and with a few moves already been made, there is still plenty of chatter from around the league. Who’s going to buy, who’s going to sell or who’s content with the pieces they have? Those questions and more will be answered by Wednesday’s trade deadline but for now let’s get caught up on the latest rumors from around the NHL.
Starting out west where the Flames have already parted ways with captain Jarome Iginla and it appears a full fledged fire sale could be the extent of the Flames strategy at this year’s deadline.
According to the Ottawa Sun, the Senators are interested in forward Curtis Glencross and are “trying to work out a deal” to acquire the rugged winger.
The 30-year old Glencross has two-years left on his contract that’ll cost the Sens a cap hit of $2.55 annually who has a full, no-trade clause. The Sun reports that the Senators may be willing to part ways with goaltender Ben Bishop but the Flames may want a NHL ready forward along with Bishop in order to make the deal.
The price seems abnormally high for Glencross who the Sens feel is a top six forward. The Kindersley, SK native has 14 goals and 8 assists in 31 games for the Flames this season and his career high came last year when he scored 26 and added 22 assists for 48 points. He’s only ever cracked the 40-point plateau in two other seasons, begging the question if he’s worth the price that Jay Feaster is asking for.
Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that a deal between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders could be taking shape according to the Chicago Daily Herald. The belief that it’s a mult-player deal centered around Frans Nielsen of the Islanders. The Herald also states that the Hawks are unhappy with the recent play of blue liner Johnny Oduya and could be after Mark Streit.
But Streit and the Islanders are said to be engaged in extension talks that would keep the defenseman on the Island (or in Brooklyn starting next season).
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register believes that the Ducks could get involved in the action prior to Wednesday’s deadline and players like Derek Roy of the Stars or Mike Ribeiro of the Capitals could fit the Ducks’ needs. GM Brian Murray has been clear that the Ducks will not overpay and Roy is set to become a UFA, meaning he could be a pure rental.