March 19, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals defender Dmitry Orlov (81) skates up ice with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Capitals, Rangers, Hurricanes, Canadiens

Here are some trade rumors around the NHL.

Washington Capitals’ defenseman Dmitry Orlov has made it clear that he does not want to resign with the Capitals after his entry-level contract is up at the season’s end. His agent had this to say:

“It’s becoming increasingly hard for Dmitry to continue with this shuttle without any hope of playing a game…”

Orlov has been recalled five times this month, but hasn’t seen a single game on the ice. If the Capitals cannot have him on the roster for 30 days before January 1, a clause in his contract will allow him to go to the KHL. He has spent 19 days on the roster so far.

New York Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto has been a healthy scratch a few times lately, and it seems that the Rangers are ready to move him. Del Zotto, who has four points in 19 games, was scratched by coach Alain Vigneault four times so far. He also has a -6 rating this season.

The Carolina Hurricanes have two players who are being talked about in the trading talks. Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu are in the chatter. Gleason is getting more attention, but they are still being looked at. Both have two years left on their contract (Ruutu at $4.75 mil. and Gleason at $4 mil.) They both have a no-trade clause in their contract.

Montreal Canadiens’ left wing Max Pacioretty has been being looked at around the league. The Canadiens have denied any proposals, and aren’t shopping him. This doesn’t mean he isn’t up to be traded; the Canadiens are willing to hear from other teams. Pacioretty has nine points in 16 games this season.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes Dmitry Orlov Max Pacioretty Michael Del Zotto Montreal Canadiens New York Rangers NHL Tim Gleason Tuomo Ruutu Washington Capitals

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