The calendar has changed to the month of January meaning there are only two months for teams to figure out what they want to do before the trade deadline. Teams need to determine where they are in the standings and determine whether or not they will be buyers or sellers on or before the deadline. Let’s take a look at some of the NHL trade rumors and rumblings from around the league.
Nazim Kadri’s name has come up in the rumor mill lately. From Nick Kypreos out of Sportnet:
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) December 30, 2013
Kadri was afforded the chance to seize the top line center role while Tyler Bozak was out but failed to take advantage of the opportunity. After a breakout year for Kadri, things this year have not been as bright. Kadri is still young but it’s not clear how many more chances he will have to stay in the good graces of the coaching staff before a deal could finally be made.
Richard Chere who covers the New Jersey Devils for the Star-Ledger spoke with long time veteran Jaromir Jagr about his situation with the Devils. Jagr said:
I’m not going to ask for a trade if everything stays the same. I’ll fight to the end. I like it here too much…I would hate to go to some team just to help them. I’d feel like a rented guy
Jagr was not given a no-trade clause when he signed with the Devils this off-season so the Devils hold the cards in this one. Depending on how the star forward plays these next two months will determine if teams come calling. Jagr was moved at the deadline last year to the Boston Bruins.
The Boston Bruins were dealt a huge hit to their defensive corps this past week. General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that Dennis Seidenberg would be lost for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. He reported recovery time for the injury would be 6-8 months.
Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald noted that Chiarellli’s first choice would be to find a replacement within the organization. Conroy suggests :
If he can’t find the right mix within the organization, Chiarelli could try to find a more experienced defenseman on the trade market, perhaps dangling a young blueliner to a non-contender for a player with a little more on his resume. The Sabres’ Henrik Tallinder comes to this mind, while the Rangers’ Dan Girardi, the Jets’ Mark Stuart and the Senators’ Chris Phillips — all unrestricted free agents at season’s end — have come to others’.
The Bruins currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, Chiarelli has a little bit of time to evaluate the players he calls up from inside the organization and also those players available on the market.
Keep checking back for all the latest rumors and rumblings from around the NHL.