As we head into the March 5th NHL Trade Deadline, Too Many Men On The Site will be posting a daily trade rumor roundup post with all of the latest trade news and rumors. With that, here is today’s edition of Rumor Roundup!
The Many Twists and Turns of Ryan Miller: Early yesterday the word on the street was that the Buffalo Sabres were turning their focus to resigning Ryan Miller and would not be trading him at the deadline. Within hours, the tide turned and once again reports were that the Sabres were fielding offers for the star goaltender. Miller did not start in last night’s game against the Bruins, which led many to believe the Sabres are keeping him fresh for a trade. Then again, Miller had a busy Olympics and Buffalo was playing in back to back games.
St. Louis Snub: Martin St. Louis really took the Olympic snub personally and may have (he did) asked for a trade out of Tampa Bay. St. Louis supposedly met with the Lightning to “discuss his future” and wants out of Tampa. According to an article posted on TMMOTS yesterday, the New York Rangers seems to be the favorite right now. The Score confirmed this last night, with reports that St. Louis is only willing to wave his no trade clause for New York.
Kesler Bomb: Reports started coming in last night and early this morning that Ryan Kesler wants out of Vancouver. Canucks GM Mike Gillis would neither confirm or deny the reports to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, and Kesler’s agent denied the rumors. However, it all seems to have started with a tweet from TVA Sports’ Louis Jean:
Sources say Ryan Kesler requested a trade some time ago & wants out of Vcr. Told #Canucks don’t want to trade him but may not have a choice.
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) February 27, 2014
Kesler entering the trade deadline mix would really shake things up on March 5th.
Brodeur / Salvador / Jagr Break Silence: Pucks and Pitchforks reported yesterday that three potential New Jersey Devils trade targets spoke a bit about the approach deadline. Neither Brodeur or Jagr confirmed they are looking for a trade and responded with something along the lines of “wait and see”. Brodeur did mention that he is sure he will be speaking with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in the next few days, but you cannot really classify that as a trade request.