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!
Now that the Ryan Miller blockbuster trade is out of the way, speculation and attention has shifted to other big targets in anticipation of Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline.
The Islanders offered a considerable deal to forward Thomas Vanek shortly before the Olympic Break, but Vanek is more interested in tasting the free agent market this off season. New York is now attempting to trade him, but so far the offers have not been there yet, according to Chris Botta:
They will eventually, but Isles yet to get a strong offer for Thomas Vanek. Might help if he played better, and like he cared.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) February 28, 2014
Vanek had 2 G and 1 A against Florida yesterday, and since the NHL has returned from the Olympic break, he has 2 G, 4 A. The uptick in offensive production should lead to some teams making a few phone calls to the Islanders before Wednesday.
According to SB Nation, the Pittsburgh Penguins are very interested in acquiring Ryan Kesler. They reportedly offered Brandon Sutter in a proposed deal before the Olympic break. It is still unknown whether the Canucks are actually trying to move Kesler, but there were reports that Kesler said he wanted out of Vancouver while playing in Sochi. At this time, that is just a rumor and Kesler / his agent have not confirmed those reports.
The Minnesota Wild have been kicking the tires and have shown interest in newly acquired Sabres goaltender Jaroslav Halak, as well as New Jersey Devils goaltender, Martin Brodeur. Brodeur still has not indicated whether he will actually waive his no trade clause, but he did not dismiss the idea either:
Of waiving his no trade, Martin Brodeur said this afternoon. ““It definitely depends on where it would be” and “I’m not there yet.”
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) March 2, 2014
What a tough one for Devils fans if they end up losing both Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur to Minnesota.