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NHL Trade Rumors for February 14/12

The latest NHL trade rumors.


Updated February 13, 2012

Our NHL trade rumors are gathered from media and online sources around the hockey world. You can also consult our index of previously reported trade rumors.

  • Darren Dreger at TSN reports that buyers currently outnumber sellers in the NHL, which explains the lack of trade activity in February. Dreger says many borderline or non-playoff teams become reluctant to move assets if the team hits a hot streak. (A case in point would be the New York Islanders, who have played well of late, prompting the team to declare that G Evgeni Nabokov will not be dealt.) Or they hold out for the best possible deal, which could mean waiting until deadline day.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun says the Rangers could have a blockbuster deal in the works to acquire Blue Jackets F Rick Nash. Garrioch says the package demanded by Columbus could include C Brandon Dubinsky, prospect C Chris Kreider from Boston College and a number-one draft pick.
  • Garrioch also reports that the Predators will not trade D Ryan Suter (unrestricted free agent in 2012) or D Shea Weber (restricted free agent in 2012), but might be interested in getting Oilers F Ales Hemsky if the price is right.
  • Garrioch says Sabres F Derek Roy would be a good fit with the Blackhawks, and Ducks D Lubomir Visnovsky might be just the kind of affordable veteran the Flyers need to shore up the defense.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch says F Jeff Carter remains on the market, with Calgary and Los Angeles as two possible destinations. He speculates that G Jonathan Bernier would be demanded in any deal with the Kings, D Jay Bouwmeester might be the centerpiece of a trade with the Flames.
  • Sabres F Paul Gaustad is surfacing in a variety of rumors. He's an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the asking price would likely be modest.
  • F Brad Boyes is another Sabre due to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He would surely e an attractive target for teams seeking scoring depth.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail says Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman needs a goaltender to stop the team's recent slide. Islanders G Evgeni Nabokov is ideal, but not available. Shoalts says Oilers G Nikolai Khabibulin might be an option.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal floats the possibility that Oilers F Ales Hemsky could end up in Nashville, with the Predators shipping rookie D Jonathon Blum to Edmonton.
  • Will the Bruins be active? It's hard to imagine them messing with the forward roster. But for defensive insurance, various sources say Boston might pursue Flames D Scott Hannan or D Cory Sarich, Hurricanes D Bryan Allen or D Jaroslav Spacek, Jets D Johnny Oduya, Islanders D Milan Jurcina or D Mark Eaton, or Coyotes D Adrian Aucoin.
  • With the Devils solidly in the midst of the Eastern Conference playoff race, there's practically no chance the team will trade F Zach Parise this season. They are facing a July 1 deadline to re-sign him, or he'll be the star of this year's free agent crop.
  • The Oilers have signed a one-year contract extension with D Andy Sutton, removing him from the trade market.
  • Capitals F Mike Knuble has been a healthy scratch lately. Several sources say he might end up in San Jose, but it's unlikely the Sharks or anyone won't give up much for a 39-year-old whose scoring production has dried up this season.

See also:
The NHL Salary Cap Explained
NHL Free Agents
A Guide to the NHL Entry Draft

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