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NHL Trade Rumors for February 8/12

The latest NHL trade rumors.

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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.

  • For starters, Flames captain and F Jarome Iginla says he's not going anywhere.
  • A new four-year contract extension takes Islanders F Frans Nielsen out of the trade rumor mix.
  • Last week's spectacular eight-point game has refocused attention on Oilers F Sam Gagner. Gagner has been a steady but unspectacular point producer since Edmonton drafted him sixth overall in 2007. He's still just 22 years old, and the consensus seems to be that Edmonton won't part with him.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas News suggests Stars D Nicklas Grossman likely isn't going to be traded until the off-season.
  • Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com says the Sharks would likely have to put a quality player like F Joe Pavelski on the table if they're looking for a significant scoring upgrade for the playoff run. Ratto says Pavelski might make a viable centerpiece in any offer for F Derek Roy in Buffalo, F Brenden Morrow in Dallas, F Ales Hemsky in Edmonton, F Patrik Elias or F Zach Parise in New Jersey, F Jarome Iginla in Calgary, or F Shane Doan of Phoenix. All those players are on contracts that expire in either 2012 or 2013.
  • Without sacrificing Pavelski, Ratto suggests the Sharks could pursue F Tuomo Ruutu in Carolina, F Milan Hejduk in Colorado, F Vinny Prospal in Columbus, F Michael Ryder in Dallas, F Ryan Smyth in Edmonton, F Andrei Kostitsyn in Montreal, F Ray Whitney in Phoenix, F Dominic Moore in Tampa Bay, or F Andrew Ladd in Winnipeg.
  • Of course, all the names listed by Ratto are bound to come up in trade rumors connected to any team seeking forward help.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post says Avalanche F David Jones could be dealt. But his value won't be high. Jones has just 10 goals this year after scoring 27 last season. Jones is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
  • Can the Red Wings afford to be patient while waiting for G Jimmy Howard to return? If his broken finger keeps him out more than a week or so, and the team goes into a slump with Ty Conklin and Joey MacDonald in net, they could drop to the middle of the playoff pack in the highly competitive Western Conference.
  • Lightning D Marc Andre Bergeron is about to return from a back injury. He's the perfect rental for teams seeking power play help. Now that the playoffs have sipped out of reach, you have to think a variety of Tampa Bay veterans might be available.
  • Rumors sending Oilers F Ryan Smyth to the New York Rangers persist. But it's hard to see where Smyth would fit into the Rangers solid forward group.
  • With goal prevention and experience both at a premium these days, the Islanders will surely field plenty of offers for G Evgeni Nabokov, D Mark Eaton and D Steve Staios. Even if they don't play regularly, any of them would be good insurance against injuries during the playoffs.
  • Avalanche D Kyle Quincey is another prime candidate for teams that need defensive depth.
  • More aging defensemen: It's widely assumed that the Hurricanes will part with D Jaroslav Spacek and D Bryan Allen.
  • The Kings need scoring help. But they're hard up against the salary cap, so options are few.
  • MercuryNews.com reports that the Sharks could target Blue Jackets F R.J. Umberger and Hurricanes F Tuomo Ruutu to bulk up for the playoff run.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun says the Maple Leafs would make a deal for Ruutu if carolina would take either F Joe Colborne or F Nazem Kadri.
  • Sabres F Derek Roy to the Flames?

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

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