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NHL News: NHL Trade Rumors 3/5/14

NHL Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now

March 5, 2014

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Today is one of the more interesting days on the NHL schedule. It’s the trade deadline, and with the league’s penchant for last-minute deals and change-ups (like the flurry of trades that went down yesterday), we could see a few blockbusters out there today. Before we reach today’s 3:00 PM ET cut-off, let’s take a look at a few of the noteworthy situations out there on the NHL trade market.

Jaroslav Halak, G, Buffalo Sabres: Easy come, easy go. With barely enough time to put his gear in his locker, there are now some rumblings out there that say Halak may be on the move again. The Sabres are tossing anything and everything they can get future value for, and that makes the recently-acquired Halak fair game.
One name that was mentioned as a potential suitor is the Minnesota Wild, but they got that taken care of with the addition of Ilya Bryzgalov yesterday. Their injury situation in-net is pretty horrid, with both Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding banged up.
Still, there’s some trepidation out there in the face of a deal, as it remains to bee seen how well Halak would perform under a different system. We’ll have to see what kind of price tag the Sabres put on their new toy, but a deal in the coming hours is definitely in play.

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NHL News: NHL Trade Rumors 3/5/14

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Bruins Latest: It’s no secret that the Bruins are actively seeking out a defenseman to round out their roster. They’ve had scouts sniffing around the Blue Jackets this week, with Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson rumored to be potential targets. In the recent days leading up to the deadline, some other players that have been thrown out there as names on the Boston wish list include Andrew MacDonald (though his price tag was likely too high--and he went to the Flyers anyway), Alex Edler, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrej Meszaros, Tom Gilbert, Henrik Tallinder and a handful of others.
The Bruins have also been rumored to be interested in Marian Gaborik, but it remains to be seen how legitimate their intentions of picking him up are. It could simply be a bit of gamesmanship as we scurry toward the trade deadline. Rest assured, something will be happening in Boston.

Thomas Vanek, LW, New York Islanders: Prepare yourself to hear a ton of rumors about Vanek in the hours leading up to today’s deadline. He’s been one of the most hotly-pursued targets out there, and the fact that he was a healthy scratch last night certainly adds some fuel to that fire.
Teams said to be interested in Vanek include the Bruins, Penguins and Kings. We’d imagine the Islanders will wait as long as they can and try to milk as much value for him from the eventual highest bidder. He’s got 53 points in 60 games overall this year.

Yesterday’s Noteworthy Deals: Now let’s visit with a few of the trades that actually happened yesterday. This first one came from out of nowhere: The Canucks dealt net-minder Roberto Luongo to the Panthers in exchange for Jacob Markstrom and another player.
Along with that, we saw a very busy stretch there in the afternoon. The Anaheim Ducks were one of the most active teams, trading away both Dustin Penner (Capitals--fourth-round pick) and Viktor Fasth (Oilers--2014 fifth-rounder and 2015 third-rounder). Stephane Robidas will be headed to Anaheim for a conditional fourth-rounder.
Ilya Bryzgalov is also on the move; He went to the Wild for a fourth-round pick.
Also, much to the chagrin of the Bruins (not to mention the other teams who were interested), the aforementioned Andrew MacDonald was traded away to Philadelphia, in exchange for a pair of draft picks. One of the selections is a third-rounder in the upcoming draft, and the other is a second-rounder in 2015.

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