Rumor Roundup: A closer look at the best players still on the trade market
Jonathan Drouin (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
The NHL trade deadline is still a day away, but already there’s been considerable activity involving several notable players. While Andrew Ladd, James Reimer and Jiri Hudler are off the trade board, there remains several key names worth watching leading up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday. Here’s a look at some of the notables.
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning. The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman prefers to move the suspended Drouin by the trade deadline. However, he seeks a return that can help the Lightning now and in the future. NHL analyst Brian Lawton claims the Bolts have five offers they’re mulling over and intend to reach a decision on Sunday.
Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins. Speculation persists claiming the Bruins could trade the 30-year-old winger if he’s not re-signed by the trade deadline. Such a move, however, isn’t certain. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports Bruins GM Don Sweeney continues to work with Eriksson’s agent to find common ground on a contract extension. Meanwhile, CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty claims the St. Louis Blues could be interested in Eriksson. The Bruins’ asking price is reportedly left wing Dmitrij Jaskin and a possible first-round pick.
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes. TSN’s Bob McKenzie recently wondered if the New York Rangers can resist the temptation of pursuing Staal. While the 31-year-old center has a no-movement clause, The News & Observer’s Chip Alexander reports he might not block a trade.
Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks. The Vancouver Province’s Jason Botchford reports Hamhuis is open to a trade, admitting the Dallas Stars would be an appealing option. It remains to be seen, however, if the 33-year-old blueliner agrees to be dealt.
Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes. With the Coyotes having withdrawn a recent contract offer, it’s assumed the 26-year-old winger’s a goner by the trade deadline. He’s been linked to the Anaheim Ducks, but Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register believes the return could be too costly. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman thinks the Boston Bruins could pursue Boedker if they trade Eriksson.
Kris Russell, Calgary Flames. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman recently speculated the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings could be interested in Russell. TSN’s Darren Dreger claims the Penguins and Boston Bruins are among the front-runners for the 28-year-old blueliner.
Radim Vrbata, Vancouver Canucks. The 34-year-old Vrbata could be an option for clubs in need of a scoring winger. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes he could return to the Coyotes if they move Mikkel Boedker.
P.A. Parenteau, Toronto Maple Leafs. TSN’s Frank Seravalli expects the 32-year-old winger could fetch a third-round pick for the Leafs. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks recently suggested the New Jersey Devils should offer up frequently scratched defenseman Eric Gelinas for Parenteau. After suffering muscle cramps in Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, it remains to be seen if he gets dealt by the deadline.
Scott Hartnell, Columbus Blue Jackets. The rumor mill was buzzing Saturday over speculation the 33-year-old Hartnell would be dealt to the Nashville Predators, where he began his NHL career. The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports nothing’s imminent, at least for now.
MORE RUMOR ROUNDUP:
— Jets moving Andrew Ladd could kick off flurry of trade activity
—Expect Maple Leafs to keep shedding UFAs, accumulating picks
—Ladd, Staal and Boedker worth watching with one week until deadline
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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