NHL Trade Rumors: The 7 Best Deals so Far

Steven ConklinCorrespondent IIFebruary 7, 2012

NHL Trade Rumors: The 7 Best Deals so Far

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    The NHL Trade Deadline is 20 days away and so begins the frenzy of players moving around, and teams building up for playoff runs. 

    No trade of major importance has been made so far. But that doesn't mean the league's top teams haven't been active weighing the options and considering deal after deal. 

    Along with this comes all of the speculation of which players each team would shop or trade for in February. 

    Here are seven rumored or mentioned deals, so far, that would be great deadline moves. 

Paul Stastny to Buffalo

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    The Colorado Avalanche may be a playoff team this year but center Paul Stastny continues to be underwhelming. The 26-year-old has 32 points in 51 games this season.

    Rumor has it that Colorado has made the Olympian available. 

    Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News made the case for the Buffalo Sabres to chase Stastny. 

    Stastny needs a change of scenery, and Buffalo could actually be a great fit. For the price of Derek Roy and Andrej Sekera, the Sabers should pull the trigger before the deadline. 

James Van Riemsdyk to Toronto

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    Toronto GM Brian Burke is one of the most active executives in hockey. He is always willing to listen and is always trying to improve his Maple Leafs. 

    Bringing in James Van Riemsdyk from the Flyers might be one way to do so.

    TSN's Darren Dreger reports Burke will make another run at the Philadelphia winger.

    It could be a win-win for both squads. Philadelphia would get a good, young defenseman and Luke Schenn would be a great option.

    With a change of scenery, Schenn might reach his potential. 

Corey Perry to Vancouver

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    Any deal sending Corey Perry to the Vancouver Canucks would be a huge boost for the defending NHL runners-up. With the Sedin twins, Ryan Kessler and Perry, Vancouver would score a lot of goals. 

    The rumored deal of Perry to Vancouver for Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond, and Keith Ballard would be a win-win for both clubs. 

    However, this deal probably won't happen due to the struggles of Roberto Luongo.

    The Canucks probably want to stay put with Schneider as a backup going into the postseason. 

Zach Parise to Minnesota

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    The Zach Parise saga is far from over. 

    With New Jersey's horrible financial situation and Parise's expiring contract, it looks as if dealing him would be a smart move. New Jersey could bring back quality players for his services. 

    One would assume the Devils would want top prospects and Minnesota has a stable of them, led by Mikael Granlund. 

    Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher has been quite protective of his prospects, but an offer for Parise might be too good to turn down. 

    I don't think Parise would object to playing in his home state of Minnesota, either. 

Mikhail Grabovski to Edmonton

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    As mentioned before, the Maple Leafs have been and will continue to be one of the most active teams nearing the deadline. With Mikhail Grabovski's contract issues, seeing him moved to another team wouldn't be much of a surprise. 

    Edmonton might be a good fit. 

    The Maple Leafs have been linked to the Oilers and Ales Hemsky, who also looks like a lock to be traded.

    A change in scenery might really help Hemsky, and if he improved, Toronto would be thrilled.  

Paul Gaustad to San Jose

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    Buffalo has quickly spiraled out of the playoff race and San Jose wants to add a big center. Trading for Paul Gaustad makes a lot of sense for the Sharks. 

    He is the big, tough kind of forward the club needs and many teams think Gaustad would be a great fit with the Sharks.

    Gaustad is one of the best in the league on penalty-kill faceoffs and acquiring him would indeed benefit the Sharks.

    San Jose should pay whatever they must in order to snag Gaustad before the deadline.  

Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay

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    Tampa Bay desperately needs a goaltender. St. Louis might have an answer. 

    6'7" Ben Bishop is having a phenomenal year in the AHL. If it wasn't for the Blues having the duo of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott, Bishop would be in St. Louis. 

    Bishop has looked good in previous NHL starts and the asking price probably won't be too high from St. Louis. 

    Tampa Bay is looking into Bishop's services and this deal may get done before the deadline as they are still technically in contention. 

    If not, they may just wait to sign Bishop in the summer. 

    Steven Conklin is a contributing writer for the Bleacher Report and a student at the University of Central Missouri. He joined B/R in October 2011 and is currently a B/R intern. Any comments, questions or suggestions are more than welcome.