NHL News, Trade and Free Agency Roundup

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorFebruary 13, 2012

The NHL season is moving closer to one of the most exciting times of the year: the NHL trade deadline.

General managers are feverishly working the phones, trying to find teams willing to make a deal to help improve their roster. It looks like two of the biggest potential deals are the New York Rangers making a play for the Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash and the Chicago Blackhawks trying to add the Buffalo Sabres' Derek Roy.

According to the Ottawa Sun, both the Rangers and Blackhawks general managers have shown interest in these respective players to help push their teams to a deep Stanley Cup playoff run.

Aside from the trade rumors, The Fourth Period has some news on the New York Islanders signing center Frans Nielsen to a contract extension.

And finally, the current NHL collective bargaining agreement is coming to an end. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, forward Craig Adams gives his opinion on his feelings on both sides feelings heading into negotiations. 

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