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Preseason Trade Buzz from Around the NHL

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

Preseason Trade Buzz from Around the NHL

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    The lockout lifted Sunday, and it was expected that there would be a flurry of trade activity throughout the NHL.

    There have been a few minor trades but nothing significant.

    The biggest name expected to be involved in a trade is Roberto Luongo; however, even though he has lost his starting job to Cory Schneider, there is still not a deal in place for Luongo.

    Here's a look at rumored players who could be involved in deals in the foreseeable future (source: MyNHLTradeRumors.com).

P.K. Subban, Montreal Not Close to Deal

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    Restricted free-agent defenseman P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens are not close to a deal yet, according to Subban's agent Don Meehan.

    Meehan said Subban wants a contract in the $5 to $5.6 million range, which would put him at a similar level to Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Skinner.

    The longer it takes for Meehan and Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, the more likely it seems that the Canadiens would be willing to trade their enigmatic defenseman.

Dmitry Kulikov and Panthers Not Talking

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    The Florida Panthers and restricted free-agent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov have not come to terms on a new deal.

    Harvey Fialkov of the Miami Herald reports that Kulikov and the Panthers have not had a conversation about the contract situation in 48 hours.

    If the Panthers are not talking to Kulikov and his agent, who are they talking to?

Canucks Won't Be Pressured into Luongo Deal

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    Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is not about to be pressured or bulled into trading Roberto Luongo.

    Gillis told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that he wants equal value in a trade for the goalie and that he does not have a deadline to move him.

    "He’s an All-Star goalie,” veteran Canucks GM Mike Gillis told ESPN.com Monday. "It’s a completely media-driven notion that we have to do this quickly and it’s going to be a terrible situation [if Luongo starts the season in Vancouver]. It wasn’t a terrible situation last year and it won’t be this year if he’s here."

Sabres Ready to Move Defensemen?

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    Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier may be looking to trade some of his team's defensemen.

    Regier told John Vogl of the Buffalo News that the Sabres had nine NHL-caliber defensemen on the roster and that the team could only keep six of them.

    Regier said he would prefer to trade them rather than give them away via waivers.

Senators Looking for Blue Line Help

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    Perhaps Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray ought to pick up the phone and call Darcy Regier of the Buffalo Sabres.

    Murray would like to get some help on the blue line, while Regier is trying to move some of his excess defensemen (see previous panel).

    Before he makes a trade, Murray wants to see how the young players he has in camp work out; however, he told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun that he would be willing to make a trade if he is not happy with what he sees.

Jarome Iginla Staying Put

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    You will likely hear rumors about Jarome Iginla from now until the trade deadline.

    Right now, the Calgary Flames say they intend on keeping Jarome Iginla even though he will be a free agent at the end of the season.

    Calgary general manager Jay Feaster told Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun that he would not address Iginla's contract status on an every-day basis.

    “The directive here in Calgary, the objective here in Calgary, has not changed," Feaster said. "From ownership right on through, our goal and our intent is to have Jarome Iginla spend his entire playing career with the Calgary Flames."

    That sounds nice, but if the Flames are out of contention in mid-March, Feaster would not be helping his franchise if he kept Iginla and he then left as a free agent in the offseason.

    Stay tuned.

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