NHL Trade Rumors: Tracking Latest Chatter Surrounding Potential Movers

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2013

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 24:  Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks in action against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion on January 24, 2013 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As the 2013 NHL regular season approaches its halfway point, trade talk is surprisingly limited.

The April 3 deadline is over a month away, meaning most teams will likely continue to put their best players on the ice and see what happens before they are forced to make a change. But there's also the threat of waiting too long to pull the trigger on a potential season-saving move.

With few players being mentioned in legitimate trade rumors this weekend, here we'll track what most NHL fans and experts are talking about.


Ryan O'Reilly Situation Gets Even More Bizarre

As if the standoff between the Colorado Avalanche and their talented young forward Ryan O'Reilly couldn't get any more ridiculous, there's this from the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons (via Twitter):

O'Reilly turned 22 earlier this month and shows tremendous promise as an offensive threat. He tallied 55 points a season ago, dishing out 37 assists and scoring 18 goals for Colorado. For the Avalanche to let his contract situation get this out of control in the first place was foolish. But to carry on without him and while not even trying to get something in return is outright insane. 

I'm not quite sure what Colorado hopes to achieve here, but it's certainly disappointing to watch this situation unfold. 

The Avalanche are only three points out of the Western Conference playoff picture, so O'Reilly's absence is incredibly significant. Keep an eye out for whatever comes next, as things could potentially get even weirder. 


Struggling Sharks Looking to Deal?

After a flawless 7-0 start to the season, the San Jose Sharks have come back down to earth in a hurry, losing eight of their last nine games overall. The minute the calendar flipped to February things began to unravel for San Jose, and it seems the club is considering ways to possibly turn things around.

This from TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday:

Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play. Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenceman –Dan Boyle's name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.

Joe Thornton's name was also thrown out there by an Eastern Conference team but that's not likely to happen. There's no way San Jose is going to put themselves in that position.

Despite their recent struggles, though, the Sharks still rank fourth in goals against and fifth in penalty kill percentage. So, defensively it's not all bad. The key will be finding some firepower on the offensive end, where San Jose ranks 22nd in the league in goals per game.

Parting ways with Boyle or Thornton would certainly hurt, but consider this alarming stat: During San Jose's seven-game winning streak to begin the year, Thornton and Patrick Marleau each scored 14 points. But through eight games in February, the two have combined for just four points. 

Meanwhile, Boyle is the Sharks' top-scoring defenseman this year. He has nine points (two goals and seven assists) through 13 games this season.

Perhaps a major change is what San Jose (No. 6 in the Western Conference) needs right now in order to find a spark.


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