The National Hockey League rumor mill continues with potential deals continuing to be thrown around before the close of the trade deadline in April.
Some of the sport's biggest teams are considering making moves before that deadline, with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers and many more making trade noise. Which players are being touted as potential movers from those teams, and where could they be heading in 2013?
Read on and find out.
St. Louis Blues Tracking the Philadelphia Flyers?
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Blues are believed to be tracking the moves that the Philadelphia Flyers make internally.
So general manager Doug Armstrong has hit the road to survey some possibilities. His regular presence at Flyers games leads the Philadelphia Daily News to believe he ready to do some business with a team looking to make changes.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is feeling some heat with his big-budget team struggling. This man loves to sign players to comically oversized contracts and then dump them so he can sign different players to comically oversized contracts.
Which players the Blues are tracking is still not known, with Armstrong likely to try and suss out the situation at Philly a bit more before moving in.
That is, if he's actually tracking the Flyers at all. He might just like watching their team play hockey, or he might have a favorite coffee place around the corner.
Danny Briere Still Refuses to Leave Philly
If the Blues are wanting the Flyers to part with Briere, however, they might have another thing coming for them, with the 35-year-old Briere refusing to leave.
Briere reportedly has a no-trade clause in his contract and isn't willing to waive it in order to move, according to The Daily News (h/t Broad Street Hockey).
Briere, 35, is one player who isn't going anywhere. The Flyers have not asked Briere to waive his no-trade clause, and it isn't clear whether they're interested in moving him, but he provided an answer Tuesday. Briere has a full no-movement clause - meaning he can't even be sent to the minors without his permission - and will not waive it to be dealt to any team in the NHL, regardless of destination.
"I don't want to comment on anything at this point," Briere told the Daily News."Trades are not my department. I've been a Flyer for a long time. My heart belongs in Philadelphia with the Flyers. I can't see myself playing anywhere else."
Notice Briere's quote, though. It doesn't explicitly say he'd turn down a trade. It says he wants to be here. It says he can't see himself playing anywhere else. It says he doesn't want to comment. But it doesn't say explicitly that he'd turn down a trade.
What that means for the Flyers heading towards the close of the trade deadline still remains to be seen, particularly since there are no big suitors forthcoming. St. Louis are thought to be interested, but that's only because of their pre-existing interest in Philly.
If Briere can get the big deal that he wants, albeit perhaps not in Philadelphia, then who knows. A deal might not be the most bizarre move after all.
New York Rangers Set to Bring in Reinforcements?
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that general manager Glen Sather could be set to make some big moves before the trade deadline—starting with bringing back Mats Zuccarello once the winger's season finishes in Russia.
“I’m definitely interested in talking to Zuke,” Sather said before the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Jets last night. “I’ve always liked him as a player. We’ll see what happens.”
Sather also said the Rangers would take a look at bringing over Oscar Lindbergand Jesper Fasth, a pair of 21-year-forwards, once their Swedish Elite League seasons end with Skelleftea and HV71, respectively.
“I really like those two kids,” Sather said of the two forwards already under contract. “It could be interesting.’’
The Rangers have limited cap space as it is, and could find making a deal for all three players difficult given their current financial situation, but it seems pretty clear that Sather will make at least one move to bring one of those guys back to New York.
New York currently sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic division at 8-11 and have conceded the second-most goals from any team currently in the NHL this year.
Perhaps some defensive reinforcements wouldn't go astray either.
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