The 2013 NHL trade deadline is now less than three weeks away from closing—meaning that the rumor mill and speculation is bound to increase as well.
Whether the reported "interests" are true or not is a different question entirely, and it's one that we won't really know the answer to until the actual deadline itself. Yet, having said that, some of the reported rumors do provide for pretty fascinating and interesting viewing right now, so it's appropriate that we explore and them and their possible implications on the league.
Read on to see the latest NHL trade buzz heading into the trade deadline.
Detroit Red Wings Struggling to Make a Move
The Red Wings are teetering on the edge of being a genuine competitor in the league this season, but they just don't quite have the personnel to take that next step—especially when it comes to finding a game-changing player to turn to in times of need.
The Fourth Period reports that general manager Ken Holland has been trying to find a big-name player to bring into the team for a while now—striking out on moves for Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.
Holland is expected to continue trying to find someone, however.
LA Kings Interested in Bolstering Squad
According to The Fourth Period, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has been given the go-ahead to spend big before the deadline if he needs to.
The manager is believed to be looking to fill some voids in his roster, with a second or third line winger and at least one top-four defenseman being mentioned as areas where he will explore in the remaining few weeks—potentially bringing about a move for Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.
Calgary Still Unsure on Jarome Iginla
While we're on Iginla, it seems that the Flames are still unsure as to what they'll end up doing with their forward, but have reportedly told Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports that any decision about Iginila will be made as an organization—meaning it will be highly-discussed beforehand.
I asked him Saturday if negotiations have even begun with Jarome Iginla (they haven't). He said, "I'm not going to talk about Jarome specifically. Every time his name comes up publicly, there's an outcry." Even topics like extending Jay Bouwmeester (can do it in July) or Joey MacDonald, he's keeping it quiet.
What Feaster did say is this: it is "an organizational decision" that they are not going to tear down and rebuild. They're just not going to do it, no matter how much we all think they should. But, he added, "We do recognize we have certain contractual issues we have to deal with..."
Maple Leafs Not Rushing to Sign New Contracts
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis is in no rush to sign new contracts for unrestricted free agents Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur.
According to The Toronto Sun, Nonis isn't going to necessarily ship either player out this summer when their contract runs out, but he will listen to offers for the pair—remaining open to move either player if he deems it best for the franchise.
“I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said. “I’ve learned that if players are happy in their situations and the eventual compensation is fair, there is no problem in waiting.
“Right now both Tyler and Clarke are playing well and seem to be happy.”
Buffalo Sabres Willing To Trade
They reportedly say that a trade would "do him some good" and that "he would welcome a move", with Drew Stafford, Robyn Regehr, and Jordan Leopold all touted as potential deadline movers.
Florida Panthers Listening to Offers
After being decimated by injuries, the Florida Panthers are believed to be listening to serious offers for Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann.
I don’t think the Panthers are going to shop them, but if other teams call on them, they’ll listen. Neither player, though, is a rental.
Fleischmann has two more years on his deal after this season, which pays him $4.5 million per year. He also has a modified no-trade clause; agent Rich Evans gave the Panthers last summer a list of teams Fleischmann would be willing to move to.
Versteeg has three more years on his deal after this season, which carries a $4.4 million cap hit but pays him a bit more in salary -- $4.6 million next season and $4.7 million in each of the last two years.
Any latest NHL trade buzz that you're keeping an eye on?
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