The 2013 NHL trade deadline on April 3 is approaching quickly, as the lockout-shortened regular season is nearly two-thirds of the way over.
A number of notable names have been rumored to be on the move since the season began back in January, and with the standings starting to take shape and teams recognizing whether they can contend for a Stanley Cup title at this point, we're sure to see a handful of players swap jerseys this spring.
Here we'll track some of the latest trade buzz surrounding three coveted Dallas Stars.
Will Philadelphia Welcome Back Jaromir Jagr?
According to ESPN NHL insider Pierre LeBrun, Dallas is "undecided" on 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr, and could potentially move the future Hall of Famer before April 3:
Crazy thought from one NHL team executive Tuesday: Would the Flyers make a pitch to bring Jagr back to Philadelphia to play with Claude Giroux?
...the Stars, I hear, are undecided yet on what to do with No. 68 and lot will depend on the offers they get and where they are in the standings come April 3.
Jagr scored 54 points in 73 games for the Flyers last season, helping Philly reach the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's certainly not difficult to imagine him doing it again in 2013; that is, if Dallas is willing to part ways with him knowing that he'll become an unrestricted free agent at season's end.
It will come down to the Flyers' mentality in the front office however. If Philly is content to finish up the year and potentially miss the postseason, acquiring Jagr makes no sense.
On the other hand, if the Flyers want to attempt to make up their five-point deficit in the standings and contend for the Stanley Cup, bringing back the veteran right winger would be an ideal move.
Brenden Morrow the Missing Piece for Boston?
Dallas Stars veteran left winger Brenden Morrow is a wanted man this spring according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, who notes that the Boston Bruins are one team with interest in the 34-year-old Morrow:
The Bruins have been tracking Morrow, a hard-nosed, character player who, while slowed down by age, is still a terrific add-on for a contender.
Boston is a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference this season and could really benefit from bringing on a player with Morrow's experience and hardworking mentality. He only has 11 points in 27 games this season, but the Bruins could use his leadership come playoff time.
Morrow, who has been nagged by a groin injury this season, has played in 78 career playoff games with the Stars since 2000, and may be willing to waive his no-trade clause if Dallas agrees to ship him to a contender like Boston.
Ducks in the Mix for Derek Roy?
Dallas Stars center Derek Roy will become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, leading many to speculate that he could be on the move before the April 3 trade deadline.
But according to Pierre LeBrun, Roy isn't going unnoticed this March:
Contract talks between Roy and the Stars haven’t gone anywhere at this point, so he’s a possibility to move...
The Ducks would have been in the mix on Stephen Weiss had he not needed season-ending wrist surgery. Derek Roy is on Anaheim’s radar, but it’s not clear whether both Western Conference rivals would find the right match in a deal.
The 29-year-old is in his first season with Dallas after playing his first eight with the Buffalo Sabres. Roy has just 13 assists and three goals this season in 24 games for the Stars, who trail the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference by three points coming into Thursday.
Anaheim is No. 2 in the Western Conference and a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. If the Ducks can get their hands on Roy before the deadline, that could give them an edge over the Chicago Blackhawks come playoff time.
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