NHL Trade Rumors: Fire Sale in Buffalo, Jarome Iginla and Other Top Rumors

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIMarch 27, 2013

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 09:  Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks shoots on goal against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion on February 9, 2013 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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We're officially one week away from the 2013 trade deadline, and NHL trade rumors are swirling around the league.

There's already been plenty of activity, but the best has yet to come. From fire sales to big-name veterans, this could be a very exciting trade deadline.

With sights set on next Wednesday, here's a rundown of some of the hottest rumors from around the NHL today.


Everyone Available in Buffalo

The Buffalo Sabres are obvious sellers this year, sitting five points back from a playoff spot with a 13-16 record in the Eastern Conference.

But the Sabres aren't just dangling a couple expendable pieces. The doors are wide open and anyone is available.

According to Adam Gretz of CBS Sports, Buffalo has opened the doors to any team for any player. That includes names like veteran goalie Ryan Miller and forward Drew Stafford. 

The big question is how many of these players can the Sabres actually move. They have some ugly contracts out there, and the return might not be quite the level they're looking for. The team will have to settle for less or get creative in packaging players.

Either way, expect Buffalo to be one of the most active teams out there leading up to next Wednesday.


Jarome Iginla Still Drawing Interest

Jarome Iginla has been one of the hottest names on the market this year, and it's expected he'll be moved by the deadline.

Iginla is in an interesting situation. He's spent his entire career in Calgary and has a no-trade clause in his contract. But his contract is expiring, and the Flames are looking for building blocks. A trade is the most amicable solution for both parties.

According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, one of the biggest suitors keeping tabs on the winger is the Pittsburgh Penguins.

LeBrun points out that Pittsburgh does have the cap room to bring in Iginla, and his veteran leadership could be exactly what they need for a strong playoff push.

The report also lists Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles as other teams that have expressed interest in Iginla. All could use a veteran player of his caliber, but with his no-trade clause, a move is really up to him.

That could make Pittsburgh the front-runner, as the Penguins currently lead the Eastern Conference and would be huge favorites with Iginla on the squad.


Could Sharks Part with Dan Boyle?

There are plenty of teams searching for defenders this year, and one of the biggest names out there could be San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Nicholas Cotsonika, Sharks GM Doug Wilson is open to the idea of moving Boyle.

Boyle is a great puck mover, and any team looking to generate more offense could be interested. Keep in mind, Boyle does have a limited no-trade clause in his current contract.

Cotsonika points out that San Jose trading Boyle depends on two things: value and timing.

Wilson isn't going to move Boyle unless he can get full value. And, depending on how San Jose plays leading up to the deadline, Wilson may decide to hold off on a move (the Sharks are currently eighth in the Western Conference).

Given that they're just on the fringe of the playoff picture right now, there's no better time than the present for the Sharks to move Boyle.