NHL Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Latest Buzz from Around the League
The NHL Trade deadline is April 3 at 3 p.m. ET, and Ryane Clowe is one of the men rumored to be on the block.
Clowe isn't the only player who's being shopped around, either. Teams are attempting to get their rosters set up perfectly for a strong playoff push, and there are deals to be made.
So who else is on the block, and what teams are after them?
We've got you covered for all your NHL queries.
Ryane Clowe Could Stay in the West
The San Jose Sharks have been shopping Clowe, and according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, there are multiple teams interested in the winger:
Boston is tracking Clowe, among other players on its short list...The Rangers are also interested in Clowe...Don’t just assume he’s 100 percent headed to an Eastern Conference team. I’m told there are Western Conference teams, the Vancouver Canucks among them, that also covet Clowe.
The Canucks are currently in third place in the Western Conference, but the team could use a tough player like Clowe to bolster its playoff roster.
Clowe hasn't been himself this year, thanks in part to a shoulder injury. That said, he's a veteran player with plenty of playoff experience. He's averaged 54 points per year the past four seasons, and the Canucks would be smart to make a deal for the winger before the deadline.
Ryan Whitney Would Be Savvy Pickup For Boston
The Edmonton Oilers veteran defenseman hasn't received much interest thus far, but a recent report from CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty has the Bruins as an interested party:
.@csnne has confirmed Bruins are engaged in discussions w/Edmonton on a deal that would potentially bring Ryan Whitney and forward to Boston— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) March 27, 2013
Boston is doing quite well to start the season, holding firm at No. 2 in the Eastern Conference behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. That said, The Bruins have been horrible on power plays, converting just 15.1 percent of their chances, which ranks No. 25 in the NHL.
While Whitney hasn't been a dominant player for a couple of years now, he is an accomplished power-play facilitator from his days with the Penguins. Furthermore, he's been hot of late, scoring five points in a recent five-game stretch.
He isn't getting many opportunities to play with the Oilers this season, but Whitney would be a solid acquisition for the Bruins should they choose to make a deal for his services.
Dan Boyle Looks Like the Best Option Left for New York
The New York Rangers were supposed to compete for a Stanley Cup this year, but with the trade deadline rapidly approaching the team is just barely clinging on to the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
New York will be exploring every option to improve the roster, but it has already missed out on two chances to improve its front line. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Brenden Morrow, then managed to swing a deal for Jarome Iginla.
Now, the Rangers may have to turn to other parts of the ice and revisit their option to acquire defenseman Dan Boyle from the San Jose Sharks. ESPN New York's Katie Strang reported, "A source confirmed what ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun mentioned earlier this week, that the Rangers have interest in San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle."
While the team will still have to figure out how to get more production out of its forwards, Boyle would add depth to roster of blueliners that badly needs help.
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