The April 3 NHL trade deadline is quickly approaching, and many teams are looking to make a move to help them for the remainder of the year.
While the Pittsburgh Penguins already made the biggest transaction of the season by trading for Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, there are still plenty of big names available.
Of course, that move put the pressure on other teams as they look to keep pace with the club with the best record in the league.
Here is the latest buzz surrounding the NHL trade deadline.
Derek Roy, Dallas Stars
The Dallas Stars are out of the playoffs and are possibly looking to trade away some players that are set to be free agents.
While the team is looking to re-sign Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy could be moved as a rental (via NESN). He has reportedly received interest from the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks.
Roy is one of the better passers available, tied for the team lead with 16 assists on the year. All of the teams looking into this trade have solid offenses, but the center has the ability to make them even better.
Anyone looking for an offensive boost would be smart to give up some prospects for a few months of Roy.
Ryan Whitney, Edmonton Oilers
Boston missed out on the chance of getting Iginla, so the team needs to make up for it with some other move to keep pace with the Penguins.
One option is defenseman Ryan Whitney, a veteran from the Oilers who can provide some steadiness on the backline. Brian Stubits of CBS Sports writes:
The Boston Bruins appear to be working on getting a veteran defenseman from the Western Conference themselves: Ryan Whitney.
While no deal is done yet, there arose plenty of chatter Wednesday about the possibility of Whitney being traded from Edmonton to the Bruins, Whitney's hometown team as a Boston native.
The Bruins entered Friday eight points behind the Penguins, so it is important to make some sort of move. This would be a decent one to upgrade the squad heading into the postseason.
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames have one of the worst records in the Western Conference and just traded away their captain, Iginla. Do not be surprised if this team starts making more moves.
According to Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun, Jay Bouwmeester could be the next to go. He writes, "The buzz surrounding Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has the Red Wings, Flyers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators all sniffing around."
Bouwmeester is one of the most durable players in the NHL. He currently ranks 12th in the league with an average time on the ice of 25:17 per game. He provides a veteran presence on his current squad, and would be able to bring that with to whichever team makes a move for him.
While Calgary's defense has been pretty embarrassing this season, Bouwmeester has been a lone bright spot, and he would be a good addition to any contender.
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