NHL Trade Rumors 2013: Latest on Ryane Clowe, Frans Nielsen and League Buzz
Ryane Clowe, Frans Nielsen and Roberto Luongo are three players being rumored to be potentially traded before the NHL trade deadline on April 3 at 3 p.m. ET.
Teams around the league are attempting to tweak their rosters for the playoff push, while others are stocking up on draft picks and young talent.
These three men could end up helping a new team make a strong postseason run. With that in mind, let's take a look at the latest buzz surrounding each of them.
Ryane Clowe, Left Wing, San Jose Sharks
The Sharks are currently hanging onto sixth place in the Western Conference. Seven teams are vying for the final three spots, with five points between No. 6 and No. 10.
This isn't a team that has much of a shot at making a deep run in the playoffs, and as such, it is attempting to move Clowe, as well as veteran Dan Boyle (h/t Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun).
According to a report by Robin Short of the St. John’s (Newfoundland) Telegram, Clowe could be a member of the Philadelphia Flyers before the end of Monday:
...sources say the Flyers have jumped in the mix and a deal sending the big winger to Philadelphia is all but done. The Fermeuse-born, Mount Pearl-raised Clowe and the Flyers have already worked out a new multi-year contract, another source said.
The fact that Philadelphia has reportedly already worked out a multi-year contract with Clowe is a good sign that this deal is likely to be struck.
Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia confirmed the report but cautioned that it's not a done deal:
And yes, a source confirms the #Flyers are in on Clowe. Again, the price is steep. Nothing is done.— Sarah Baicker (@sbaickerCSN) April 1, 2013
Philadelphia is currently on the outside looking in at the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, but the team is only two points behind the New York Rangers for the No. 8 seed. Adding an experienced veteran like Clowe could be what it takes to get over the hump.
Frans Nielsen, Center, New York Islanders
Up until this past weekend, Nielsen hadn't been mentioned as a player who could be traded.
But with two days left before the trade deadline, he's being mentioned as a centerpiece in a potential multi-player trade between the Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks, according to Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald:
A source confirmed to the Daily Herald on Saturday that the Blackhawks and Islanders have been talking multiplayer trade with the centerpiece of the deal being New York center Frans Nielsen...According to the source, the Hawks are seeking help on defense because they are nervous about going into the playoffs with Johnny Oduya as their fourth defenseman.
Chicago is currently in first place atop the Western Conference, four points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks.
Nielsen is a solid center who has scored 18 points for the Islanders in 35 games and he'd slide into the second rotation behind Jonathan Toews.
Roberto Luongo, Goalie, Vancouver Canucks
Luongo has been one of the NHL's top goalies in years past, which is how he ended up with a 12-year contract that averages $5.33 million per season.
At this point, however, Luongo isn't even the starting goalie for the Canucks.
He's only started 14 games thus far in 2013 and has been relegated to playing behind starter Cory Schneider. In his 14 starts, Luongo has posted a record of 7-4-3, a 2.44 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
At least one team still seems to think he's capable of playing a bigger role, though. According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Toronto Maple Leafs are looking at potentially making a trade to bring him on board:
The Leafs have been sniffing around the NHL's goalie market and have held talks with the Canucks regarding Roberto Luongo. While Vancouver has always coveted centre Tyler Bozak to help shore up the middle, it will be interesting to see if this deal can get done.
Toronto is currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 44 points, five points ahead of the New Jersey Devils. The team is allowing 2.7 goals per game, though, and adding a veteran goalie like Luongo could be a huge move for the team's playoff chances.
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