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With the NHL trade deadline set to expire on April 3, the rumor mill is hitting a fever pitch. Teams will either be making last-minute offers for players or throwing whatever unwanted player(s) they have out there hoping for a bite.
More than likely, as with every other sport's trade deadline, the final day will come and go with hardly any major moves. Fans will see some players change teams, but nothing that's gonna shape the NHL landscape.
Here is the latest news regarded three names who may or may not be moving before the deadline.
Jamie McBain isn't the best option out there, but at his age and contract status, he's a very desirable target for teams looking for defensive help. The 25-year-old only has a cap hit of $1.8 million next season (h/t Spotrac).
In addition, McBain is apparently regarded as unneeded by the Carolina Hurricanes (h/t Darren Dreger of TSN):
Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
Jamie McBain's name has surfaced in trade market. Carolina sounds open to options on return. 25 year old will attract offers.#tradecentre4/1/2013, 3:43:19 PM
Depending on the asking price, McBain is likely to garner some interest among many NHL teams. The defenseman is playing roughly 19 minutes a game and has a goal and five assists to complement his plus-nine rating. Last season, he had eight goals and 19 assists.
As of right now, the Dallas Stars are on the outside looking in to the Western Conference playoff picture. They've already traded Brenden Morrow to the Pittsburgh Penguins (h/t Kevin Allen of USA Today). Now it could be Jaromir Jagr who's the next out the door.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun is reporting that Dallas management is grappling with the decision of whether Jagr will be signed to an extension or traded before the deadline:
Why? I'm hearing the Stars' front office is debating whether the team should sign or trade Jagr. And that decision had not been made as of Monday afternoon.
Other teams are absolutely calling with interest on Jagr. No surprise there, as he'd be a perfect rental. Hello, Boston Bruins?
But the Stars, who already dealt pending UFA Brenden Morrow, have to figure out if they should cash in on pending UFA Jagr or keep him around for another season. After all, the Stars were only two points out of a playoff spot Monday morning.
Despite being 41 years old, Jagr is having a fantastic season. He's leading the Stars in goals, with 14 and has also recorded 12 assists. As an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, Dallas must determine what the correct long-term move will be.
Ben Bishop is a name that's been floating around quite a bit this season even though it was just last year he was moving to the Ottawa Senators from the St. Louis Blues.
He made nine starts last year and has made 10 in the 2012-13 season. Bishop has an 8-5 record, and his goals-against average has dropped slightly from the previous season, going from 2.48 in 2011-12 to 2.45 this year.
The goalie situation in Ottawa is a bit clouded, so it's led to the Senators shopping Bishop this year. LeBrun also reported in the same article the Senators are still receiving plenty of calls for the young goaltender:
A source told ESPN.com Monday that the Ottawa Senators have received "several calls" regarding goalie Ben Bishop the past day or so.
The Senators, I don't think, feel pressed in moving Bishop before Wednesday's deadline. They're more than happy to wait until the summer to figure out their three-goalie situation with Bishop, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.
Considering the price and general reluctance from Ottawa, it's unlikely that Bishop will be moving before the deadline.
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