NHL Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Heading into This Year's Deadline

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 26: Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames is introduced before playing the Edmonton Oilers in NHL action on January 26, 2013 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)
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The NHL trade deadline is one day away. It's the most hectic time of the year for general managers around the league, who must make snap decisions about ways to improve the team. For some, that means adding star players. For others, it means looking to the future.

One extra factor in play is the lockout-shortened season. While it has kept more teams in the playoff race heading into the stretch run, it also leaves very little time following the deadline for marquee acquisitions to settle in and start making an impact.

It gives front offices an extra element to think about before pulling off any deals during the final day of trading. With that in mind, let's examine some of the latest trade talk from around the league, which involves some pretty big names.

Jaromir Jagr

At 41, Jagr is still producing at an extremely high level. The Dallas Stars' winger has scored 14 goals in 34 games, which would put him on a 34-goal pace during a normal season. Given his vast playoff experience, he's exactly the type of player general managers covet around the deadline.

One team that's exploring the possibility of adding Jagr is the Philadelphia Flyers, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Jagr played for the Flyers last season, scoring 54 points in 73 games before moving to the Stars in the offseason.

Philadelphia is quickly fading from the playoff race, and it's clearly seeking a deal to provide one last boost. Bringing Jagr back into the fold would definitely help the Flyers' middle-of-the-road offense, but the team must decide if it truly considers itself a contender before giving anything up to get him.

Ryane Clowe

Clowe has been endlessly discussed over the past couple days but remains a member of the San Jose Sharks, at least for now. The 30-year-old winger hasn't scored a goal in 28 games this season after scoring 82 over the past four campaigns.

His goal-scoring drought hasn't stopped interest from developing. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports at least six teams have contacted the Sharks about Clowe. It's a list that includes the aforementioned Flyers along with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, among others.

Given the large amount of interest, especially from Eastern Conference teams, the Sharks should be able to leverage a reasonable offer before the deadline. It still probably won't reach the levels it would have before his extended drought, though. If they decide to keep him, that will be the likely reason.

Miikka Kiprusoff

The Calgary Flames are one of the few teams that can safely assume they aren't going to make the playoffs this season. There's too much ground to make up and too many teams to jump over with time already running out. It means they should be in sell mode leading up to the deadline.

Jarome Iginla was already sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now the focus turns to Kiprusoff. John Shannon of Sportsnet reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have been given clearance to talk with the veteran goalie, who's spent the past decade in Calgary.

The biggest question for Toronto is whether it believes Kiprusoff would return to form before the playoffs. He's struggling this season, but would represent an upgrade over the untested duo of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens if he can rediscover his peak form.

Derek Roy

All told, Roy is having a pretty solid season. He's scored 22 points in 30 games and sports a plus-three rating. Only four of those points are goals, however, which is well below his usual goal-scoring pace. It's led to questions about the pending free agent's future.

Renaud Lavoie of RDS states there are no ongoing extension talks between Roy and the Dallas Stars. He also says the Vancouver Canucks, who are certainly lacking depth up the middle, are interested in the talented, yet streaky, center.

After a stretch that saw Roy score at least 60 points for four straight years with the Buffalo Sabres, he's taken a step back over the past three seasons. He's still worth strong consideration for a Canucks team that desperately needs secondary scoring options.

Jason Pominville

The Sabres are already in sell mode. The team has already dealt away Jordan Leopold and, in a Monday trade with the Los Angeles Kings, Robyn Regehr. Given the struggles in Buffalo, it wouldn't be a surprise to see more players exit before the deadline.

Pominville is one of the names to watch. Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports reports the Sabres asked their captain for a list of eight teams to which he wouldn't want to be traded, something he's entitled to and a precursor to any possible deal.

The winger is coming off a 30-goal season and has 23 points in 36 games since the lockout ended. He's not a flashy player, but he's consistent and would bolster the offense of a contending team. It sure sounds like the Sabres are just waiting for the right offer to come along.