With the NHL trade deadline less than 24 hours away, phones are ringing off the hook.
There has naturally been an uptick in rumors lately as teams attempt to either solidify their squads or rebuild by the deadline. This is where you separate the contenders from the pretenders.
Here's a look at some top rumors as we get closer to the trade deadline.
Where Will Ryane Clowe Land?
A report out of Newfoundland has the Philadelphia Flyers eventually acquiring San Jose Sharks right winger Ryane Clowe, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
Clowe does have a no-trade clause, but LeBrun claims "it sounds like that won’t be an issue."
The Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers are also reportedly in the mix.
The 30-year-old veteran has posted 11 assists in 28 games with the Sharks this season. While he hasn't posted a goal this season, Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork.com noted that the Rangers "like his gritty style of play."
And that's what you're getting with Clowe—a tough veteran who can inject the right attitude into a playoff-savvy squad. He won't score a lot of goals for you, but he possesses the knowledge of the game to be an asset for a team.
It's also worth noting that Clowe doesn't have to be a rental. If he's traded to a team that doesn't mind re-signing him (like the Rangers, via Strang's report), he could still remain with the same team after this season.
Will Jason Pominville Be Traded?
As part of Jason Pominville's modified no-trade clause, he can submit a list of eight teams that he cannot be traded to, per John Vogl of the Buffalo News.
The 30-year-old right winger hasn't said that he has created a list, but he hasn't exactly denied it, either.
Pominville said, via Vogl's report:
I don’t want to answer by yes or no, but what I can say is obviously Darcy has a job to do, and for him to be able to do that in my case and in guys that have these kinds of lists, for him to be able to listen he needs to know.
The Sabres are trying to rebuild, so it's only logical that they would look about dealing him at the deadline. He's posted 23 points in 36 games with Buffalo this season (10 goals, 13 assists), displaying an all-around game and the type of leadership that could certainly benefit a playoff contender.
Hurricanes' Jamie McBain On the Way Out?
The Carolina Hurricanes have (count 'em) nine defensemen. Combined with the fact that Justin Faulk is expected back soon, it would make sense that they would trade Jamie McBain as they make a push for the playoffs.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, several teams are interested in acquiring McBain.
The 25-year-old hasn't had the most inspiring season, appearing to actually be less effective than in 2011-12. He's posted just one goal and five assists in 27 games after registering eight goals and 19 assists in 76 games last season.
Then again, McBain is still young, and he showed last season that he can be productive.
McBain was selected by the Hurricanes at the very end of the second round in the 2006 NHL draft. He has one year left on his contract ($1.8 million).
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