With the National Hockey League's trade deadline drawing closer with every passing minute, trade speculation and rumors are plentiful right now.
Plenty of big names and deals are being touted as potential last-minute trade options, though we'll have to see whether they actually do take place before the deadline closes or whether they were just more speculation and rumor that's dominated the league this week.
Read on to see some last-minute deals that could take place before the deadline.
Ryane Clowe on the Move
After granting a few teams permission to speak to his agent (via David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period), San Jose Sharks player Ryane Clowe seems likely to move somewhere in 2013.
The biggest question remains just where that will be, with offers not exactly flowing in for a 30-year-old winger who has scored zero goals in eight games.
Still, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, a deal does seem probable, and there are options available—assuming Clowe will waive his no-trade clause.
Not written in stone but possible a Clowe trade goes down today...Clowe camp and Sharks on same page as far as teams in mix. Clowe has NTC— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 1, 2013
Curtis Glencross to the Boston Bruins
Among teams that I believe have at least talked to SJ are Flyers, Wild, Canucks, Habs, Rangers, Bruins... and believe there are more...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 1, 2013
CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports that Glencross has fallen under the eye of the Boston Bruins for some time now, and that a deal could well be in motion.
And there's little denying how good Glencross would be for Boston.
The 30-year-old has a proven goal-scoring ability and leadership skills that would suit the Bruins, but moreover, he's a great third-line forward. Glencross has 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in 28 games this season, and could also play in a top-six role if needed.
That versatility makes him a very interesting options for the Bruins to consider—especially given he would only cause a $2.55 million salary cap hit.
Edmonton Trying to Move Ryan Whitney
Been hearing name Curtis Glencross in connection w/trade talks to Bruins in the last few weeks. That's a pretty intriguing name #bruinstalk— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 1, 2013
Defender Ryan Whitney has been touted as a potential mover for some time now, with the Oilers believed to be trying to move him before the deadline.
There has been considerable talk of Ryan Whitney being traded to BOS and Bruins have certainly done due diligence on his health etc., but...— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 27, 2013
Whitney isn't the biggest name around, but his experience and offensive contributions make him a very interesting option for potential Stanley Cup contenders to add into their squad. As a result, we could see the veteran defender move away from Edmonton.