With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, plenty of chatter and buzz can be found around the NHL regarding potential deals.
That's not to say that everything touted is going to happen, but there is certainly a plethora of deals and players being linked with moves away that will provide for one very busy, and interesting, trade deadline day.
Let's have a look at some of the latest buzz around the league regarding teams, players, and the trade deadline that's so quickly approaching.
St. Louis Looking to Deal a Defender?
The St. Louis Blues could be looking to make a deal for one of their defenders following the successful acquisition of Jay Bouwmeester from Calgary.
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, that could mean that either Ian Cole and Kris Russell find themselves on the move before the end of the deadline.
Blues now have 9 d-men on their NHL roster. Ian Cole and Kris Russell will generate calls from other teams and 1 could move before deadline— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 2, 2013
As restricted free agents this summer, both defenders could find themselves with plenty of last-minute attention from teams looking to strengthen their roster. Victoria Matiash at ESPN reports that Cole—a former first-round pick—has the greater upside, but either would be a good addition.
Ryan Miller Shrugs off Trade Talk
Buffalo goalkeeper Ryan Miller has shrugged off the prospect of him leaving town before the trade deadline, despite rumors linking him away from Buffalo.
Brian Stubits at CBS Sports had originally hinted that the Sabres' goaltender could be on the trade block, but with the lack of a real market for netminders this year (especially with Miikka Kiprusoff linked with a move away from the Flames), no deal has eventuated from that earlier buzz.
And according to Miller, it's unlikely a deal will take place at all.
I'm not really worried about it. It's part of the business. We really don't know what's going on and we really don't have a say in anything.
I just think it's funny that every year it's always 'what are you guys hearing, what do you guys know?' I don't really know anything until you guys report it sometimes.
You're not going to not pick up the phone if one of your fellow general managers calls. I think some years are more pressing than others.
This year expectations were high and we didn't live up to them, but there is still time this season for us write our own story and we're just going to worry about hockey and see where it falls.
Mark Streit Not Signing a Contract Extension?
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Mark Streit will not sign a contract extension with the New York Islanders before the deadline—making him an unrestricted free agent for teams to look at, which may or may not be what the Islanders had in mind.
Mark Streit is unlikely to agree to extension with NYI.Isles may keep him for playoff race, but unless there's change, Streit will be a UFA.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013
With Streit negotiation stalled, expect teams to make a play for trade. Isles don't want to trade him. Could change overnight. #tradecentre— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2013
However, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple, the Islanders could well keep Streit through the remainder of the season, "unless Islanders general manager Garth Snow receives a trade offer than he couldn't possibly refuse—and that would have to include a first-round draft pick".
The Oilers have been linked with the Islanders' captain in the past (via the Edmonton Journal), but with Ryan Whitney unlikely to leave, it seems doubtful they would make a big move for Streit.
However, that doesn't mean that Streit won't be shopped around, first.
I find it hard to believe Garth Snow won't be offered a first-round pick for Mark Streit, if he hasn't already. Decisions, decisions. #isles— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) April 3, 2013
When all is said and done, I think Streit stays. But the temptation will be there right up til 3:00. #Isles— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) April 3, 2013