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NHL Trade Rumors: Examining Latest Reports as 2018 Deadline Approaches

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2018

Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane (9) celebrates his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
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The 2018 NHL trade deadline, which is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. ET, should create a nice market for sellers, with a limited number of teams having already faded from playoff contention.

A majority of front offices will probably be seeking to add a piece or two to help put them over the top in their respective divisional or wild-card races. Buyers may include the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who surprisingly lead the Pacific Division in their inaugural season.

Let's check out some of the latest trade buzz from around the league and analyze what it could mean for the teams and players involved.

                       

Evander Kane Drawing Widespread Interest

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Evander Kane remains one of the league's most polarizing assets.

The 26-year-old winger is a dynamic offensive threat with the ability to score in bunches while also making an impact on the physical side of the game. He tallied 34 points (15 goals and 19 assists) in 38 games across the season's first three months before cooling off since the start of the new year.

But he's dealt with off-ice problems during his time Buffalo Sabres and got into a heated argument with teammate Justin Falk during a practice session in January.

Talent wins out in those type of debates most times in sports. That's seemingly the case here, with Craig Custance‏ of The Athletic reporting as many as 10 teams are showing interest in Kane.

Since the perpetually rebuilding Sabres have little reason to keep the impending unrestricted free agent, it's no surprise his name is firmly in the rumor mill.

The aforementioned Golden Knights could represent a nice landing spot. While an argument could be made for sticking with what's worked, they lack game-changing talent on the wings in the top six. Kane is that type of player when playing his best hockey.

                         

Patrick Maroon 'Likely' to Get Dealt

The Edmonton Oilers are one of the NHL's most disappointing teams, and trading Patrick Maroon could be one of the outcomes of their struggles.

Like Kane, the 29-year-old forward is set to become a free agent at season's end, and the Oilers are probably best off trying to get some future assets for him. He posted a career-high 42 points last season and is on pace to post a similar total in 2017-18.

Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reported Maroon's agent has held talks with the team about a possible new contract since January's All-Star break. With nothing in place, however, he noted the winger will probably be moved.

A team like the New York Islanders, who feature a lot of high-end talent but could use more bottom-six contributions in order to earn a postseason berth, would make the most sense.

                            

Luke Glendening Linked To Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars

Luke Glendening is a limited offensive producer, posting a career-best 21 points in 2015-16, but he's a reliable defensive center who would bring experience to a contender's penalty kill.

Frank Seravalli of TSN Sports reported the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars headline the group of teams that have reached out to the Detroit Red Wings about the Michigan native's availability.

Toronto is an intriguing fit since Glendening played for Leafs head coach Mike Babcock in Detroit. He would represent an upgrade over Dominic Moore, who ranks 17th on the team in relative expected goals for percentage, per Corsica Hockey. Glendening is fifth on the Wings in that stat.

The Stars are less of an obvious fit since they are already strong up the middle and rank inside the top 10 in both goals allowed per game and penalty-kill percentage.

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