NHL Trade Rumors: Zach Parise, Chris Phillips and the Latest NHL Trade Buzz

Thomas CopainCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2011

NHL Trade Rumors: Zach Parise, Chris Phillips and the Latest NHL Trade Buzz

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    ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Jonas Hiller #1 of the Anaheim Ducks makes a save on Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period at the Honda Center on October 29, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Now that we've crossed the All-Star Break, the NHL rumors will be heating up to the boiling point.

    After there was a bit of a lull in terms of news, now the rumors are flying in over the past few days. Obviously the same names have emerged for the most part, especially out of Ottawa and Toronto. But new names have come out, including more news about Zach Parise of New Jersey and a possible move for Calgary's Robyn Regehr. 

    There's also news about a possible Stanley Cup hero on the move after this season.

    So here's the latest trade buzz from around the league as we begin to reach the home stretch until the trade deadline.

Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey

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    NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 23:  Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils warms up before a game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 23, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Sabres defeated the Devils 6 - 1.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Im
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    Parise has been one of the more interesting names around the trade deadline, especially since he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. There have been conflicting reports about whether Parise wants to stay in New Jersey, although with him still injured, it's all a moot point. But with Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writing that Parise wants to return to action soon, then it could make Parise a hot target once again. It'll all depend on whether or not the Devils can get something done.

Chris Phillips, D, Ottawa

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20:  Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 20, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Phillips continues to be the hot name surrounding the Ottawa Senators and their possible fire-sale, with the normal suspects still very much involved in Phillips. Nothing earth-shattering has come up with Phillips other than that he's been named in trade rumors, and it's really unknown what could happen with him. The whole track of the Senators could change here, and deciding what to do with Phillips could go a long way towards which track they take.

Robyn Regehr, D, Calgary

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    COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 21:  Robyn Regehr #28 of the Calgary Flames and Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle for position in front of goaltender Henrik Karlsson #35 of the Calgary Flames during the third period on December 21, 2010 at
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    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported the Flames could ask Regehr to waive his no-trade clause. It wouldn't be overly surprising to see Regehr asked to waive his no-trade, especially since Regehr has already been part of rumored deals on the Internet. But Regehr could very well be the best trade chip the Flames have left with Jarome Iginla off the market, so it would be smart on the Flames' part (excuse the rhyme) to at least listen.

Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary

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    VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 22: Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks knocks Jarome Iginla #12 of the Calgary Flames off balance during the third period in NHL action on January 22, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by
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    In a report from, you guessed it, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Garrioch reiterated what we've known for a while. Iginla isn't going anywhere. I can understand the logic of not giving up and telling the fan base you're going for a complete rebuild. But unfortunately for the Flames, that's what it's going to take to turn the franchise back in the right direction. Trading Iginla doesn't make them better now. It makes them better later.

Max Talbot, C, Pittsburgh

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 9:  Max Talbot #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan O'Byrne #20 of the Montreal Canadiens mix it up in the first period at Consol Energy Center on October 9, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
    Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Talbot will never be forgotten in Pittsburgh for scoring both goals in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. But his usefulness has gone down ever since, and now some are wondering aloud if his time in Pittsburgh is done, at least according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. To be honest, I'm not sure I buy into the fact he's done in Pittsburgh. I'd think he would want to stay and take a favorable deal to stay, but that's just me.

Peter Forsberg, C, UFA

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    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 22:  Peter Forsberg addresses the media following a practice session with the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on January 22, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The 37 year old star center ran drills with forward Ryan O'Reilly for approximat
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    So apparently in professional sports, Swedish hockey players have cornered the market on retirement waffling. 

    Peter Forsberg is making Brett Favre look like an amateur with press conferences and there's no definite news, but he's working out at the Pepsi Center in Denver. If he does come back, then I'm sure one team will throw money at him, even though he hasn't played in the league in a couple of years. Someone has always been under the spell of Foppa's talent. 

    In other words, expect the bidding war to happen soon.

Erik Johnson, D, St. Louis

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13:  Erik Johnson #6 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    There have been rumors the Blues need to do something drastic, and perhaps that included dangling young defenseman Johnson as a trade chip, an idea seconded by Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    As I've written before, Johnson might be one of the best young defensemen in the league, and I'm not sure what it will do to make a move now just to make a move unless something great is coming back the other direction. But it never hurts to listen.

Viktor Stalberg, LW, Chicago

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22:  Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Black Hawks skates in a game against the Detroit Red Wings on January 22, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Hawks defeated the Wings 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Imag
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    Stalberg was one of the pieces the Blackhawks got in return for Kris Versteeg, and apparently, according to the Daily Herald, he could be moved in order to improve the Blackhawks. It may seem counterproductive to trade away one of your young players you just traded for, but the Blackhawks don't have a lot of cap room and if they want to make a trade, Stalberg might be one of the few movable pieces.

Sergei Gonchar, D, Ottawa

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20:  Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 20, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Gonchar has turned out to be a huge disappointment for the Senators and, according to Garrioch, the Senators are looking to trade him. Unfortunately his contract and the production he's had this year don't exactly matchup, and his high cap hit will make him hard to move. Although if the Senators really want to move him, they'll try. Perhaps they can also rid themselves of Alexei Kovalev in a package deal.

Tomas Kaberle, D, Toronto

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 25: Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning defeated the Leafs 2-0. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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    Sorry Leafs fans, but that name's coming up again.

    Specifically from Pierre Lebrun from ESPN, who said the Kaberle trade rumors will spark up again. And as much as you may not want to hear it, he's right.

    Eventually, the Maple Leafs will have to make a decision on him. Eventually they will have to decide if they want to let him walk, try to bring him back or get something for him. To think they're making the playoffs this season is unrealistic, so perhaps now is finally the time for Burke to look at trading Kaberle so each side can move on.


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