NHL trade rumors: Jay Bouwmeester asking price high; Robyn Regehr on the rise

Dylan Lynch

A daily roundup of trade rumors in the NHL (remember, rumors are not always reports). Wednesday's edition includes the Bruins continued search of a top forward, the league's obsession with defensemen and the rising stock of Robyn Regehr.

* The Boston Bruins have been rumored to have interest in adding a top-six forward for most of the season. On Tuesday night, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN targeted a few names the team could be eyeing. The list included the likes of Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Jaromir Jagr.

However, LeBrun states that the Bruins will not make a move just to say they did. The asking price will also play a factor in their actions.

* In addition to Boston, Jagr was mentioned as a possibility to return to the Philadelphia Flyers. An executive told LeBrun that he could see the Flyers re-acquiring Jagr in order to reunite him with Claude Giroux. Frank Seravlli of the Philadelphia Daily News agrees with this opinion:

For a third round pick, if that's the price, it's worth experimenting whether Jagr can get the Flyers over the hump and into the playoffs. Especially for a team which has dangled draft picks like candy over the years.

* Of course, one of Philadelphia's biggest needs is on defense. One name that has consistently hovered around the Flyers is that of Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. According to LeBrun, the Flames will not be moving Bouwmeester unless they receive a sizable offer.

* Another team looking for defense is the St. Louis Blues. Rumored to be in the market for a top-four defender to pair with one of Kevin Shattenkirk or Alex Pietrangelo, Andy Strickland of True Hockey believes that pending restricted free agent Chris Stewart could be used to acquire such a player:

Then again the Blues need a D-man to solidify the left side. Is Stewart the guy to fetch that player in return? Whoever wants him will have to pay a price. The Blues have the leverage and his price tag is only going up.

* David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period believes that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr might be the most sought after defenseman on the trade market due to the price tag on Bouwmeester and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.

* Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports that Tuesday night's game between the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres was heavily attended by scouts, including the presence of St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong.

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