NHL trade rumors: Maple Leafs look to impact future, Flyers not looking to deal

Doug Pensinger

A daily round-up of trade rumors circulating in the NHL. Thursday's edition includes the Maple Leafs looking to impact the future, Ryan O'Reilly's teammates react to his situation and the Canucks addressing interest in Cory Schneider.

* Kevin McGran tackles the subject of the evolving trade market in the condensed, 48-game NHL season. With less time to evaluate their teams, some general managers believe Valentine's Day is an indication of whether they will look to buy or sell at the deadline. Others believe there is still time to evaluate their chances.

Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis states that his team will only make moves that positively impact the future:

"We have to look and see what we're looking like in the stretch. Our focus is going to be the same regardless. It's going to be long-term focus on this team. Making sure this team is healthy long term."

* With Ryan O'Reilly believed to have played his last game in a Colorado Avalanche sweater, Adrian Dater gauges the reactions of the current members of the Avalanche roster. It is believed that the team is engaging in discussions with Eastern Conference teams for O'Reilly. Darren Dreger reports it will take a roster player and top-prospect for the 22-year-old restricted free agent.

* With the St. Louis Blues suffering a drastic drop-off in February, Andy Strickland addresses the likelihood of the team shaking up the roster. Discussing the potential of deals with teams like the Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets, Strickland notes that general manager Doug Armstrong was in attendance for the Philadelphia Flyers game against the Maple Leafs on Monday night.

In addition, Philadelphia Director of Player Personnel, Doug Brown, was in attendance for the Blues' game on Monday, as well.

* In Philadelphia, general manager Paul Holmgren tells Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia that the team will not be looking to make any major moves this season. Citing the team's youth, Holmgren states he is not favor of breaking it up for a major deal, via CSN Philadelphia:

"I don't anticipate doing anything. Obviously, there is lots of talk going on right now. Everyone is doing their due diligence, but I don't foresee us making a move."

* However, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted that he would not be surprised if Philadelphia's Jody Shelley finished out the season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

* Pierre LeBrun has been the source for quite a bit of trade chatter over the past couple of days. In his column on Wednesday, Lebrun addresses several teams who potentially could be looking to deal.

* With the San Jose Sharks struggling in February, LeBrun states that general manager Doug Wilson is not afraid to make moves. Once Brent Burns returns from injury, LeBrun believes Wilson could use the team's deep defense corps to make a deal.

* In turning his eyes to Vancouver, LeBrun believes Canucks general manager Mike Gillis will be patient in trading Roberto Luongo. In addition, he believes that teams might make a heavy push for Cory Schneider as the April 3 trade deadline approaches.

* LeBrun believes the Boston Bruins will not make a push for Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

* Jonathan Willis examines the Edmonton Oilers lack of interest in moving defenseman Ryan Whitney.

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