NHL trade rumors: Daniel Alfredsson to the Bruins?

Dave Sandford

A daily roundup of trade rumors around the NHL. Wednesday's edition includes Daniel Alfredsson's future with the Senators, Ryan O'Reilly speculation and the potential of the Sharks trading for a forward.

* As if things weren't bad enough for Ottawa Senators fans already, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN proposed that if the team fell out of playoff contention prior to the trade deadline that the club might consider trading captain Daniel Alfredsson to the Boston Bruins.

With the Bruins clearing out cap-space with the trade of Tim Thomas, LeBrun believes there are several reasons for Alfredsson to go to Boston in the event that he was to no longer play for Ottawa, via ESPN:

GM Peter Chiarelli used to work in Ottawa's front office and B's captain Zdeno Chara is a former teammate of Alfredsson's. If there's one team that could entice Alfredsson, I'm not sure there's a better fit than Boston.

* While the Senators have faced injury issues this season, general manager Bryan Murray is still trying to work the phones to help his team. According to Bruce Garrioch, Murray has put in a call to the Colorado Avalanche to inquire about the price of restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly.

However, it appears the asking price is too steep.

* LeBrun also believes that the San Jose Sharks are a team that might be on the verge of making a move. After winning all seven of their games in January, the club lost their first seven games in February. Darren Dreger stated on TSN's Insider Trading that big names have been thrown around, even that of defenseman Dan Boyle.

It is believed that the Sharks are looking for a forward and will use their depth on defense to acquire one.

* LeBrun's last nugget of trade gossip includes the Florida Panthers. With the team sitting near the bottom of the league, he believes that changes will be coming. With forward Stephen Weiss set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, LeBrun believes he is a piece other teams would be interested in.

* In addition, Elliotte Friedman of CBC believes that the Panthers could be a team that the Avalanche would be interested in trading O'Reilly to.

* Friedman continues by stating that the New York Rangers are a team the Avalanche would be interested in dealing with. He believes Michael Del Zotto could be in play in such a scenario, and is under the impression that the Rangers are looking to add a right-handed defenseman.

* For some time, it has been reported that the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to add a top-six forward. Last week, general manager Ray Shero was in Minnesota scouting a game between the Wild and Avalanche. Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has been reporting that Devin Setoguchi is on the trading block and that he might be the player Pittsburgh is looking for.

Friedman believes that Matt Cullen might actually be a better fit for the Penguins.

* Chris Johnston of Sportsnet believes that Toronto Marlies forward Tim Connolly is a player teams will be looking at to add prior to the deadline, via Sportsnet:

With his contract due to expire this summer, there are bound to be NHL teams who are interested in adding him for depth before the end of year. Connolly is currently due to be paid less than $1.5 million in salary for the remainder of 2012-13 and the amount will dip to about $560,000 by the April 3 trade deadline.

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