NHL trade rumors: Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann believed to be available

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

A daily round-up of trade rumors in the NHL (remember, rumors are not always reports). Tuesday's edition includes a heavy dose of knowledge from the "insiders," as well as the availability of Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann, Ryan Whitney and Ryan Miller.

* Pierre LeBrun believes the Florida Panthers are willing to listen to offers for forwards Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann. While the organization is not actively shopping the players, he believes the Panthers will be willing to listen if other teams come calling.

Versteeg has three years remaining on his contract ($4.4 million annual average value) and Fleischmann has two years remaining on his deal ($4.5 million AAV).

* NHL Network had Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger featured on their show "NHL on the Fly" on Monday night to discuss deals. Here is some of the info they had to share about potential transactions around the league:

* The Detroit Red Wings are looking to upgrade their defense corps. Having struck out this summer when attempting to court Ryan Suter, it comes as no surprise that the team is still looking to upgrade on the blue line. The team is looking to build off what it already has with a seasoned defenseman who can play in its top-four. The move would be about the future, not just a playoff push this season.

* The Calgary Flames have yet to decide what they are going to do at the deadline. Dreger and McKenzie believe that ownership will need to tell management to trade Jarome Iginla or goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. As of this time, they do not believe general manager Jay Feaster is listening to trade calls.

* Elliotte Friedman of CBC touched on this topic in his 30 Thoughts column, published on Monday. Friedman talked to Feaster and confirmed that the decision to trade Iginla would be an organizational one, meaning ownership would have to sign off on it. Feaster stated that the club would look to upgrade its size at center in any trade it makes.

* Dreger and McKenzie discussed the talks about San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe and chalked it up to media speculation, more so than actual chatter. They believe general manager Doug Wilson is willing to listen to offers but won't be pushing Clowe. They value Clowe as a piece that could fetch a sizable return for the Sharks.

* The Philadelphia Flyers have a reputation as being one of the most agressive teams when it comes to player movement. However, Dreger and McKenzie believe that general manager Paul Holmgren is going to be patient with his young group and discussions around the league (their words) makes it seem like the Flyers won't be making any seismic moves before the deadline (including head coach Peter Laviolette).

* The Buffalo Sabres have struggled this season and McKenzie believes they might play with the idea of moving goalie Ryan Miller. Dreger stepped in and also threw out Drew Stafford's name as a piece the Sabres might dangle in trade talks.

* Friedman brings up the Edmonton Oilers as a team who has several players who could be in play. Labeling Ryan Whitney as a player who will definitely be traded, Friedman also touches on pending-unrestricted free agent Ladislav Smid and forward Ales Hemsky (snag: he has a no-move clause through this season) as potential players who could be discussed. He also brings up captain Shawn Horcoff as a potential trade-chip.

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