With the trade deadline just over a week away, and one major trade already in the books, the rumor mill around the NHL is only just now starting to heat up. There had been a lot of conjecture that this would be a relatively quiet deadline because of high prices and the relatively low salary cap next season that has some teams handcuffed with short-term moves.
Yet there are teams that are still looking for the trade that sets them up for this season and even with Brenden Morrow now headed to the Penguins, there are plenty of pending free agents to keep the bidding very much alive around the league.
*Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal suggests that pending UFA defenseman Douglas Murray could be on his way out of San Jose, if the Sharks do indeed decide to make a trade before the deadline. There's a lot of talk about Ryan Clowe or even Michal Handzus being on the trading block, but Matheson states that Murray could bring a nice return from a team looking for defensive help heading into the postseason.
*Matheson also states that the Chicago Blackhawks could make sense as trading partners with the Dallas Stars and could take a shot at center Derek Roy. The Stars are likely looking for a healthy return for the talented two-way center but Matheson suggests Chicago won't give up more than a second round pick and a top prospect -- although the Blackhawks will likely be bidding against the Vancouver Canucks for Roy, so the price could certainly rise. [Edmonton Journal]
*With the Penguins already having traded for Brenden Morrow, Dejan Kovacevic of Trib Live suggests the Penguins will make a move for a top six defenseman next. He suggests that Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla could be the target, noting that Coyotes GM Don Maloney has attended the past two Penguins home games. [Trib Live]
*Bruce Garrioch suggests that while the rumors suggest Jarome Iginla could head to Boston, he thinks the best fit would be with the Los Angeles Kings - who Iginla has on his short list. The Kings are in the West, where Iginla is most comfortable, and he's enjoyed plenty of success with Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter. [Ottawa Sun]
*Matheson again, this time stating that the Boston Bruins are in some desperate need for depth at forward and on defense, stating that the team has inquired about Jay Bouwmeester but balked at the high price. Matheson states that Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney could likely be a good trade target, as he's almost certainly on the trading block in Edmonton, although the Bruins won't part with any top prospects in any trades. [Edmonton Journal]