NHL trade rumors: Ryane Clowe gaining interest, Bruins continue search of forwards

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A daily roundup of trade rumors in the NHL (remember, rumors are not always reports). Thursday's edition examines the post-Iginla trade market, the increased interest in Ryane Clowe and the Bruins' continued efforts to make additions.

* With the Jarome Iginla situation resolved, San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has emerged as a rental piece contending teams might attempt to add.

* Multiple reports have isolated the Boston Bruins as an interested team. Considering how interested the team was in Iginla, one would imagine Boston will make a push for Clowe. In addition, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks have been mentioned as teams looking to add the 30-year-old forward, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

Clowe will have final say in any deal as he has a full no-trade clause in his contract.

* Boston is also looking at adding a defenseman. Edmonton Oilers blueliner Ryan Whitney is a player of interest, according to Joe Haggerty of Comcast SportsNet New England. Haggerty also states that a forward might be included in a deal for Whitney and mentions Magnus Paajarvi.

* Haggerty also tweeted that Boston had been in talks with the Philadelphia Flyers to add forward Danny Briere. The deal potentially would have included forward Jordan Caron and a draft pick. Briere recently sustained a concussion and has a no-movement clause, so the likelihood of the deal getting done probably wasn't great given that Briere expressed an interest in staying with Philadelphia.

* LeBrun also stated that Edmonton forward Ales Hemsky might be available, as the Oilers are looking to add a "gritty" forward to their top-six.

* Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun visits the Roberto Luongo situation and discusses the prospects of the goaltender remaining with the Vancouver Canucks until the offseason.

* Katie Strang of ESPN makes a case for the New York Rangers to not make any moves prior to the deadline.

* Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will look to make a depth move prior to the deadline. He still thinks Miikka Kiprusoff might be an option even though Kiprusoff has reportedly told the Calgary Flames he won't report in the event of a trade.

* In terms of Kiprusoff, Darren Dreger tweeted that the goalie's agent informed Flames general manager Jay Feaster that he should talk to Kiprusoff prior to trading him. One would imagine this is because Kiprusoff plans not to report if he is traded. In addition, his former coach Mike Keenan stated on Wednesday morning that Kiprusoff signed his current contract with the intention of not playing the final year of the deal. Next season is the final year of his deal.

* The Hurricanes are looking to move Jussi Jokinen's contract because they want to get his $3 million salary off the payroll, according to general manager Jim Rutherford on NHL Network's "NHL Live'.' Rutherford explained the franchise waived Jokinen in an attempt to accomplish this goal. Some have speculated that Carolina will look to trade Jokinen and would likely have to retain some of his salary in any deal

In terms of the trade deadline, Rutherford stated he would like to make his deals prior to the weekend in order to "get them over with."

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