NHL trade rumors: Blues looking for defenseman, Bruins might have found forward help

Dilip Vishwanat

A daily round-up of trade rumors in the NHL (remember, rumors are not always reports). Friday's edition includes the Blues looking for blue line help, Ian White playing the waiting game and the Bruins possibly gaining forward help.

* Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported on Thursday night that the St. Louis Blues are interested in acquiring a left-handed defenseman who can play in the team's top-two pairings. General manager Doug Armstrong is looking to find a player who can be paired with Alex Pietrangelo or Kevin Shattenkirk.

However, LeBrun warns that this kind of acquisition might be difficult to find mid-season and might be something that needs to be addressed this offseason. The Blues have also been rumored to have interest in supplementing their forward group.

* In regard to defensive depth, the Toronto Maple Leafs could be looking to recall 22-year-old defenseman Jake Gardiner. However, Korbinian Holzer is the only member of the team's defense corps that doesn't require waivers to be sent to the AHL.

While there is no indication that the team is looking to make a deal at this time, they do have the depth to make a move if they were so inclined, via Jonas Siegel of TSN:

The team has also enjoyed success so there may be no inclination for change just yet. The time will come though; injuries are inevitable, trades remain a distinct possibility and performance can falter. And the Leafs are simply a better team with Gardiner on it; a decision is likely to sort itself out.

* Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White has been a healthy scratch in five consecutive games, which has raised questions about his future with the club. According to White via Ansar Khan of MLive.com, he has not requested a trade and met with head coach Mike Babcock, as well as general manager Ken Holland to discuss his future. White stated that he doesn't expect to be moved.

* The Boston Bruins have been rumored as a team looking to add a forward to their top-six. While that still might be the case, Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that the Bruins are in discussions with Carl Soderberg of the Swedish Elite League. The team acquired Soderberg via trade with the Blues in 2007, which means he would not have to clear waivers to join the club.

Soderberg currently leads the SEL in scoring with 31 goals and 29 assists for a total of 60 points in 54 games. Dreger reports that the Bruins believe he could be an impact player, via TSN.ca:

"He is 6'3", 225 pounds and they believe he can play as a second line centre, second line winger or at worst case in their top nine. He's the real deal."

According to Dreger, if Soderberg was to join the Bruins, it would come after his club Linkoping was eliminated from the playoffs.

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