Trade deadline buzz
Mark Giordano is Calgary\'s top defenseman, but could he go in the right deal as the Flames tear down their roster? (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
Trade deadline buzz
As the NHL's 2013 trade deadline approaches, here's what is kicking around the rumor mill.
The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan reports the Maple Leafs remain interested in Flames goalie Miikka Kiprsuoff, but aren't feeling any urgency to acquire him by the deadline.
It was thought GM Dave Nonis would reach out directly to Kiprusoff on Tuesday, but assistant GM Claude Loiselle claimed there was nothing new to report.
On Monday, the Leafs were granted permission by the Flames to speak with Kiprusoff's agent, fuelling speculation he would be dealt to Toronto before the deadline.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle conceded a significant move like that comes with the risk of upsetting team chemistry.
If the Leafs fail to land Kiprusoff by the deadline, it's expected they'll stick with their current tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, rather than search elsewhere for a veteran goalie.
FLAMES NOT DONE YET
CBC's Elliotte Friedman believes the Flames aren't done dealing before deadline day, claiming they will discuss anyone except promising Sven Baertschi.
Friedman reports they'd prefer to retain Mark Giordano and Curtis Glencross, but teams are asking about the duo.
Both have no-trade clauses, but with the Flames now engaged in a roster rebuild, Friedman believes it will become easier for players with such clauses to waive them for the right offer. That was apparent when the Flames dealt Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh and Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis.
It's believed the Senators have interest in Glencross. The asking price could be goalie Ben Bishop, whom the Sens will be reluctant to move with Craig Anderson yet to return from an ankle injury.
POMINVILLE COULD GO, BUT EXPECT MILLER TO STAY IN BUFFALO
John Vogl of The Buffalo News reported Ryan Miller isn't getting much mention in the goalie trade chatter leading up to the deadline, as Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff and Los Angeles' Jonathan Bernier have cornered that market.
Meanwhile, Sabres captain Jason Pominville wouldn't admit if he'd been asked by GM Darcy Regier to submit a list of teams to which he won't accept a trade. He did, however, acknowledge part of Regier's job is to listen to trade offers and he would need to know the preferences of his players with no-trade lists.
Given the shrinking number of quality forwards available in the trade market, Pominville could attract a decent return for the Sabres at the deadline.
ISLANDERS TO PUSH ON WITH STREIT
The New York Islanders efforts to re-sign pending free agent defenseman Mark Streit to a three-year contract extension have hit a snag.
ESPN.com's Katie Strang reports there's no progress in the contract talks, but that doesn't necessarily mean Streit will be shopped. GM Garth Snow indicated to Streit he won't be traded, though Strang suggests that could change.
With the Islanders battling the New York Rangers for eighth overall in the Eastern Conference, Snow is unlikely to move a key veteran like Streit, even if he's still unsigned by deadline day.
OTHER BLUELINERS ON THE BLOCK
Streit isn't the only defenseman who will attract interest leading up to the deadline.
St. Louis’ acquisitions of Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold give them nine defensemen, one of which could be moved by the deadline.
ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun believes Ian Cole and Kris Russell are likely trade candidates. Both are due to become restricted free agents this summer and with the Blues already having to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk, are most likely to be the odd men out. LeBrun also doesn't anticipate any trade interest in veteran Wade Redden.
Lebrun suggests Derek Morris of the Phoenix Coyotes could be available. Morris, 34, has one season remaining on his contract, but at an affordable $2.75-million. He also has a limited no-trade clause, which he could waive to go to a playoff contender.
TSN's Darren Dreger reports the Carolina Hurricanes have placed defenseman Jamie McBain on the block.
McBain, 25, had 30 points in 2010-11 and 27 in 2011-12, but his numbers are down this season, with only six points in 27 games. Still, his youth and $1.8 million per season salary could make him an affordable option for clubs (like the Bruins and Red Wings) seeking blueline depth.
RIBEIRO COULD FETCH CAPITAL RETURN
If the Washington Capitals decide to move center Mike Ribeiro at the deadline, the shrinking pool of available scoring forwards could work in their favor.
Ribeiro is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and reportedly rejected a three-year contract extension, because he would prefer a five-year contract. He could become the best forward still available by the deadline.
Despite the uncertainty over Ribeiro's future with the Capitals, Katie Carerra of the Washington Post reported they could retain him to secure a playoff berth, even at the risk of losing him to free agency this summer.
OILERS NOT SELLING
With the Edmonton Oilers now challenging for a playoff berth, it appears they won't be sellers after all.
Captain Shawn Horcoff told the Edmonton Journal “we've pretty much established that we're not going to be sellers,” adding they're comfortable with their current roster even if they don't add anyone.
If so, rumored trade bait Ryan Whitney, Nikolai Khabibulin and Ales Hemsky could still be suiting up with the Oilers after deadline day.
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).