Could Marleau be moved? 

March, 2, 2015
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The San Jose Sharks have not been involved in any blockbuster deals thus far, despite speculation that they would be making such a move ahead of Monday's deadline. However, there is some tantalizing info to pass along from the ground in Northern California

Might the Caps hang on to Green? 

March, 2, 2015
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There's been speculation all season that the Washington Capitals would look to move defenseman Mike Green prior to the deadline, owing to his impending UFA status and their expenditures elsewhere at the position. However, there's now insight that the club may, in fact, hang on to the offensive whiz.

"I can't see Caps trading Green," former Capitals AGM Frank Provenzano noted in our deadline chat. "He is finally in the right role in Washington. Everyone looks at getting a return for UFA contracts. Playing in the playoffs is a return. I always felt the cheapest rental players at the deadline were the ones you already had."

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Justin Williams in play? 

March, 2, 2015
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A Conn Smythe winner one season, on a new team the next?

That could be the reality for Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams if a new report comes to fruition.

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Blues return for Stewart? 

March, 2, 2015
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The Buffalo Sabres are open for business on deadline day, and one of the players who could be moved is veteran forward Chris Stewart; in fact, Stewart has seemingly been on the trading block since he was acquired by Buffalo ahead of last season's deadline

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Neuvirth situation still bubbling 

March, 2, 2015
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As the 3 p.m. trading deadline approaches, the Buffalo Sabres remain a team poised to move impending UFAs, so long as the price is right.

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Jokinen’s pre-deadline dream

March, 1, 2015
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You know Olli Jokinen is just dying for his phone to ring before the clock strikes 3 p.m. ET on Monday. After getting the boot from the contending Nashville Predators as part of a recent trade package, the veteran forward is stuck in a situation with which he’s all too familiar: Playing for a team with little (read: zero) aspiration of making the postseason. Having participated in only six playoff games in his entire NHL career, the 36-year-old can only hope his stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs is exceptionally brief.

Fortunately, everyone’s on the same page same page in Toronto. With little use for a UFA-to-be in the twilight of his career, the rebuilding Leafs are doing their best to showcase Jokinen in hopes of getting something -- anything, really -- in return. And while the veteran won’t top most contenders’ trade wish lists, he could fill a hole somewhere, once other -- more sought-after -- assets are spoken for.

Interest in Stewart

March, 1, 2015
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After months of chatter and speculation, we may finally see Chris Stewart join a new club. Hours ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, ESPN Insider Craig Custance reports the Buffalo Sabres are still getting calls -- including some new ones -- in regards to the power forward.

“A couple new teams have called on Chris Stewart in last 48 hours to check price. Boston continues to be in the mix. Nothing close now.”

While a trade may not be imminent, ESPN’s Scott Burnside suggests Stewart has enough upside to attract an offer acceptable to the Sabres before the deadline passes.

"He has shown in pretty small sample that he has an 'A' game, which means crashing the net, scoring and generally banging around in the offensive zone. One executive told us he doesn't care that Stewart isn't probable to be a long-term option given the wild fluctuations in his game, but playing for a contract over a short period of time, like the playoffs, he would be interested in his services.”


Red Wings’ wish list

March, 1, 2015
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Although a deal (or two) is far from a sure thing, the Detroit Red Wings are entertaining options of adding a piece (or two) ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. Ideally, GM Ken Holland would like to acquire "a skilled right-handed shooting defenseman or a big, gritty winger." For a reasonable price, of course.

Ansar Khan of MLive.com suggests veteran forward Erik Cole of the Dallas Stars is a suitable option. On the blue-line front, Jeff Petry (Edmonton Oilers), Zbynek Michalek (Arizona Coyotes) and Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey Devils) are potential targets. Outside of those possibilities, Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart might be a good fit.

Holland says he’s willing to part ways a second-round draft pick for the right piece, but hedges at offering much more.

Sharp trade talk

March, 1, 2015
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Even before the Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes, rumors regarding a potential trade involving Patrick Sharp didn’t linger long. After speaking to Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman earlier this week, Sharp’s own agent quickly put that babbling to bed.

“He’s got no intentions of trading Patrick Sharp,” Rick Curran said, referencing Bowman.

According to the Sun-Times, the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings have had interest in trading for Sharp. If so, both clubs will have to wait until the summer – at least – before taking another stab at the top-six forward. After trading for Vermette Saturday and snagging defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers Friday, the Blackhawks are likely done dealing in 2014-15.
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Semin on the move?

March, 1, 2015
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According to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, the Carolina Hurricanes continue to shop Alexander Semin. And the team is willing to retain a "significant portion" of the 30-year-old’s salary.

In the second season of a five-year, $35-million deal, Semin is universally considered a colossal underachiever. However, that’s not to say that a contending club wouldn’t be willing to take a flier on the gifted -- if perpetually uninspired -- winger, for a significant discount. Teams looking to fill a hole within their corps of top-six forwards might want to gamble that a change in scenery might suffice in stimulating the former 40-goal scorer.

Semin’s former club, the Washington Capitals, are looking to add a top-six winger. As outrageous as that strikes, stranger moves have happened.
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Links from around the rink - Feb. 23 

February, 23, 2015
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A record 37 players were traded last Thursday at the NBA trade deadline. Will there be a similar flurry of activity by their NHL counterparts next week?

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Links from around the rink - Feb. 9 

February, 9, 2015
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Back in September, ESPN.com’s Craig Custance wrote about how the new wave of analytics has gone well beyond roster construction and is having a big impact on in-game strategy.

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Links from around the rink - Jan. 26 

January, 26, 2015
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Even the most passionate of hockey fans has trouble generating serious interest in the NHL All-Star Game, a goalies’ nightmare that saw John Tavares of the Islanders score four goals as Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday in Columbus.

ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside counters that the All-Star festivities are about more than the actual game, calling the weekend a “pleasant respite” in the middle of the season.

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Links from around the rink - Jan. 12 

January, 12, 2015
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With the playoffs a long shot at best for the Philadelphia Flyers, general manager Ron Hextall may be looking to deal.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Flyers would like to move defenseman Nick Schultz, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto, but the guy teams really want is Braydon Coburn. “With a $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17, Coburn is highly regarded and could bring a good return,” writes Garrioch.

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Fantasy Grapevine for Week 12 

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Jaromir JagrJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesIt's possible we could see Jaromir Jagr wearing a different sweater before the end of this season.
“In the last 25 years, I've never been in this situation," Jaromir Jagr told reporters before Monday's game. "I've never been on a team that was almost the worst in the NHL. It's new to me.”

New, and probably not a whole heckuva lotta fun. If that statement doesn’t go far enough in suggesting Jagr is open to a trade from the New Jersey Devils, the veteran NHLer confirmed as much with this nugget.

“I have no problem with anything,” Jagr said. “It's up to (Devils general manager) Lou (Lamoriello). He knows me. I know him. I've got no problem with (being traded). If he wants to move me, he will. If he doesn't, he doesn't. He knows I like it here, but it's all about whatever is best for the team.”

There you have it. Now, the only determining factor is whatever is best for the Devils, and that will be determined in the next couple of months (if not sooner).

The club sits 14th in the Eastern Conference, 11 points out of eighth position and just a hair above the 15th-place Buffalo Sabres. Barring a miraculously successful run under the new coaching trio through January/February -- which Jagr still won’t rule out -- the Devils will be looking to cut their losses ahead of the Mar. 2 trade deadline. There would be little point in holding on to a soon-to-be 43-year-old free agent, particularly since there would be plenty of interest Jagr.

Sure, the veteran forward may have lost a step in recent seasons, as he reminded us Tuesday while delightfully referring to himself in the third-person -- “I always forget I’m not the Jaromir Jagr of 20 years ago. I wanted to deke everybody. I’ve got to remind myself: ‘Hey, slow down. Just shoot.’ I cannot deke anymore.” -- but he’s still capable of contributing every night. There’s already talk of interest in (re)-acquiring the future Hall-of-Famer on behalf of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Boston Bruins. The reasonable $3.5-million salary cap hit only renders him more attractive.

Which brings us to the potential fantasy ramifications of such a move

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