NHL Trade Rumours: Sens still looking for help up front

NHL GMs are getting smarter.

Or, at least, less patient.

There have already been several major trades before Wednesday’s deadline. Some of the bigger moves include:

-The Washington Capitals added Kevin Shattenkirk (their already impressive powerplay is going to be lethal)

-The Minnesota Wild shored up down the middle by adding the sizable Martin Hanzal (deepest roster of pivots in the league?)

-Patrick Eaves went to the Anaheim Ducks (major beard upgrade)

-Dean Lombardi brought in netminder Ben Bishop (best 1A, 1B combo in NHL?)

-The Habs swapped D with Dallas, adding the reliable Jordie Benn (The Stars are just jettisoning the beards)

-The Leafs picked up Brian Boyle from Tampa (they’re actually making the playoffs?!)

-And, of course, the Sens traded (and signed) Alex Burrows (thanks for everything, Chris Neil!)

FULL LISTNHL trades completed so far this season

Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows(14) collides with Ottawa Senator goaltender Craig Anderson (41) during NHL first period action in Ottawa Sunday, December 7, 2014.


Vancouver Canucks’ Alexandre Burrows collides with Ottawa Senator goaltender Craig Anderson.

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But that won’t be it.

What other big moves might happen?

Here’s what some of the big names in the hockey world are hearing:

Ottawa Senators

Our own Bruce Garrioch does not believe the Sens are done:

“There’s a lot of talk that the club has been shopping winger Curtis Lazar in exchange for a first-round pick.

It’s believed at least one team has offered Dorion a second-round pick in exchange for Lazar but ideally he’d like to get more if he’s going to move the 22-year-old. Dorion only said he’s willing to do more if the opportunity presents itself.”

UPDATE: Looks like Friedman was rightSenators acquire forward Viktor Stalberg from Carolina

ALSOSenators confirm signing of Chris DiDomenico

Montreal Canadiens

If the Senators want Duchene, they might have to get into a bidding war against the Habs, who are desperate for depth at center. The Habs were rumoured to be in on Hanzal before the Wild grabbed him. The Canadiens’ GM, Marc Bergevin, is known for flying under the radar and making trades that are way off the board. Best advice? Don’t believe any rumours involving the Habs.

St. Louis Blues

Having sent Shattenkirk packing, the Blues might still need to make some moves to stay in playoff hunt.

Detroit Red Wings

The Wings are last (last!) in the East and could be looking to unload some players.

Pittsburgh Penguins

According to just about everyone, Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford has been trying to shop Marc-Andre Fleury. The only problem is that other teams haven’t seemed that interested. 

Vancouver Canucks

If teams are interested in Fleury, will the Canucks really find a market for Miller?

Philadelphia Flyers

Sam Carchidi believes that even with the Flyers within reach of the last wildcard spot, they could still move out some regulars:

“Mason, goalie Michal Neuvirth and defensemen Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto are among the Flyers generating trade interest.”

Carolina Hurricanes

Chip Alexander believes that pending UFAs Jay McClement, Viktor Stalberg and Derek Ryan could be on the move.

Winnipeg Jets

Ken Wiebe doesn’t think the Jets will be big players before the deadline but admit that Drew Stafford’s name keeps popping up.

“Teams that could be a fit for Stafford include the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders.”

Check back soon for updates.

 

 

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