It is just 10 days to the trade deadline and the Edmonton Oilers will probably be the first to make a move as they must clear salary cap space by Tuesday. The NHL trade rumors are also flying now as the Minnesota WIld officially have the green light to begin a sell-off. Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin explained why he flailed his stick at Michael Raffl and the Columbus Blue Jackets are waiting on Matt Duchene.
Oh, and add Derick Brassard to the list for the New York Islanders. Wouldn’t that be something?
NHL GMs are prone to mistakes two days per year: July 1 and the trade deadline. The Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets will shape the NHL trade market. Columbus hopes to buy and maybe sell Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. Ottawa may still sign or trade Matt Duchene and Mark Stone.
Make a decision!
Columbus sees Matt Duchene as the center they need. So they may keep Panarin. Sell Panarin. Or use Panarin. Got it? Pierre LeBrun penned the scenarios. (The Athletic)
The Flyers are after Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
Edmonton has a bad team and no cap space. What could go wrong? They must make a deal by Tuesday to clear $1.3 million so they can activate defenseman Andrej Sekera. (Sportsnet)
The Winnipeg Jets appear to be chasing Matt Duchene, too. The Ottawa Senators brass showed up in Winnipeg last night (Winnipeg Free Press)
The Minnesota Wild are willing to take a step backward this season to make a Stanley Cup run in the future (The Athletic Minnesota)
And Arthur Staple of The Athletic New York circled Derick Brassard as one of the targets for the Islanders. Think “Big Game Brass” would show up for a playoff series against the Penguins? (The Athletic New York)
The Avalanche are checking out on Mark Stone.
Have heard Avs and Sens have had talks regarding Mark Stone. Given Sakic's insistence he's not giving up some of his young core pieces, obviously doesn't look like a real fit there right now.
Would surprise me if Avs were seriously involved w/Stone the next couple of weeks.
— AJ Haefele (@AJHaefele) February 12, 2019
Evgeni Malkin appeared to say he had an injured neck yesterday, but not really. It’s part of Shelly Anderson’s coverage of Penguins practice for PHN (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Chris Kunitz played his 1000th game. (Daily Herald)
And check out this week’s Pens Live Chat on video (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)