The 2017 NHL trade deadline is nine days away, and time is ticking for teams to make moves before the 3 p.m. deadline on March 1. A busy weekend gave some teams better ideas about being buyers or sellers at the deadline, and trade rumors around players continue to swirl. Here are NHL trade rumors from around the league for Monday, Feb. 20, with updates from the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and more.
Penguins a destination for Quincey?
The Devils could be looking to shop defenseman Kyle Quincey before the deadline, with the veteran set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins were already looking for defensive help, according to Trib Live, and now with injuries to Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz over the past week, Quincey would be a logical target for added depth and insurance.
Duchene a fit for the Flyers?
The Flyers need help in the form of a top six winger or center, and Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene could be a fit, according to Dave Isaac of the Courier Post. The main obstacle for Duchene would be the price, since he has two years and $12 million left on his contract after this season.
Islanders also high on Duchene
The New York Islanders also could be in the market for a top-six forward, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday, and Duchene could fit the bill. Staple said the price on the 26-year-old Duchene would be the main obstacle, as it is for most teams. But he said the interest is there.
Defenseman Flyers could move
Depending on which direction the Flyers go at the deadline, they could have some defensive pieces to move for assets, according to Philly.com. Michael Del Zotto, Nick Schultz and Mark Streit could all have value to contenders, even though the Flyers are still in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference.
Why Leafs traded for Kalinin instead of claiming him
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired F Sergey Kalinin from the Devils for defenseman Viktor Loov on Saturday, and both players went to their new team’s respective AHL roster. Kalinin cleared waivers at noon on Saturday, so why didn’t the Maple Leafs just claim him instead of giving up an asset? By going about it that way, the Leafs would have needed to place Kalinin on their NHL roster. By letting him clear waivers and then making the trade, the Leafs were able to send Kalinin straight to the AHL.
Boyle wants to stay in Tampa
Brian Boyle has been the subject of plenty of trade rumors leading up to the deadline with the Tampa Bay Lightning struggling this season, but the 32-year-old center wants to stay in Florida. He has 13 goals and nine assists this season.
Beleskey a buy low option?
Matt Beleskey hasn’t found much traction in his second season with the Boston Bruins, recording 2 goals and five assists in 33 games. He has been a healthy scratch three times. He scored 37 goals over the previous two seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and Bruins, and he could be a buy-low option. He is in the second year of a five-year, $19 million deal, and while a team would be required to take on three more years of a contract, he brings an AAV of $3.8 million.
Trade bait list update
Here’s the latest Trade Bait List from TSN, listing the top 30 players potentially available at the trade deadline. St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk remains in the top spot.
Panthers play into buying position
The Florida Panthers are finally healthy, and 7-2-1 mark over their past 10 games has put them right into the playoff hunt. With more than $9 million in cap space, the Panthers are in prime position to buy at the deadline and add some more offensive help to make a playoff push.