A darkhorse in the Drouin sweepstakes, Staal rumours, Leafs update + more

Lots of buzz around the NHL as the trade deadline looms large. NHL GMs are on the clock with just three days to go...

Leafs cap space auction

The Leafs have made it known that they will take on bad contracts for picks and prospects. Players linked in rumours with the Leafs include Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell and Carolina goalie Cam Ward. The Blues have spoken with Toronto to see if they'll take on Patrik Berglund, a serviceable NHL center who gets paid a bit too much.

Staal contenders crystallizing

In the East the Rangers are clearly the most interested team and it doesn't hurt that his brother Marc plays for them. In the West it still sounds like Minnesota are the team to watch...Chicago was involved here but have almost certainly lost interest after adding Andrew Ladd, Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann these past few days. Some have thrown out St. Louis and Nashville as darkhorses. There may be other teams out there who see Staal as an option on the wing as opposed to his normal role as a centerman.

Drouin sweepstakes: Nichushkin for Drouin?

Still a zillion teams in on Drouin, but a new darkhorse has emerged...a rumour is floating out there that the Dallas Stars have thrown their hat into the ring. Speculation indicates the Lightning have asked on Valeri Nichushkin (keyword: asked), so we'll see if that goes anywhere...

New rumours surfacing ahead of deadline

A few brand new names have entered the rumour mill over the last few days:
  • Pittsburgh winger Sergei Plotnikov
  • Jets winger Alex Burmistrov
  • Leafs winger Colin Greening
  • Senators winger Shane Prince

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