Trade Rumors Swirl as Deadline Approaches

With less than two weeks until the February 27 trade deadline, teams around the NHL are in a frenzy to try to buy, sell, and improve their rosters. Here are a few of the ongoing stories from around the league:

Rick Nash, Right Wing, Columbus Blue Jackets: The 27 year-old winger is being pursued by more than 5 teams, but the front-runners look to be the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and LA Kings. Columbus scouts were spotted at the Rangers-Flyers game Sunday in Philly, sparking speculation of a possible trade.

Front-runner: Rangers. The Rangers have a bevy of young talent in the minor leagues. If they are willing to give up Brandon Dubinsky, former first-round forward Chris Kreider, and a 1st-round pick, the Rangers could get the prolific scorer.

Wild-Card: Your very own Blues. Although they have a bigger need on the defensive end, the Blues could look to add a proven scorer to lead their playoff push. And, they have the pieces to pull this deal off.

Ryan Smyth, Forward, Edmonton Oilers: Although rumors have swirled all week about the veteran winger, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has take Smyth off the trading block, at least for now. The veteran is an unrestricted free agent after the season ends, and I could see the Oilers trying to make a last ditch effort to get something back for Smyth.

Tuomo Ruutu, Center, Carolina Hurricanes: Another veteran who is an unrestricted free agent this summer, Carolina was in serious talks with teams like the Bruins and Flyers, but have cooled due Ruutu’s upper body injury suffered this past week. Due out 3-4 weeks, you can pretty much scratch his name off the list of potential movers.

And, finally, because of the terrible loss suffered by the Blues Tuesday evening, I thought we should reflect on just how terrible the Blue Jackets are with this clip-

Blue Jacket’s Blooper Goal 

Tags: Boston Bruins Brandon Dubinsky Carolina Hurricanes Chris Kreider Columbus Blue Jackets Edmonton Oilers Los Angeles Kings New York Rangers Philadelphia Flyers Rick Nash Ryan Smyth St. Louis Blues Tuomo Ruutu

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