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One GM thinks there could be trades before Olympic freeze

Jan 14, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

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Sometimes if you want to move, you have to move fast.

Take the 2012 NHL trade deadline, the last one the league had during a full season. The cutoff date may have been Feb. 27, but that’s not when all the deals went down. The Flyers, for example, picked up Nicklas Grossmann on Feb. 16, and they got Pavel Kubina the day after that. Jeff Carter was traded from Columbus to Los Angeles on Feb. 23.

This season, the trade deadline is set for March 5. And as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun notes, there’s another deadline of sorts — Feb. 7, when a trade freeze for the Olympic break goes into effect.

That’s just over three weeks away.

“If they can do it, most teams would like to [make their move before the Olympic break],” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford told Lebrun.

It remains to be seen if the 2014 trade deadline, including the days leading up to it, is a busy one. As Canucks GM Mike Gillis said late last week, “I can tell you there is very little trade discussion going on anywhere. It’s difficult to make trades when you have the cap lowered and teams’ financial resources under the cap have been used up.”

It’s also worth mentioning that, at this point, only five or six teams have essentially no shot at making the playoffs. How many more will become sellers in the next few weeks? That too remains to be seen.

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  1. tronn25 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Rumors have been flying all over the place regarding potential trades.

    I heard that Canucks’ GM Mike Gillis has been shopping Luongo, a pack of crayons, and a half eaten bag of trail mix, and a vile of virgin Sedin blood to multiple parties in effort to solicit anyone with matra’s of “Protecting each other.”

  2. stcrowe - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    As much as I love trade talk, most of what I hear nowadays is wild speculation by pundits, rather than actual gossip.

    It isn’t really a rumour if someone like Bob McKenzie or Nick Kypreos mentions that Player X has been struggling with his team, and that he would fill a need on some other team with a surplus of prospects. Nor is it a rumour if a contract extension hasn’t resulted after a couple of weeks of negotiations, and Bob McKenzie thinks that a trade is inevitable.

    It gets so ridiculous at this time of year, with the deadline approaching.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      lol I voiced my opinion about this to Brough/Halford on a chip n chase once. they didn’t like it too much. in their defense, i was in a bad mood that day and said it pretty dickishly.

      it bothers me too though. I hate feeling like I’ve been duped into giving websites free site visits for fiction. I don’t read fiction, I read sports reporting.

  3. jpelle82 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    i hope to see the pens make a move here soon. they are going to have to replace dupuis, rather them do it now in case they need to make another move at the deadline. worst scenario is you make a move at the deadline for a rental and the guy doesnt gel or produce for you down the stretch, if you do it now you get the chance to test drive him before it really counts. i would have no problem with despres getting traded, would probably be able to get a pretty good return for him especially if they throw in a draft pick. would love to see a deal for a matt moulson rental, they could make his 3 million work and the sabres need defensmen and draft picks. maybe stajan. i like gerbe’s game in carolina this year – he’s a rfa coming up. brad boyes had good game with tavares, he has 12 goals in florida, would be nice to see if he could play with crosby. who knows but i hope something happens sooner than later, i hate watching the revolving door 3rd line mess this year and beau bennett coming back wont fix everything either…there’s no real difference between the 3rd and 4th lines at this point.

    • hazlydose - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      I’m tired of rentals. We are loaded with D prospects right now. We need to move one or two along with a pick (possible our first if the right guy is available), to get a long term top six winger on a reasonable deal. From there we can bump guys down and that will build the bottom six. Our problem is that we have third liners, they just play on the RW for Sid and the LW for Malkin. A top six winger would bump those guys down to where they should be on a contender.

  4. spacealbatross78 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    You must not pay much attention to hockey outside of Pittsburgh. Buffalo is stacked with D-men. They are looking for top 6 forwards. They also probably have enough draft picks. So they would deal from a position of strength (Defense) for a position of weakness (Forward).

  5. 950003cups - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    If you want accurate trade talk, read Eklund’s stuff. I think his record of 1 – 9852 speaks for itself.

    Correction, my math is bad.

    Its: 0 wins – 9853 losses

  6. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Ha! I remember hockeybuzz. I’m shocked that dudes mom didn’t throw him out of the garage yet. He must be 24 by now.

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