NHL trade rumor mill: Big names all over deadline speculation

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This season's NHL trade deadline falls on March 5 and after a few seasons of some real snoozers, this deadline is shaping up to be memorable. The rumor mill is filling up fast with big name after big name, making the potential for blockbusters high.

This will be your one-stop shop for gossip and speculation for trade action in the NHL on leading up to the deadline on Wednesday. Check back often.

Trade Speculation
6:31 p.m. -- Some have looked at Florida's Brad Boyes and wondered if he would be available for any team looking for scoring depth. He leads the Panthers with 17 goals after signing on a tryout deal last summer. But the Panthers have other designs as Dale Tallon said the team has made Boyes an offer on an extension.
3:38 p.m. -- Perhaps no player is more sought after than Ryan Kesler should he be dealt. The Penguins have been mentioned at every step and per Rob Rossi, they feel Pittsburgh is his preferred city should he be dealt. Rossi also says the Flyers and Blackhawks are suitors.
3:34 p.m. -- The Avalanche are another team that definitely are not sellers but could trade away a big name-player. Paul Stastny doesn't have a contract beyond this season so the speculaton has been running about his future. Aside from pondering the question, though, there has been very little speculation about Stastny being a target. It's a good bet he stays.
3:23 p.m. -- The Hurricanes have three goaltenders which means one could be on the move. Cam Ward has been mentioned but his contract is rough. Anton Khudobin meanwhile has a cheap deal that is up this summer. The Canes are trying to work out a deal per Chip Alexander but it could go past the deadline. Would that leave the trade option?
2:48 p.m. -- Is Ales Hemsky ever not on the trade block? Mark Spector reports the Rangers are considering the option of trading for Hemsky, the question is if they'll meet the Oilers' price.
2:14 p.m. -- In a report from Sam Carchidi about the Flyers' neverending quest for defense, the name of Dustin Byfuglien made a surprising appearance. Carchidi suggests Byfuglien could be had for a first-round pick and a roster player. If true, there could be a lot of interest there, from more than Philadelphia.
2:10 p.m. -- Predators GM David Poile doesn't seem himself doing much at the deadline at all but there's at least the prospect of dealing David Legwand, their leading scorer. Poile doesn't sound interested in such a deal -- if Legwand would even consent -- but the options are being explored per Fox Sports Tennessee.
2:04 p.m. -- The Blue Jackets are in the thick of the playoff hunt so they aren't sellers but Marian Gaborik remains unsigned which means he still could be traded. He could certainly help fill the holes the want to fill with the potential return, assuming they could fill his skates.
2:02 p.m. -- Veteran defenseman Chris Phillips' name has been tossed around a lot as a target, connected most often with the Bruins. Well Bruce Garrioch reports the Sens offered him a one-year deal so we'll see if he'll still be available.
1:59 p.m. -- The Stars have a tough decision to make with defenseman Stephane Robidas, who appears to be nearing a return. Pierre LeBrun notes there could be interest in him but the Stars could also decide to keep him around, especially if that's what Robidas wants.
1:56 p.m. -- Both Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald have been popular targets for the Islanders, both are expected to be traded, but it hasn't happened yet. The two will fly with the team to Winnipeg and are still slated to play.
1:42 p.m. -- There's been debate about whether Ryan Kesler actually wants out of Vancouver or not but either way the Canucks have reportedly been taking a lot of calls about him. If he's dealt, Nick Kypreos reports the Michigan native might insist on playing for an American team.
1:40 p.m. -- Speaking of the Sabres, Matt Moulson wasn't on the ice for the Sabres' morning skate but no trade appears imminent quite yet per Pierre LeBrun.
1:38 p.m. -- The Red Wings have injuries up front but apparently they're looking for help on the back. According to Darren Dreger they are discussing Christian Ehrhoff from Buffalo but the price might be too high. Ehrhoff is one of many Sabres on the block.
1:36 p.m. -- The Senators have said they will be buyers but on Monday their captain's name Jason Spezza was a new entry to the rumor mill. While nothing sounds overly serious at this point, it's something they are apparently exploring. Ho hum, just another huge name in the speculation game. HOWEVER: Renaud Lavoie puts the chances at Spezza being dealt at one percent.
1:34 p.m. -- Martin Brodeur's situation is uncertain in New Jersey and even though he will start the next game for the Devils -- a huge game at that -- he doesn't feel like this changes anything with the trade possibilities.
1:32 p.m. -- Ryan Callahan has come down in his contract demands per Bob McKenzie but a gap remains and so does the possibility of the Rangers captain being traded.
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