The Dallas Stars could potentially be fairly active on the trade front, leading up to the April 3 deadline, and it's understandable that fans are eager to discuss all of the possibilities. Over the coming weeks, we'll post a trade rumors roundup thread every other day or so to provide an official thread to discuss all of the speculation floating around the hockeysphere.
We'll only post links to "reputable" sources on these rumors and speculation, but take all of this with a grain of salt.
- Craig Custance takes a look at the top rental options this season but not necessarily the players that are necessarily on the trading block. Corey Perry tops the list, but the Stars' Brenden Morrow and Jaromir Jagr are also mentioned. Morrow is almost certainly going to get moved this season, and it could happen soon, but it's tough to imagine the Stars will consider trading Jagr unless they completely collapse heading into the deadline. [ESPN]
- As an aside -- I know Stars fans have their hopes up for a Ryan Getzlaf free agent signing, but it looks as if the Ducks will re-sign Getzlaf and trade Perry ahead of letting him hit free agency.
- The Boston Bruins have some buzz building around them likely being big buyers at the deadline, considering their available cap space. Jarome Iginla and Corey Perry are mentioned as possible targets, but Joe Haggerty also points out Brenden Morrow as an option the Bruins could be interested in for some gritty leadership for a postseason run. [CSNNE]
- Pierre LeBrun says that the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in the market for Jarome Iginla and that the Pens could have a number of young defenseman on the block if needed. [ESPN]
- Adrian Dater says the Avalanche should trade Paul Statsny, not Ryan O'Reilly. [Denver Post]
- Think the Stars should go after Jay Bouwmeester? Seems as if the Flyers and Red Wings could be interested as well. [SB Nation]
- Speaking of the Red Wings and defensemen, Ian White has become a hot name -- mostly because he can't get on the ice. White states that he's not ready to demand a trade just yet but with Carlo Colaiacovo returning soon White could be the odd man out on the blue line in Detroit. White will be a rental only, as he is set to be a UFA this summer. [PHT]
Finally, here's Kings GM Dean Lombardi discussing just how difficult it is to trade for big players these days and that parity in the NHL has led to teams wanting to hold on to their talent.
"What's happened the last five or six years is teams realizing that even if they're a seller, they realize it's not like the old days where you trade [a UFA to be] for a draft pick and easily replace them [in the offseason]," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told ESPN.com. "Even midrange players, many teams are now deciding to keep them and try to sign them versus giving them away for a second- or third-round pick. That's something that's changed in this business since I got in it; very different. Some teams are looking at that No. 4 or No. 5 defenseman and saying, 'I'm not replacing him this summer, I need to keep him and sign him.'"
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