The Brenden Morrow trade watch is over in Dallas after he was dealt to Pittsburgh, but the Dallas Stars could have other moves in store by the April 3 trade deadline with veterans Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy still prominent in the rumor mill.
The Stars could afford to move Morrow, whose decline this season saw him at times toiling on checking lines with reduced ice time, but with the Stars still battling for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, management could choose to retain Jagr and Roy.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks wondered if the Stars would begin a “meaningful rebuild” by shopping Loui Eriksson, suggesting the New York Rangers would be “mightily interested.”
The Rangers wouldn't be the only club with considerable interest in the 27-year-old left winger, whose no-trade clause doesn't kick in until this summer, but don't expect Eriksson to hit the trade block.
Unlike Jagr, Roy and the recently traded Morrow, Eriksson is signed through 2015-16 and remains a key part of their long-range plans.
BOYLE BUZZ WON’T STOP
Despite Dan Boyle's stated desire to remain with the San Jose Sharks, his name keeps popping up in trade talk.
The 36-year-old blueliner was linked last week to the New York Rangers. During Saturday's Sharks-Wild game in Minnesota, Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren were spotted chatting between periods, prompting speculation Holmgren was interested in Boyle.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi, however, claimed the Flyers have no plans to make a pitch for Boyle or Jay Bouwmeester of the Calgary Flames.
Holmgren's search for a top-pairing defenseman is well documented. Boyle (signed through next season at a cap hit of $6.7 million) would provide a short-term fix, but Holmgren would be wiser to seek younger options this summer, rather than waste assets on an aging blueliner.
HALAK ‘NOT GOING ANYWHERE’
The strong play of St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen has generated some chatter about Jaroslav Halak's status.
Halak, 27, entered the year as the Blues starting goalie, but injuries have limited him to 13 games and he's struggled to regain his form.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons reported two scouts told him Halak was on the trade block, but Blues GM Doug Armstrong denied it, telling Simmons, “He's not going anywhere.”
Given Allen's limited NHL experience and backup Brian Elliott's struggles, keeping Halak is a sensible move.
Still, if Allen continues his solid play over the rest of the season and into the playoffs, it will spark off-season speculation over Halak's future. With only one season left on his contract and no no-trade clause, Halak would attract interest from clubs seeking an upgrade in goal.
WILL CLOCK STRIKE MIDNIGHT ON 'BIG BEN' IN OTTAWA?
The Senators continue to receive enquiries about goalie Ben Bishop, according to Garrioch, leaving GM Bryan Murray facing a tough decision.
Garrioch claims the Senators want a player in return for Bishop, ideally a top-six forward. He believes if the Senators can't land “a meaningful draft pick or a player” for the 26-year-old, they won't move him at the deadline.
Another factor, of course, is that starter Craig Anderson remains day-to-day with a high ankle sprain. Murray prefers to have Anderson back in the lineup before seriously entertaining offers for Bishop.
As Garrioch noted, the Sens can always wait until the off-season to make that move. Bishop will be a restricted free agent, so they can shop him for the right return as early as the June draft.
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).