Rumor mill heating up as we near trade deadline

February 24, 2017
We are down to five days remaining before the National Hockey League's Trade Deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

As which teams are buyers and which are sellers becomes more and more clear, the rumors around the league are picking up.

Over the past couple days some minor deals have gone down that could set the market. On Monday the Coyotes traded
defenseman Michael Stone to the Flames for a third round pick and a conditional fifth round pick. Also, on Thursday the Penguins acquired veteran blueliner Ron Hainsey for a second round pick and AHLer Danny Kristo. This looks to be a signal that the prices will be high at this years deadline.

Friday, was one of the most active rumor day we've had yet this year.

One of the top players currently available, Kevin Shattenkirk, turned down a deal to go to the Tampa Bay Lightning according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Part of the deal would have been Shattenkirk agreeing to an extension. McKenzie says Shattenkirk's camp said no to a six-year, $42 million extension with Tampa.

McKenzie had more on the Shattenkirk situation.
For a rental, it is quite the price. It could be part of the reason as to why Shattenkirk hasn't been traded despite months of rumors.

McKenzie also says, that it wouldn't make sense for any team to pay that price for a rental. It seems that if Shattenkirk is intent on hitting free agency, his trade price will come down.

Darren Dreger joined The Instigators on Friday, and he believes Shattenkirk is comfortable in St. Louis and will only be moved for the right deal. He also listed the Toronto Maple Leafs as a potential landing spot.

While talking with Andre Peters, Craig Rivet and Martin Biron, Dreger also mentioned a heavy interest in Dallas Stars forward, Patrick Eaves. Dreger said that up to 12 teams were in on Eaves, and that he may not make it to deadline day. 

Hours later, Eaves was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2017 conditional second round pick. That pick going to Dallas becomes a first round pick if the Ducks make it to the Western Conference Final and Eaves plays in at least 50-percent of Anaheim's playoff games.

Shortly following the Eaves trade, the Red Wings send forward Tomas Jurco to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2017 third round pick.

Former Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford's name has been tossed into the mix as well.
Stafford is having a down year in Winnipeg with just four goals and eight assists in 39 games with the Jets.

Shattenkirk, Eaves, and Stafford will all be unrestricted free agents this offseason.

No longer on the trade market is Blues forward, Patrik Berglund. The 28-year old has re-signed with the Blues to a five-year, $19.25 million deal. Berglund having a very good season with 17 goals and 24 points in 60 games played.

You can hear TSN's Darren Dreger on the Instigators below: