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The Daily: Pros and Cons of Dealing Meier; Blues Shakeup?



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Don't rule out the Pittsburgh Penguins touching up their blue line before the trade deadline. There's a lot of chatter out there.

The countdown to the March 3 trade deadline has begun. It’s t-minus 14 days and counting. And teams are starting to analyze, second guess and finalize their trade deadline moves. The St. Louis Blues, for example, are doing some thinking.

Here’s what’s happening out there:

San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng takes a hard look about where the Sharks are at about the decision to trade Timo Meier. Remember, he’s not going to be a UFA this summer. He’s going to be a RFA.

Heavyweight TSN looked at the St. Louis Blues situation and concluded they may be willing to trade defensemen. That could mean Colton Parayko and Nick Leddy. The Blues are also expected to move Ryan O’Reilly and some role players.

The latest on Erik Karlsson and Jakob Chychrun? It comes from Elliotte Friedman in his latest “32 Thoughts” He is usually on top of what’s happening.

Meanwhile, the latest on the Canadiens, Penguins and Avalanche trade possibilities are with the team reports below.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Suddenly, the Red Wings have a swagger like they are a top team. Confidence is at the heart of their five-game winning streak.

GM Steve Yzerman is starting to look ahead to his 2023-24 roster and he decided Olli Maatta is part of the rebuild. He gave him a two-year contract extension.

Defenseman Simon Edvinsson will definitely be part of the Red Wings’ lineup next season. He posted a four-point game for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (26-20-8) take a five-game winning streak into a Saturday meeting with the Seattle Kraken. The Kraken own the NHL’s 10th-best record, but they have lost four of their last six and 4-4-2 in their last 10.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Boston Bruins took care of business against the Nashville Predators. The playoffs can’t get here soon enough for the Bruins. Boston Bruins.

Calgary: Steve Macfarlane of CHN explores whether the attitude is wrong with the Calgary Flames.

Colorado: In case you’ve forgotten, here is Evan Rawal’s take on Colorado Avalanche players available before the March 3 trade deadline. Colorado Avalanche. 

Florida: Panthers strengthen their playoff hopes with an important win against the Washington Capitals. Florida Panthers. 

Montreal:  The Canadiens are running out of time to showcase Sean Monahan before the trade deadline. Are they going to be able to move him? Montreal Canadiens. 

New York:  Stefen Rosner goes 1-one-1 with Bo Horvat to discuss his adjustment to playing with the Islanders. Moving across the border from West Coast to East Coast was never going to be easy. New York Islanders. 

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski drills deep in his exploration of what the Penguins might do before the trade deadline. What’s GM Ron Hextall up to? Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Washington: The Capitals, dealing with Alex Ovechkin’s absence, lost a big game to Florida. T.J. Oshie scrapped with Matthew Tkachuk. “What are we waiting for,” he asked.  Washington Capitals.