NHL Trade Rumour Roundup: Curtis Lazar on the move?

Capitals analyst Alan May discusses with Hockey Central at Noon crew what Kevin Shattenkirk adds to an already almost perfect roster, saying everyone in Washington is ecstatic.

It’s the day before the NHL trade deadline, and rumours continue to fly.

Kevin Shattenkirk’s move to Washington capped a busy day of trades on Monday that also saw Alex Burrows join the Ottawa Senators and Brian Boyle become a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We saw plenty more transactions go down earlier Tuesday, including Brendan Smith to the Rangers and Viktor Stalberg to Ottawa.

So, who’s left?

As we continue to digest and dissect the deals already done, here’s a roundup of trade rumours still circulating on Tuesday.

Curtis Lazar

The Ottawa Senators have been busy, bringing in Burrows on Monday and adding Viktor Stalberg a day later in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.

That’s two forwards in about 24 hours. Suddenly, the Senators are flush up front, meaning Curtis Lazar might be the odd man out.

According to Senators beat reporter Bruce Garrioch, there are offers.

Lazar’s name has been brought up in rumour roundups past, though nothing has been pressing up until this point.

The forward got a late start to the season and has struggled to catch up, with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noting earlier this month that the Senators feel he is “not going to be the offensive point player that they hoped for him when they drafted him.”

Matt Duchene

The Colorado Avalanche hold two of the biggest names on the market right now, but will they make a move?

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported the price for Matt Duchene earlier this month:

“Joe Sakic is wanting as many as three pieces: a top draft pick, a prospect, and maybe even a top defenceman,” he said.

That price remains high, according to Elliotte Friedman.

“They’re telling everyone they’re not changing what they want,” Friedman said during Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada Headlines segment. “Three or four pieces, depending on the age. A young defenceman or a goaltender. And they have told everybody, if they don’t get what they want, they’ll take it to the end of the season.”

Though specifics haven’t surfaced, Islanders beat writer B.D. Gallof said on Tuesday that New York was willing to pay up for Duchene, but that Colorado was “not biting.”

Gallof released a string of tweets on the topic Tuesday morning:

Ryan Miller

Many had the Vancouver Canucks as sellers going into the deadline, and they proved the hockey world right with the Burrows trade Tuesday afternoon.

Next up on the trading block could be goalie Ryan Miller. Friedman reported Saturday night that the netminder was one of two players to submit a list of teams to which they would agree to be traded (Jannik Hansen was the other).

While we don’t know which teams were on each player’s list, we do know there’s a decent demand for netminders out there. And now that Ben Bishop is off the block and into Los Angeles, we could see more Miller rumours.

TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie named Pacific Division rivals Calgary and San Jose as two possibilities.

ESPN’s Craig Custance, however, pointed out that a Flames deal seems unlikely.

Jaroslav Halak

Speaking of goalies, multiple reports—including Sportsnet’s John Shannon—are indicating that Jaroslav Halak will be on the move. He’s being targeted by teams eying a reliable backup netminder.

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