Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are 11 days remaining until the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline (Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. ET), and NHL.com has all the important news, rumblings and analysis heading toward the deadline.
Here is a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:
David Backes has given the Bruins a list of eight teams he’ll accept a trade to, according to FOX Sports Midwest.
Backes was placed on waivers by the Bruins on Jan. 17 and was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League but it was agreed by the forward and the Bruins that he was not going to report.
Backes has three points (one goal, two assists) in 16 games and has one season remaining on the five-year, $30 million contract he signed July 1, 2016.
The Arizona Coyotes could use the days between now and the deadline to upgrade their goaltending.
Darcy Kuemper was supposed to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday after missing 20 games with a lower-body injury, but he had a setback at the morning skate, and his future is unknown.
“I honestly don’t know. It’s obviously not the next few days, I’ll put it that way,” coach Rick Tocchet said on “Doug & Wolf” on 98.7 FM Arizona on Wednesday. “Is it a week from now? Two? I don’t know.”
An intriguing option for the Coyotes, suggested by NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes during an appearance on the NHL @The Rink podcast, was potentially pursuing New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. In addition to Lundqvist, who has a has a no-trade clause in his contract, the Rangers have two goalies on the roster, rookie Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev. Rangers coach David Quinn on Thursday said Sheshterkin would be their No. 1 goalie moving forward.
The Coyotes (28-24-8) have a one-point lead on the Winnipeg Jets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
New York Islanders
Casey Cizikas will be out 3-4 weeks for the Islanders, which could impact their plans leading up to the deadline.
Cizikas, who was injured against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday joining linemate Cal Clutterbuck, who has been out since December with a wrist injury.
The Islanders are third in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, and two points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets, but with two forwards sidelined, Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello could be busy in the market.
Options for the Islanders include Jean-Gabriel Pageau of the Ottawa Senators, who can play center and kill penalties, Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils, and Derek Grant of the Anaheim Ducks, according to The Athletic.
The Islanders started a four-game road trip with a 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.
Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill told NHL.com, “We’re very comfortable where we’re at,” and doesn’t feel forced to do something ahead of the deadline.
“Now, is that going to change or am I going to get a call from a GM with a hockey trade that might make sense?” Nill said. “I’m always going to look at that. But I’m not in a situation where I’ve got to make a move for the sake of making a move.”
Nill made that statement before forward Alexander Radulov was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury Thursday.
Radulov was tied with forward Jamie Benn for second on the Stars with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists). Forward Jason Robertson was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League and the 20-year-old forward had an assist in his NHL debut, a 3-2 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
“We’re going to watch the next two weeks as the deadline approaches,” Nill said prior to the Radulov move. “Hopefully we stay healthy. If something happens, I might have to act. But right now I like our depth. I like the way we’re playing. Would I like to add something? We all would. If there’s something that comes out of nowhere and makes sense, yes, we’ll look at it. But it’s not something I have to do. So we’re going to analyze our team, analyze our market and go from there. But I’m definitely fine and encouraged by our team if we stand pat.”