So far, the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings are on opposite sides of the puck when it comes to free-agent winners and losers, writes Scott Burnside.
Despite all of the trade rumors surrounding Ilya Kovalchuk, the Thrashers star was skating at practice and preparing for another game with Atlanta. And none of it makes any sense.
The Stars lost another key player for the foreseeable future. It might suggest they will be looking to go shopping between now and the March 4 trade deadline. Not so, says one of their GMs.
After signing top defenseman Dan Boyle to a contract extension at the trade deadline last February, new ownership in Tampa is now actively shopping Boyle and has given his agent permission to contact other teams about working out a trade as well.
The trade deadline isn't that far away. If NHL general managers need some advice, Scott Burnside says just look at past deals. It may be better to deal sooner rather than later.