Dreger: Teams are calling about Mikael Backlund, no surprise there, specifically the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are looking for a third line centre as well as a puck moving defenceman. Carolina has made an offer on Backlund but there's no fit there just yet. The Flames also need an age-comparable player in terms of their return.
LeBrun: Busy times in Carolina. The Hurricanes have a couple of players on their trade block including Tuomo Ruutu, Jiri Tlusty and Tim Gleason, who it sounds like will be the first player traded out of Carolina. Gleason has a contract with a couple more years left on it at $4 million but if they can move him, I believe then they could turn around and trade for a guy like John-Michael Liles. Liles has been parked in Toronto because of his contract. For the Hurricanes to take Liles, they need the Leafs to take Ruutu and Leafs currently have no interest in picking up that deal.
After looking things over, I came up with these two deals...
Toronto Receives: Tuomo Ruutu and Tim Gleason
Carolina Receives: John-Michael Liles Nikolai Kulemin
Calgary Receives: Jiri Tlusty, Riley Nash, Justin Peters
Carolina Receives: Mikael Backlund, Greg Nemisz (send to Charlotte)
Nathan Gerbe - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Patrick Dwyer - Jordan Staal - Nikolai Kulemin
Jeff Skinner - Mikael Backlund - Elias Lindholm
Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Radek Dvorak
Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore
Jay Harrison - Ryan Murphy
John-Michael Liles - Mike Komisarek
According to Darren Dreger (TSN's hockey insider), the Hurricanes also have interest in New York Rangers puck moving defenseman Michael Del Zotto (who is on the trading block). However, the Rangers are not interested in a Ruutu/Del Zotto trade at this point in time. Dreger also said that to his knowledge, Tim Gleason will be moved very soon.