Team by team breakdown of cap space, needs, and guys on the block.
Rumors are flying.
Fans of NHL rumor sites are going bananas trying to track the stories — some of them wild — about possible trades as Thursday’s deadline approaches. Playoff teams are making a push for a player or two to push them into the postseason. Teams outside the mix are potential targets for salary dumps and ditching players in the last year of their contracts.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik got off easy compared to Erik Cole.
Orpik, who delivered a hit from behind that knocked out Cole for the rest of the regular season, was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Monday.