Friday February 26th, 2016

By Justin Lee, Chat Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks may have already “won” the NHL trade deadline with days to go until Monday’s cutoff. On Thursday, Chicago finalized a four-player deal which netted them Winnipeg Jets star winger Andrew Ladd—a swap which also includes a cache of draft picks sent from Chicago to Winnipeg.

Ladd, 30, was widely considered as the best available rental option on the trade market. In the final season of a five-year, $22 million deal, Ladd has posted 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) and a -10 plus/minus.

Check out the latest NHL rumors and news below.

• The Vancouver Canucks are looking for a top blue-line prospect in any trade involving Dam Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata, reports Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province.

• The Minnesota Wild are “not looking to sell” in advance of Monday’s trade deadline, general manager Chuck Fletcher said according to Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

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• The Edmonton Oilers will likely have to retain some salary and lower their asking price if they want to trade Justin Schultz, according to Chris Nichols of Today’s Slapshot.

• P.A. Parenteau says that reports that he had been told by the Toronto Maple Leafs that he had be traded are false, reports Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

• The Montreal Canadiens are listening to trade offers for Max Pacioretty, according to Jimmy Murphy of

• It’s unlikely that the New York Islanders will trade Travis Hamonic before the deadline, according to Hamonic’s agent, Kevin Epp.

• Epp, also the agent for Arizona Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker, believes his client will be “moved to a contending team” before the deadline, according to Frank Seravelli of TSN.

• Carolina Hurricanes stalwart Eric Staal says he hasn’t yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.

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