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Garrioch: Olympic roster freeze might spur GM's to shop early

01/26/2014 at 7:35am EST

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch discusses the players who've become the stars of the pre-trade deadline rumor mill in a trade-rumor-packed Sunday column, and he insists that at least some GM's will filling their shopping lists sooner than later:

With the Olympic roster freeze set to go into effect Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m., several league executives believe there may be a flurry of activity. “A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.” A lot of the teams at the top of the standings — Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Jose — want to be active, but thus far the movement has been limited. “There’s lots of talk,” said the executive.

He also suggests that the Winnipeg Jets' recent surge won't stop the team from moving "name" players:

Keep an eye on the Winnipeg Jets because we’ve been told by league sources that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been actively working the phones. Yes, the Jets are on the road to respectability under coach Paul Maurice, but that doesn’t mean Winnipeg doesn’t want to change its roster. Cheveldayoff hasn’t been pleased with how the club has performed and has spoken to several teams about a possible deal. The three trade targets on the Jets are: wingers Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane, and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien. Have been led to believe that not all three of those guys will be dealt and that the Jets will only play the trade chip with one of those three guys. This should be interesting to watch.

Garrioch continues at length...

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