The NHL season is moving towards the end of December and with a number of teams not exactly where they would like to be in the standings at this point, clubs could start looking to make trades and some names that have come up includes players like Paul Stastny, James Reimer, Ryan Callahan, Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi and some teams that could be looking to deal includes the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.
The Rangers have been slipping a bit in recent weeks and with the Maple Leafs in the middle of the pack, those are two teams that could make moves. Colorado has been one of the surprise teams in the west and there are reports that they could consider moving Stastny if the right deal came along. The same goes for the Rangers and their trio and while they are likely to keep those guys, it could change if certain deals are not worked out by the trading deadline on those players.
The Stanley Cup could be up for grabs this season and these moves could spark a team to do something. The 27 year old Stasny is a solid player and he could be a great option for a team like the Canadiens and the Denver Post reports that the team has been looking into him this year. All these names could be big grabs for teams as they try to deal before the deadline.
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In other NHL news from Reuters.com, the Boston Bruins will be without one of their players for a bit, as Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been suspended without pay for 15 games for punching Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during a National Hockey League (NHL) game a week ago, the league said on Saturday.
The incident, which resulted in Orpik sustaining a concussion, occurred during the first period of Boston's 3-2 home win against Pittsburgh on December 7 after Thornton pulled the unsuspecting Orpik to the ice.
Thornton then punched Orpik several times in the head before he was assessed a match penalty, ejected and immediately suspended.
"This cannot be described as a hockey play that went bad, nor do we consider this a spontaneous reaction to an incident that just occurred," the NHL said in a video link posted on its website.
"Rather, it is our view that this was an act of retribution for an incident that occurred earlier in the game. The result of this action by Thornton was a serious injury to Orpik."
Media reports after the game said Thornton was angry because Orpik's hit to Bruins forward Loui Eriksson during the first shift knocked the Bruins forward out of the game.
Thornton, who had a hearing with the league's player safety department in New York on Friday, expressed remorse for his actions.
"I feel awful," the Bruins forward told reporters after the December 7 game. "It wasn't my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie. I've gotten to know him over the last seven years here.
"I skate with him in the summer and through the lockout. I've texted him a couple times. It's not what I wanted to see or what anybody wanted to see."
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and based on his average annual salary, Thornton will forfeit $84,615.45 which will go to the players' emergency assistance fund.