Tuomo Ruutu, Ryan Malone wanted men by Eastern Conference Canadian teams

SportsNet’s HockeyCentral Trade Tracker panel recently analyzed the situation of three Canadian teams in the Eastern Conference heading into the February 27 trade deadline.

Here is a quick look at what they discussed (see video for more details):

The Montreal Canadiens are still undecided whether they’ll look to add to their roster or auction off some veterans. The Canadiens do have some players that playoff-bound clubs team may want, like Hal Gill and Travis Mowen.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill. Photo courtesy Flickr user bridgetds.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill. Photo courtesy Flickr user bridgetds.

In Ottawa, the rebuilding Senators will have to decide if they’re a buyer or a seller. Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Tuomo Ruutu may be a target, but they won’t overspend to get him — or anyone else.

The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t get a goaltender. But they will try to find a number one center, or a top-six winger — Tampa Bay Lightning’s Ryan Malone is at the top of their list, with San Jose Sharks’ Ryan Clowe, Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow, and Ruutu close behind.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Photo courtesy Flick user bridgetds.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Photo courtesy Flick user bridgetds.

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