The NHL trade deadline is just weeks away, and teams are still negotiating with potential suitors about what the league can offer them in return for a player.
Here are five things you need to know before the deadline.
The Canucks are trying to make a deal: While the NHL’s trade deadline hasn’t yet been extended, it will be for several days.
In that time, there are no guarantees that any deals will happen, but teams have been working hard on their potential deals.
Here’s a look at the teams that could be in position to make an impact, as well as what they’re looking for.
The Sabres are one of the teams looking at a trade: The Sabres could potentially be in a position to trade for Ryan O’Reilly.
The 27-year-old winger is an unrestricted free agent and has four years remaining on his contract, which is $5.1 million per season.
O’ Reilly is in his prime and has an average annual production of 16 points, 5.1 goals and 17 assists for 27 points in 82 games with the Sabres this season.
He also has five years remaining in a deal worth $15.4 million per year.
If the Sabres decide to make the move, they’ll have to give up a draft pick.
The Blackhawks are looking to add a forward: The Blackhawks have been in talks with defenseman Brad Richards, but the team is not looking to trade him, according to Marc Crawford of The Athletic.
He said that a number of teams have expressed interest in Richards, who has a $4.4-million cap hit through 2021-22.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman has played just four games this season with Chicago, but Crawford said he’d like to see the team move on from Richards, and he said the team will be willing to consider trades for his services.
The Devils are looking at two forwards: The Devils were active in trade talks on Wednesday and are expected to have a deal in hand by the end of the day, according Chris Peters of The New York Post.
According to Peters, a deal involving defenseman Matt Moulson and forward Eric Staal could be coming together.
Staal has played three seasons with the New Jersey Devils and is expected to become a free agent in the offseason.
Moulsson has four seasons with Boston, which would make him the fourth-highest paid player in the league.
The Rangers are still looking for a winger: The Rangers have had discussions with defenseman Marc Staal about a deal, according Matt Cooke of The Hockey News.
Cooke added that the two sides have not had any negotiations yet.
The Ducks are one team still looking to make moves: The Ducks were active on Wednesday in the trade market, as were the Stars, Flyers and Islanders.
The three teams are expected hold talks on Friday, according Dan Rosenblum of ESPN’s First Take.
The Sharks are looking for some help on defense: The Sharks have been active in talks to trade defenseman Marcus Kruger and forward Jannik Hansen, according Ken Wiebe of The Associated Press.
Kruger, 25, is coming off a season in which he recorded 32 points and 57 penalty minutes in 75 games.
Hansen, 22, has seven points in 23 games for the Capitals this season and has been skating with the Sharks on a daily basis.
The Lightning are still trying to work out a deal for forward Matt Tennyson: The Lightning, who are in need of a defenseman after losing their top defenseman last season, are still in the process of making a deal to address a need, according Alex Prewitt of the Tampa Bay Times.
The Oilers are in the mix for a defenseman: The Oilers have been trying to get a defenseman for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and have been connected to several other players.
However, they are not in the final stage of talks and it is unclear if the club is looking to get anything in return, according Peter Alexander of the Edmonton Journal.
The Blues are looking in on a defenseman.
The St. Louis Blues have been involved in trade discussions with several other teams and are working on a deal with forward Dylan Strome, according Jeff Marek of the St. John’s Star-Ledger.
The Stars are trying out forwards.
The Winnipeg Jets have been interested in the Stars prospect and center Mattias Janmark, according Toon Hockey’s Matt Frew of The Winnipeg Sun.
The Bruins are looking into forward Justin Braun.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been linked to Braun, according John Shannon of NHL.com.
The Jets are looking toward defense.
The New Jersey Jets have a number a forwards in the pipeline, according Bryan Fischer of Sportsnet.
The Hurricanes are looking through defenseman Alex Galchenyuk.
The Carolina Hurricanes are working out Galchenyauk and have not made