Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic is a very popular guy these days, and with two weeks until the March 1 trade deadline, his popularity is only going to increase.
Teams have been calling Sakic about a number of his players, including Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla, and Sakic is willing to listen.
But at this point in time, that's all he's doing. Well, that and doing his due diligence.
"There have been a lot of conversations about a lot of different things," Sakic told the Denver Post. "We're in this position, so we're certainly not going to be buyers at the deadline. We're going to listen to offers for our (upcoming unrestricted free agents). That's where we're at. We want to start our rebuilding process and get younger. I'm not looking to do something big. If something happens, I will listen to get exactly what we want to help the team in the future, and we'll certainly listen and think about it. But if not, I'm continuing to go into the summer and see how we can improve in the summer. There's no real deadline that way. But we'll look at all options to get better."
Iginla, defenseman Fedor Tyutin and forwards Rene Bourque and John Mitchell are set to become unrestricted free agents July 1 and could all be moved by the deadline.
Sakic sparked further speculation when he attended a Bruins game on Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston and the Harvard-Boston University Beanpot final Monday, but indicated he was simply doing his homework.
"I'm not going to make a deal just to make a deal," he said. "If it's the best possible deal for us long term, we'll look at that possible deal and make that decision. But it's not going to be something for now. It's not going to be, 'Let's do it and shake things up.' It has to be what's best for the Avalanche."
With respect to Duchene and Landeskog, Sakic insists he isn't the one initiating conversations, suggesting other teams are stirring the pot and trying to pry those players away from the Avs.
"I'm not the one talking about it," he said. "I'm not the one starting it. I will say that where we are at, it's going to be talked about. It makes sense for people to see where the Avalanche are and start talking different players. That's probably a compliment to those guys. Because they're really good players and you're not going to talk about players who aren't really good."
Sakic seems willing to move Duchene and Landeskog, if teams are willing to meet his very high prices.
To date, nobody has been close and the Avs are in no rush to move either player -- those specific discussions could also take place in the off-season, where teams have more flexibility around the salary cap.
Sakic and the Avalanche will remain busy leading up to the deadline, and all signs point to them completing a few moves by then, but how many and which stars, if any, are included, is anybody's guess.