New Jersey Devils
Kyle Palmieri continued to improve his stock, either for the Devils to re-sign him or trade him, by scoring his fourth goal in his past seven games in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.
Although the 30-year-old forward has been limited to eight goals in 33 games this season, he scored at least 24 goals in each of the past five seasons with New Jersey, including an NHL career-high 30 in 2015-16.
Potential suitors could include the New York Islanders, who lost forward Anders Lee to a season-ending knee injury, and the Bruins, who are looking for scoring beyond their top line of David Pastrnak (14 goals), Patrice Bergeron (10) and Brad Marchand (13). Palmieri has scored five goals in six games against Boston this season.
The Bruins were fourth in the NHL, allowing 2.34 goals per game, but 20th in scoring (2.66 goals per game), and coach Bruce Cassidy has hinted at their need for help offensively.
"I think we're a better defensive team makeup in terms of our roster anyways," Cassidy said after a 1-0 loss to the Devils on Sunday. "That's why our numbers are very good defensively. Offensively, we're not built to outscore teams."
Shayne Gostisbehere was assigned to the taxi squad by the Flyers after no team claimed the defenseman off waivers before noon ET on Wednesday.
This gives the Flyers some roster flexibility because players who clear waivers can play up to 10 games or remain on the NHL roster for up to 30 days without clearing again and remain eligible to be assigned to the taxi squad or the American Hockey League. If Gostisbehere, who has two seasons remaining on his contract, is assigned to the taxi squad or the AHL at any point during these 30 days, Philadelphia would also save some NHL salary cap space (a maximum of $1.075 million per player this season, according to the NHL/NHL Players' Association Collective Bargaining Agreement).
That could open enough cap space for the Flyers to add a player before the deadline. Being able to assign Gostisbehere to the taxi squad or AHL without putting him through waivers again also might make it more appealing for a team to trade for the 27-year-old because he would not have to be placed on the 23-player roster and could be called up when the roster limit is lifted after the deadline.
Gostisbehere has scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) and is minus-1 in 25 games and has been a healthy scratch for three this season, so he might benefit from a change of scenery.