In today’s selection of NHL trade rumors from the blogosphere: Is Eric Staal available? Do the Canucks have interest in Evgeni Nabokov? Enjoy!

BLEACHER REPORT: Mark Colvin, in a post on potential trade options for the Toronto Maple Leafs, brought up Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, suggesting the rise of young Jeff Skinner combined with Staal’s poor start to this season means the Hurricanes captain “is no longer an untouchable”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, Staal is off to a poor start, but it’s laughable to suggest he could be available. Skinner’s rise aside, Staal remains the Hurricanes leader and franchise player. One factor which may be contributing to his slow start is concern – perhaps some guilt? – over the status of his brother, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who remains sidelined by concussion symptoms believed to have originated with a hit Eric put on Marc during a game in late-March. Whatever the reason for Staal’s slow start, the Hurricanes – who are in need of offensive depth, and have been since the season started – aren’t moving him. 

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” recently reported a rumor the Vancouver Canucks were interested in NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, which if true would mean they might be getting ready to peddle Cory Schneider.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since this rumor appeared last Friday, we know the Islanders management claimed there’s no trades on their horizon, plus Nabokov claimed he has not been approached by management asking him to waive his “no-trade” clause. While the Canucks have been off to a slow start this season, they’ve shown signs of late they could be getting back on track, winning three of their last four games. The Canucks currently have no reason to move Schneider, let alone add Nabokov. Rest assured, if they were legitimately interested, Nabokov would waive that NTC in a heartbeat.