A list of players which might interest the Rangers…Bruins aren’t finding many trade partners…Knuble to Sharks?….Blues could look within for offensive help…Oilers close to re-signing Andy Sutton?…Wild could shop Brad Staubitz.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard lists Coyotes winger Ray Whitney, Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina, Canadiens blueliner Hal Gill and Sabres winger Brad Boyes as possible trade targets for the NY Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kudos to Leonard for reporting a list of potential Rangers trade targets which makes sense, compared to some of the wild speculation currently out there (Rick Nash and Jeff Carter to Rangers! Zach Parise to Rangers in three-way trade!! Jarome Iginla to Blueshirts in shocker!!! Free unicorns for everyone!!!) in the blogosphere. As Leonard noted, these players currently aren’t available but could be if their respective teams fall out of playoff contention in the next two weeks. Certainly worth keeping an eye on. The Rangers won’t overspend, but I expect GM Glen Sather will make a move to add more depth to his scoring lines.

BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris reports there aren’t many potential trade partners for the Bruins at the present time, as there remain a large number of buyers and few sellers. Harris believes the Bruins could seek depth on defense, and listed Carolina’s Bryan Allen, Phoenix’s Adrian Aucoin, Calgary’s Scott Hannan, and the Islanders Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton as possible options. As for forwards, Harris listed Whitney, Calgary’s Lee Stempniak and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne as possibilities, while noting Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu might be unavailable.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Harris also deserves kudos for publishing a sensible listing of possible trade targets for the Bruins, all of which will depend upon how the teams those respective players currently toil for are doing in the standings by deadline day.

Could the Sharks have interest in Knuble?

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports Washington Capitals winger Mike Knuble might make sense as a trade target for the San Jose Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. If Knuble’s available, the Sharks – or another team – might land him with a draft pick.

BLUES.NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues could look to within to address their offensive needs, as GM Doug Armstrong wants to see how well his club performs when healthy. Forwards Andy McDonald and Alex Steen, currently sidelined by concussions, are expected to return to action soon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cited a report by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, claiming the Oilers are closing in on a one-year contract extension with defenseman Andy Sutton.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Wild are trying to trade winger Brad Staubitz, who recently cleared waivers, and could be sent down to their minor league affiliate.