from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey, The NHL’s Christmas trade freeze was lifted over two weeks ago but with the league’s Olympic trade freeze set for February 13 to 28ththat’s likely going to result in considerably more activity in the trade market than we’ve seen around this time in recent years.That also means the rumour mill is ramping up and as usual we’re seeing a share of wacky speculations.Ilya Kovalchuk to the Detroit Red Wings? Um, no, sorry, but GM Ken Holland has repeatedly stated this season was a transitional one for his franchise and could accept missing the playoffs rather than parting with his young players for a quick fix. Given the Wings limited cap space for next season and the need to re-sign several key players (not the least of which is team captain Nicklas...

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