The Chicago Blackhawks have received plenty of interest from a number of their counterparts for some of their current roster players.
Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been at the center of the rumor stage ever since the Hawks signed free agent goalie Cristobal Huet.
Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon has indicated that he's not actively shopping Khabibulin and is more than ready to start the 2008-09 season with both him and Huet between the pipes.
That hasn't stopped certain teams from calling, it appears.
According to reports, the Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators are among the teams interested in Khabibulin.
However, some of the rumors circulating around the hockey world are a little far fetched.
The Hawks need to shed some salary before the start of the new season, but Tallon has indicated that he doesn't necessarily have to move Khabibulin in order to get under the cap.
Defenseman Cam Barker has been dangled as trade bait for months, according to reports, dating back into the middle of the 2007-08 season.
With Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook in the backend, Barker (and his $2.736 million cap hit) is believed to be expendable.
According to a Chicago-based source, Barker's name has been aligned with Khabibulin's because if a team is to acquire the netminder's $6.75 million salary, they will need a younger stud in a deal to sweeten the pot.
While a major trade, or two, does not appear imminent, there is plenty of discussion, which could eventually lead to a move