But for free agents Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford, the market is heating up, at least according to their agent Steve Bartlett.
”I do feel optimistic that something will come through for both of these guys in the next week or two,” Bartlett said in an interview with Buffalo’s WGR 550.
“And I think definitely the temperature has risen from teams around the league on both players.”
But with Detroit’s cap crunch it seems as though a deal will be unlikely.
The Boston Bruins have been keeping in contact with Stafford, whom they acquired at last season’s trade deadline, but Stafford may have to settle for a professional tryout instead.