New York Rangers v New York Islanders

With the official NHL trade deadline set for 3 PM ET on Wednesday April 3rd, rumors have been picking up over the last few days involving almost every club in the league.

According to the Daily Herald, the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders may be discussing a deal involving forward Frans Nielsen and possibly Mark Streit. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was reportedly being discussed before New York signed him to a new two year deal worth $9.5 million this week.

The Blackhawks may be looking for help on defense, which would explain their interest in Visnovsky and Streit. The addition of Nielsen would be cost efficient as he only has a $2.75 million cap hit through thr 2015-16 season. According to the report, Chicago could also be interested in the Sabres’ Robyn Regehr, Avalanche Ryan O’Byrne or Oilers’ Ryan Whitney.

On the year, the Blackhawks have 53 points, good for first in the Western Conference, while the Islanders have 35 points, tied with Rangers, but good for ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Nielsen on the year has three goals and 15 assists in 35 games, while Streit has five goals and 12 assists in the same number of games.