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Trade Winds

PalmsThey are swirling right now, and Gary Roberts finds himself smack dab in the middle of the storm.

Canada's TSN is saying the Panthers have a deal in place for Gary, but it's not one of the two teams (OTT and TOR) he has said he'll lift his no-trade clause for. Speculation is it's Pittsburgh looking to swing the deal.

If so, that's a perfect place for Roberts to end up. Pittsburgh is young and talented, and getting Gary's veteran leadership in the playoffs would be key.

Also hearing rumors that Chris Gratton may be going back to where it all started in Tampa Bay. Gratts has another year left on his deal, so this one may be tough. Gratts isn't very popular in the greater Tampa area, so that too may sour the deal.

Florida also has a number of offers on the table regarding one Todd Bertuzzi. We'll see if any of them blow JM away. Haven't heard anything yet regarding Gelinas or Belfour.

It's 1:15 p.m. right now and I'm about to get on a plane to Washington DC (The Big Apple).

Any updates here will come from my Treo so they'll be short and to the point -- and no cool pictures.

ALSO: Alex Auld confirmed today that he needs surgery and is out for the rest of the season. Hate to say this because he's such a cool guy, but Alex may have played his last game for the Panthers.