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NHL trade deadline notebook: Backes reportedly drawing interest from teams, Hall staying put in Arizona

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You’ve all heard the names by now. 

Chris Kreider. Tyler Toffoli. Josh Anderson. Kyle Palmieri. Ilya Kovalchuk. 

All talented wingers poised to be trade bait ahead of the Feb. 24 deadline. All players that, in some shape or form, have been linked to the Bruins.

At this point, it seems like a given that the Bruins will be plunging headfirst into the madness that is deadline day — with Don Sweeney and Co. working the phones in an effort to finally secure some stability to David Krejci’s right. 

Elsewhere across the league, other names continue to pop up as high-value targets.

Cup contenders in need of blue-line help continue to be linked to skaters such as L.A.’s Alec Martinez or New Jersey’s Sami Vatanen. Teams looking for support down the middle are honing in on the likes Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau or San Jose’s Joe Thornton. 

And teams on the prowl for assets might have found their cash cow in ... David Backes?

It actually makes plenty of sense.