Patrick Sharp

NHL teams expected to pick up trading pace over next week

Brendan Smith was planning to spend his bye week in Florida, trying to relax. It might be tough for him to truly get away.

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman, potentially an unrestricted free agent this summer, acknowledged he planned to keep an eye on Twitter because he may be a player the franchise moves this week ahead of the March 1 NHL trade deadline.

"If something happens, my agent will let me know or I'll see it on social media," Smith said Tuesday. "You guys are pretty quick on it."

Trades have been made at a slow trickle in recent days and weeks because a vast majority of teams in the league are at least in contention for a spot in the...