Morning Rumors: Flyers, Rangers, Sabres, Canucks, Jets, Avs, Oilers, Preds, Habs and Hotstove video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Trade talk between teams has increased lately. Some GMs are thinking that even a small move may spark a struggling him.

    Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is willing to talk about anyone on roster, and he’s not the only one.The Rangers might be desperate enough to trade Michael Del Zotto.

    Among the Sabres who could be moved: Steve Ott, Christian Ehrhoff, Drew Stafford, Patrick Kaleta and Ryan Miller. Owner Terry Pegula has bought into plan to acquire draft picks and prospects.

    Daniel and Henrik Sedin initially asked for a five-year, $37.5 million extension. The Canucks didn’t want to go that long.

    Jets coach Claude Noel won’t be fired anytime soon. GM Kevin Chevaldayoff is looking to acquire more depth upfront.

    Avalanche GM Joe Sakic didn’t shop Steve Downie around the league. On league executive:  ”That was clearly a deal they wanted to do themselves. It was a fit for both teams.”

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish would like to acquire a top end defenseman. No sense that MacTavish will mortgage their future to get one.

    On Sabres Matt Moulson: ”They’ll be able to deal him to a contender at the deadline for a first-round pick,” said a league executive. “They might even get more than that. That’ll end up being a great trade for Buffalo in the end.”

    Talk that there could be changes in the future regarding Barry Trotz. Assistant Phil Housley could be the top candidate.

    The Canadiens may be willing to move center David Desharnais, but the problem is he has four years remaining with a cap of $3.5 million and zero goals this year.

  • Seth Rorabaugh: Asked Gary Bettman about potentially over-saturating the outdoor games by having six in one season: ”Six games out of 1,230 regular season games isn’t exactly oversaturation.” Bettman did add that they are trying to find a balance.
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Flyers/Sabres, possible rule change discussions, GM meetings agenda
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