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Quick Hits: Perry, Lecavalier, Campbell, Penguins, Michalek, Enstrom, Kostitsyn and Laich

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: “Does the Corey Perry deal mean the squeeze on the NHL’s middle class is on until the cap goes up? Short answer: Yup. Best will get cash.”
  • Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier has a broken bone in his left foot. He’s been on the IR since last Thursday. There is no date set for his return.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: The Stars have recalled goalie Jack Campbell from the AHL and assigned Richard Bachman.
  • Dave Molinari via twitter: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma confirms that Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang won’t be in the lineup tonight.
  • Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets Tobias Enstrom said there is still no timetable for his return. Hopes to be back soon. He hasn’t had any setbacks since getting back on the ice.
  • Josh Cooper via twitter: Predators coach Barry Trotz on whether Sergei Kostitsyn would be in the lineup: ”Absolutely not.”
  • Katie Carrera via twitter: (H/T to Bobby Foster) Capitals Brooks Laich will make his season debut tonight against the Penguins. Laich has been out with groin injury.

    “I’m not trying to get things out of proportion here. I’m focusing on winning a hockey game,” Laich said. “I just want to make a seamless transition to be part ofF

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Audio from Weber’s agent, Visnovsky’s agent, Scott Howson press conference and Rick Nash video

  • Fan 590 Audio: Shea Weber’s agent, Kevin Epp, on Prime Time Sports.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Lubomir Visnovsky’s agent, Neil Sheehy, on Prime Time Sports saying the Ducks didn’t have the right to trade him due to his no-trade clause.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s conference call discussing the Rick Nash trade.
  • Rick Nash speaks with the media


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Sunday morning notes: Bruins-Caps trade, Brodeur, Parise, Hasek, Setoguchi, Klefbom, Penner, Stastny, Leafs, Isles and Zuccarello

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: There are 4 likely scenarios for Zach Parise: He stays with the Devils, he signs with the Red Wings, he signs with the Rangers, and he signs with the Wild. The Rangers know they’d give up much less to sign Parise than trade for Rick Nash. Matheson ranks it Wings, Rangers, Devils and Wild. If the Rangers sign Parise, they may look to move Brandon Dubinsky and his $4.2 million cap hit for the next 3 years. Matheson isn’t buying the Dominik Hasek return, and that he wouldn’t come back to be a backup. Matheson thinks teams should look at sending Capitals John Carlson an offer sheet. Wild’s Devin Setoguchi may become expendable as they have some prospects coming and coach Mike Yeo wasn’t happy with his play last season. Oilers prospect Oscar Klefbom will stay in Sweden for one more year. Matheson wonders if the Wild would consider signing Dustin Penner. GM Chuck Fletcher was with Ducks on 2007. Matheson thinks the Avalanche should be offering up Paul Stastny to the Coyotes, maybe for Brandon Gormley and another piece like Mikkel Boedker.
  • Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs will be looking for a veteran goalie. Trading for Roberto Luongo is one option. Dave Nonis on if Dominik Hasek could be an option:

    “I think we’re looking for a veteran — I don’t know if we’re looking for that much of a veteran,”

    “We’re going to explore (acquiring a veteran goaltender) as far as we can,” Nonis said. “I don’t think you ever want to guarantee that you’re going to find something because you never know what’s going to become available. But our objective is to see what becomes available and then measure that against what we have in net at this point.”

    UFA options could be Tomas Vokoun, Scott Clemmensen, Martin Biron and Alex Auld. Through the trade market, Tim Thomas and Jonathan Bernier could be options.

  • BD Gallof via twitter: History shows that the Islanders don’t select defenseman when they pick in the top 10. 0 since 2006. Gallof expects the Islanders to draft a forward at #4 and a Dman later.
  • Mike Johnson of Sportsnet: Dave Nonis said the Maple Leafs Ben Scrivens won’t change the Leafs search for a veteran goalie, and he’d be surprised if they went with a Reimer-Scrivens combo. Nonis added: (complete audio of Nonis interview)

    “The UFA market, there are some pieces there that might be able to help (but) generally you don’t want to build your team with UFAs. Not because it’s not good players there, but you’ve got to spend more, generally, for those players,” Nonis explained.

    “For us, yes we’ll look at (unrestricted free agency), we’ll probably jump in for a couple pieces, but overall we’re going to approach the trade market as a primary source of improvement.”


Getzlaf and Ryan want to stay … Lots of ‘Canes are available … ‘Hawks looking for trades … Feaster beside himself … Burke Audio

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Both Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan have said they want to stay in Anaheim and be part of the solution. Bobby Ryan on GM Murray’s comments from Wednesday night:

    “Obviously he wanted to light a fire,” Ryan said. “Absolutely. But I think the underlying message is, ‘Listen guys, if you don’t make a run, if you don’t do something here to win some games and salvage some of the season right now, then trades are going to be happen.

    “At some point, we all have somebody to answer to, right? I’m sure he’s going to be pushed in a direction at some point as well. I think it’s the three of us [Getzlaf, Ryan and Perry] and whoever else has to grab hold of this right now and make a run.”

    Getzlaf on Murray’s comments:

    “I want to be part of it more than anything,” he said. ”In junior, I played for the same team my whole career and I kind of imagined the same things when I came here and still do. I don’t want to put Murph in a situation where he has to do something like that.”

  • Luke DeCock of Raleigh News & Observer: If the Hurricanes are going to trade defenseman Bryan Allen, they’ll have to get him to waive his no-trade clause. Allen joins Tim Gelason, Tuomo Ruutu, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jaroslav Spacek as players that will be surrounded by trade rumors until the trade deadline day on Feb. 27th.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has a knee injury that will keep him out for awhile, possibly longer than his 7 game suspension. Even before Carcillo’s injury, GM Bowman has been looking for trades possibilities.

    “We’ve been looking for a while,” said Bowman, who added that a defenseman and/or center would be on his wish list. “If you were to talk to the other general manager’s — and I’ve talked to a lot of them recently — they’re looking for centermen and defensemen as well. Those are the positions that are most in demand.”

  • Eric Stephens via twitter: The Ducks are hoping that Gordon and Smaby clear waivers today so they can be assigned to Syracuse.
  • Josh Rimer via twitter: After getting blown out 9-0 last night … Flames GM Jay Feaster was “beside himself” and it was possible that a trade could have went down.
  • Brian Burke Audio: Press conference with the Maple Leafs GM talking about Colton Orr clearing waivers, rats and the state of the game. Sean Fitz-Gerald vai twitter: Burke on trade talk details: “it’s classified. I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: 11 scouts from 10 teams were watching the Maple Leafs – Jets game last night. The Oilers had 2 there.


Modano retires … Doughty rumors false … Leafs looking at Turris … Richards to play tomorrow … Lombardi and Lamoriello audio

  • Mike Modano on facebook: Modano retires from the NHL. “After a long summer of thinking about my future, I’ve come to the decision that it’s time to retire as a player from the NHL. There’s way too many people to thank here at this time and too much to say, so I have a press conference scheduled for early Friday afternoon. Check back Friday late afternoon for more. What a great ride it’s been!”
  • Helene Elliott via twitter: Rumors that Drew Doughty was in Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s office are false. Lombardi was in Phoenix on Tuesday with the split-squad team and wasn’t in the office on Wednesday.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox says that the Maple Leafs may be interested in Coyotes RFA Kyle Turris, especially if Matthew Lombardi doesn’t continue to make progress. There have been some preliminary discussions on the possibility of adding Turris between the teams. Turris’ agent may be the driving force in any discussions that have taken place. Cox thinks it would probably cost Tyler Bozak to get Turris. Bozak carries a $1.5 million cap hit, Turris’ is asking for $3-4 million. According to Coyotes GM Don Maloney, “(His) position is just so illogical from our standpoint.”
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will be a UFA at seasons end. Kronwall would like to stay in Detroit. GM Ken Holland and Kronwall’s agent have had brief talks on an extension.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: Sean Couturier’s entry level deal carries a $1.375 million cap hit, including a $450,000 bonus each year.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will likely play in the final 3 preseason games but not before.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ben Eager suffered a concussion and some whiplash after colliding with teammate Kirill Tulupov on Sunday. The Oilers sent Tyler Bunz, David Musil, Jeremie Blain and Brandon Davidson back to junior.
  • Steve Zipay via twitter: Brad Richards, who’s been bothered by a bad groin, will probably skate today and play tomorrow.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets goalie Mark Dekanich could be out 4 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Portzline notes that it may be a mild injury, high ankle sprains can take months to heal.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: UFA goalie Marty Turco says “I’ll be ready if something happens.” Turco is training with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Kings GM Dean Lombardi talks with Darren Millard and Doug MacLean about Drew Doughty.
  • Fan 590 Audio: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello talks with Bob McCown and Damien Cox about pre-season hockey and possible rule changes.

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Some audio on Belak and fighting in hockey … Grabovski may have played with mild concussion … Flames looking for a #1 center

  • Team 990 Audio: PJ Stock talking about Wade Belak “there’s a lot more that’s gonna come out of the story.” May be more accidental than suicide. Stock also talks about fighting in hockey. (It’s well worth a listen). George Laraque in the Globe and Mail on “The new problem in the NHL.” CBC Sports: Belak’s mother confirms that he battled depression but thought he had control of it. (audio interview with his mom can be viewed at the CBC link, no embed option with the video.)
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski credits Zdeno Chara hits last year on improving his play, which also may have given him a mild concussion.

    “Zdeno Chara, too. I don’t have very good memories of Chara from last year. I think he has made me faster, he made me pay more attention to hits, to be more maneuverable.”

    “Well, I think I had a mild concussion, he said. “But I recovered pretty quickly. And now I am feeling absolutely fine.”

  • Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News: 2 people have said that Tom Gaglardi has submitted a bid to buy the Dallas Stars. September 14th a prepackaged bankruptcy plan is to be presented to the court.
  • Katie Strang of Newsday: Islanders forward Frans Nielsen is heading into his contract year and if he hits the open market, plenty of GMs will be interested. Nielsen says that,

    “I’d love to stay here for many more years,”

    “I think it will be the most amazing thing to have been here since Day 1 of this rebuild, to go through all those tough times, and turn it around and win a Stanley Cup, hopefully very soon,” Nielsen said. “I think that would make it even more fun to win.”

  • Thomas Reed via twitter: The Blue Jackets have held no negotiations with Jared Boll or Derek Dorsett who both will be RFAs after the 2012-13 season.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Calgary Flames president Ken King. When asked which number 1 center the team is currently targeting,

    “I’m not going to sit here and say that we have a legitimate No. 1 centreman. We don’t. We have players who can slot in there. But we’re still obviously searching and we’re in the market for a No. 1 centre.”

    King on what the plans are with the cap room created with the Regehr and Langkow trades,

    “We still have about $3.6 million worth of cap space. We are looking to improve our hockey club every single day. Whether we do something before training camp or there’s an opportunity on the waiver wire or there’s an opportunity during the season or at the trade deadline, I can assure you that ownership has given us a budget . . . we’re permitted to be a cap(-max) team.”

  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild forward Guillaume Latendresse only made it in 11 games last year after arriving in training camp out shape, has worked his “butt off” this summer and improved his nutrition. “My nutrition was really a big key this summer. I like to eat. Everybody knows it. Sometimes it can be a battle for me, but I’ve been good with it and I feel really good on the ice.”"

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Doughty hasn’t heard from Kings since late June … Brodeur to play out deal … NHL Realignment … Plenty of interest in Blues … Jets have 8 RFAs

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Drew Doughty’s side hasn’t heard from the Kings since June 23rd. The Kings are believed to have offered a 9 year deal worth more than $6.5 million per season.

    “I think he’d be happy to stay if we agree upon terms that are acceptable to him,” Meehan said. “And those are our instructions, to negotiate with L.A. on that basis to secure something that he’d be happy with.”

    There isn’t really any salary comparables for Doughty. They may be waiting for Shea Weber’s deal to get done, he has an arbitration date set for August 2nd.

    “I know how important Drew Doughty is to the Los Angeles Kings on a going-forward basis,” Meehan said. “I think that’s something that they’re very well aware of and they know what they have to do. And I’m sure at the appropriate time we’ll all get together and have further discussions.”

  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur isn’t interested in signing a contract extension as he plans on playing out the final year of his contract.

    “I’m going to go through the season first, and then see. I’m going to play out this year,” Brodeur told The Post.

  • Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun: Re-alignment could find the Jets in the Central division next year with the Wild, Blackhawks, Predators, Blues, Stars and possibly the Blue Jackets. The Pacific division could include the Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Sharks, Kings, Ducks and the Avalanche. The Red Wings and the Blue Jackets would like to move to the East.
  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Interest in buying the Blues has picked up over the past 10 days, with 5 groups listed as “very interested parties.” A date has been set to give all interested parties time to do their homework to see if they want to put in a bid for the team. The purchase would include the team, management contracts on the Scottrade Center and their AHL team Peoria. 70% share in the team is up for sale.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Teemu Selanne had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee 2 weeks ago, and has begun light skating.

    “His kids are at camp and he’s out there skating with them,” Murray said. “He feels fine. He said, ‘OK, let’s talk next week like we always planned.”

    The Ducks  are also awaiting word on Jonas Hiller who is expected to face some shots during a Francois Allaire goalie camp.

  • Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press: After Tomas Vokoun decided he didn’t want to re-sign with the Panthers, he didn’t receive that much interest,

    “I did not get a single offer. No one! Then at the end came the Detroit and Washington. That was all.”

    Vokoun’s role with the Red Wings would have been in the backup role to Jimmy Howard.

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Blake Wheeler and the Jets are still talking about about a new contract for the right winger. Wheeler made $2.2 million last season, scoring 18 goals. From his agent, Matt Keator,

    “Still talking. We agree to disagree on some points, but both sides trying hard to reach an agreement.”

    The Jets have other RFAs they need to re-sign as well: Zach Bogosian, Brett Festerling, Arturs Kulda, Spencer Machacek, Ben Maxwell, Riley Holzapfel and Kenndal McArdle.

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Pens and Wings may be favorites for Jagr … Stars still trying to trades Richards rights … Coyotes looking for a goalie … NHL Draft rumors

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Jagr still hasn’t made a decision, and doesn’t know how long it will take. He said great things about Pittsburgh and Detroit.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Dallas Stars are still attempting to move Brad Richards rights,

    “We continue to chip away here,” Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told on Tuesday. “Our intention is to move his rights and hope to do that prior to the draft here.”

    Nieuwendyk wouldn’t give up much, but they may have an offer for Richards. They would have to convince Richards to waive his no-movement clause. The Stars would like to bring Jamie Langenbrunner back, but only a reasonable price. The Predators and Shea Weber continue to work on a new deal. They offered him salary arbitration, so no other team can give him an offer sheet. There hasn’t been any talks between Josh Gorges and the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning and UFA Sean Bergenheim are not close.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Coyotes GM Don Maloney is making a list of his goalie options.

    “There are several different options that we’re exploring, from young up-and-comers that are going to cost assets to acquire, to searching the UFA market to see who might be the right fit for us, to talking to some NHL teams,” Maloney told “There’s three or four goaltenders that we might have interest in where the team in question might want to make a change. So really, the factors we’re looking at are acquisition cost, contract term, contract amount and age of the player.

    “That’s all being evaluated and discussed. At some point, we’ll make a decision; at some point, we will have a goalie here. We’re just not there yet in regards to which way we want to go here.”

    Goalies on his list could be free agents Tomas Vokoun, Jose Theodore, Marty Turco, JS Giguere, Ty Conklin, Mike Smith, Pascal Leclaire, Ray Emery, and Brian Boucher. On the trade side of things, Jonathan Bernier, Cory Schneider or Evgeni Nabokov. They are not close to signing any of their free agents which includes: UFAs Ed Jovanovski, Radim Vrbata, Vern Fiddler, and Eric Belanger, as well as RFAs Keith Yandle, Kyle Turris, Mikkel Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski.

  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers GM Tambellini said there has been some new trade talk regarding Sheldon Souray. A return to Edmonton is “not a likely scenario.”
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues are looking to make a deal to improve their roster. Anybody is likely available except Pietrangelo, Stewart, Backes, and Berglund.
  • Ryan Kennedy via twitter: 2 sources have told Kennedy that the Oilers could be looking to trade down from the 1st overall pick, with Florida a likely trade partner. Adrian Dater via twitter: Hearing chatter that Oilers and Panthers talking about swapping picks.
  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: The Panthers are interested in drafting a center and would like to get there hands on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins if available, followed by Jonathan Huberdeau.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater thinks the Avalanche could draft Huberdeau at #2. Tomas Fleischmann still hasn’t been medically cleared, and the Avs haven’t said anything regarding his UFA status. Peter Mueller will be in training camp.
  • Katie Strang of Newsday: The NY Islanders will draft the best player available at #5. GM Garth Snow,

    “You don’t always know how it’s going to unfold,” Snow told Newsday in a recent telephone interview. “If there is an opportunity to trade up or down, we’d be open to anything like that.”

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Crosby progressing … Parise possible for next week, Devils could offer arbitration … Varlamov to KHL? Audio of Recchi’s comments about Pacioretty’s injury

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Sidney Crosby has increased his intensity at practice, but management is taking the cautious approach. Teammates have said he has looked “mentally and physically sharp”. Crosby still needs to get medical clearance to take part in full practices. “Again, there’s no timetable for a progression from that standpoint,” Bylsma said. “He’s always in contact with the doctors, and his daily schedule is set in the morning.”
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Zach Parise is expected to ask for medical clearance this week, with a possible return to the lineup late next week if all goes well. Parise will be a RFA after this season and a it’s likely the Devils will offer arbitration, which would eliminate the option a team signing him to an offer sheet. If he signed a one year deal, he’ll be a UFA after next season.
  • Dmity Chesnokov via twitter: Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov’s Russian agent said that Varlamov (a RFA) is considering offers from the KHL, “a few elite KHL clubs are interested in Semyon” and that he’s “is considering the possibility.”
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The NHL reportedly asked the KHL for $2-3 million to have the Washington Capitals and NY Rangers play 2 exhibitions in Russia next year, the KHL said nyet. KHL president Alexander Medvedev said it was too much for them.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was activated off the IR yesterday and backed up Ray Emery last night. There is a chance he starts tonight against Nashville.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: With all the changes and influx of young players in Ottawa, Cory Clouston might be auditioning still for next year, “I’m just trying to win hockey games,” he said Wednesday. “I’m trying to improve our team.” “I’m trying to help these young guys get better. I’m trying to help the older guys get better. I’m trying to create a team environment, to create a team atmosphere that’s conducive to moving the team forward.” Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, Marek Svatos, Craig Anderson and Milan Michalek should all be ready to go tonight.

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Injury updates involving Sens, Sharks, Capitals, Lightning … Audio involving Matt Cooke suspension

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Capitals forward Brooks Laich, who’ll be a UFA on July 1st. But he also thinks the Capitals will give him a raise on his $2.4 million salary to keep him in Washington.
  • Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators could be getting Milan Michalek back this week, likely on Thursday against the Rangers. He’s been out since Feb. 26th with a broken foot. Sergei Gonchar will be out for at least a week with a concussion.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Jason Arnott’s ‘undisclosed injury’ appears to be a groin injury, which has kept him out of the last 3 games, he’s still listed as week-to-week. Alex Ovechkin will rest for 7-10 days. Eric Fehr will play sometime over the next 3 games. John Erskine thinks he’ll be ready to go tonight. The Caps don’t know when Mike Green will be able to return from his concussion. Michal Neuvirth will get the start for the Capitals tonight against the Flyers.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Steve Downie and Ryan Malone are wearing no-contact jersey’s at the Lightning’s practice yesterday. Downie has missed 8 games with knee and ankle problems, but could be ready to go on Friday. Malone has been out for 17 games with a mid-body injury, but could be ready next week. Simon Gagne (neck) could be in lineup tonight, Friday for-sure.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that Pascal Leclaire won’t be back with the team next season. They want Robin Lehner to develop in the AHL next year. The Sens are not sure yet if they’ll bring back Curtis McElhinney.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: CSKA President Slava Fetisov confirms they are talking to Andy Murray and Mike Keenan about coaching the team.
  • Even Drexler of the Miami Herald: Panthers forward Sergei Samsonov has played well of late for the team, and they may consider re-signing him. The Panthers won’t name a captain until next season, Bryan McCabe was their captain before he was traded.
  • Fan 590 audio: Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks Matt Cooke and what it means for the Penguins.
  • Fan 590 audio: Glen Healy talks with Bob McCown and Damian Cox about Matt Cooke and impact it will  have on Penguins and rest of the league.

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Audio and Video rumor reports … Richards won’t return before Deadline Day … Atlanta Division problems and fixes

  • Darren Dreger Audio on Team 990 : (Feb. 24th) Dreger talks Brad Richards, Peter Stastny’s comments, Ottawa Senators, Nik Zherdev, Craig Rivet, Marek Svatos, Ales Hemsky asking price, Andrei Kostitsyn, and John-Michael Liles
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: The Leafs are looking for a Dman, but won’t overpay for it. Sens GM Bryan Murray has talked to Chris Phillips’ agent about possible contract extensions, though he could still waive his no-trade clause and be moved out. The Canadiens could have an interest in Bryan McCabe. The Canucks may need to add a 3rd/4th line center. Though there’s interest in Smid, Penner, and Hemsky, nothing is imminent. The Flames may look to add a forward.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Brad Richards hasn’t skated since Feb. 13th and is suffering concussion-like symptoms. GM Nieuwendyk does not expect Richards to play a game before Monday’s trade deadline, and that he’s not shopping him around. “It’s the same answer it has been. Our first priority is to re-sign Brad Richards to a long-term contract. That is what we would like to do,” Nieuwendyk said. “However, we have to be open to any possibility and we have to be open to situation that could improve our team.”
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: The Daily News has learned that the Brad Richards is likely staying in Dallas as the team is said to be buyers and not sellers. If the Stars decide to move him, and he waives his no-trade, the Rangers may not be willing to part with the young players the Stars want in return. The Rangers are more likely to look for low cost veteran rental.
  • Tim Seppa (hockey prospectus) on ESPN: Seppa looks at “Problems” and “Fixes” for the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia Flyers: Problem is goaltending, with Tomas Vokoun as a possible fix. Pittsburgh Penguins: Problem with Penguins is the 2nd line center spot and PP due to injuries. Tim Connolly could be an option. New York Rangers: Need 1 or 2 top 6 forwards. Leafs Clarke MacArthur could be an option if they don’t plan on re-signing him. New Jersey Devils: Problem is the lack of a puck moving defenseman. John-Michael Liles could be an option, Lou may need to trade away David Clarkson to clear cap space. New York Islanders: They need to keep stockpiling prospects/picks. Milan Jurcina could be moved out, possibly to Anaheim for Luca Sbisa.
  • NHL Sources Say video from Tuesday: “The Hockeycentral panel take a look at a current Oiler and a former Leaf who could be traded before Monday’s deadline.”

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Nieuwendyk comments on Brad Richards … Peter Stastny Audio … Emery recalled, Hiller may practice tomorrow … Zherdev, Rivet, Svatos hit the waiver wire … plus plenty more

  • Peter Stastny Audio posted from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Paul Stastny’s dad is not happy about the Avs-Blues trade from last week.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: “Nieuwendyk was asked on NHL Live ! about possibly trading Richards”:

    “I’ve discussed it with some teams. All options are in play here. It’s certainly not my first choice, I’ve maintained all along that we’d like to keep Brad as a Dallas Star for a long period of time. There’s a lot of uncertainty with our side as far as ownership that are a concern for them. But, all options are open. It’s certainly going to have to be a good type of deal in order to pry him away from us because we are sitting tied for eighth right now and have a lot of home games coming up in March.”

    Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Nieuwendyk added that all is quiet on the trade front right now.

  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN: LeBrun notes that if Richards does become available, the Kings will definitely be talking with the Stars. The Rangers and Leafs would be interested in him if/when he becomes a free agent, and may need him to sign an extension before they made a trade for him. The Dallas wanted Jack Johnson from the Kings in a deal for James Neal. Ales Hemsky and David Booth are on the Kings wish list. Everyone seems to ask for Brayden Schenn. LeBrun thinks only a sign and trade that nets Richards would include Schenn. Burnside wouldn’t be surprised if Paul Stastny is being shopped around the league. LeBrun adds there has been no talks between the Kings and Avalanche regarding Stastny (as of Tuesday night). Toronto has kicked the tires on John-Michael Lieles. The Rangers are interested in Bryan McCabe but not at a high price. Atlanta may be interested in moving Ron Hainsey, but he has a limited no-trade and 2 years left with a cap hit $4.5 million. Johnny Oduya may also become available if the Thrashers continue to fall out of it. The Hurricanes aren’t shopping Joni Pitkanen, but teams are calling about him.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: Ducks GM Bob Murray said they hope to have Jonas Hiller cleared for practice tomorrow. Helene Elliott via twitter: Ray Emery was called up by the Ducks today, and is expected to be the backup. Anaheim Ducks via twitter: GM Murray, “We hope to have Jonas by the weekend, but [now] is a good time [for Emery] to come up and work with our coaches and shooters.”
  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is looking to add a defenseman who can kill penalties, and it would be a bonus if he was physical. “I think some teams are going to try to hold their guys close to the deadline,” Bowman said. “We don’t necessarily want to wait that long. If we find a guy we’re comfortable with, we’ll make it work.”
  • Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch: Other teams have initiated trade talks with the Blue Jackets about Steve Mason, and those inquiries may be been made when the team was struggling last month.

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