On the Chicago Blackhawks …
Mark Lazerus: Have heard that there is interest from Sharp’s side of things, but there is less interest from the Blackhawks side of things.
Jay Zawaski: There have been lots of reports that the Blackhawks want Sharp back. Had been “assured” last week that Sharp won’t be back.
On the New York Rangers …
“We’re open to anything as far as Mika. We want to make a good deal.” Gorton said. “It could be short-term, it could be long-term. We’re wide open.”
Steve Zipay: (asked if Rangers are still in on Kovalchuk) Would depend on what money he is looking for and what the Devils would want in return for him.
The Rangers tried to trade up to No. 3 at the draft but weren’t able to.
Would Joe Thornton consider signing with the Rangers? Would think Gorton would see if there is any interest.
[Tasch] wouldn’t mind seeing Ilya Kovalchuk in a Rangers jersey. He’s not the center or top defenseman they need, but they lack a game-changer. They may need another top-four if they can’t re-sign Brendan Smith.
The Blue Jackets are expected to be interested in Kovalchuk as well.