On the Philadelphia Flyers …
Adam Kimelman: Flyers GM Ron Hextall on their trade deadline approach: “If we can upgrade at the right price, we’ll look at it. But I’ll say it: we’re not giving up a really good young prospect for short-term, for a rental.”
On the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins …
John Hoven: The LA Kings have been scouting the Penguins lately. They’ve watched four recent games. A Penguins scout was watching the Kings AHL team Friday night.
Dan Kingerski: The Penguins were scouting the Kings AHL team Friday night. The Kings have scouted four straight Penguins games. Though center Nick Shore might be available, he isn’t an upgrade for the Penguins.
On the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning …
Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Lightning assistant GM Pat Verbeek scouted a Rangers game last week. Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury watched the Lightning’s AHL team last week. There is a mutual interest in a potential Ryan McDonagh trade. It’s believed the Rangers are willing to retain half of McDonagh’s $4.7 million salary cap hit to maximize the returns.
The Minnesota Wild could also have interest in McDonagh.
The Rangers could also be willing to retain 50 percent of Rick Nash‘s $7.8 million cap hit. The Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, and maybe the Pittsburgh Penguins could be interested in Nash.
The Arizona Coyotes have let teams know that forward Max Domi is available.
With New York Islanders GM Garth Snow telling Pierre LeBrun that he’s not trading John Tavares, it implies that he’s looking to add at the trade deadline. Excluding Tavares and Mathew Barzal, thinks that Snow should tell Senators GM to pick any four assets for defenseman Erik Karlsson.