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Morning rumors and notes involving: Red Wings, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Selanne, Okposo, Sharks, Hurricanes and Islanders

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The Red Wings will still look to add depth up front. “I’ll kick the tires until 3 o’clock on Monday,” Holland said. “If we don’t do anything, I’m happy. I think we’re a better team.” The Oilers may be looking to get a 1st round pick for Ales Hemsky. The Maple Leafs may look to add a goaltender at the deadline, and Custance thinks that Wild goalie Josh Harding would be a good choice.
  • Dirk Hoag via twitter: Even if the Maple Leafs are interested in goalie Andres Lindback, Hoag doubts the Leafs would offer up a useful forward that the Predators could use since they are pushing for the playoffs as well.
  • David Alter via twitter: Alter is hearing from a reliable source that Jeff Carter to the Maple Leafs rumor is completely false.
  • Eric Stephens OC Register: The Ducks have got back in the playoff picture in the West, and Teemu Selanne isn’t thinking about waiving his no-trade clause. “We haven’t even talked about that,” Selanne said. “There’s good things going here right now. We all really believe we can make it to the playoffs. It hasn’t been on my mind at all.”
  • BD Gallof via twitter: When asked if the Islanders “could or would isles trade Okposo?” Source: “No.”
  • Mark Master via twitter: Sharks GM Doug Wilson made it clear that he’s not looking to add a goaltender despite Antti Niemi’s recent struggles.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he’s not trying to re-sign Jaroslav Spacek or Bryan Allen at the this point.
  • Kent Youngblood via twitter: Wild coach Yeo said that Mikko Koivu probably won’t be going on their road trip. Goalie Josh Harding probably will.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller is confident that Cam Ward will be OK, but isn’t sure if he’ll be able to start tonight.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders Evgeni Nabokov and Travis Hamonic are both expected to be in the lineup against the Rangers.

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State of the Boston Bruins: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Grant Cumming who can be found on twitter @TheRealG_Rant

For the Boston Bruins, the chemistry is set. The team that launched duck boats through the streets of Boston last June is primarily still intact. Save for the retired Mark Recchi , now Dallas Star Michael Ryder and the suddenly well-traveled Tomas Kaberle, the team is primed to start the playoffs with a very similar look to that of the 2011 Cup Champions. Only Joe Corvo and Benoit Pouliot are new to the B’s this season, supplying them with the depth required after losing the three veterans mentioned.

Last season GM Peter Chiarelli swung February deals that brought Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Kaberle to Boston, shoring up on depth which proved to be very valuable to the team down the stretch. This season however the Bruins appear to be approaching the deadline with less urgency. Caution being the operative word.

“That’s probably my priority when I look to add something,” Chiarelli said. “I do want to add something, and I’d like to help the team. I’d like to add to our depth. But that’s a priority. It’s a fine balance with chemistry and you have to be careful.”

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Afternoon rumors involving: Blue Jackets, Jets, Sabres, Canadiens, Bruins, Flyers, Rangers, Kings, Avalanche, Islanders, Crosby, Hunter and starting goalies

  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said yesterday there’s no doubt he’s a buyer. “I’m always going to be trying to acquire assets. I’m always looking to make our team better for the future.” “It’s not just other teams asking about (our young players),” he said. “There are a lot of things that are talked about.” Cheveldayoff said there hasn’t been any contract extension talk with any of their pending UFAs: Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Tim Stapleton, Johnny Oduya, Randy Jones, Mark Flood and Chris Mason.
  • Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Burnside thinks it’s time for the Sabres to start making some deals. The Canadiens should find a taker for Hal Gill and perhaps Andrei Kostitsyn. Travis Moen and Chris Campoli could also be moved. The Bruins and Rangers will both be looking to add some depth along the blueline. A source said the Flyers could also be looking at adding another Dman. Hurricanes Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek will be UFAs. Luke Schenn could be had if it helps the Leafs land a top 6 forward. The Kings Jack Johnson could be in play, but they’d need to get a top forward back
  • Adrian Deter of the Denver Post: Dater thinks the Avalanche will move a defenseman, with Shane O’Brien making sense. Dater also thinks teams will be interested Ryan Wilson, Ryan O’Byrne and Kyle Quincey.
  • David Hutchinson of the Star Ledger: The Devils are looking for a veteran defenseman. Marek Zidlicky is one possibility, and he’s already waived his no trade clause for them.
  • Joe Haggerty via twitter: Bruins forward Rich Peverley is out 4 to 6 weeks with a grade 3 MCL sprain in his right knee.

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State of the Philadelphia Flyers: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys and can be found on twitter at @D_LEED .

The NHL Trade Deadline is 14 days away and like always, the Philadelphia Flyers should be busy leading up to Feb. 27.

Following a weekend that saw Philadelphia lose their seventh straight game to the Atlantic Division rival New York Rangers and lose a tough game in Detroit, Philadelphia is 3-4-3 in their last ten games and has lost five of their last six.

But how much would a trade help this team and if so, what will they do?

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Morning NHL rumors involving the Flyers, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Capitals and Lightning … Teams scouting last night

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is waiting for more teams to becomes sellers.

    “There’s still a lot of teams that are deciding what to do, which way to go. You look at the standings, that’s easy to understand,” Holmgren said. “That doesn’t mean we’re not looking around trying to improve ourselves. I don’t think it’s any different than any other teams. You’re always looking to improve your team if you can, then you have to weigh the cost.”

    The Flyers could use some help on the blueline, but their are not alone.

    “Most teams in the league are,” he said. “Everybody’s looking for a defenseman right now. Even a team that has a lot of them kind of try to load up this time of year on defensemen.”

    They’d love to get Ryan Suter, but they may have to wait till July 1st. Hurricanes Bryan Allen is an option, along with Canadiens Hal Gill. They are believed to be interested in Maple Leafs Luke Schenn.

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs were lukewarm on Ducks Bobby Ryan due to his position and cap number, but if Blue Jackets Rick Nash is available, they’d view him very, very differently.
  • Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun: Ales Hemsky’s agent and the Oilers have talked about a contract.

    “We talked,” said Hemsky, who’s scheduled for unrestricted free agency this summer. “And I’m open to whatever happens (staying or going). I’ll see what kind of offers they will give me and we will take it from there.”“We talked,” said Hemsky, who’s scheduled for unrestricted free agency this summer. “And I’m open to whatever happens (staying or going). I’ll see what kind of offers they will give me and we will take it from there.”

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN California: Capitals Mike Knuble has been a healthy scratch for 3 straight games. He shot down rumors that he’ll be joining the Sharks.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals GM George McPhee has some pieces he could move to help improve his team. He has 3 unhappy players in Mike Knuble, Jeff Schultz and John Erskine. They have 2 1st round picks, theirs and Colorado’s, and prospects Cody Eakin and Stanislav Galiev. They could also dangle Alex Semin. Nicklas Backstrom is likely out another month with his concussion.
  • Capitals prospect Evegeny Kuznetsov already knows if he’ll be heading to Washington next year or staying in the KHL, but he’s not telling anyone yet.
  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: It’s too soon to say that Lightning’s Mattias Ohlund’s career is over, but his season is most likely over.
  • David Pollak via twitter: Scouting the Sharks-Capitals game last night were: Blue Jackets (2), Ducks, Stars, Canadiens, Canucks, Flyers, Lightning, Predators, Blues, Red Wings and Coyotes. Ben Raby via twitter: Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier was at the Sharks-Caps game.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Scouting the Canadiens-Hurricanes last night were: Kings (2), Oilers, Canucks, Coyotes, Red Wings, Avalanche, Panthers, Ducks, Penguins, Capitals and Senators.
  • Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Flames Mike Cammalleri will move from the wing to center tonight against the Maple Leafs. He’ll center Tom Kostopoulos and Blake Comeau.

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Morning NHL rumors involving the Flyers, Sabres, Canadiens, Wild, Blackhawks, Islanders, Oilers and Rangers

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: The Sabres are 14th in the conference, but only 8 points out. GM Darcy Regier indicated that some moves could be for both short term (playoff run) and long term (future cap room). Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht and Paul Gaustad are UFAs. Marc-Andre Gragnani (RFA) has had a disappointing season and could be moved. There has been rumors that Derek Roy has been available for most of the season. Robyn Regehr and Jordan Leopold have 1 year left on their deals. Regehr had waived his no-trade last year to come to Buffalo, and may not want to move again. Drew Stafford has 3 more years and might get some interest. The Oilers might have interest in Stafford. Andrej Sekera has 3 years left at $2.75 million per, and might interest some teams.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens could move pending UFAs Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli. Moen may not be moved as his agent said “he’s been given every indication that he’s in their plans.” His agent did acknowledge that a trade is still possible.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wants to make the playoffs, but he’s not going to give up the future to do so. “When you look at it historically, when you’re talking about the rental type of trades, the vast majority of time, the team trading the player with the expiring contract and picking up future considerations almost always wins,” Fletcher said.
  • David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail: The Blackhawks could use a goaltender immediately, and unfortunately for them, Evgeni Nabokov is currently off the market. Nikolai Khabibulin may be the only goalie available, but he’s been inconsistent and has a 1 year left with a $3.75 million.
  • BD Gallof via twitter: Islanders GM Garth Snow has confirmed that Evgeni Nabokov won’t be dealt. But if someone were to overpay …
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers have reportedly taken defenseman Andy Sutton off the trade market after signing him to a 1 year deal worth between $1.5 and $1.75 million. The Oilers could be dangling Cam Barker. They won’t give Ales Hemsky a new 4 or 5 year deal, but they might go 2 years. The Predators are looking for a top 6 forward, and have been dangling Jonathan Blum.

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State of the Minnesota Wild: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Anatoliy Metter of The Hockey Writers and can be found on twitter at @anatoliymetter.

The Minnesota Wild are fighting for their playoff lives in the Western Conference as they are trying to stave off teams such as Phoenix, Calgary, Colorado, and Dallas who are hot on the Wild’s heels. With over $10 million in cap space and phenomenal prospects such as Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, and Jonas Brodin to name a few, the Minnesota Wild will be buyers and sellers when the deadline rolls around.

What do the Wild need to stay in contention in the West?

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State of the Detroit Red Wings: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by George Malik of Kuklas Korner and can be found on twitter at @georgemalik

Wings fans seem to have regrettably forgotten both the lay of the land and the reality of doing business in a league whose general managers do each other no favors. As the calendar turned from January to February, the list of teams supposedly interested in top-six forwards and depth defensemen with grit is longer than the list of teams which continue to ride the uncomfortable fence line between buying and selling because they still have realistic aspirations of cracking the playoff pack before the month is out, especially in the Western Conference.

Moreover, while Wings fans tend to ignore the fact that asking prices for top flight talent involve roster players, top prospects and draft picks–the bizarre Hemsky and Andy Sutton to Detroit for Tomas Jurco and a 1st round pick rumor wasn’t far off in terms of what the Oilers might be asking for, and when Wings fans drool over Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and World Junior Championship performers like Petr Mrazek and Teemu Pulkkinen, opposing teams’ GM’s do the same darn thing.

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Bruins not talking Thomas trade … Focus now turns to Ruutu, Allen and Pitkanen … Liles doesn’t think it’s a concussion … Kane back to Winnipeg

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said via email on Tim Thomas trade rumors: “Not trading him. I have not talked to anyone and I don’t plan to.”
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has a policy not to re-sign players during the season, but Tim Gleason was an exception yesterday. It was the first time he’s done that. Rutherford said he’s getting lost of calls for Tuomo Ruutu. Darren Dreger via twitter: Hurricanes trade focus now switches to Ruutu, Bryan Allen and Joni Pitkanen. Pitkanen’s injury may not interfere with a trade.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles believes he doesn’t have a concussion, but his issues stem from a neck problem.

    “Everybody wants to call it a concussion,” he exclaimed to “Everybody says ‘Oh, if you have whiplash you have a concussion’ … I wasn’t sitting there going ‘Oh man I feel so foggy’ or anything like that, it just felt like I was just completely locked up and it was cutting off my focus and things like that.

    “It all seemed like it was always neck-related and it almost felt like it was cutting off the flow to my brain sometimes just because it was so stiff.”

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane and Tim Stapleton are heading back to Winnipeg for further evaluation. Kane is out with a concussion and is not expected to play on their 4 game road trip. Dustin Byfuglien and Alex Burmistrov staked yesterday and are close to returning. They won’t play tonight, but could be in the lineup on Thursday.
  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: The earliest Flyers forward Daniel Briere returns is this weekend. James van Riemsdyk is not expected to play tonight.
  • Tony Marinario via twitter: The Canadiens said that Andrei Markov would be out 4 t0 6 weeks after his Dec. 5th operation. It’s been 8 weeks now.
  • Ottawa Senators via twitter: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that forward Peter Regin will be out 4-6 months after left shoulder surgery.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils forward Travis Zajac hasn’t resumed skating yet. He’ll need to get clearance from his doctor in Winnipeg before he can start.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Zubrus-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Josefson-Bernier; Boulton-Mills/Carter-Janssen.

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Morning rumors involving: Ruutu, Clowe, Moen, Carter, Thomas, Canadiens, Hurricanes, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Crosby, Duchene, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Hurricanes have taken lots of calls on Tuomo Ruutu and he could be moved this week.  Sharks GM Doug Wilson said there was no chance Ryane Clowe is going anywhere. The Canucks and Red Wings are just a couple of the teams that would be interested in Moen. One source is saying Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is telling teams he’s not ready to start trading yet. The Blue Jackets will be looking to move their pending UFAs and possibly Jeff Carter. Carter doesn’t really want to be in Columbus, but can Howson find someone interested in his contract? He has 10 years left at a $5.27 million salary cap hit.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch doesn’t think the Bruins will move Tim Thomas when his no-movement clause expires on July 1st. The Canadiens haven’t decided if they will be buyers or sellers. GM Gauthier is looking for a big center. There was talk that they could be interested in Sabres center Derek Roy, but he’s 5’8″. Since it doesn’t look like Ryan Suter and Shea Weber will be available at the trade deadline, the Flyers will look at Hurricanes Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek. A Jeff Carter trade would more likely happen in the summer. The Maple Leafs would like to add a center, and he’d like to get something done in the next 48 hours (starting yesterday). Tuomo Ruutu is a possibility, but the Hurricanes are asking a lot for him.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Yesterday marked the 4 week anniversary of Avalanche forward Matt Duchene’s knee injury that was to sideline him for at least a month. Though there is no official word on when he’ll return, Dater guesses it will be at least another couple weeks.
  • Tim Sassone via twitter: The trade deadline is a month away, and Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is not done. Sassone thinks they’ll a defenseman, maybe 2, or possibly another forward.
  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Don’t look for the Jets to be looking for a rental player by the trade deadline. They could be sellers if they remain out the playoffs.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Expect a roster move today by the Blue Jackets as they have 12 healthy forwards and 6 defenseman. Jeff Carter could be close.

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