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NHL Rumors III: Leafs, Sabres, Mason extension close, Blue Jackets-Rangers trade call video

  • Mark Spector: The Roberto Luongo to Maple Leafs deal fell through because the Canucks refused to take on some of his salary. The Maple Leafs would have given Ben Scrivens with a 2nd and 3rd round pick as long as they took back some salary.
  • The Fourth Period: Several teams were interested in Ryan Miller yesterday according to a source. The Flyers inquired about Thomas Vanek.

     ”(Talks) will continue after the season,” Regier told the Buffalo News. “To what extent has yet to be determined.”

    “It’s difficult standing here right now to say (the rebuild is) going to be a year or two years. We’re going to work as hard as we can at this and get it done as quickly as possible.”

  • Randy Miller: The Flyers are close to signing newly acquired Steve Mason to a one year contract extension.
  • Video: Trade call between the NY Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets: Marian Gaborik trade.

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The Rangers trade Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets

The New York Rangers trade winger Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets for C Derick Brassard, RW Derek Dorsett and D John Moore and a 6th round pick.

The 33-year old Gaborik was drafted 2000 round 1 #3 overall by Minnesota Wild. He carries a $7.5 million cap hit.

25-year old Brassard was drafted 2006 round 1 #6 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets. $3.2 million salary cap hit.

26-year old Dorsett was drafted 2006 round 7 #189 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets. A $1,633,333 salary cap hit.

22-year old Moore was drafted 2009 round 1 #21 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets

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NHL Rumors I: Crowded goalie market, Regehr, Blackhawks and Yandle, Bruins and Ducks

  • Damien Cox: The simple facts are: the Leafs talked to the Canucks this week about Roberto Luongo, they have some interest, and the price has dropped. Darren Dreger: Sources say the Canucks called the Maple Leafs to revisit talks. The Flames hope to have a better gauge on Miikka Kiprusoff this weekend. Dreger thinks that although there is interest in goalie options for the Maple Leafs, they are likely to nothing. TSN Radio: Bob McKenzie thinks the Maple Leafs want to bring in a veteran goaltender.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: If someone offers a draft pick and a low-end prospect, the Canucks wouldn’t take it. They still think they can get a player that can help them now, and a piece or two for the future. The goalie market is crowded. Mike Smith, Jimmy Howard and Niklas Backstrom could all be free agents. The trade market could include Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier, Jaroslav Halak and either Ben Bishop or Craig Anderson.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Sabres are listening to offers for defenseman Robyn Regehr, but they haven’t ruled out giving him a contract extension.
  • The Fourth Period: The Blackhawks had sent multiple scouts to watch Keith Yandle this week. He has three years left at $5.25 million. It’s unclear how deep talks have been. The Red Wings, Oilers and Flyers also like Yandle. The Blackhawks could offer Niklas Hjalmarsson, a young NHL player or top prospect and a draft pick. The Blackhawks are also interested in Derek Roy.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: An agent on the possibility of trading Martin St. Louis,

    “No way,’’ said the agent. “Yzerman’s got kids there who he wants to be around St. Louis. He’s not going anywhere.’’

    The Bruins could look at Sharks Dan Boyle, if they want to make their blue line a priority.

  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks GM Bob Murray is keeping quiet on their needs. They’ve gotten by without a second line center so far this season. Mike Ribeiro could be a rental option if he doesn’t re-sign with the Capitals. Derek Roy and Derick Brassard are other options.

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NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Penguins, Flames, Lightning, Bruins, Jets, Red Wings and Maple Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch: The Blue Jackets now find themselves battling for a playoff spot. It’s not sounding like the Blue Jackets will be buyers at the trade deadline. They could be sellers despite being in the hunt. Players that are getting talked about are: R.J. Umberger – $4.6 million through 2016-17 and has a no trade clause. Derick Brassard – one year left at $3.2 million. He could get a decent return for a team looking for a No. 2 center. Vinny Prospal – had a gentleman’s agreement with former GM Scott Howson that he could play as long as he wanted, then join the front office. Not sure if ‘agreement’ remains with new management. He has a no trade clause. Adrian Aucoin – veteran defenseman always get interest at the deadline. President of hockey operations John Davidson scouted the Penguins-Rangers game.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari list some potential rental players that teams could look at: Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Leopold, Anton Babchuk, Ladislav Smid, Mark Fistric and Milan Hejduk.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jarome Iginla is often linked to the Penguins, but he may not be a good fit for them. Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz have played well with Sidney Crosby, and bringing in Iginla would put Dupuis back to the third line, which would be foolish. There also wouldn’t be a spot for Iginla on the power-play.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Cristodero wonders if Martin St. Louis would leave the Lightning or if GM Steve Yzerman would ever consider trading him. There has been no indication that any conversations have taken place, pure speculation. It only makes sense if St. Louis thinks he has a better chance at winning a cup somewhere else. The 37-year old has a no-trade clause.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Moving Marian Gaborik from the right wing to left wing hasn’t worked for the Rangers. He has only three goals in the last 22 games. They are looking to move Gaborik and his $7.5 million cap hit through next year. He has a no-trade clause in which he provides a list of 10 teams that he can’t be dealt too, something he’s already done.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s shopping list probably contains help for his 3rd and 4th lines. He’ll also look for help on the blueline.

    “It’s the same list every year, it really is,’’ said Chiarelli. “You look to add depth, and rather than target, say, a top six forward, I like to define [the process] as looking right through the lineup.’’

    Rumors are out there that the Bruins are in the hunt for Jarome Iginla, but Dupont thinks the Bruins would have Daniel Alfredsson higher on the list.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets should play Alex Burnistrov more. He needs to get back into the lineup. He’s still an asset, and if they are not going to give him a shot, they should look to move him for equal value.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Khan thinks the Red Wings could target Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid at the trade deadline. They have been scouting him. He would strengthen their top-four and bring some grit. It could take a second round pick or a second tier prospect.
  • Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: The Leafs have only two points in the last five games. Is it time to make a trade to turn things around? There have been Corey Perry and Mike Ribeiro rumors. They are said to be looking for a center and top-four defenseman.

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NHL Rumors: Malkin, Smid, Hemsky, Horcoff, Blackhawks, Capitals, Red Wings, Panthers, Lightning, Leafs, Devils and Scouting LA-CAL

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Penguins can talk to Evgeni Malkin about a contract extension, but can’t re-sign him until the summer. Same goes for the Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews. There hasn’t seemed to be much conversation between the Oilers and soon to be UFA Ladislav Smid. Ales Hemsky’s name will likely come up again this year in trade rumors. Friedman wonders if the Oilers would consider moving Shawn Horcoff.
  • The Fourth Period: The Blackhawks would like to add a 2nd or 3rd line center, and their options are growing. Though it’s unlikely he’ll be dealt, the Blackhawks have shown interest in Blue Jackets Derick Brassard. GM Stan Bowman could look at Capitals Mike Ribeiro, who will be a UFA at the end of the season. The Hawks could also look to add a depth defenseman for their 3rd pairing.
  • The Fourth Period: Red Wings GM Ken Holland has been trying to bring in an impact player for awhile. He’s looked at Flames Jay Bouwmeester and Coyotes Keith Yandle, but the asking price has been too high. The Wings could look at Sabres Robyn Regehr and Oilers Ladislav Smid. Holland wouldn’t overpay for Ducks Corey Perry as a rental, but may look at Sabres Drew Stafford or someone from the Flames.
  • Jeff Gordon of the Post Dispatch: The Panthers are looking to move salary, and the Capitals and Lightning are falling out of the playoff race. The Blue Jackets are in rebuild mode, and the Flames could be following suit. The Blues are looking for a top-four defenseman, but there aren’t many options at the moment. Trade targets for teams that might be interested in adding salary are: Corey Perry, Roberto Luongo, Mike Ribeiro, Jarome Iginla, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryane Clowe, Kris Versteeg, Clarke MacArthur, Jack Johnson, Brian Campbell, Jay Bouwmeester, Jussi Jokinen, Mike Komisarek, Tyler Bozak and Keith Ballard.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t giving up on the season just yet. He’s been working the phones.

    “To sit here and say, ‘I’m going to do something big,’ there’s nothing big that can be done at this time,” Yzerman said. “It’s not like we just sit here and do nothing all day. You talk to people, you see if there’s anything that makes sense. For a lot of reasons it’s difficult to find a fit, to find the right players, the right salaries to make a trade. You don’t just do something to do it.”

    If Yzerman is to make a deal, look for it to be a traditional hockey deal and not a move for a rental.

    “Rental players cost you draft picks or young players, we’re not interested in that,” Yzerman said. “That’s why we signed free agents in the summer, to fill those places. If there’s a trade that makes sense where a team has a need and we have a need, then it would be addressed that way.”

    The Panthers will listen to offers for Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann has two years left at $4.5 million per season and he has a modified no-trade clause. Versteeg has three years left with a cap hit of $4.4 million, but salaries of $4.6 and 4.7 million.

  • Bill Watters via twitter: Watters wonders if it’s time to move Phil Kessel. He’s a UFA after next season and this trade deadline may be the ideal time to move him. You’re not going to build a team around him so you do it.
  • Bill Watters via twitter: Why are people on Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis to trade John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek? He couldn’t give them away due to their lackluster play and bad contracts.
  • Vicki Hall via twitter: Scouting the Kings – Flames game: Rangers, 2 from Boston, Sabres, Penguins, Lightning, Canucks, Blues, Ducks, Predators and Avalanche.

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Trade and Free Agent Rumors: Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Flyers, Devils, Oilers, Blues and Blue Jackets

  • Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on any further trades: ”Not much out there for us right now. But that could change quickly.”
  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: GM Nonis on Mike Komisarek: ”What Mike has said is that if it’s in the best interest of the team he wouldn’t stand in the way but his preference is to try to get back in the lineup here in Toronto.” … ”That to me is a lot different than coming into our office and saying ‘I want to be moved’. That never happened.”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is looking for $4.5 million a season according to sources. That might be too much for the Red Wings, but what if Pavel Datsyuk returns to Russia when is contract expires at the end of next season? “They know that’s a possibility,” said one NHL executive.

    Flyers Daniel Briere is in play but may not waive his no-trade clause. He has family concerns. He carries a $6.5 million cap hit but only $5 million in salary for the next two seasons.Devils winger David Clarkson could be a $4.5 million guy on the open market this summer. Would be a perfect fit with the Oilers but he’s not moving cross-continent. Matheson thinks the Oilers should make a push for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe.

    It’s clear the Maple Leafs are shopping John-Michael Liles. He signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal last year. The Leafs might have to retain part of salary if they trade him.

    The Oilers and several other teams may be interested in Blackhawks winger Brian Bickell this summer when he becomes a UFA.

    Blues winger David Perron could become available. The Blues need a left handed defenseman to play with Alex Pietrangelo.

    The Blue Jackets will look to move R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard for draft picks before the draft. Umberger has four years left with a cap hit of $4.6 million.

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Franzen, Smith, Quincey, Filppula, Lehtonen and Brassard

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s Matt Duchene missed last night’s game with a groin injury. The Avs are hoping that it isn’t long-term, but no timetable is set.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith and Kyle Quincey are all returning to the Red Wings lineup. Valtteri Filppula was injured on Sunday and it’s hoped that he won’t be out long.

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Brassard heads home … Lindback injured … Garrison and Edler are now locked out … Turris not a fan of playing in Finland

  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Derick Brassard has left Salzburg in the middle of his contract without any agreement with the team. The IIHF has been notified. He left for Canada yesterday despite the team trying to convince him to stay and honor his contract.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning goalie Anders Lindback, who has been playing with Ilves Tampere of the Finish Elite league, has cut on the knee after being hit with a put. He required a few stitches and will be out about 10 days.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Devin Setoguchi is leaving the ECHL’s Ontario Reign until the NHL cancels the season (if they do cancel it). The Reign suspended him so that they wouldn’t have to pay him, but would retain his rights.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has been given medical clearance by the Canucks. Garrison has been battling a chronic groin strain the past 2 seasons.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks defenseman Alex Edler’s back has been deemed healthy by the Canucks, but he’s unlikely to ever be 100%. Edler is now a locked out player. He had received $1.16 million of his $3.25 million salary.

    “You know what?” Edler said Monday when asked about coming off the dole. “I would much, much rather be healthy and not getting paid. That’s the most important. It’s absolutely terrible to not be able to be out there with the guys because I’m hurt. I would give back all my paycheques if I could have been 100 per cent healthy.”

    Edler will be a UFA on July 1st, and his future durability will play a big part in his contract talks. Before the lockout, the Canucks offered him a long-term deal that would have made him the highest paid Canuck defenseman. Jason Garrison and Kevin Bieksa have a salary cap hit of $4.6 million.

  • Jordan Winnett of the Globe and Mail: Senators Kyle Turris talks about how life was playing in Finland.

    “There’s nothing to do here. Nothing,” Turris said recently while playing in Oulu. “If we’re not at the rink, we’re sitting around playing video games.”

    “The travel here is horrendous. It’s worse than junior,” he said. “We’ll fly into Helsinki then hop in a bus for four to six hours, meanwhile, we’ll make three stops on a six-hour bus trip for no reason. It’s awful.”

    “The food here is awful,” he explained. “On the road, we eat at truck stops. ABC truck stops. I’m not kidding. We file out of the bus and head off beside the highway for a buffet truck stop pregame meal. It’s ridiculous.”

  • Oulunkarpat.fi: (from Matias Strozyk tweet) Kyle Turris wrote this to team/fans:

    I read an article in the Globe and Mail today regarding my experience in Oulu. It made me extremely upset that it was so negative, and that it had very inaccurate and untrue information. I really enjoyed my time in Oulu, and those who are around me know that. I want to make clear that the sole reason I left is because of personal reasons that required me to be home with my family. The entire Oulu organization treated me very well, and I feel terrible that people may now feel that I was not grateful to be a part of the organization. I know that I was very lucky to play for such an awesome organization that welcomed me with open arms and treated us very well. Everyone I met in Finland, the coaches, management, fans and people of Oulu were all very nice and made my time there a memorable one. I was also lucky to have great teammates, with whom I have made good friendships. For all this I am very thankful and wish the Karpat organization great success in the future.
    Sincerely,
    Kyle

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Enstrom, Braun and Brassard going overseas … Garrison improving … Geoffrion home for Thanksgiving

  • Winnipeg Sun: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom will be joining the Orebro Vipers of Sweden’s 2nd division.
  • The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard will join EC Red Bull in Austria’s Eishockey Liga.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Jason Garrison is finally getting over the chronic groin issues he’s had.

    “I’m progressing and coming along real well because I’m putting the work in and it’s showing,” said Garrison, who’s expected to be paired with Alex Edler, who is currently rehabbing a lower-back injury. “Each and every day it feels better and there’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be ready to go. It’s good to get more of a game-like situation [with the T-Birds] and test it under those conditions.”

  • Chris Stevenson via twitter: Canadiens Blake Geoffrion is home for Thanksgiving. He was told 3 weeks of complete rest as he recovers from a skull fracture.

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Rick Nash Trade Rumors

I’ll continue to add Rick Nash trade rumors to this post, bumping old ones to a jump page when it gets to long. Here are links to 2 previous entries HC Rick Nash Trade Tracker Videos and Rumors, and Blue Jackets put Rick Nash on the trade market.

Feb. 26th 8:15 PM

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Obviously possible Rick Nash could move by tomorrow but it were close in any way do you think CBJ would’ve played him today?”
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Teams that have the most interest in Nash don’t think he’ll be moved and are looking at other players.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Rangers weren’t willing to pay the price for Nash prior to today, and today the Blue Jackets asked for more than they initially asked for. Can’t really blame the Rangers for not wanting to blow up their team to make a Nash deal.

11:15 AM

  • David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper: The Predators have made an offer Nash. It’s unlikely the Blue Jackets would want to trade within their division. The Preds offer could include: Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis or Jonathan Blum and multiple picks and/or prospects
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Blue Jackets haven’t spoken with the Maple Leafs in days. Leafs will keep trying, but Gardiner remains untouchable.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Belief before the Maple Leafs loss to the Capitals that the Leafs interest in Nash was minimal, and they they were driving up the price for the Rangers.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: The Flyers are still talking with Blue Jackets about Nash, but nothing serious has developed. The Jackets want several of the Flyers young players.

9:00 AM

  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers may include Carl Hagelin (Rangers want Stepan) to go along with Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider and a 1st round pick. The Blue Jackets are asking the Maple Leafs for Jake Gardiner, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and a 1st round pick.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Leafs, Rangers, and Sharks have offers in on Rick Nash, and have all said the offer could be better in the summer. The Rangers and Leafs are being aggressive as they have more parts to offer than the Sharks.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Sharks are still interested in Nash, but could probably make a better offer in the offseason. The Maple Leafs and Rangers are still in.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson should go after Derek Stepan over Brandon Dubinsky. Howson wants Chris Kreider, the Rangers best prospect. He also wants either Ryan McDonagh or Michael Del Zotto, but McDonagh isn’t going anywhere. Dylan McIlray or Tim Erixon are also options. After the Carter deal, defense is not a top priority for Howson. He could use some 1st round picks to take a run at Canucks Cory Schneider this offseason. They already have their own and the Kings.

Feb. 25th 9:50 PM:

  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Elliotte Friedman suggested on the Hotstove that the Blue Jackets might not move Nash by Monday. They’ve shifted their focus to forwards for Nash.
  • Chris Botta via twitter: Botta can see the Rangers best offer for Nash as Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, a 2012 1st round pick and a conditional pick based on Rangers success the next 2 years.
  • Todd Cordell via twitter: Bob McKenzie reported that the Canucks are jumping into the trade market, with Nash a possibility.

4:40 PM

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Rick Nash’s agent spoke with TSN and said the following: “We’re hopeful a deal can get done prior to the trade deadline that is fair and equitable for the Blue Jackets…” .. “However, if a deal is not reached, then the list of acceptable teams will not change at a later date.”

2:05 PM

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: Rangers remain firm that they aren’t going to trade Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh in a deal with Columbus for Nash.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Hearing that the Blue Jackets want Derek Stepan badly, but might settle for Carl Hagelin. Brandon Dubinsky, Chris Kreider, Stepan or Hagelin, and a pick (may not be a 1st). There could be more coming from the Blue Jackets. May boil today to Stepan or Hagelin.

9:00 AM

  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “No guarantees #CBJ captain Rick Nash is traded by Monday’s deadline, but might be best for all parties to have a quick ending to this.” …”#CBJ have set the bar very high and are waiting for other teams to meet their requirements. So far, none of them have done so.” … “#CBJ approach is that they don’t have to trade Nash, but several possible suitors and the Nash camp are getting impatient w the process.” … “Might be best if #CBJ fans come to terms with the fact that Nash is likely going to be traded. Might not happen at deadline, but …” … “… chances of Nash being with the Blue Jackets at the start of next season are slim.”

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Interest in Ott … Leafs put Rosehill and Boyce on waivers … Carter made more sense than Nash … Blue Jackets notes … Kuznetsov injured

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: There is lots of interest in Stars forward Steve Ott. The Canucks really like him, the Leafs and Flyers may be interested too. The Stars like Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk, but it would take more than Ott. The Flyers and Kings had talked a van Riemsdyk for Jack Johnson deal a few weeks ago.
  • Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Not buying that the Kings are interested in Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn. They dealt Jack Johnson due to their depth on the blueline, and not to bring in a $3.6 million cap hit for 4 more years who’s been a healthy scratch.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Jeff Carter made more sense to LA than Nash because they want to make sure they have the cap room for Jonathan Quick.
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Sharks are contacting teams to see if there is any interest in Antero Niittymaki. If someone says they’d claim him, he’d go on re-entry today or tomorrow.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Since the Blue Jackets have traded centers Jeff Carter and Antoine Vermette, the chances of them trading Derick Brassard are much less. The Canadiens and Lightning have been sniffing around Brassard.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: There could be a strong market for Blue Jackets center Sammy Pahlsson. They’d be lucky if they got a 2nd round pick, probably a 3rd or 4th rounder.
  • Terry Jones via twitter: Today could be the D-day for Oilers Ales Hemsky. At some point the he needs to make a call. (I’m sure he’s referring to Hemsky signing a contract extension or not)
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: There will be no supplementary disciplinary for Flyers Scott Hartnell for last night’s kneeing incident on Magnus Paajarvi.

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Sunday morning rumors and notes involving deadline buyers and sellers, Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Kings, Blackhawks and Oilers

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

    “The prices, in some cases, are embarrassing,” said a league executive. “They’re going to get more realistic closer to the deadline, but right now teams are asking for too much for their players.”

    Garrioch lists the Sellers and who is available: Carolina – Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek. Columbus – Jeff Carter, Antoine Vermette, Derick Brassard, Rick Nash and Steve Mason. NY Islanders – Mark Eaton, Steve Staios, Milan Jurcina, P.A. Parenteau. Tampa Bay – Ryan Malone. Edmonton – Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin and Theo Peckham. Montreal – Travis Moen, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche.

    The Buyers and who they like: San Jose – Rick Nash, Teemu Selanne and Ales Hemsky. Boston – Teemu Selanne, Ales Hemsky and Mike Knuble. Los Angeles – Rick Nash, Teemu Selanne and Ales Hemsky. Chicago – Nikolai Khabibulin, Bryan Allen and Derek Roy. Washington – Ales Hemsky and Antoine Vermette. Nashville – Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.

    Top 10 players to watch: 1. Rick Nash 2. Teemu Selanne 3. Jeff Carter 4. Ales Hemsky 5. Ryan Malone 6. Jarrett Stoll 7. Jaroslav Specek 8. Derek Roy 9. Antoine Vermette 10. Nikolai Khabibulin.

    Keep an eye on: Mike Knuble, Bobby Ryan, Josh Harding, Jonathan Bernier, and Ryan Miller.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the NHL is helping out the Devils financially, “it is shortsighted for the league to withhold approval of deals that presumably would strengthen these wards of the state.” If they are able to trade for Marek Zidlicky, “it would be penny-wise but pound-foolish for the league to prevent it.”
  • Dustin Leed via twitter: Scouting the Flyers – Penguins game: 2 Blue Jackets (GM Scott Howson and senior advisor Craig Patrick were on the list to attend), 2 Blackhawks, Kings, Predators, Canadiens, Avalanche, Flames, Panthers and Blues. Randy Miller via twitter: Miller notes that 2 Blue Jackets executives have been at a Flyers 3 times this week. He thinks talks must be serious.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Scouting the Blue Jackets – Blackhawks game: Blues, Hurricanes, Senators, Washington, Red Wings, Rangers, Stars, Flyers and Canadiens.
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove notes by Spector’s Hockey (video not posted): Eric Francis said that some NHL GMs doubt Nash will get traded at the deadline. The Blue Jackets are looking for an impact player, 2 top prospects and a 1st round pick. Elliotte Friedman noted that the Blue Jackets are trying to push Nash on the Flyers, and that they’d prefer to move Jeff Carter to the Kings. Francis said that Patrick Kane is happy in Chicago and they are happy with him. Friedman suggested that the Blackhawks could face some questions if they have a short playoff run. Francis said the Flames haven’t had contract talks with Olli Jokinen, but he’s not going anywhere. Sam Gagner also isn’t going anywhere.

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