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Injury Notes: Datsyuk, Price, Giguere, McQuaid, Hertl, Stuart and Sobotka

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk will be shut down for three weeks.
  • John Lu: Canadiens Carey Price is progressing with his injury and “is not far.” The Devan Dubnyk trade is not insurance for his recovery.
  • Adrian Dater: (Re: Reto Berra trade) The Avalanche wanted some goalie insurance if J.S. Giguere’s back is not able to hold up.
  • Boston Bruins:  Adam McQuaid will be “shut down” for two to three weeks. Will rest over continuing his rehab.
  • David Pollak: There is no injury update on Sharks Tomas Hertl and Brad Stuart.
  • Lou Korac: Blues Vladimir Sobotka: ”I’m trying to push every day a little more & see how it goes. First two days, I skated for 15-20 minutes. Today I skated for 40.”

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Morning Rumors II: Traded Draft Pick Note, Stastny, Ehrhoff, Dubnyk, Blues and Maple Leafs

  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Trade note on the Blues – Sabres Miller/Ott trade. If the Blues make the Western Conference final or if they re-sign Miller before the draft, the Sabres get a 2014 first round pick. The Blues will then get Minnesota’s second round pick (acquired in the Jason Pomenville deal) and the Sabres third round pick.If they Blues re-sign Miller after the draft, the Sabres get a 2016 second round pick.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Paul Stastny on trade rumors.

    “If you go on the Internet, you can read anything you want to read and if you did that it can get in your mind,” Stastny said. “But half the time people just write stuff. I tend not to read (into) anything, whether it’s good or bad. It’s out of your control. Why worry about off the ice when all you can control is what happens on the ice?”

    Stastny is a pending UFA and the Avs may not want to lose him for nothing. So if a deal isn’t done by Wednesday, he could be traded. Neither side would comment on how contract talks are going.

  • Darren Dreger: The Red Wings are among the teams that are interested in Christian Ehrhoff. The Wings like what they have in their young players and may decide to do nothing if the prices don’t come down.
  • John Vogl: Devan Dubnyk on waivers, if claimed by the Sabres, they wouldn’t have trade for one once Jaroslav Halak is dealt.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong indicated on Sunday night that they are were likely done trading, but added, ”you never say never.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”We would have to move money if we were going to acquire players this year.” … ”We’re the third youngest team in the league and still developing. Because of that there will be no rentals here.”

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Afternoon Rumors and Notes: Moulson, Kesler, Scrivens, Wings, Hawks, Waivers, Flyers, Brodeur, Bruins and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun: Sabres Matt Moulson is not practicing today. GM Tim Murray said that Moulson hasn’t been traded.
  • Nick Kypreos: There are many people who believe that Ryan Kesler told the Canucks that he doesn’t want to play in Canada anymore if they are able to make a trade for him. He has a no-trade clause.
  • Josh Rimer: Ben Scrivens signs a two-year deal with the Oilers worth $4.6 million total according to his agent.
  • Detroit Red Wings: GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss won’t play tomorrow. Ansar Khan: Datsyuk is not skating today and hasn’t since leaving Thursday’s game.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa will be out for two to three weeks.
  • Pierre LeBrun: On waivers today: Devan Dubnyk (NSH), Frazer McLaren (TOR), Chuck Kobasew (PIT) and Philip Larsen (EDM).
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”We waived McLaren to give us some flexibility for the trade deadline”
  • Jim Matheson: The Flyers do have the assets to land Ryan Kesler. Would they do Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn and Samuel Morin?
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur: ”As of now there is nothing going on.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector keeps hearing Martin Brodeur and the Wild being linked.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “Here is what you have to do with Vanek. You have to entice Snow to take prospects and not the big draft picks”
  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins are looking for a top-four defenseman for the left side. They could use depth on the right side. Dustin Byfuglien is intriguing, but he’s a right shot.
  • Rich Chere: Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that both Damien Brunner and Bryce Salvador could play on Tuesday.

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Afternoon Hits III: Blues, Sabres, Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks, Kesler, MacDonald and Predators

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: After the Blues and Sabres trade, the Blues for sure will not have an interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald since they likely won’t have a first round pick in the next two drafts. Reports have the Kings and Sharks interested in MacDonald. A half dozen teams have inquired about Thomas Vanek. Islanders GM Garth Snow will be looking for a goaltender this summer.
  • David Pagnotta: The Islanders haven’t reached out Andrew MacDonald regarding a contract in a while. Asking price is high, but they are set on trading him.
  • Darren Dreger: Sounding like Chris Phillips wants a two year contract extension. The Senators prefer a one-year deal.
  • John Vogl: Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan on a contract extension: ”Right now I can’t even discuss that. It’s such an emotional roller coaster.”
  • The Fourth Period: Sources saying the Blackhawks are extremely interested in Ryan Kesler. The Penguins put an offer on the table and the Red Wings, Flyers and Blue Jackets are also interested. The Blackhawks are also interested Martin Brodeur.
  • Will DePaoli: The Canucks were scouting the Penguins AHL team on Thursday.
  • Mark Spector: Doubtful that Kesler would accept a trade to the Maple Leafs.
  • Rob Tychkowski: The Predators could send Devan Dubnyk to the AHL when Pekka Rinne returns this week. Interesting as Dubnyk is on a one-way deal and Carter Hutton is on a two-way. Hutton has started 10 of their last 11.

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Morning Rumors I: Preds, Ducks, Avs, Canucks, Sabres, Oilers, Panthers and Maple Leafs

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile on the Devan Dubnyk trade and his search for a goalie.

    “After we realized that Pekka would be out for an extended period of time, we’ve been trying to improve ourselves in goal, and in order to do that you need a partner to do that with,” Poile told ESPN.com Thursday. “But we just didn’t have one. There was no goalie available. This was really the first opportunity. It’s all about timing, I wish we could have done this earlier in the season but it just wasn’t available to us.”

    The Ducks may be looking for a right handed defenseman. Rangers Dan Girardi is at the top of their wishlist, but the Rangers are hopeful they can re-sign him.

    The trade freeze for Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly lifts on February 28th. Several teams are looking to see what the Avs will do with him. He’ll be a RFA with a qualifying offer of $6.5 million. He can sign an extension for less. There would be at least 12 teams that would be interested in him. They could use a defenseman. Pending UFA Paul Stastny could also be used to upgrade their defense. The Canucks could use O’Reilly and they have depth on the blueline.

    The Sabres could trade Ryan Miller by the trade deadline, but sources saying there isn’t a lot going on now.

    Jonas Hiller will be looked at by the Oilers if he hits on the open market this offseason. The Oilers could also look at the trade market which could include Cam Ward.

    The Panthers could be interested Michal Neuvirth. There hasn’t been any talks between the two teams. Could be more of an offseason move for the Panthers.

    Some sources are saying that Nazem Kadri is in play, but the Leafs are listening and not pushing.

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think the goal for Edmonton is to try to sign Jonas Hiller this summer to be the top guy.” … ”The Oilers keep on paying prices for goaltenders that may be marginal improvements on who they have.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Much of the Kadri trade talk is media driven. He is an interesting case. He’s had enough time to develop into an NHL player.” … ”The real Kadri is the player we’re seeing now. He’s very skilled but I don’t think he’s the right fit as a #2 C.” … ”I buy the trade speculation, but I don’t think the Leafs are eager to move him because of their weakness up the middle of the ice” … ”If Kadri is going to be involved in a trade, I’ve been told bluntly by Nonis that it needs to be for a C in return” … ”Who’s going to give you a better C for someone who may develop into a good C?” … ”I do think Kadri gets moved this year but it’s going to be a delicate one.”
  • Hope Smoke: Dave Nonis on the Radio: ”Kadri and Gardiner’s names are brought up quite a bit, so is Rielly’s. We’d be willing to trade Kadri.” … ”There’s a difference between willing to and trying to. If the right deal comes up we would do it.” … ”If the right deal for JVR comes up we would do that to. We’re willing to trade anyone if it means our club gets better” … ”We would also trade Reimer if it made our organization better. I can also see Reimer back here next year challenging with Bernier” … ”We’re looking long-term. I don’t see us trading young players for rentals. We still have to continue to add pieces to this org” … ”Giving away young players or first round picks just isn’t good for business.”
  • Brian Wilde: If Wilde was a GM, he’d make serious inquiries about Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner. The Leafs are getting confused as to who their assets are.

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NHL Trade: Oilers Trade Devan Dubnyk To Predators For Matt Hendricks

The Edmonton Oilers have traded goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators for forward Matt Hendricks. The Oilers will pick up half of Dubnyk’s salary according to Willy Daunic (Predators radio play-by-play guy).

The 27-year old Dubnyk was drafted 14th overall in 2004 by the Oilers. He carries a $3.5 million cap hit. Dubnyk will be a free agent at the end of the season.

The 32-year old Hendricks was drafted 131st overall in the fifth round of the 2000 draft by the Predators. He carries a $1.825 million salary cap hit. Hendricks is under contract until after the 2016-17 season.

What do you think of the trade?

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Morning Rumors: Byfuglien, Penguins, Girardi, Oilers, Barrie, Kings, Kadri and Sabres

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless thinks the Jets need to trade Dustin Byfuglien and get the most they can for him, whether it be at the deadline or in the summer. He would be a fit for a team looking for a power play specialist, an offensive-minded defenseman to play limited minutes. He’s not a 25-plus minute guy. Return for Byfuglien may be a first round pick and top prospect. Maybe a roster player, second or third pairing defenseman and a third rounder? A top six forward and late pick?
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Penguins are looking to replace Pascal Dupuis through a trade. They plan to see what is out there, and then make a move after the Olympics.
  • Mark Spector: Spector notes that Rangers Dan Girardi is a good defenseman, but why would the Rangers trade him. No chance that they get two top prospects for him. Jimmy Murphy: Murphy responds to Spector that the sad thing is, they might. They won’t get it from the Bruins as (a) Chiarelli is smart and (b) the Bruins don’t have that.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks the Rangers will get more Girardi close to the trade deadline.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) The Oilers have UFAs in Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Jones. Draft picks are the usual compensation for rentals, but the Oilers need prospects over picks. Matheson thinks they will listen to offers for both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov at the deadline.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater thinks that Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie will get traded.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings are looking for a scoring left winger for their top two lines. After the Carcillo trade, they have about $1.7 million in cap space. Trade chips could include: Kyle Clifford, Matt Frattin, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, draft picks and prospects.
  • Howard Berger on Berger Bytes: The Maple Leafs may have to decide whether it will be Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle by the March 5th trade deadline. If they are to continue to develop Kadri, they’ll have to find a new coach. If Carlyle is to stay, Kadri is likely gone.

    “[Kadri] seems to be in a bit of a funk,” offered Carlyle in a early bid for personal understatement-of-the-year. “He seems to be standing still in a lot of situations. He’s falling down a lot… I’ve never seem him fall down on the ice when he’s got 100 per cent possession of the puck. [On Saturday], at the blue line, he finds a way to fall down. He’s surprised and we’re surprised that those types of things are happening to him.

    “Our advice to him is to commit to the time off the ice [workouts in the gym], and when you’re on the ice, you work extremely hard and then you do extra… and that’s what he’s doing now. It’s the same for any pro. When things aren’t going well for yourself, you have to be selfish, take a look in the mirror and say, ‘I’ve got to work my way out of this.’ The old adage is put your nose to the grindstone and work your way through it.”

    A Kadri for Nail Yakupov trade makes sense skill wise, but Yakupov would drive Carlyle nuts. A Kadri for Sam Gagner trade makes some sense. Gagner has two years left at a $4.8 million cap hit. The Leafs would likely have to make another move to make it work.

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason said that they had a handful of teams to think about waiving his no-trade clause for.
  • Nick Kypreos: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray’s name won’t disappear with regards to the Sabres GM position. Bruce Garrioch: Murray’s name may emerge as the top candidate for the Sabres GM position. Hope Smoke: SportsNets Doug MacLean said that Murray will be the Sabres next GM. MacLean added that they haven’t named him yet as Murray was in Sweden for the World Junior Championship and hasn’t been able to get to Buffalo yet. Bob McKenzie: Murray appears to be the frontrunner and has had a second interview. Nobody has been told that they are out: Benning, Treliving and Futa.

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Afternoon Notes, Lines and Starting Goalies

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have recalled Alex Petrovic and Drew Shore. Likely means that Scottie Upshall is out. George Richardson: Petrovic recalled to replace Erik Gudbrandson.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-EStaal-Ruutu; Gerbe-JStaal-Semin; Bowman-Nash-Dwyer; Boychuk-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Rich Chere: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Tedenby-Elias-Bernier; Boucher-Henrique-Ryder; Clowe-Loktioniv-Gionta.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Versteeg-Handzus-Kane, Bickell-Shaw-Saad, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.
  • Mike Heika: Stars lines: Benn-Seguin-Nichushkin, Roussel-Eakin-Garbutt, Cole-Peverley-Chiasson. Horcoff-Fiddler-Whitney.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Vitale, Zolnierczyk-Sutter-Kobasew, Conner-Jokinen-Neal, Glass-Sill–Adams. Pens Inside Scoop: Power play units: 1: Niskanen, Jokinen, Crosby, Neal, Kunitz. 2: Maatta, Despres, Conner, Sutter, Kobasew.
  • Roger Millions: Flames lines: Cammalleri Backlund Byron- Galiardi Stajan Stempniak – D.Jones Colborne. Hudler – Bouma Monahan McGrattan.
  • Roger Millions: Oilers lines: Hall RNH Perron – Joensuu Gagner Eberle – Smyth Gordon Hemsky – Gazdic Lander Yakupov.
  • Michael Russo: Wild Lines:  Nino-Koivu-Coyle; Heatley-Granlund-Pominville; Cooke-Brodziak-Fontaine; Veilleux-Konopka-Mitchell.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators defensive pairings: Cowen-Karlsson; Phillips-Ceci and Methot-Gryba.
  • David Alter: Looking like Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs tonight.
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils.
  • Allen Panzeri: Robin Lehner will start in net for the Senators.
  • Larry Brooks: Cam Talbot will make his third consecutive start for the Rangers.
  • Tracey Myers: Antti Raanta will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Jeff Rimer: Curtis McElhinney will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
  • James Mirtle: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Devan Dubnyk will start in net tonight, Ilya Bryzgalov will start tomorrow.

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Morning Rumors: Kings, Canadiens, Jets, Panthers, Oilers, Canes, Senators and Scouting the Avs-Stars

  • The Fourth Period: The Kings don’t appear to be close to making a trade, though they are looking at add. GM Dean Lombardi has had a few discussion about potential deals this season, but nothing that could be labelled as serious. Any deal is likely to happen in the new year, closer to the trade deadline. It’s thought that they would like to add another winger and to bolster their blueline. They currently have $2.4 million in cap space.
  • The Fourth Period: It’s taking the Canadiens longer to acquire some size and offense than they would have liked. GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for a top-six scoring winger. The Canadiens have about $3.5 million in cap space. Multiple reports saying they have been shopping Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta in order to free up cap space and to improve their roster. They have been linked to Jets Evander Kane, but it’s not known how in-depth trade talks have gotten. Bergevin is also in contract talks with P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
  • Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel: Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola.

    “We intend on being in the free-agent market in a significant way” Viola said. “We’re here to build a winner. … We want to patiently win now. I don’t know if we can resolve the two logically, but that’s how I would say it.”

    On if there is a premier free agent that is available that GM Dale Tallon wants, “We won’t hesitate, not at all,” Viola said.

    “Dale Tallon will teach me the hockey side of this challenge, and he will execute it as its principal leader. The more I learn the better I will be able to support his commandership of the execution of that. But it’s been very exciting so far, and we are committed to winning now — patiently.”

  • Jonathan Willis: Willis on Bruce Garrioch’s rumor that the Oilers could be interested in Hurricanes Justin Peters.

    It’s an odd rumour, for a few reasons, including the fact that Edmonton has a full depth chart in net and just sent a comparable player in Jason LaBarbera to Chicago.

    Most importantly, though, Justin Peters isn’t an especially good goaltender, despite his numbers this season. In 64 career NHL games the 27-year-old has a 0.905 save percentage. Among goalies with more than 50 games since 2009-10, that ties him with Scott Clemmensen, Joey MacDonald, Marty Turco and Antero Niitymaki. That’s two third-string goalies and two guys who have since been pushed into retirement.

    The only scenario that may make sense is if they deal a deal basically in place to move someone out. A team like the Islanders may want to give Devan Dubnyk a test run.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ales Hemsky on trade rumors:

    “You know, I always used to pay attention at the deadline,” Hemsky said Monday in Los Angeles as the Oilers prepared to face the host Kings on Tuesday. “You check Twitter, you listen to what you guys (media) are tweeting. It can get you in your head.

    “There have been rumours for so long, but I have to say this is the first year I’m not really thinking about it,” said Hemsky, whose two-year, $10 million contract ends July 1 when he’ll be an unrestricted free-agent — for the second time as an Oiler.

  • Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Robin Lehner on the No.1 goalie situation in Ottawa.

    “This year, I’m the backup, I’ve said that a bunch of times,” Lehner says. “I’ve played a bunch of games, but it’s been weird circumstances – to go take over, because it’s not that time yet.”

    “It’s not my time yet,” Lehner says. “There’s been a few times this year where people have said, ‘maybe now you can start running with him.’ But it’s not about that right now. It’s about us as a team – to get better.”

  • Ryan Boulding: Scouting the Avalanche – Stars game: Flames, Blues (2), Oilers, Canadiens (2), Lightning and Penguins.

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Morning Rumors: Khudobin, Peters, Mason, Vanek, Diaz, Callahan, Gleason, Dubnyk, Bryzgalov and World Juniors

  • Craig Custance: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is close to returning to the lineup, and the Hurricanes are getting some trade interest in both Khudobin and Justin Peters.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it could be to distracting to have heavy contract negotiations with Steve Mason during the season.
  • Matt Larkin: “Time to fire up the Thomas Vanek trade rumor circus again.”
  • The Fourth Period: The Canadiens and Raphael Diaz continue to work on a new contract. Diaz is in the final year of a his two-year, $2.45 million contract. Diaz could get over $2 million a year in a new deal. GM Marc Bergevin continues to get inquiries about potential trades. Scott Mellanby, the Canadians Director of Player Development was at the Jets-Rangers game last night.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: When asked if there were any contract talks with the Rangers about an extension, Ryan Callahan responded with:

    “There’s absolutely nothing going on with that.”

    “It’s something that will take care of itself,” Callahan said when asked if he is bothered by the lack of progress toward an extension. “I’ll play this year and see what happens after that.”

    The Senators, along with the Blackhawks, had two scouts watching the Rangers. The Senators have talked the Rangers about Michael Del Zotto.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Trade speculation around Gleason has been constant. I’ve been told something was close.” … ”At the moment though he still hasn’t been approached about waiving his NTC. Dicey situation with a veteran guy like Gleason”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov will be UFAs at the end of the season and one will likely be available for trade by the trade deadline.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are implying that Morgan Rielly won’t be made available for the World Juniors. Flames Sean Monahan is still out with an injury. Can’t see the Avalanche allowing Nathan MacKinnon to go. Capitals Tom Wilson isn’t playing much for them. Chris Stevenson: Hockey Canada’s Scott Salmond said that at this point, he been informed that MacKinnon and Wilson will not be made available by their NHL teams.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think that Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson have played well together, Clarkson moved to the checking line at practice yesterday.

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Morning Hits: 2012 Draft, Backlund, New Avs lines, Dubnyk and the Sabres

  • Aaron Portzline: Former Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was thrilled when the Oilers drafted Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray in 2012. The Blue Jackets wouldn’t have drafted Yakupov at No 2. Portzline thinks (if remembers correctly) that Howson would have taken Alex Galchenyuk at No. 2 if the Oilers had taken Murray at No. 1. Howson liked Murray so much, he had turned down all of the Islanders draft picks for the No. 2 slot.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames forward Mikael Backlund was benched for a good part of the 2nd period and was demoted to the 4th line.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Nathan MacKinnon is likely to replace Matt Duchene on the teams first line, centering Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly. Paul Stastny will center Jamie McGinn and P.A. Parenteau. John Mitchell centering Cody McLeod and Max Talbot.
  • Jason Gregor: Devan Dubnyk will start in net for the Oilers tonight.
  • John Vogl: Sabres coach Ted Nolan:

    “There’s some maneuvering room we can do here. We checked the farm team, see who’s going well down there. There’s a couple players playing exceptionally well down there that deserve an opportunity. We’ve been tweaking. We’re going to meet right after this and see what we can do.”

    Former GM Darcy Regier’s plan was to use young players and get a high draft pick.

    “We’re going to try to get this thing on proper footing going forward and putting people in position of success versus force-feeding them,” Nolan said. “You see some good organizations and how they go about it. You don’t force-feed somebody and say we’re rebuild. Rebuild is important, but how you rebuild is really important.

    “Like I said, Patty and I have been talking about it since we got involved. I think you can have some young kids, a few of them, but not as many as we have.”

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Afternoon Rumors: Maple Leafs, Downie, Goaltenders and Draft Lottery

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Most likely that the Leafs will look to get something done with a team in the West. There is that relationship in Anaheim”
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs could look at the free agent market if they don’t go in-house on a centerman. They could look at Vinny Prospal, but they are tight against the cap. Putting Dave Bolland on the LTIR will give them some flexibility.
  • Brian Stubits of Eye on Hockey CBS Sports: Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet 960 Calgary with a little more detail into Steve Downie getting traded out of Colorado:

    “Basically what it goes back to was during training camp Downie got mad at [Captain Gabriel] Landeskog for a trip during a scrimmage and he drilled him. I was just told from that day, considering Downie was a bit unrepentanant about it, I just heard the Avalanche decided they were going to make the change at that time. You can’t have guys doing that. The timing is still very odd, it’s an interesting time for the deal, but I was told basically the Avalanche had decided that when that happened and Downie was basically unapologetic about it, the time was going to come where he was going to get dealt.”

  • Matthew Coller: A look at some teams who may need goaltender at some point and goalies who may fit those needs.

    Blues: Their problem is the inconsistency of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Ryan Miller could be a solution.

    Oilers: Devan Dubnyk’s poor start. James Reimer could be a solution.

    Blackhawks: Poor backup play of Nikolai Khabibulin. Scott Clemmensen could be a solution.

    Penguins: Injury to Tomas Vokoun. Signing free agent Jose Theodore could be a solution.

    Islanders: Need someone better than Evgeni Nabokov if you want to complete for the cup. Trading for Jonas Hiller could be a solution.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Since the Devils have to forfeit their 1st round pick, the NHL isn’t a 100 percent sure how they will be handling the draft lottery. They may keep the Devils as part of the lottery to determine the order.

 

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