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Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.

    The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.

    The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.

    The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.

    The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.

    Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.

    Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.

    The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.

    Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.

    Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.

    Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.

    There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.

    If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.

    The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.

    Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.

    Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.

    Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
  • Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
  • Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.

    “I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”

    Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.

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Morning Rumors: Blues, Rangers, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Avs, Oilers, Hurricanes, Canucks and Top 5 Grinders

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) If the Blues are looking to bring a bigger name in, it will have to include salary going out. If the Blues are looking at Ryan Callahan, the Rangers will want someone that could step right into their lineup (ie. Chris Stewart) and not just picks and prospects. The emergence of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, and with Dmitrij Jaskin on his way, has made Stewart expendable. If Stewart isn’t dealt at the deadline, he could be moved in the summer.

    Custance thinks it’s in the best interest of the Blue Jackets to trade Marian Gaborik at the deadline and that he might be able to land them a 1st round pick.

    Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will deplete their system to land Ryan Miller.

    Custance thinks there could be at least on trade at the deadline that nobody saw coming. GMs appear to be wanting to make “hockey deals” rather than rentals.

    There’s the sense that the Avalanche will keep Ryan O’Reilly as Patrick Roy really likes him.

    Oilers Sam Gagner is all but assured to be traded. There could be a bigger deal to be made if Oilers GM Criag MacTavish can find a taker. Still a long-shot that one of the Oilers other stars gets traded, but it is possible.

    If the Hurricanes are willing to retain some salary,and if he’d waive his no-trade clause, they might be able to find a taker for goalie Cam Ward. If the Hurricanes wanted to move Anton Khudobin, they could get a draft pick for him for a contender who is looking for a goaltending depth.

    Custance thinks it will be interesting to see if the Canucks will look to trade Alex Edler at the deadline. It could benefit them in both the short-term and long-term if they could get a young center for him.

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Grinders: 1. Ryan Callahan – maybe looking for an NHL regular to place him if they decide to trade him. 2. Andrew Ladd – could bring the Jets a substantial return. The Penguins could use a big winger and have the assets. 3. Tuomo Ruutu – will teams want to take on his salary. 4. Troy Brouwer – the Capitals could use either a top four defenseman, prospects and/or picks. 5. Erik Cole
  • Dennis Bernstein: Gary Bettman on WFAN: ”we hope there are World Cups in future because we can control the timing of event.” Added a switch to the Summer Olympics is not feasible.

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Morning Rumors: Isles, Kings, Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Devils, Bruins, Stars, Wings, Sabres, Flames and Leafs

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Islanders have taken a number of calls on Thomas Vanek and he could be dealt by tomorrow, but it’s far from certain. Vanek’s agent confirmed with ESPN that he’ll likely be testing out the free agent market. Asking price could be any three of a 1st round pick, prospects or a player. If one of the assets is high enough, it could only take two assets and not three. GM Garth Snow still hopes to sign him. The Kings are one team watching the situation, but Matt Moulson may be their top target. There are also reports of Sam Gagner and Mike Cammalleri interesting them.
  • Brett Cyrgalis: Vanek on testing the open market for the first time in his career.

    “I like it here in the organization, but there’s more to it than that,” Vanek told The Post on Wednesday, his team coming off a much-needed 1-0 win over the Capitals in Washington the night before and preparing for the Flames at the Coliseum on Thursday. “It’s the business part of it, and sometimes it sucks.”

    “For me right now, hopefully I can stay here and finish the year, and if I get moved, I understand that side of it, too,” Vanek said. “But right now, I feel like I want to hit free agency.”

    There is still a small chance that the Islanders will be able to re-sign him this summer.

    “I think the chances are a lot higher now that I have been here, that’s for sure,” he said. “They’re definitely a team I would like to look again in the summer, but for me, being a little selfish I guess, I just want to hit [free agency] once.”

  • Elliotte Freidman: Some teams may be disappointed not to see Marian Gaborik play at the Olympics. He wouldn’t cost has much as Vanek or Moulson.

    The Canucks won’t trade future assets for rentals.

    One reason the Kings are looking at Sam Gagner is that their power play is the 3rd worst in the league and Gagner was 28th in power play points last season with 15. Gagner’s $4.8 million cap hit is the issue. The Oilers would have to eat some of the contract, and they may not be willing to do that.

    The Panthers have only 10 players under contract for next season. They are in no rush to trade Brad Boyes, Tom Gilbert and Marcel Goc just yet.

    Hearing the Devils could be interested in Mike Cammalleri.

  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has had trade talks, but doesn’t see them making any deals before the Olympic roster freeze tomorrow.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff are caught in the middle of the Stars looking to be competitive in the immediate future and in the long run. Both players are 35-years old.

    “My experience is that if you have younger players, you need a few veterans to show them the way,’’ Nill said. “I just feel there’s room for a good mix of players in your locker room.’’

    Both players have one year left on their deals. They might look at moving Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney and keeping Cole and Horcoff.

  • The Fourth Period: The Wings would like to add some depth before the trade deadline according to the Detroit News, but it’s unlikely to happen before the Olympic break.

    “I don’t envision us trading away players who could be part of our future,” Wings GM Ken Holland told the paper. “Those are the players other teams will be asking about.

    “I don’t know if there are many players on the market who we feel are better than (young players the Red Wings currently have).”

    The Wings have shown interest in Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Lee Stempniak and Ray Whitney.

  • Dennis Bernstein: “For those Kings fans running for exits on Toffoli, here’s definition of untouchable. Lombardi hangs up phone when name comes up. So like 99% of the players in NHL, Toffoli is mentioned by rival GM and Deano listens. It does not mean he is on the verge of being dealt.”
  • Paul Hamilton: Sabres GM Tim Murray said he’s had talks with teams about Ryan Miller, including on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN: Blackhawks Patrick Kane will miss Friday’s game against the Coyotes due to the passing of his paternal grandfather.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames and Mike Cammalleri continue contracts talks. It is too early to know which way they are going. Logic suggests that if he goes UFA and gets traded, but both sides are not at that stage yet.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Flames are also working on a contract extension for defenseman Kris Russell.
  • Dave McCarthy of TSN 1050: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland’s injury isn’t healing as fast as he’d hoped. He’s more concerned about getting back into the lineup than a new contract (pending UFA).

    “I don’t know if I’m missing anything, I think in the past few years I’ve won two Stanley Cups,” said Bolland. “I’ve been to the finals and know what it’s like to get there; I’ve been through those battles so I don’t think this should hinder any kind of contract. I think they know what I do and what kind of heart I have out there.”

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Corey Schneider has one-year left on his deal and will be a UFA after the 2014-15 season. Will he re-sign with the Devils or look to test the free agent market next year?

    “I don’t know,” he told NJ.com. “That’s something that I really haven’t put a lot of thought into. I still have a lot to hopefully prove this season. We’re still trying to make the playoffs. That’s not even an option for another five or six months, so I’m not thinking about that at all right now.”

  • Ken Campbell: Panthers Tim Thomas earned $250,000 with his 15th win. He’ll get another $250,000 at 20 and 25 wins. A $500,000 bonus if they make the playoffs.
  • Mike Harrington: Scouting the Sabres – Penguins: Oilers, Blackhawks, Flyers, Avs, Bruins, Predators, Jets, Blues Stars, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Sharks, Panthers, Red Wings (2), Senators and Lightning.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Non-regulars scouting the Blackhawks – Ducks: Jets, Oilers, Lightning, Red Wings, Flyers, Leafs and Canucks.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs Dave Bolland on still experiencing some ankle pain: ”It’s going to be like that for probably the rest of this year and maybe in the summer.”
  • Puckarinen: According to Michael Russo, Mikko Koivu has ”not even cleared to practice with the team”. Don’t expect him playing for Finland at the Olympics.

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VIDEO: SportsNet HC Trade Tracker: Stars Erik Cole

Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Dallas Stars should trade Erik Cole. If the Stars determine they are out of it, they could look to move him.

Brian Lawton thinks possible destinations include: Sabres and Avalanche. Marty McSorley thinks possible destinations are: Hurricanes, Predators and Canucks.

Who do you think should go after Cole, and at what cost?

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Morning Rumors III: Rangers, Sharks, Leafs, Pens, Stars, Sabres, Blues, Wild, Coyotes and Canadiens

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Trade talk is picking up.

    “There’s definitely more talking going on,” one team executive told ESPN.com Monday night. ”Some of the bubble/lower teams have begun to share their lists of players they might move if they fall out of it.”

    Salary cap will play a big part this year.

    “Because of that, I still think most of the action, like 90 percent of it, happens after the Olympics, closer to March,” said one player agent who has a player or two who likely will be on the move.

    Contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan have not gone well and he could be moved. GM Glen Sather called some teams over the weekend to say Callahan could be available.

    Talks between the Sharks and Dan Boyle are ongoing, but a deal may not be close. The Sharks could be worried about the 35+ rule. Boyle may be looking for a two year deal.

    Teams have called Maple Leafs about Nazem Kadri.

    The Penguins will have some decisions to make on their blueline with pending UFAs Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. They have prospects Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson and Derrick Pouliot. It wouldn’t be surprising if they moved someone for a winger. LeBrun wonders if any team will calling the Penguins about Kris Letang before the draft. His big contract kicks in next season.

    Ray Whitney may welcome a trade if the Stars fall out of the race.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: the Rangers are gauging interest on Ryan Callahan, and less so on Dan Girardi. The Rangers may be more confident in re-signing Girardi, though he’s getting a lot of interest. Bob McKenzie: If the Rangers don’t re-sign one or both, they could trade one or both. Even though they are in the playoff race, the Rangers realize they are not a contender and don’t want to let them walk for nothing. Girardi may be looking for a seven year deal in the Jay Bouwmeester ranger, $5.4 million. Callahan is looking for a seven year deal in the $6 million range.

    Bob McKenzie: there has been some interest in Ryan Miller. The Wild haven’t made an offer. They are waiting to see what happens with Josh Harding. The Blues have lukewarm interest in Miller.

    Some bubble teams have started sending out lists of players who might be available and to say ”If we pull the plug right before the Olympic break, here is the list of players that we’re willing to move.” Those teams are also using the next 10 days to see if they are buyers or sellers.

    Dreger thinks there will be at least two outdoor games (Winter and Heritage Classic) next year, maybe four.

  • Elliotte Friedman: A $5 million player will cost about $410,000 during the Olympic break. Some owners won’t care about the extra salary to pay out in a pre-Olympic trade, but some might.

    Blackhawks Brandon Pirri will lose his waiver exception next season. The Ducks and Peter Holland were in a similar situation and they decided to trade him before they could have lost him for nothing.

    Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe offered to step away from the team, owner Daryl Katz refused.

    The Blues were interested in Thomas Vanek in October, Friedman doesn’t see why they would be interested now.

    Erik Cole’s agent is denying his client wants out of Dallas.

    Interest in Ray Whitney will likely pick up.

    Coyotes Derek Morris‘ name has come up recently. He’s a pending UFA and the Coyotes would like some scoring. One problem would that it would leave only Zbynek Michalek as their only veteran right-handed shot.

    The Canadiens and Penguins are looking for size.

    Many don’t think Sam Gagner is suited to play the wing. There was talk of the Penguins possibly interested.

    Anyone that signed post-lockout is not eligible for compliance buyouts.

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Morning Rumors II: Ducks, Leafs, Bruins, Canucks, Stars, Jets, Oilers, Sharks and Avs

  • Pierre LeBrun: Ducks GM Bob Murray on Jonas Hiller trade rumors:

    “There’s not a chance in hell that I’m moving Jonas Hiller,” Murray told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “I’m tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere.”

  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Tim Leiweke and the Maple Leafs will be targeting Steven Stamkos in 2016 when he could become a UFA. If he’s not re-signed before, the Leafs could be in a position to offer him a huge deal, maybe close to the 20 percent max. If the salary cap his around $80 million, that could be around $16 million a season.
  • Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston: The Bruins may have to look for a defenseman before the trade deadline. They will try from within for now, but even though they have depth at the position now, it may not be enough for a playoff run.
  • The Fourth Period: The Canucks are said to be looking for a top-nine forward, a center for their third line. Pierre LeBrun said they could use their blueline depth to acquire a center. Brad Richardson is their current third line center, so they could add a forth line center or a top-nine winger.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams may look to get the jump on the trade deadline and make a deal before the February 7th Olympic trade freeze. One issue for teams acquiring a player(s) before the deadline is that they would have to pay their salary during the two week break.
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: GM Jim Nill is looking at deals, but it’s really hard to find a match. If the Stars are out if it by the trade deadline, players that could become available are: Vern Fiddler, Ray Whitney and Erik Cole. Nill brought in Shawn Horcoff and Sergei Gonchar, so it’s unlikely they move. Heika thinks the Stars will look to improve their blueline, but that isn’t easy to do. They could also look at moving Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski.
  • Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: A source said that the Maple Leafs are looking for depth and size up front.

    “From what I understand, David is looking for a big body… someone that can spark a more aggressive forecheck, which the Leafs have been lacking, and – just as importantly – can be relied upon in the playoffs,” said a Western Conference scout. “Acquiring a skilled player of that ilk is difficult, but Toronto could have a big [trading] chip on the blue-line.”

    Berger doesn’t think the Maple Leafs will trade James Reimer before the trade deadline, but wonders if they could get Dustin Byfuglien for Reimer and Carl Gunnarsson.

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t be trading all their draft picks and good young players for immediate help according to Tim Leiweke.

    “What we will not do, I promise you, is we’re not going to knee-jerk,” Leiweke told the Fan 590. “We will not give away our good kids, we’re not going to give away all of our draft picks. This is a long-term vision. And what we’re not going to do is panic and do a bad deal…

    “This organization in the past has had a bad track record of knee-jerking and doing deals that were bad deals and using good young assets. We won’t do that anymore.”

  • SportsNet: Scott Morrison, Nick Kypreos and Mark Spector: Joe Nieuwendyk may be the Flames main GM target. Capitals GM George McPhee may be their ‘Plan B’ GM target as he’s in the last year of his deal. Jets trade chips could be Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane. The Oilers are overvaluing Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky. Hemsky may only bring a 3rd round pick. Sharks Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are both expected to re-sign. Paul Stastny may their odd man out in Colorado. They may not look to move Stastny at the deadline if they are in the playoff race, unless they are able to fill another hole like a big winger or a top-four defenseman. The Sabres may give Ted Nolan a contract extension soon.

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Morning Rumors: Flames, Marchand, Buyer Beware, Buyout Candidates, Senators and Leafs

  • Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald: Flames Brian Burke is saying again that he doesn’t want to be their GM.

    “If anyone thinks I want to be the GM, then I should be in begging for the job,” he said Thursday from his home in Toronto where he made a stop amid the team’s five-game road trip to attend his daughter’s Christmas concert. “I should be in (owner) Murray (Edward)’s office or (president) Ken King’s office, saying ‘I want to be the GM.’ I don’t. I’m conducting the search.”

    The Flames have received permission to speak with potential candidate, and have had some talks with other teams. Burke’s shortlist has three to six names. Interviews may not start for a month and could take until the summer.

  • Boston Bruins: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: ”Let me be clear on Marchy…I’m not trading Marchy, he’s a good player, I like the way he plays.”
  • Tim Seppa on ESPN: Buyer beware candidates on the trade market: Martin Erat – aging forward and a potential distraction. Shawn Matthias – underachieving and lack of consistency. Drew Stafford – not worth the price tag ($4 million cap hit) and has low defensive value. Eric Cole – his age and which Cole will you get? Zack Kassian – inconsistent effort, poor judgement and a limited ceiling. Jack Johnson – overrated and a poor possession player. Tim Thomas – availability and upside have taken a bit of hit due to his age. Justin Peters – he’s not really as good as he looks right now.
  • Neil Greenberg of ESPN: 10 potential buyout candidates for 2014: Ville Leino, Tuomo Ruutu, Anton Volchenkov, Paul Gaustad, Martin Havlat, Erik Cole, Mikael Samuelsson and R.J. Umberger.
  • Ken Warren: Even the Senators players know some changes could be coming.

    “Change is inevitable when things like this happen,” Ryan said before Thursday’s game. “I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. And guys wouldn’t be surprised in the room, right? I think guys would understand that’s the way the game goes if you’re not performing.”

    A short-term fix could be to acquire an experience, reliable defenseman. Someone like Coyotes Rostislav Klesla could be an option. His $2.9 million is an issue though. May only cost them a third or fourth liner, or a bottom end defenseman. Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba’s names have been mentioned when looking at Michael Del Zotto. Warren wonders about trading Jason Spezza to a Western Conference team. Spezza will make $7 million next year, the last year of his seven year deal. Someone may offer up a first round pick, allowing them to recoup a first since they sent theirs to the Ducks in the Bobby Ryan trade. Spezza has a no-trade clause.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”At some point some team will find that magic formula and Gardiner will be part of a trade package.”
  • Hope Smoke: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”You add players to your core all the time. We have no players with no-trade clauses and we’d be comfortable moving anyone.” … ”Gardiner has god given ability that you don’t want to take away from him. needs to be more consistent. Jake & Morgan are our future”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”There is a lot of trade talk. There has not been a significant trade this year due to the cap.” … ”There are a lot of guys willing to make deals with you but they’re for things that won’t help you” … ”The most difficult part is that you are trying to make moves for dollar in for dollar out.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”We’ve got players that are UFA and we’ll look to talk to them before their contracts expire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Nonis: ”I have no interest in trading JVR for a centre.”
  • Dennis Bernstein: Senators GM Bryan Murray is working hard to make a deal, looking to make a significant one.

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NHL Rumor Round up on 14 teams and a top trade candidate list

  • Bruce Garrioch: Trade talk is in full swing.

    “There is so much talk, and so many names, it’s hard to believe that everything that is being talked about could actually happen,” said a league executive Thursday. “Lots of teams are trying to make changes. No question.”

    The Canadiens are the most obvious landing spot for Vincent Lecavalier. At one point the Lightning had a deal in place to send Lecavalier to the Canadiens for Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban and a No. 1 pick, but Lightning ownership wouldn’t allow it.

    If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, look for the Lightning to bring him back on a two year deal.

    The Blues might be seeing what they can get for T.J. Oshie and David Perron. The Blues still need to re-sign RFAs Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo.

    The Sabres are looking to see what they can get for Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.

    Scott Gomez likely won’t be back with the Sharks next year.

    Canadiens GM Marc Bergeron may be sniffing around to see if there is a market for Tomas Plekanec. He has a no-trade clause and has a cap hit of $5 million.

    The Stars are offering Erik Cole around the league.

    Avalanche could be trying to send Paul Stastny and his $6.6 million to the Maple Leafs. UFA after next season.

    The Panthers may have tried to get Matt Duchene from the Avalanche, but were turned down quickly.

    Flames have been shopping some of their three first round picks and Mike Cammalleri.

    The Flyers may want to look for a short term goalie solution instead of a longer term one in Mike Smith. The Flyers may call Tim Thomas to see if he’d be interested. Believed that the Flyers have talked to the Sabres about Ryan Miller.

  • James Mirtle: Top trade candidates this weekend: 1. Kris Letang 2. Roberto Luongo 3. Shawn Horcoff 4. Paul Stastny 5. Dion Phaneuf 6. Mike Cammalleri 7. Dave Bolland 8. Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.  Other possibilities: Ales Hemsky, Jeff Schultz, John-Michael Liles, Tom Gilbert and David Booth.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that nobody has called about Mike Cammalleri.
  • Mark Masters: Feaster on trades leading up to the draft: ‘Well, we hope … we’re trying to make some deals. I’ve talked to all 29 other teams.’
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Rangers have three picks in the second round and could be looking to move up into the second round.

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Trade Rumors: Hurricanes, Canucks, Oilers, Stars and Bruins

  • Kevin Allen via twitter: The Carolina Hurricanes could be making a trade for a veteran defenseman in the next couple days.
  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks will be without center Ryan Kesler for four to six weeks. If the Canucks were to trade Roberto Luongo, it would get them at least a center and it would give Cory Schneider the comfort of knowing that even if he has a bad game, he’ll be back in there.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney is trying to stay positive while being a healthy scratch. Some scouts have wondered if the Oilers have diminished Whitney’s trade value by making him a healthy scratch. It doesn’t look like there is a market for Whitney at the moment.
  • Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News: Cowlishaw questions if the Stars trading for Erik Cole means it will be the end of Brenden Morrow, who’ll be a UFA at the end of the season. GM Joe Nieuwendy didn’t rule out more trades by the April 3rd deadline.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to add some depth on the wing. Someone with size, offensive ability and veteran experience. A left winger for the third line may be ideal, but also has the ability to move up if need be. Haggerty lists potential trade targets for the Bruins: Jarome Iginla – If they could get Iginla for a 1st round pick and a prospect, they should do it. Daniel Alfredsson – He’ll be a UFA at the end of the year, so he shouldn’t cost a roster player. If it would cost a roster player, they shouldn’t do it. Stephen Weiss – He’ll be a UFA at seasons end and is in the doghouse, so his price tag would be lower than Iginla’s and Alfredsson. Danny Briere – The cost shouldn’t be more than picks and prospects. The Bruins would have to fit his $6.5 million cap in though. Ruslan Fedotenko and Tyler Kennedy – Cost would be low round draft pick or ‘B’ level prospects.

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Canadiens trade Cole to Stars for Ryder and a pick

The Dallas Stars have traded winger Michael Ryder and a 2013 3rd round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for winger Erik Cole.

Cole scored a career high 35 goals last season for the Canadiens. He chipped in with 26 assists for 61 points. The 34-year old was off to a slower start this year as he’s only scored 3 goals and 3 assists in 19 games.

The 32-year old Ryder has scored 6 goals and added 8 assists for 14 points in 19 games.

Cole has 2 years left on his deal after this season and carries a salary cap hit of $4.5 million. Ryder will be a UFA at the end of the year and has a $3.5 million cap hit.

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Garrioch’s rumor roundup … Liles on borrowed time? Whitney scratched … Clowe suspended pending hearing

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jarome Iginla and Flames haven’t had any serious contract talks. Many believe that Iginla will be traded, but GM Jay Feaster shouldn’t expect to hit a home run with the pending UFA.

    “I’m just not sure what kind of impact he would make and you’re going to have to give up a lot if you are going to get him,” said one league executive. “You’re talking about prospects and draft picks. Is it worth it?”

    Teams that aren’t happy right now with their play: the Avalanche, Panthers, Flyers and Jets.

    There will be a lot of interest in defenseman Ran Hainsey. He plays 24 minutes a game and leads the league in blocked shots. The Jets would likely look for a 2nd round pick in return.

    The Canadiens would like to find a taker for Erik Cole and his $4.5 million cap hit through next year. Garrioch suggests the Hurricanes.

    If Corey Perry decides to leave the Ducks and come east as a UFA, there will be plenty of interest: Maple Leafs, Sabres, Bruins, Senators and Red Wings.

    Capitals GM George McPhee is working the phones and could look to free up money by trading Troy Brouwer ($2.35 million through 2015-16), Joel Ward ($3 million through 2014-15) and Jason Chimera ($1.75 through 2013-14).

    The Avalanche could be moving Ryan O’Reilly soon. The Rangers, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes have been involved in talks. Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if O’Reilly ended up in Carolina.

    The Flyers have been looking for a defenseman, but there aren’t many available. The Flyers couldn’t find a fit with the Sharks, who have depth on the blueline. Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t shopping players, but he is listening to offers.

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan isn’t suggesting that Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles has played his last game in a Maple Leafs uniform, but he has been a healthy scratch for the last [four] games and could be on borrowed time. Jake Gardiner won’t be with the Marlies for much longer, and Morgan Rielly will be given a chance to make the team next year.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: Oilers Ryan Whitney was a healthy scratch for the 5th time in the last 9 games. Something has to come to head soon.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Ryan Clowe could be facing a suspension up to 10 games for leaving the bench with less than a minutes to go in a game against the Blackhawks to avenge a hit teammate Joe Pavelski. He was suspended pending a hearing on Monday.

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Quick hits: player salaries, realignment, Orlov, Stewart, and players visiting hospitals in Montreal

  • Kevin Gibson via twitter: Based on the 2012-13 salaries, players lose $9,729,729 everyday. There are still free agents, so that number would be higher.
  • Louis Jean via twitter: Realignment was discussed during the Board of Governors meetings on Wednesday, but it will not be apart of CBA discussions.
  • Stephen Whyno via twitter: Dmitry Orlov suffered an upper-body injury last night, but it may not be serious according Hersey’s coach, Mark French.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Players who may be visiting hospitals in Montreal today (and old list): Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche, Francis Bouillon, Steve Bégin, Erik Cole, Josh Gorges, Max Pacioretty, Rene Bourque, Guillaume Latendresse, Colby Armstrong and Petteri Nokelainen.

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