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NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Rangers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: There has been talk that the Hurricanes could look to trade Eric Staal this offseason.

    “I’ve been here a long time. I love it here. I’ve had success here. I know and I believe we can again, and I can be a part of that,” Staal told reporters on Tuesday.

    “I think I can be part of the right things going forward. Obviously, my career isn’t going to be forever, and I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t want to continually miss the playoffs and have these types of interviews at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if they can find the fit, they should trade Craig Anderson. If they move him, they should be able to fill a roster needs or add to their draft picks. He is entering his final season of his deal and could be looking for a three or four year contract.  If re-signed, where would that leave Robin Lehner? Brennan also doesn’t think that Jason Spezza will be back.
  • Larry Brooks: It is possible that the Rangers will use an amnesty buy out on Brad Richards.

    “It’s been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn’t there,” the 33-year-old center said. “But it’s not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that the Flames could have had Nyquist and Tatar for Bouwmeester or another player but chose not to” … ”Based on my information, that was the Wings’ package for Bouwmeester, but not for Iginla”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on the possibility of buying out Ville Leino: ”Very good possibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: ”Changes will need to happen,”
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish listed his four core players: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers MacTavish on pending RFA Justin Schultz: ”I’m open to both scenarios either a longterm or a bridge contract.” Jim Matheson: MacTavish on Shultz: ”He is developing player. Potential is limitless. I would consider long-term deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”I want to rebuild properly, which takes time. It doesn’t have to take years.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray reaffirmed that they could draft Aaron Ekblad, not a guarantee that they draft a forward.

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Injury Notes: Letang, Kane, Bolland, Stuart, Eberle, Seidenberg, Mitchell, Moore and Ranger Speaks

  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Kris Letang: ”[Stroke] happened in my bathroom, so it could happen anywhere. I don’t feel [at risk] skating with the guys.”
  • Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks expect Patrick Kane to be ready for the start of the playoffs.
  • Alec Brownscombe: Maple Leafs Dave Bolland could return tonight against the Canadiens.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brad Stuart is close to returning, could play tonight.
  • Ryan Dittrick: Oilers Jordan Eberle isn’t sure if he’ll be able to go today.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t rule out the possibility of Dennis Seidenberg returning for the playoffs.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy said John Mitchell is day-to-day “but it could be two days or it could be 10 days”
  • Shawn McKenzie: Senators Craig Anderson will travel with the team but won’t play in Dallas.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers defenseman John Moore last last night’s game after a hit from Blake Comeau in the first.
  • Paul Ranger speaks about escaping injury

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Injury Notes: Stars, Hawks, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jets, Canucks, Avs, Leafs and Predators

  • Dallas Stars: Stars GM Jim Nill on Rich Peverley:

    “Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Patrick Kane will be out three weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler will be out three to five weeks with a sprained left knee.
  • Nick Kypreos: Oilers Jordan Eberle will have a MRI on a suspected knee injury. He’s doubtful for tonight.
  • Mike Halford: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson breaks his finger and will be out two weeks.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Joakim Andersson (broken foot) and Daniel Cleary (knee) skated yesterday.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Dustin Byfuglien missed last night’s game with a lower-body injury. They expect him to play on Saturday.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Chris Tanev has a broken finger and is out three to four weeks.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs John Mitchell missed last night’s game and is day-to-day with a sore back.
  • Stephen Whyno: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier will “more than likely” skate in full equipment tomorrow.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Paul Gaustad left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian should be able to return on Saturday.

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Morning Rumor Round Up From the Past Few Days

  • Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Blues Chris Stewart name is in the rumor mill. There were rumors that the Rangers and Senators have inquired. Stewart has another year left at $4.2 million, which may appeal to some teams who don’t want to pay the rental price for Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and Mike Cammalleri. The Blues are deep up front and have some RFAs they’ll need to give raises too.

    Sabres Ryan Miller is said to be looking for “Henrik Lundqvist money” (7 years and $59.5 million).

    The Senators would like to add a scoring winger and have a surplus of offensive-minded defensemen.

    The Blue Jackets have shown interest in Ryan Callahan, but not as just a rental.

    The Canadiens have made several attempts to land P.A. Parenteau.

  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Frans Nielsen will be out for a month with a broken hand.
  • Travis Yost: (Feb. 10th) Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”..there’s a couple of guys on our team who seem to be a target for other managers. they are not people that I want to move.”
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins could use some more speed and a “big, strong veteran defenseman that can block shots and throw bodies around in the defensive zone.” Those types of top-pairing guys are tough to find. They could trade a could trade a couple non-first round picks for Andrew MacDonald, but he’s not the big Dman they would prefer.  They won’t be interested in Dan Girardi if the Rangers want a first round pick. The Senators won’t be dangling Chris Phillips to anyone. The Bruins could consider someone that has term on his contract. Haggerty mentions Mark Giordano, but they would have to give up some good assets to get him. Henrik Tallinder, Willie Mitchell and Mark Stuart could all be available, but they are not really an upgrade to their current top-six.

    “There are really not that many players available, so beggars can’t be choosers really at this point,” Chiarelli said. “With each passing game, I see our D maturing, I see them making fewer mistakes, and it makes it a little easier on me. But I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs.

    “While I’m certainly not going to replace [Dennis] Seidenberg, he’s too good and those players aren’t available, you’d like to think that there is a player with a little bit of Seids’ [Dennis Seidenberg] defending that we could find, and [that could] help us. But this year’s been a story about our depth, and I’ve been happy with it.”

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks have been struggling and will be without Mike Santorelli for the rest of the season, and their blueline has dealt with injuries to Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Tanev. GM Mike Gillis isn’t losing faith in the team though.

    “We’re going to be all right,” Mike Gillis valiantly predicted.

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Stephen Weiss continues to rehab from sports hernia surgery. He will be skating with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers instead of skating on his own and his hoping to be able to return to the lineup on Feb. 26th.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: (Feb. 9th mail bag) Panaccio hasn’t heard any rumbling of the Flyers looking for offense leading up to the trade deadline. He doesn’t see the Flyers doing anything major until the summer. The Predators have stocked up on young defenseman and they could be willing to trade Shea Weber this summer. If it happens, the Flyers will be a major player. He won’t be moved at the trade deadline as the Predators will be able to get more at the draft.
  • Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald: Flames Shane O’Brien is waiting for a trade as he’s playing in the AHL.

    “Obviously, I believe I’m an NHL player,” O’Brien is saying Thursday afternoon from Abbotsford where — after an uninterrupted 528-game stretch in the National Hockey League — he’s again skating in the minors. “So I’ve got to work hard, play hard. Hopefully, some teams see me and are willing to give me another chance. I’m only 30 years old, so I feel I’ve got a couple good years left in me, anyway.

    “Obviously, I realize I’m a (team’s fifth or sixth defenceman) and I’m going to play against the bigger, tougher lines. I’m OK with that.

    “I feel that I can be a regular in the NHL again.”

    O’Brien has another year left on his deal that pays him $2 million. GM Brian Burke has told O’Brien that he’s trying to trade him.

  • The Fourth Period: TVA Sports reported that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello met with Martin Brodeur to discuss his playing future. Brodeur has indicated that he’d be willing to accept a trade if it were to help the team. The Blackhawks and Wild are reportedly interested according to TVA Sports.
  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers and Canadiens have talked several times throughout this season. TFP reported at the end of January that the Canadiens showed interest in Brad Boyes and Dmitry Kulikov.
  • David Pagnotta: (Feb. 8th) The Blue Jackets will be looking to be buyers by the trade deadline. They will also have to decide whether to keep or trade Marian Gaborik.
  • David Pagnotta:  According to Aaron Portzline, there have been no contact talks between Marian Gaborik and the Blue Jackets.
  • Ben Kuzma:  Elliotte Friedman said that Canucks owner Aquilini was with the team on their last road trip. He’s obviously concerned about his struggling team.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur will have some decisions to make leading up to the trade deadline.

    The issue is for Brodeur is two-fold: whether, a) he would feel comfortable leaving the Devils and joining a new team three-quarters of the way through the season; and, b) whether there is a playoff contender with the need for a goaltender of his pedigree to start at least half of its games.

    The Wild or Predators could be an option. The Blue Jackets sent two scouts to watch the Rangers on Thursday and Friday to likely watch Ryan Callahan.

  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: P.A.Parenteau was a healthy scratch last week and has been in the rumor mill, but adds he hasn’t had an issue with head coach Patrick Roy.

    “I have a really good relationship with him,” Parenteau said. “He’s a really good communicator.

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Leo Komarov is eyeing a NHL return.

    “I want to get back,” Komarov said of the NHL. “It’s a big goal for me for next season. [But] I’m going to see how it’s going to work out. Dynamo is playing pretty good right now so it’s like everything is good there too, but I really enjoyed it in Toronto. It was really good.”

    Komarov will be a UFA and is open to returning to Toronto. He hasn’t received any offers yet.

  • The Fourth Period: (Feb. 7th) The Oilers and Flyers could be talking about a deal. Top members of the Flyers management scouted the Oilers game in New Jersey. Last year at the draft they talked about a Braydon Coburn deal. The Flyers have been interested Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky in the past. The Oilers have been linked to Coburn, Sean Courier and Luke Schenn. The Oilers have been shopping Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Sam Gagner. They are also getting interest in Eberle and Nail Yakupov.

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Morning Rumors: Eberle, Oilers, Hurricanes, Sharks, Legwand, Canadiens and Scouting Avs-Panthers

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Jordan Eberle knows his name is in the rumor mill.

    “It’s part of the game,” Eberle said. “There are certain things that you read or you see on TSN or Twitter. It’s such a social-media world now, that some guy in his basement starts a rumour and everyone is talking about it.

    “You have to deal with that stuff. I’d love to be an Edmonton Oiler forever and try to turn this thing around. But all I can focus on is trying to focus on my next game and our next win.”

    The Flyers had inquired about Eberle earlier this year. GM Craig MacTavish and owner Daryl Katz have said they are not interested in trading any of their young core for a short-term fix.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Bob McKenzie has stated that there could be some massive changes this offseason for the Oilers, with possibly some big moves at the trade deadline. The Oilers will move Ales Hemsky if they can get something for him. McKenzie added the Oilers have been exploring their options for Sam Gagner. Ryan Smyth could become a rental. McKenzie thinks the Oilers could look at moving their 1st round pick, maybe Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, but that would likely have to happen after the season.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & ObserverCam Ward is getting close to returning to the lineup, and the play of pending UFA Anton Khudobin is presenting the Hurricanes with some options. Khudobin is two years younger than Ward and would be a lot cheaper than Ward’s $6.3 million salary cap hit that runs through 2015-16. Ward has been inconsistent and has been battling injuries. They don’t have to decide now, but will be thinking on it as they get closer to free agency on July 1st. The Canes can’t afford to re-sign Khudobin and keep Ward.
  • Mike Halford: If the Sharks were to buyout Martin Havlat, they would have $16 million to send on free agents this offseason. Dan Boyle will get his contract and Jason Demers will get a raise, but it still leave them with some nice spending money.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Eyes now turn to Sharks pending UFA Dan Boyle after Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau signed their deals yesterday. Boyle:

    “As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”

    GM Doug Wilson on Boyle:

    “There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.

    The 37-year old Boyle is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal.

  • Dirk Hoag: Predators fans may be surprised at the contract David Legwand will get this summer. There will be lots of teams looking for centers and not many centers available.
  • Dave Stubbs: If there comes a time when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes that there is a coaching issue, it is up to him to change it. What the fans may think with regards to this is not relevant to the decision making process. If/when owner Geoff Molson thinks that Bergevin is not able to lead the Canadiens, he’ll be gone.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalache-Panthers game: Blackhawks (4 people including GM Stan Bowman), Senators (3), Blue Jackets (2), Penguins (2), Rangers, Jets and Kings. There were NHL meetings the other in Florida, so that could could explain Blackhawks having four people at the game.

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Morning Rumors I: Senators, Blues, Oilers, Leafs and Canucks

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators scouting meetings ended yesterday, draft and trade deadline lists have been created. The Senators are able to rent a top a top-six forward, but there may not be a lot available. Only the Sabres and maybe the Panthers are out of the race in the East. In the West, the Oilers and Flames will be sellers.

    “You’re going to have a lot of teams all going after the same players and that will make the asking prices high,” said a league executive Wednesday.

    Trade options for the Senators: The Sens do have interest in Matt Moulson, with the asking price believed to be a 1st and a prospect. The Rangers would like to re-sign Ryan Callahan, but he may be available. The Sens have always liked Ales Hemsky’s game, but not his salary. Sabres Drew Stafford wouldn’t be a rental as he has a $4 million cap hit through next season. Tuomo Ruutu has been available all year, and the Blue Jackets could also be interested in him.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues recent struggles have led to more speculation whether they need to upgrade on Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Do they go with Jake Allenfrom within (16-10-2 with a 2.14 GAA) or the trade route?

    “We know that we have very good players in the American Hockey League, whether it’s Allen or (Dmitrij) Jaskin and (Chris) Porter,” Armstrong said. “But I think right now, we’re going with this group. They’ve put themselves in a good position this year. We’re going through a downturn. I can’t act like it’s not happening. We’re not getting the results that are needed to be a successful team. But I don’t think every time you hit a bump in the road you want to reinvent the wheel.”

    Blue GM Doug Armstrong said it’s on the team leaders to help turn them around and not by making changes.

    “This now becomes on the fabric of the leadership to grab a hold of the team and get it going,” he said. “Ken can give them the game plan, but he can’t give them the desire and the drive. That has to come internally. The desire to compete for the guy beside you, that has to come from inside the room.”

  • Eric Engels: On TSN panel saying Oilers should trade Jordan Eberle: “Only player they should and can trade for great value is Nail Yakupov. Sam Gagner is another. You don’t touch RNH, Hall, Eberle” David Staples: (responding to Eberle) “Yeah, instead of getting rid of guys who aren’t performing, trade one guy (Eberle) who has for the last 4 years. Brilliant! Trade Gagner. Trade Hemsky. Petry or Yak even. Trade the 1st overall. But trade Eberle? Why? He’s a real two-way NHL player.
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: ”I wouldn’t say that I would ever move either one of the goalies, but I don’t envision it right now”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think it’s fair to say the Leafs were considered a serious trading partner for Del Zotto. Talks never got very heavy.” … ”Leafs had interest in Del Zotto & there was some Gardiner talk but the Rangers wanted Franson. Leafs scared by MDZ’s inconsistency”
  • Dan Murphy: The Canucks are looking to bring in Vinny Prospal on an AHL PTO. SportsNet Pacific: GM Mike Gillis: ”Based on our injury situation, and not sure what the future may hold it was an option worth looking at.” Aaron Portzline: On Prospal: “Can’t skate, but he never could. Knows where to stand. Passionate, smart player. Has a love/hate thing w Torts.”

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Morning Rumors III: Sharks UFAs and a Potential Target, Bruins Blueline, Oilers Options and Larsson

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: (mailbag) Kurz thinks the odds of the Sharks re-signing Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle are good. There is a very good chance that three year deals for Thornton and Marleau gets done soon. Boyle wants to stay in San Jose, and he’s looking for a deal longer than one-year. Kurz thinks that Stars Ray Whitney could be nice fit on a line with Thornton and Brent Burns. Whitney may only cost a 2nd round pick.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: With the injuries to the Bruins blueline, they’ll look for a defenseman. They don’t want to be shorthanded for the playoffs on the blueline for the second consecutive season. They would like a rental defenseman, as they’ll need the extra money to re-sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, who will both get raises from their $925,000 and $900,000 deals. The Bruins may prefer a left handed shooting, stay-at-home defenseman. It would likely cost them a pick and/or prospect. Potential trade targets could be: Chris Phillips (OTT), Andrew MacDonald (NYI), Kyle Quincey (DET) and Henrik Tallinder (BUF).
  • Jonathan Willis: With a limited amount of offensive players that may be available at this years trade deadline, Ales Hemsky should appeal to some teams. Given the history of rumors involving Hemsky, it’s not a given that they will move him. Hemsky may only net the Oilers ‘futures’, and that is something they really don’t need. They need more size and physicality on their top two lines, and help on the blueline. Trading either Nail Yakupov or Jordan Eberle would better fill their needs. The most likely scenario is for Hemsky to be moved.
  • TSN Quiz: Martin Biron, Aaron Ward and Darren Dreger on what the Oilers should do next? All responded with trading Jordan Eberle. Ward adds:  ”To get value, you need to give up value.”
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: It’s not sounding like the Devils will recall defenseman Adam Larsson any time soon. He’s working back from a knee injury suffered at the end of November. He’s recorded four assists in six AHL games.

    “He’ll stay there right now and play for a while,” Lamoriello said. “Right now, our defense is playing good and we just want him to get his total game back. He’s playing a lot and the team is playing very well. It’s a good team there right now.”

    The Devils currently have seven healthy roster defenseman, and Peter Harrold is getting closer to returning.

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Morning Rumors: Moulson, Phaneuf, Gardiner, Ranger, Pacioretty, Eberle and Dupuis

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Matt Moulson may consider re-signing with the Sabres.

    “Definitely, I think there is,” Moulson told CBC when asked about the possibility of re-signing in Buffalo. “I don’t know what they think of me. I love playing for Teddy [Nolan].”

    The Sabres also have pending UFA Ryan Miller.

    “I think they’re trying to figure out guys they want to hang on to and they think they can build a core around,” Miller said, per the Buffalo News. “We’ll see how it goes.”

  • Darren Dreger: (this morning) The Leafs and Dion Phaneuf are very close on a 7 year contract extension worth $7 million per season. Term was the key.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think the Phaneuf extension is as close to being done as it can get. I’ll be surprised if we’r still talking about this next week.” David Alter: Dion Phaneuf offered a no comment when asked if his contract extension was close.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Leafs and Phaneuf are closing in a deal, but it’s not done yet. Some issues still need to be resolved, and could come quickly if they are.
  • James Mirtle: “The problem I have with all this “Leafs must re-sign Phaneuf” talk is how rotten they are with him. It’s not as big a slam dunk as some say.” … “Folks, Phaneuf is on pace for 28 points this season. I agree he’s one of Leafs better players but let’s not oversell the season he’s having.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think Gardiner is a late blooming hockey player. It’s why the Leafs are reluctant to trade him” … “I still think the Leafs end up moving Gardiner between now and the deadline.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The experiment with Ranger isn’t over yet. He may become a 4-5 for the Leafs but he isn’t there right now” … “Make no mistake, Ranger chose Toronto. He had other options. He and Eakins had a great relationship.” … “If it doesn’t work in Toronto, Ranger will get a shot somewhere else. There were times last season where Eakins played him 40 mins” … “If the Leafs made Ranger available Eakins and the Oilers will pick him up tomorrow”
  • Matt Larkin: “Pacioretty trade rumors baffle me. “Size and strength are our weaknesses, so let’s trade our top power forward.” Wait, what?”
  • Ryan Lambert: Nick Kypreos advocates the Oilers trading Jordan Eberle.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the urgency to make a trade after the loss of Pascal Dupuis: ”We’ll see what happens down the line here, but there’s nothing imminent in that regard.”

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Morning Rumors: Del Zotto, Weber, Oilers, Panthers, Kings, Canucks and Sabres

  • Renaud Lavoie: Rangers Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch tonight and Lavoie is hearing that a trade is a possibility.
  • Patrick Kearns: “What is Michael Del Zotto’s value even at this point? Still young, former first round pick, still getting super sheltered minutes. Very low defensive zone starts, doesn’t push the play. Other than a few nice looking rushes through neutral zone, he doesn’t excel anywhere. Hasn’t been the answer on the PP, does he have much value at all anymore?”
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: When Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said he would love to add a “stud defenseman,” it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know he was thinking of Predators Shea Weber. It would take a lot to get him. It would take the Oilers 1st round pick. The Predators would go after Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz, and wouldn’t mind Sam Gagner. They would likely have interest in Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom.
  • Jim Diamond: Don’t see it the Weber deal happening. “Surely we’ve beaten to death how dumb trading Weber after giving him so much of the up front bonus money is, right? And that is aside from him probably being the best defenseman in the league too.”
  • Bruce Arthur: “At this point, it’s possible the Oilers will be used as an argument against bottoming out for high picks for a generation.”
  • Ryan Rishaug: The Oilers send Mark Arcobello to the AHL and recall Oscar Klafbom.  Eakins told Arcobello to find a place to live in Edmonton yesterday, so he’s just caught in a roster shuffle and will be back.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: More moves are likely coming for the Panthers.

    “I’m not happy with the situation our team is in as far as wins and losses,” Tallon opened. “The effort has been better lately. We’re going to continue to be aggressive and make changes that are important for our franchise moving forward keeping our focus on the future.

    “We’re excited about where we’re headed, the foundation being built. We added two young pieces to an already deep foundation of players and prospects. This is a step in the right direction for the Florida Panthers.”

    “In this day and age it’s tough – especially midway through or early in a season – to make moves,” Tallon said. “You have to be aggressive, have to be creative. Now with the new CBA we can take money back. That will help future moves.”

    Versteeg indicated that defenseman Brian Campbell may like to join him in heading back to Chicago, but Campbell said he never said anything to Versteeg about wanting to go back Chicago.

  • The Fourth Period: Injuries have hit the Kings. Jonathan Quick will be out four to six weeks, Jeff Carter out another three weeks, Kyle Clifford has a concussion and Matt Green is on the IR. GM Dean Lombardi has had some talks with other teams about possible deals, but nothing appears imminent according to a source. Lombardi had been shopping Clifford and Alec Martinez, but those talks have cooled.
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: At last years trade deadline, the Canucks were after Ryane Clowe and reportedly offered their 2013 1st round pick for him. The Canucks ended up using the pick on Hunter Shinkaruk. Clowe had a no-trade clause and chose the Rangers for family reasons and because the Rangers were more likely to offer money closer to what he was looking for as a UFA. The Sharks ended up getting the Rangers 2013 2nd round pick, the Panthers 3rd round pick and 5th round pick.
  • Sam Carchidi: The Sabres haven’t contacted Flyers Ron Hextall about their GM position.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers and Flyers, Scouting Avs-Flames and Ducks goaltenders

  • Ryan Rishaug: Don’t hold your breath on another Oilers trade coming soon. Sense is they are done for the time being, nothing imminent.
  • Dan Tencer: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on the rumor mill: “Certainly no moves imminent and hopefully none for quite some time.”
  • Derek Van Diest: MacTavish said that rumors of them trading Jordan Eberle are ridiculous.
  • Brian Lawton: (8:31 PM last night) Ales Hemsky on the move to the Flyers for a forward and a defenseman, with their names starting with “S” … (8:50 PM – his next tweet) “For those wondering tonight we are putting out every rumour we hear because you can feel the desperation from some clubs with realization”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Some wild stuff out there…Eberle and Hemsky stuff. Total BS.”
  • Mark Spector: The Oilers are crazy about Flyers Wayne Simmonds. Spector thinks they would move Eberle or Yakupov for him.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) Custance doesn’t think it makes sense for the Oilers to trade Yakupov when his value is so low.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Penguins and Blue Jackets were scouting the Avalanche-Flames game last night. The Blue Jackets are rumored to be looking to make a move.
  • Dejan Kovacevic: “Watching debacle in Anaheim. Ryan Miller needs to get out of Buffalo. Doesn’t matter where. Doesn’t deserve this. Sabres don’t deserve him.”
  • Craig Custance: (mailbag) When asked about what the Ducks would do with their surplus of goalies … They would send one of their goalies for a defenseman in a perfect world. Teams that may need a goalie are not deep on the blueline. Teams that may be looking for a goalie would prefer to send prospects and picks. Custance thinks the Ducks should be patient. Teams like the Blues or Penguins may want to shore up between the pipes later on in the season. An injury may hit another team.

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Rumor: The Flyers Are Talking To The Oilers About Jordan Eberle

2:51 PM

  • Darren Dreger: In the eyes of Oilers management, Jordan Eberle will be an Oiler forever. He’s not a trade target.
  • Tim Panaccio: It’s GM Paul Holmgren’s job to look for anyone he thinks can be an impact player, even if the other team says ‘no’.

2:31 PM

  • Tim Panaccio: Panaccio has been told that the Flyers are talking with the Oilers about Jordan Eberle. Callups from the AHL or small trades won’t turn the Flyers around, it has to be an impact deal.
  • Jonathan Willis: There isn’t a Flyers defenseman worth Jordan Eberle, only forwards.
  • Joe Yerdon: Yerdon wonders why the Flyers would talk with the Oilers as they don’t have the defenseman they’re looking for.
  • Bruce Arthur: If they are talking: “it could be a panic-incompetence-sell-low singularity.”
  • Greg Wyshynski: Wyshynski wonders why the Oilers wouldn’t pick from the Panthers who have defensmen and a goalie.
  • Greg Wyshynski: “HEADLINE: Flyers Talking Eberle W/ Oilers ACTUAL CONVERSATION: “Can we haz Ebz?” “You haz defenderman we needz?” “LOL NOES!!!1!” “*click*”"

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Morning Hits: Nugent-Hopkins returning, blueline moves needed for Avs and Selanne’s Winnipeg farewell

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is about to return. Taylor Hallhad been moved to center to fill the void, but he may not be done with it.

    “Are we done with Taylor in the middle? Maybe not, maybe so,” said Eakins. “But (Mark) Arcobello, (Boyd) Gordon and (Will) Acton have played well enough to fill the holes. Arcobello is pulling his weight, Gordon has been consistently good and Acton has done the job.”

    Nugent-Hopkins will be on a line with Hall and Jordan Eberle.

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: When Avs defenseman Ryan Wilson returns, someone will have to be put on waivers or sent to the AHL. Dater thinks coach Patrick Roy wants to keep Nick Holden and Nate Guenin in his top-eight. Matt Hunwick could be the odd man out, but Holden is probably on his way to the AHL. Wilson may return to the lineup on Saturday.
  • Teemu Selanne’s last game in Winnipeg where is career started.

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