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NHL Rumors I: Canucks Offseason Priorities and Trevor Linden Press Conference

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Canucks offseason priorities:
    1. Build a qualified front office
    2. Let the new management team make a call on John Tortorella
    3. Get younger up front. The Canucks re-stock by trading Ryan Kesler, Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieksa and possibly the Sedin twins. They have lots of no-trade and no-movement clauses to deal with. A young  forward, preferably a center would come back in a Kesler trade. Custance think the Canucks should look at the Ducks first when looking to deal Kesler.

    Three potential free agent targets for the Canucks: 1. Jaroslav Halak 2. Thomas Greiss 3. Andrew MacDonald.

  • Farhan Lalji: Aquilini: ”Mike hired Tortarella and I’m responsible for that and that’s why we have a change in direction today”
  • Mark Spector: “What makes VAN different is they have many assets. Two or three of the right trades and VAN’s rebuild could be a two-year project.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Some want to link Feaster to Van, but the next big story out of there may not be the hiring of a GM but the firing of a coach”
  • Canucks name Trevor Linden team President

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NHL Rumors I: Kypreos, MacLean, Ferraro and Dreger Talk Maple Leafs

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If I look at the Leafs I say Kessel, Bozak, JVR, Phaneuf, Bernier and Rielly are safe and everyone else can be moved” … ”When you’re locked into some of these long-term deals it makes it very difficult to improve. Could be a long process here in TO”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”If you get a #1 C & a #1 D then the Leafs have the making of a good team. There’s a reason guys like Dion & Phil were traded here” … ”There are warts on these players and that’s why they became available”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”#1 priority for the Leafs is a big Centre.”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Bieksa is no doubt available and he’s a guy who could come to Toronto and make a difference”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Is Bolland coming back? I keep hearing rumblings he’s going to Florida”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Nonis fires Carlyle his replacement is probably his last hire. Think it’s more likely goes with someone he’s more familiar with” … ”Would Nonis look at a guy like Dineen? Who’s the next hot young coach? It used to be Cooper & Boucher” … ”I’d think John Stevens and Davis Payne are guys that get interviewed for top jobs shortly”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think there is enough evidence to suggest and I believe Carlyle will lose his job”

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NHL Injuries: Peverley, Luongo, Bieksa, Goc, Smid, Pitlick and Bernier

  • Dallas Stars: Rich Peverley: “I went on the ice yesterday. My goal would be to come back.”
  • Steve Gorten: Panthers Roberto Luongo is day-to-day. They have recalled Scott Clemmensen.
  • Dan Murphy: Canucks Kevin Bieksa suffered a leg injury last night. Frank Corrado has been recalled.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins Marcel Goc will be for three weeks with a foot/ankle injury.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Ladislav Smid left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers Tyler Pitlick left last night’s game with a leg injury.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier on his groin: “It’s good enough.”

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Morning Rumors: Canucks, Penguins, Bruins, Devils, Lightning, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jackets and Coyotes

  • Josh Rimer: Hearing that the Canucks will have a fire sale at the draft with Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa likely to go. What does this mean to the Sedins? Will ownership let GM Mike Gillis do the rebuild? What about coach John Tortorella?
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: After seeing how successful it was to have three quality centers in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal during the playoff runs from 2007 to 2009, it was one of the reasons GM Ray Shero was targeting Ryan Kesler. With not a lot of salary cap room left and lots of injuries, the Penguins had some holes to fill at the deadline: top-line winger, third line scoring and defensive depth. The Penguins could still look to add Kesler. If they are able to land Kesler, their top three centers would take up $23.3 million in cap space, about 34.3 percent.
  • James Murphy of XN Sports: There is speculation within NHL management and scouting that Canucks ownership may have nixed two potential trades at the deadline. The Canucks were close to trading Ryan Kesler to the Penguins for a package that included Brandon Sutter, Derrick Pouliot and a draft pick. Ownership still thinks they are a playoff team, and may have told GM Mike Gillis to take him off the trade market. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reported last week that the Canucks may have had a deal in place to send Alex Eder to the Bruins for a package that included Matt Barkowski and Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev. The deal may have been pulled as the Kesler trade did not happen.The Devils tried to get Brian Gionta from the Canadiens at the deadline. Sources saying that the Devils offered a prospect and a second round pick, but where told he wasn’t available.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Recently acquired Thomas Vanek may not re-sign with the Canadiens as signs pointing to him signing with Minnesota. Nobody should be surprised if the Lightning were able to re-sign Ryan Callahan to a five year deal at $25 million. There is no state income tax in Florida, great weather and less pressure.

    “Ryan can take a test-drive there and vice versa,” said his agent Steve Bartlett, who says Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman is taking it low-key. “There’s no gun to anybody’s head. I love that attitude.” Bartlett concedes that the lack of state income tax is a carrot. “You can take 10-per-cent less in Florida than New York and have it be the same amount of money.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson can see the Ducks going after Ryan Kesler after the season. The Ducks could offer a combination of Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly or Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen or Luca Sbisa and a first round pick.Matheson thinks the Oilers should try to sign Kings pending UFA Matt Greene this summer.

    The Red Wings want to re-sign newly acquired David Legwand.

    Matheson can see the Blue Jackets looking to add Matt Moulson this offseason to replace Marian Gaborik.

    The Coyotes looked at added Ales Hemsky at the deadline to play with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. Hemsky could re-sign with the Senators, but the Coyotes will likely be interested in him as well.

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Pat LaFontaine talks a little, but didn’t speak about his exit from the team 3 1/2 months after he was brought in. There are questions if he was fired, if he resigned or a combination of both.  He wouldn’t even acknowledge if he signed a confidentiality agreement with the team.

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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Boston Bruins

Written by John Sheppard and can be followed at @jisheppard.

USATSI_7776882_154224518_lowresAs we are now back from the Olympic break and getting close to the trade deadline, it is time to take a look at the Boston Bruins.

First of all before I write any more I want to thank Mark for this opportunity.  For the foreseeable future I shall be writing about the Boston Bruins.  I will talk about this year, the playoffs, the team, and what they’ll need in the playoffs.

The Boston Bruins are a team that builds for the playoff grind, they’re deep and roll all four lines.  They love to play a North/South style

In their most recent game you saw Boston at their just about best.  Strong defensive schemes, allow the goalie to see the puck, make it physical and if the other team answers with physicality then all the better.  Teams like Boston and LA both know that when both teams are hitting hard, there is a higher chance of the ref putting the whistle in the pocket and fans get to see great hockey.

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Injury Notes: Predators, Blue Jackets, Stars, Canucks and Sabres

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Pekka Rinne is hoping that an AHL conditioning stint isn’t too far away.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin is out two to three weeks with an ankle injury.
  • Mark Stepneski of Stars.NHL: Stars Stephane Robidas is progressing in his recovery from his broken leg, but still has a ways to go.

    “He’s not ready for physical play,” said Stars assistant coach James Patrick. “His skating has gotten better and better, and he’s way ahead of schedule. I don’t know what his timetable is, but I think he is still weeks away.”

  • NHL.com: Canucks Henrik Sedin is optimistic that he’ll be able to get into the lineup when the season resumes.

    “Right now it feels like it’s a possibility, for sure,” the center said. “We’ll take it day by day. Like I said, I felt good today with my shooting, skating and some contact, so it was very positive.”

    Defenseman Kevin Bieksa is also practicing.

    “They got through it and they felt fine after,” coach John Tortorella said of Sedin and Bieksa. “So we’ll see how the evening goes, we’ll see how they come in here tomorrow. At least with those two, it seems like they’ll be able to stay with us and seem to be heading in the right direction.”

    Sabres Matt Moulson, out with a rib injury, said he’s day-to-day.

    “I’ve never had a dislocated rib, but that’s what it felt like at the start. But luckily it wasn’t that,” Moulson, injured Jan. 30, said. “A little time off came at a pretty good time, if there ever is a good time, right before the break. Lots of time to rest it, so it’s feeling good now.”

    Sabres Tyler Myers (lower body) and Cody McCormick (upper body) could return on Tuesday.

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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 Hits: Forensic Investigation, Bieksa, Katz, Starting Goalies and Recalls

  • Ken Warren: Bob McKenzie is saying that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray were in New York  to meet with the NHL about Melnyk’s forensic investigation on Erik Karlsson’s Achilles injury last season that was caused by a Matt Cooke hit.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Melnyk has been up front the entire time that he believes Cooke injured Karlsson intentionally and that he will prove it” …  ”I have no idea how Melnyk plans on doing so”
  • Michael Russo: Source saying that whatever happened in the meeting with the league, it will not affect Matt Cooke or the Wild.
  • Calgary Flames: Brian Burke: “I am perplexed by this fine. I stand behind Bob Hartley completely in this regard and remain confident that he acted properly in every aspect of this game.”
  • Mark Spector: Canucks Kevin Bieksa will not face supplementary discipline for his role in Saturday’s hallway incident between John Tortorella and the Flames.
  • Edmonton Oilers: Part of Oilers owner, Daryl Katz’s letter to fans:

    To Oilers Fans Everywhere:

    We all thought this was going to be the year the Oilers turned the corner. Obviously, that hasn’t happened, and it hurts. It’s frustrating – for all of us. For our fans, for our players and staff, and for everyone in our community who shares a common bond around a game, a team and a city that we love.

    I know this will almost certainly be the eighth consecutive year since we made the playoffs. I hate that fact as much as anyone, but the reality is that this is only year four of the rebuild that started when we drafted Taylor Hall. The good news, if you can call it that, is that other teams that committed to fundamental rebuilds went through the same kind of droughts over the same kind of time frames, or longer. That doesn’t make it fun for anyone; it just means we have to stay the course.

  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils against the Blues.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs Semyon Varlamov will start tonight and on Friday. J.S. Giguere will start on Saturday.
  • Wayne scanlan: The Senators recall Stephane Da Costa from the AHL to replace the injured Mark Stone.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Canadiens recall Louis Leblanc from the AHL.

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Morning Rumors and Notes: Thornton, Oilers, Weber, Preds, Phaneuf, Steen, Parise, Ericsson and Fedorov

Some notes from the last couple days.

  • NHL: (click the link to read the 12 page document) Gary Bettman upholds Shawn Thornton’s 15 game suspension.

    The National Hockey League Players’ Association (the “NHLPA” or the “Union”), on behalf of Boston Player Shawn Thornton, has appealed from a December 14, 2013 supplementary discipline decision suspending Mr. Thornton for fifteen (15) games. This shall constitute my determination of Mr. Thornton’s appeal. For the reasons described herein, I find that the decision suspending Mr. Thornton for fifteen (15) games was supported by clear and convincing evidence.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish must decide if he’ll make a move now, or wait until after the season. It’s hard to do a “franchise-altering” trade mid-season.

    You wait until your year is over, take a deep breath and then determine what exactly is out there. You find out who else is unhappy with their team (or a player) and what they are willing to do. Last June, for example, that was Boston and the Dallas Stars, or Vancouver and the New Jersey Devils.

    Friedman thinks that MacTavish (if he hasn’t already) should call up the Predators GM David Poile to check in on Shea Weber and say: ”If you decide to trade No. 6, I’m in. I’ve got what you want. There’s no better fit in the league.” The Oilers could package one of their previous 1st round picks, not named Nail Yakupov, and this year’s first as part of the deal.

    On the pre-Christmas trade market: ”Brutal.” One NHL GM: “There was absolutely nothing out there.”

    Linus Omark trade: A conditional 2014 6th round pick from the Sabres: In 2014 if he plays 15 games this year or if he re-signs before the draft. In 2015 if he re-signs after the draft.

    Predators GM David Poile would like to make a move, but has not discussed trading Shea Weber.

    Dion Phaneuf’s deal with the Maple Leafs could be done by New Year’s.

    The Maple Leafs talked to the Canucks years ago before they traded Alex Steen to the Blues. They may have asked for Kevin Bieksa.

  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Zach Parise is being evaluated. He missed their last game with a lower-body injury. It is thought that Parise’s bruised foot from the end of November has never fully healed. He’s still limping off ice.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out three to five weeks with fractured ribs. He could miss the Olympics.
  • Lou Korac: (24th) The Blues have sent Chris Porter and Dmitrij Jaskin to the AHL.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Sergei Fedorov was activated by CSKA so that he could play in the Spengler Cup.

I hope everyone who celebrates it had an excellent Christmas.

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Injury Notes: Oshie, Spezza, Schneider, Havlat, Bieksa and Pominville

  • Andy Strickland: Blues TJ Oshie said that he should be good to go when the playoffs begin on Tuesday or Wednesday. Added that he won’t push his ankle if it’s less than 100%.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators Jason Spezza has started skating, but he’s only done light on-ice drills. Coach Paul MacLean said that Spezza’s “not even close to joining team,” and only at the ”public skating” stage.
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on Cory Schneider being able to practice after the the Oilers game: ”Couldn’t answer that.”
  • David Pollak: Sharks Martin Havlat had a maintenance day yesterday and should be back in the lineup tonight. Kings defenseman Matt Greene is day-to-day.
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieka is expected to be able to go for their last regular season game.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Jason Pominville missed last night’s game, and they are only saying that he’s day-to-day.

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Arnott Skating with Blues … Steen, McDonald and Tarasenko to be Evaluated Again … Injury to Ward … Bieksa with Groin Issue

  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Jason Arnott met with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on Saturday, and skated yesterday morning. He will practice with the team as they travel on their road trip to Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Anaheim. Andy McDonald skated yesterday for the second time since straining his knee. Alex Steen was put on the IR on Saturday with an upper-body injury. Andy Strickland via twitter: The Blues will let Jason Arnott practice to see where he’s at. GM Doug Armstrong said there are no string attached.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that Alex Steen, Andy McDonald and Vladimir Tarasenko will be re-evaluated later this week. Steen could be the first to return to the lineup.
  • Luke DeCock via twitter: Hurricanes Cam Ward left last night’s game with what could be an ankle or groin injury. He didn’t look good leaving the ice. Chip Alexander via twitter: Coach Kirk Muller didn’t know the severity of Ward’s injury and added ”Hopefully he gets back soon.” He’ll be evaluated further today.

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Morning Rumors: Getzlaf, Perry, Hiller, O’Reilly, Iginla, Whitney, Devils, Canucks and Byfuglien

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: To LeBrun’s understanding, the Ducks will have contract talks with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the next 7 to 10 days. LeBrun thinks a Getzlaf deal will get done, but is not sure about Perry. It would be hard for the Ducks to trade Perry at the deadline considering they are challenging for first overall. LeBrun is guessing there is a real chance that the Ducks trade Perry at the trade deadline, regardless of what position they are in. LeBrun also doesn’t think the Ducks would trade Jonas Hiller this season.On the trade front:

    “Nobody wants to take any significant money back,” said one Eastern Conference GM on Monday.

    “The question I’m asking myself is why would I take on a player with three more years on his deal at $3 million or $4 million a year and then have that contract limit what I can do this summer?” a Western Conference GM told ESPN.com.

    Teams like the Senators, Maple Leafs, Flyers, and Rangers have been put off by the high asking price for Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly.

    “I just think they don’t really want to move him unless it’s a home-run offer,” said one Eastern Conference GM. “That’s their prerogative, really.”

    Keep an eye on the Penguins if the Flames and Jarome Iginla decide to move on.

  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Sportsnet Doug MacLean on Team 1260 Radio yesterday talking about defenseman Ryan Whitney:

    ”Can they move Whitney?” MacLean said. ” I am hearing Whitney, the offers are not coming. There’s very little in the way of an offer for Whitney. I’m shocked by that. I haven’t seen him like you guys have, but has he dropped that dramatically that there’s not even offers for him out there?

    “And then I heard the other day whispers that he could go on waivers. That can’t be true. But I did hear whispers of it on the weekend from a couple of agents and it shocked me. But it probably isn’t true, but as they say in P.E.I: I’m not telling you  it’s the truth, I’m just telling you what I heard.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils may look to trade for a top-6 forward that would bring some scoring. Chere wonders if they have enough to get a top-6 without having to give up defenseman Jon Merrill.

    “I don’t have a no-trade, no-movement or any of those, so I know it can happen,” said defenseman Andy Greene, whose name often seems to come up when trades are the topic. “I know Lou is going to do whatever is best for the team that he sees fit. It that’s it, that’s it. I can’t argue with him about that. It’s not something I put a lot of energy or focus into.”

    Greene said that trade rumors once use to be a distraction, but no longer.

    “Honestly, no. That’s the business. I know any day you can be gone. You can be traded, put on waivers, sent down. I think maybe, in reality, my first and second year I kind of thought about it and made more of it than I should have just because it was my first time going through it,” Greene said.

    Adam Larsson won’t be deal, and it’s unlikely that Bryce Salvador is moved. Scouts could be watching Henrik Tallinder when he’s playing.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: Gallagher thinks the Canucks still need to add a third line center. Though Jordan Schroeder may grow in to the spot, at the moment they need to improve there. They have an excess of wingers. Kevin Bieksa is expected back soon.

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