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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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Afternoon Rumors: Red Wings, Canucks, Kesler, Blues, Bruins, Phillips, Flyers and Oilers

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

“The phone lines seem to be heating up,” Holland told ESPN.com Thursday. “We would prefer to do a hockey deal — meaning a player that’s on our roster going forward [past this season].

“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble. It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”

So you can likely rule out Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. They could look at low cost rental defenseman. LeBrun thinks the Ryan Kesler is the type of player that might interest the Red Wings.

Bottom line on Canucks Ryan Kesler.

•  A number of NHL teams have gotten calls from the Canucks on Kesler and vice versa.
•  The price is “significantly high,” says one Western Conference source. Says a different source, “Really high. And I guess I can’t blame them.”
•  The Canucks have made it clear to other teams that they don’t feel the need to move him before Wednesday’s deadline, that they’re more than happy to pick this up again in June if their price isn’t met. Or not move him at all if their price isn’t met.
•  Kesler is signed for two more seasons, which means if you’re trading for him now, you’ve got three more playoffs out of the gritty, two-way star. And at $5 million a year, he’s below market value.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

“We’re not at the area where the window is closing,” he said. “You also have to look at the dynamics of your team. A team like Boston or a team like Pittsburgh, they’ve been cap players for at least a half-decade. We’re a cap team this year, but we’re a team that has to manage our resources differently than the top-spending teams on a year-to-year basis. We’re not a heavily free-agent-based team. It’s my belief that we have to make sure we’re maintaining some view of the future, as well.”

“I’m not saying we won’t do it, but we have to be careful,” said Armstrong. “We’re a team that wants to win, but we still have to understand that our winning comes through drafting and developing.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

“I’d like to get a defenseman,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com Thursday. “If we don’t get one, I’m fine with that, too.”

“But having said that, the way the market has been so far, I don’t want to force a square peg into a round hole,” Chiarelli said.

LeBrun mentions to keep an eye on Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and the Bruins.

Darren DregerChris Phillips contract talks are expected to resume today. A trade is still an option with the Bruins among the teams that are thought to be interested.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will have a decision to make on whether to trade Andrej Meszaros or not. He is a pending UFA, but he does have them depth on the blueline. When asked if he wanted to stay in Philly.

“I love Philadelphia, and I love everything here. It’s my last year of my contract, obviously, and whatever will happen will happen.”

The Flyers would likely get a third round pick or a prospect for him. He carries a $4 million salary cap hit.

Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Oilers would like replace the second and third round picks they sent out to acquire David Perron and Ben Scrivens. The Oilers have nine pending UFAs and Sam Gagner to use as trade bait. They have held preliminary talks with defenseman Justin Schultz. Andrew Ference has a no-movement clause. Pending UFAs: Anton Belov, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mark Fraser, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Corey Potter, Nick Schultz, Ben Scrivens and Ryan Smyth.

Ian Mendes: “If Martin St. Louis is asking for a trade and is only willing to go to NYR, is that any different than what Dany Heatley did in Ottawa?”

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NHL Trade: Maple Leafs Trade Fraser to Oilers For Abney and Hartikainen

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Mark Fraser to the Edmonton Oilers for right winger Cameron Abney and left winger Teemu Hartikainen.

The 27-year old Fraser was drafted 84th overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft by the Devils. He carries a $1.275 million salary cap hit.

The 22-year old Abney was drafted 82nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft by the Oilers.

The 23-year old Hartikainen was drafted 163rd overall in the 6th round of the 2008 draft by the Oilers.

Thoughts from twitter:

  • Terry Jones: “Don’t know what the Oilers need with another No. 6-7 calibre low minutes defenceman. Got six or seven of them already. Short term toughness.”
  • Mark Masters: “Mark Fraser had been a healthy scratch in 20 of Leafs last 22 games; last played Jan. 9 in Carolina”
  • Chris Nichols: “Mark Fraser certainly has his shortcomings as a defenceman, but loves to hit and he’s not afraid to block shots. Third pairing guy.”
  • 67 Sound: “Fraser was the 8th best D on one of the worst D corps in the league, made over twice league minimum ($350K over amount you can bury).”
  • James Mirtle: “Overall a very good little move by Leafs, especially if Hartikainen ever returns to North America. Fraser would have cost cap space in AHL.”
  • David Staples: “Good deal for #Oilers, though based on his AHL playoffs play last spring, Hartikainen ready to play in NHL as bottom line grinder.”
  • Dan Tencer: “Fraser a good depth add…character, hard to play against. Fringe NHL d-man. Abney never going to play. Hartikainen a wise gamble for TML.”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Abney needed to be included in the deal so the Oilers could stay at 48 contracts.”
  • Bob Stauffer: “Fraser is a tough left shot D. Had off the charts luck to go +18 last season. Playing under 10 mins per game and -8 this season.”
  • Gus Katsaros: “always impressed with Hartikainen .. projects to a good lower roster player if he can be brought back to N America.”
  • Damien Cox: “If Fraser can find his game, he’ll give EDM some size and toughness, elements that team needs. Rejoins ex-Marlie teammate Scrivens, as well.”
  • James Mirtle: “He would have likely been waived when Bolland returned. RT @DarrenDreger: Oilers acquire Mark Fraser from Leafs for Abner and Hartikainen.”
  • Jonathan Willis: “As for Cameron Abney, that’s Toronto freeing a 50-man spot for Edmonton. Can’t imagine even the #Leafs would use him.”
  • Jonathan Willis: “Interesting that the #Leafs have some time for Hartikainen – he’s been good in the KHL and I’ve wanted to see him get another NHL shot.”

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Injury Notes: Quick, Burns, Koivu, Fraser, Bozak, DeKeyser, Backstrom, Chiasson and Beauchemin

  • Daren Millard: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that Jonathan Quick will be out for another month, likely until Christmas.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns had two good medical reports yesterday. His conditioning and timing is still a question, and there is no decision if he’ll be back in the lineup against the Lightning.
  • Dan Wood: Ducks Saku Koivu still hasn’t received medical clearance.
  • Tony Ambrogio: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser and Tyler Bozak both say they are feeling better but won’t play tonight.
  • Ted Kulfan: The Red Wings put Dan DeKeyser on the LTIR. Ansar Khan: They think he’ll be out for three to six weeks. Ted KulfanTrevor Parkes was recalled in a paper move, Gustav Nyquist will be called up today.
  • Michael Russo: The Wild put Niklas Backstrom on the IR retroactive to last Wednesday. He is able to come of the IR whenever he’s ready.
  • Mark Stepneski on Stars. NHL: Stars forward Alex Chiasson took a puck in the face during yesterday’s practice and didn’t return.

    “I know he got hit in the face and he’s going to be evaluated,” Ruff said. “He hit him pretty hard, so we are concerned there might be some damage.”

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin was looked at by doctors and is “day-to-day” according to coach Bruce Boudreau.

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Injury Notes: Fraser, Visnovsky, Semin, Korpikoski, Khudobin, DeKeyser, Kessel, Seidenberg and Burns

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser is day-to-day with a knee injury. It is another MCL issues, but in a different area of the ligament.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Lubomir Visnovsky is “still not close” to returning to the lineup.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski has an upper-body injury. Zbynek Michalek is still out with an upper-body injury. Both could skate tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is about a week away from being able to play.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser left last night’s game with an left shoulder injury. Helene St. James: He’ll see a doctor today but they are estimating it will will be at least a week or two.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel on his wrist being taped: ”I don’t really want to talk about it.”
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins Dennis Seidenberg and his lower-body injury have skated that past two days. To be determined if he plays on Thursday.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Brent Burns could return to the lineup on Thursday. It will be up to Burns and their medical to clear him to return.

    Wilson said: “Could he play Thursday? I think he could. I think there’s a chance. … I think he’s really close, and it could be as soon as this week. But, that will be decided by him and the medical staff.”

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals Mike Green skate pain-free yesterday, but may not be ready just yet.

    “He’s missed a lot of time and it’s a big game,” Oates said after an 80-minute practice at Kettler.

    “I don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s behind the 8-ball. He hasn’t been able to do a lot of cardio, so I’m a little worried about his conditioning.”

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Injury Notes: Nabokov, Fraser, Bozak, Semin, Skinner, Wilson, Nash, Alfredsson and Smith

  • NY Islanders: The Islanders have recalled goalie Anders Nilsson and Evgeni Nabokov has been put on the IR.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (lower body) skated with Tyler Bozak before practice today. Today was Bozak’s first full practice since suffering the hamstring injury on Oct. 25th. Jonas Siegel: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle hints that Bozak could return on Thursday. Saturday seems like a more likely return date.
  • Chip Alexander: Alexander Semin and Jeff Skinner won’t play for the Hurricanes tonight. Semin and his “upper-body injury” are being evaluated today.
  • Colorado Avalanche: The Avalanche put Ryan Wilson (back) on the IR retroactive to November 6th.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash’s status for tomorrow night is still to be determined.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson skated for a bit today, but his status for tomorrow is still to be determined.

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Injury Notes: Duchene, Nash, Ryan, Bogosian, Lightning, Merrill, Hossa, Leafs and Semin

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Rick Nash is hoping to play either Tuesday against the Bruins or Thursday against the Stars.
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan practiced yesterday and is feeling no ill effects from Dennis Seidenberg’s hit.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Zach Bogosian (lower-body) had more tests yesterday to determine the extent of the injury. Looking more like day-to-day.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Mark Barberio and Keith Aulie could be ready to return to the lineup before the end of their road trip.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Jon Merrill isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return to the lineup. He has “no idea” if he’ll go with the team on their road trip. Added that he feels “great” now and that he’s “not really sure” if he lost consciousness.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is day-to-day. Mark Lazerus: There is a still a chance he could play today. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be “a bit.”
  • Mark Masters: Carl Gunnarsson fell awkwardly on Friday night: ”My leg went numb for a little bit but after a couple mins it was fine & then nothing this morning”
  • Darren Dreger: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak is likely 10 days away from returning to the lineup. Dave Bolland’s status won’t be known from at least another three weeks.
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser will be assessed today. Coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think it’s serious and more likely to be day-to-day than week-to-week. When asked if it’s related to his previous knee issue, Carlyle said: ”It’s a lower-body [injury] & he had a lower-body [injury] before.”
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s goalie Ben Bishop said he left the game to get his bearings after taking a shot off his mask. He said he is feeling no ill effects.
  • Lou Korac: Hurricanes Alex Semin (upper body) left last night’s game.

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Morning Rumors: Subban, Team Needs, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Predators, Oilers and Yakupov

  • Chris Nichols: Louis Jean said that P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will begin contract extension talks within the next two weeks. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the critical question that needs to be asked: is Therein giving PK tough love or is he disrespecting him?” … ”if Subban takes it as disrespect he’ll take a short deal and walk as a UFA in two years”
  • Darren Dreger on TSN (team – needs): Maple Leafs - Center, Oilers - Defenseman and Goalie, Jets - Power Forward, Ducks - Puck moving defenseman, Hurricanes - Defenseman and Goalie, Panthers - Defenseman and Forward
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”the Leafs have bodies that they’re going to have to find room for on the blueline” … ”one thing the Leafs do as well or better than most teams is make sure they recognize that” … ”people will laugh at that comment considering how Gardiner was treated last year”
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say what happens to the blueline when Mark Fraser returns. Mirtle guesses that either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner sits one or both games this weekend. Michael Traikos: Traikos guesses Rielly will sit as Gardiner has been playing a lot lately.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Florida’s GM Dale Tallon is trying hard to make some roster moves. He sent an email to all teams last week saying that defenseman Ryan Whitney is available. There are about 20 teams with $2 million of less in salary cap space. Friendman wonders if anyone would take a chance on Penguins Deryk Engelland and his $566,667 salary cap hit. Predators GM David Poile: Q: “After the trade embargo was lifted on Shea Weber, did you ever get an offer that made you think about doing it?” A: “No.”
  • Elliotte Friedman: Oilers Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish were at the Flyers – Hurricanes game Tuesday night.
  • Seth Rothman: At the Rangers game last night: Oilers Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish.
  • Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers-Penguins game: Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets, Coyotes, Oilers (3), Stars (2) and Lightning
  • Brian Staubit of CBS Sports: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Nail Yakupov and trade rumors.

    “The thing with Yak is simple. I see him trying so hard to be better defensively and to learn this defensive system that we’re trying to implement. I thought he made a couple of good plays defensively yesterday. I saw the thought process go through his head on the ice so that’s encouraging for me.

    “And then wanted also to let him know all these reports in the media where people are making up trades for him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue. This kid is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid here Stamkos; those guys struggled early in their careers and boy they turned out to be pretty good players.

    “Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eyes and let him know ‘hey, we’re attached at the hip.’ We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and and Stamkos. That’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old. We’re not just going to suddenly give up on a guy because he’s going through a rough stretch. People writing their columns and their blogs; listen, they can create their excitement that way. But all of what’s out there is 100 percent untrue.”

  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked with Yakupov and his agent, Igor Larianov yesterday morning. At no time has MacTavish tried to trade Yakupov.

    “We never once mentioned that. I’ve had calls since the rumours started asking if I wanted to discuss that. But the answer has been ‘No!’

    “We are committed to him. His ice time may go up and down. But we have no plans to send him to the press box in Tampa Bay, at least the coach didn’t mention that as part of his plans when I talked to him in the morning.

    “And we have no thoughts of moving him down to the AHL,” he said of Wednesday’s speculation.

    “I told Nail that he made a commitment to us and we’ve made a commitment to him.”

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Afternoon Hits: Tootoo, Anders, Moore, Fraser, Ericsson, Omark, Reinhart and some line combos

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Red Wings put Jordin Tootoo on waivers. The Panthers put Steven Pinizzotto on waivers. Helene St. James: If Tootoo goes unclaimed and is sent to the AHL, the Wings will get $925,000 in cap relief.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators GM Bryan Murray said that he expects Craig Anderson “to get back fairly quickly.” Anderson was on the ice this morning.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Dominic Moore (oblique) skated for the first time since last Tuesday. Still likely seven to 10 days away.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Mark Fraser said he’s ready to return. Coach Randy Carlyle said he’ll have a decision to make on the blueline.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is hoping to be ready to return to the lineup next Friday against the Capitals.
  • Corey Pronman: The Flames recall forward Max Reinhart from the AHL.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-JVR-Kessel Raymond-Kadri-Clarkson Bodie-McClement-Kulemin McLaren-Smith-Orr-Ashton.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens lines: Galchenyuk- Eller-Gallagher, Bournival-Plekanec- Gionta, Pacioretty-Desharnais-Bourque, Moen-White-Parros.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Pirri-Kane, Bickell-Shaw-Morin, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.

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Injury Notes: Hagelin, Kulemin, Burns, Kronwall, Elias, Hartnell, Lecavalier and Fasth

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Carl Hagelin can come off the IR on Oct. 29th. He skated as an extra forward today.
  • Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin skated today for the first time since injuring his ankle. James Mirtle: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Kulemin and Mark Fraser are likely seven to 10 days away from returning.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Brent Burns is not practicing. Mike Brown is skating on the fourth line today.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Niklas Kronwall took a puck to the chin at the morning skate, but he’s expected to be in the lineup tonight.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Patrick Elias skated by himself today. GM Lou Lamoriello said they’ll see how he feels after the morning skate tomorrow to see if he’ll play.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Scott Hartnell is getting closer to returning. Coach Craig Berube made it sound like Vinny Lecavalier will play Thursday and that Hartnell is doubtful.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Viktor Fasth (lower-body) left practice early.

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Injury Notes: Prust, Nash, Khudobin, Kulemin, Gorges, Lehtonen, Brunner, Boyle, Kronwall and Gagner

  • Eric Engels: Canadiens Brandon Prust is out a month with a shoulder injury.
  • Patrick Kearns: “If nothing new is the official statement regarding Nash’s concussion, well, it means nothing really but he’s probably not back anytime soon.”
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that John Erskine is “very close” to returning. They will see how he is tomorrow.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is another week or two away from returning. Tim Gleason and Elias Lindholm could return on Thursday.
  • Jonas Siegel: Randy Carlyle said that initial timetable for injured Mark Fraser and Nikolai Kulemin was October 29th, but couldn’t say if they’ll be ready for then.
  • Brian Wilde: Canadiens Josh Gorges said that he experience no concussions effects from Bourque hit.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars GM Jim Nill expects Kari Lehtonen to be ready for Thursday. Mark Stepneski: The Stars activate Lehtonen from the IR. Defenseman Aaron Rome has been recalled from his conditioning assignment. Goalie Jack Campbell has been reassigned to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Damien Brunner said that he feels good and ready to play. Coach Peter DeBoer said he’ll wait to see how he feels tomorrow.
  • Gene Principe: Oilers Ryan Smyth is flying back to Edmonton to be looked by their medical staff.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers Sam Gagner was cleared for contact last week.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Erat, lots on the Gardiner, Miller, Giroux and Messier

  • TSNs Insider Trading: The Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may not be panicking but they need help on the blueline after allowing 15 goals in three games. There is some concern. MacTavish said this offseason that he wanted to make a “bold” move and he could be waiting in the weeds to do so. Dreger on Gardiner: they are interested in offers, but are not shopping him. Teams had been calling the Leafs about Cody Franson (while he was unsigned) and some turned to Jake Gardiner, but GM Dave Nonis told teams to make an offer and it would take an elite forward. There have not been any serious offers for Gardiner as of yet. Capitals Martin Erat is playing on the fourth line and getting limited minutes, things could come to a head soon.
  • James Mirtle: Why moving Gardiner makes sense: “They’ve got a lot of similar elements in their top six, and they’re not particularly heavy on Randy Carlyle elements.” They have three cheap, young, offensive over defensive minded defensemen in Cody Franson, Gardiner and Morgan Rielly. Dion Phaneuf and Mark Fraser are their only physical bluelines, and coach Randy Carlyle likes physical Dmen. One of the reasons John-Michael Liles didn’t make it in Toronto is that he’s a small, puck-moving, left-handed defenseman. The Leafs don’t have a lot of cap room to added a two-way defenseman to log some minutes. Moving Gardiner in a deal that brings that in, it might make sense, but it’s not likely to work.
  • Howard Berger on Berger Bytes: Berger thinks that if the Maple Leafs are going to trade Jake Gardiner, a deal with the Avalanche for Paul Stastny would work. The Leafs would then have to try to move out about $5 million in cap space in a deal with the Avs or with another team(s).
  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Gleason thinks the Sabres should be playing Jhonas Enroth  and shopping Ryan Miller. They need Miller’s groin to improve and for him to remain healthy to help preserve his trade value. Sabres GM Darcy Regier needs to have Flyers GM Peter Laviolette on speed-dial.
  • Katie Strang: Flyers Claude Giroux denies the report that there was a rift between him and former coach Peter Laviolette.
  • John Shannon: Mark Messier could re-surface in Edmonton doing some part-time scouting/project work. Messier already has full-time job with the Kingsbridge Arena project in New York, but want to stay in the NHL loop.
  • Igor Eronko: CSKA of the KHL acquired the rights to Capitals Dmitry Orlov and Jets Ivan Telegin who has refused to report to the AHL.

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