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NHL Rumors: Callahan, Markov, Jagr, Iginla, Torts, Carlyle, Jets, Giordano, Ekblad and McCabe

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ryan Callahan’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said that he spoke with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman over the weekend, with Yzerman saying he’d like to talk contract extension after the season.

    “Yeah, we’d love to sign him,” said Yzerman. “He’s a good fit, a good person, a good player, has style of play that really complements our group well; he’s fit in really well. So we hope to sign him. But we won’t talk until after the year.”

    It’s likely that John Tortorella will be fired by the Canucks after the season. There will also be the question whether or not to fire GM Mike Gillis. Both Tortorella and Gillis have four years left on their deals.

    The Canadiens and Andrei Markov’s agent, Sergei Berezin, have continued contract talks.

    “I met with Marc a couple of days ago when they were here [in Florida],” Berezin told Tuesday.

    “I don’t think we’re in any rush to get anything done. I have an idea what they’re offering, they know what we want, and I don’t actually think we’re that far apart. I’m hopeful in the end it will work out.”

    Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, met with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello a few days ago to talk about a contract extension. Talks will pick up after the season.

    Contract talks between Peter Chiarelli and Jarome Iginla’s camp will wait until after the season.

    Randy Carlyle’s future with the Maple Leafs could be in doubt if they miss the playoffs.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has some trade chips he could use after the season. Evander Kane would get them a big return, including roster players and picks/prospects. Tobias Enstrom could get a nice return, but they would need a frontline defender in return. Zach Bogosian’s stock might be down at the moment. Lawless wouldn’t move Brian Little or Andrew Ladd.
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”I highly doubt that Gardiner will be dealt considering Nonis believes dealing young D is the biggest mistake a GM can make”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Cal trades Giordano they get rid of their hardest competitor. Giordano embodies what you want from your leaders” … ”I hate the word lifer but Giordano is a lifer in Calgary” … ”If the Leafs want to acquire Giordano what can they trade back? Connor McDavid?” … ”I wouldn’t trade JVR for a top end D because you’re stealing from Peter to pay Paul”
  • Corey Pronman: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”If Ekblad is the best player available that we deem at the end of the year we’ll take Ekblad”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray said they are close to signing Jake McCabe and that he would likely report to Sabres and not to the AHL.

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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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Injury Notes: Robidas, Pyatt, Giordano, Kopecky, Franson, Tanguay, Vokoun and Kaleta

  • Dallas Stars: The Stars put defenseman Stephane Robidas on the IR and will be out four to six months with a fractured leg. Jamie Oleksiak has been recalled.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning coach Cooper said that Tom Pyatt (collarbone) will be out another two weeks. Pyatt had been hoping to play on Tuesday.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames defenseman Mark Giordano skated with the team again. Not ready just yet.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying that Panthers Tomas Kopecky has a torn ligament in his elbow, but will try to play through it.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Cody Franson is out with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Alex Tanguay skated yesterday and Patrick Roy said he could be back in a week or two.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Penguins Tomas Vokoun said he’s recovering slowly from major blood clot surgery and will meet with a hematologist in a month.
  • Mike Harrington: Patrick Kaleta (playing in AHL) tore his right ACL and is out for the remainder of the year.

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Injury Notes: Datsyuk, Nikitin, Granlund and Five Flames

  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) will not be traveling with the team on their trip to New York and Ottawa.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) is likely to play tonight. The Blue Jackets still have five players that will be out.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: Wild’s Mikael Granlund will be out for at least three games with an upper-body injury (head). He was put on the IR and Jason Zucker was recalled.
  • Calgary Flames: Flames injuries: Sean Monahan – week-to-week with hairline fracture in foot, on the IR. Dennis Wideman – six to eight weeks with a fractured hand, on the IR. Mark Giordano – week-to-week with a  broken ankle, on the IR. Curtis Glencross – two to three weeks with a knee injury, on the IR. TJ Galiardi – day-to-day with back spasms, on the IR.

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Afternoon Hits: Protected 1st Rounder, Bass, Gagner, Perreault, Lupul, Liles, Flames Injuries and Pacioretty

  • Pierre LeBrun: The 1st round pick that the Islanders included in the Vanek-Moulson deal with the Sabres is protected. Islanders can defer to 2015 if it is in the top 10.
  • Mark Spector: Sam Gagner has been cleared to play. Bob Stauffer: If Gagner is activated off the IR and Richard Bachman remains with the team, they will have to make a roster move. They have two extra defenseman, Grebeshkov and Potter. Chris Johnston: Gagner says he’s playing.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Mathieu Perreault will be back in the lineup. Dustin Penner is skating, but might not be ready.
  • Chris Johnston: Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul is a game-time decision. John-Michael Liles will be scratched.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Mark Giordano has a broken ankle and is out for six to eight weeks. Lee Stempniak has a broken foot and is out week-to-week. Chris Breen is day-to-day with a abdominal strain.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Max Pacioretty (hamstring) and Christian Thomas (hernia) skated today.

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Injury Notes: Eriksson, Boyle, Lundqvist, Lupul, Giordano, Gagner, Skinner, Ward and Harding

  • Chris Stevenson: Loui Eriksson flew back to Boston yesterday. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and is out indefinitely.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Dan Boyle,

    “With concussions, you just have to be careful. And when I say concussion, I haven’t actually been told that I’ve officially had one. Still kind of waiting on more results form the doctors and more feedback on what they saw.

    “I know what you guys know, I got knocked out and it’s just a matter of making sure that I have no symptoms and I’m OK going forward in order to get back in the lineup.”

  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist was back on the ice yesterday taking shots. He said he’s not sure if he’ll be ready for Saturday, but added that if it were the playoffs, he’d play.
  • Leafs PR: Joffrey Lupul has a bruised foot and is day-to-day. He’s making the trip but Josh Leivo has been recalled.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Mark Giordano seems to be walking fine and met with doctors yesterday. Not ready just yet.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Lauri Korpikoski stayed home and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner left last nights game with an upper-body injury.
  • Michael Russo: Wild’s Josh Harding left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. ”I hope it’s not bad and he’ll be back soon.”

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Injury Notes: Lundqvist, Helm, Eaves, Ericsson, Jones, Stajan, Girordano and Thomas

  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist is day-to-day with a “minor issue” and not guaranteed to start on Thursday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Darren Helm has a sore groin and going through more tests yesterday to see if it’s torn. He won’t be ready to play this weekend.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Patrick Eaves will be ready for Saturday. No roster moves will be made until Darren Helm comes off the IR.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is on the short-term IR with a shoulder subluxation. Helene St. James: Ericsson will be out two to three weeks.
  • Roger Millions: Flames David Jones and Matt Stajan are now day-to-day and skating with the team.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames Mark Giordano is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • George Richards: Don’t know the extent of Panthers Tim Thomas’s injury. Don’t expect him to start on Friday. Steve Goldstein: Scott Clemmensen likely being recalled after Thomas left with an injury.

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Morning Rumors: Vanek, Chaisson, Depres, Ducks, Penguins, Gardiner, Ryan, Glencross and the Flyers

  • Jim Matheson: Lots of people think that Thomas Vanek may take a pay-cut and sign with the Wild in the summer. He went to school in Minnesota and is good friends with Jason Pominville.

    Nathan MacKinnon is living J.S. Giguere’s basement.

    The Bruins tried to get Alex Chaisson included in the Loui Eriksson-Tyler Seguin trade. The Stars sent Rielly Smith and Matt Fraser instead.

    With the strong play of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, Simon Despres may now be used as trade bait.

    The Ducks need a defenseman with Sheldon Souray and Luca Sbisa out. The Leafs are looking to move John-Michael Liles, the Flyers have Andrej Meszros and the Penguins have Despres.

    The Penguins will look for a backup goalie.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Filip Kuba is still hoping to get an NHL deal.

    Mark Messier will be re-joining that Oilers as a consultant.

    Before Cory Schneider was sent to the Devils, one rumored deal was to the Oilers for their 1st and 2nd round picks, as well as Martin Marincin. Big asking price but would be trading a goalie within their division.

    There has been some talk between the Maple Leafs and some teams about Jake Gardiner. If the Leafs are going to consider trading Gardiner, it would be for a young asset or assets. Friedman speculates that teams like the Stars, Panthers and Wild might be interested. Gardiner was impressive during the Boston series last year, but some scouts still have questions.

    Word is the Ducks received four serious offers for Bobby Ryan. A couple reasons as to why he landed in Ottawa are that the Senators didn’t need to send salary back and that the Ducks wanted a 1st round pick included.

    If Ilya Bryzgalov signed in the KHL, he’d have to clear waivers if he returned to the NHL.

  • Frank Seravlli of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Flyers have been “sniffing around” but may have trouble finding a partner this early in the season. The Flyers have been looking at Curtis Glencross. The Flames are desperate for someone to play with Mark Giordano, and the Flyers have a bunch of high-priced defensemen. Glencross has a no-trade clause. The Flyers scouted the Flames last week, Ron Hextall (assistant GM) and Chris Pryor (director of scouting) attended. Dave Brown (head pro scout) watched the Flames in Columbus. The Flames scouted the Flyers home opener last week. The Flyers also had a scout at the Flames home opener. The Flames had a scout watching the Flyers and Hurricanes. The Flyers may also be interested in Sven Baertschi.
  • Bob McKenzie on NHL Live: Flyers coaching change, Holmgren’s future and the spin-o-rama.

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NHL Rumors I: The Fallout from yesterday

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Jay Feaster said that their only untouchables were Sven Baertschi, TJ Brodie, Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano.
  • Randy Miller: Don’t understand the Flyers trading for Steve Mason, giving up a 3rd round pick. He’s struggled for years and is an RFA, so they would have to send him a qualifying of $3.2 million to retain his rights.
  • Jim Diamond: Predators GM David Poile on the Martin Erat trade: ”Marty came to us in recent days and indicated a trade might be in his best interests.”
  • Mike Harrington: Bets that the Wild initially asked the Sabres about Thomas Vanek before moving to Jason Pominville.
  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t interested in trading picks for short-term help.

    “The hardest thing for me is to try and accelerate a process that can’t be accelerated,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t draft players and develop them into assets, then you can’t do anything on a deadline day. If you choose to trade your draft picks for assets for the now, you forgo the opportunity to build a sustainable system with a sustainable flow of players.”

    They listened for offers on Alex Burmistrov, but didn’t come up with anything they liked.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Oilers offered Ryan Jones and a draft pick to the Senators for Ben Bishop. The Senators asked for Sean Couturier straight up. Tampa Bay hopes to find a 1a between Bishop and Anders Lindback. Both the Canucks and Canadiens were interested in Raffi Torres. The Coyotes settled with the Sharks offer of Florida’s 3rd round pick. The Rangers gained payroll flexibility for next season by trading Marian Gaborik. They have to re-sign RFAs Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin. Also, they now have a better shot at signing Ryane Clowe.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Capitals received lots of interest in Mike Ribeiro, but they continue to work on an extension with him. The Canadiens were after a rugged winger but were unsuccessful. The Blue Jackets tried to get Tomas Fleischmann from the Panthers. The Blue Jackets may have offered one of their 1st round pick and Derek Dorsett for Fleischmann. The Devils, Canucks, Jets and Jackets showed interest in Drew Stafford. The Sabres considered Alex Burmistrov.

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NHL Rumors II: Players in Play, Canucks, Oilers and Blue Jackets

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • TSN:  Players in play:

    Goalies: Ben Bishop, Jonathan Bernier, Roberto Luongo, Miikka KiprusoffDefenseman: Mark Streit, Ryan Whitney, Filip Kuba, Jamie McBain, Mark Giordano, Adrian Aucoin.

    Forwards: Tomas Fleischmann, Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Ales Hemsky, Mason Raymond, Jussi Jokinen, Jason Pominville, Ryan Jones, Mike Ribeiro, Raffi Torres, Lee Stempniak, Boyd Gordon, Eric Nystrom and Brad Boyes.

  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet: The Canucks adding Derek Roy yesterday, it opened up some options.

    “(We will be) more flexible in the next 24 hours,” Gillis told Vancouver media on Tuesday. “It gives us more flexibility. Instead of being really focused on that one piece (a centre), we can now look at other areas that we’d like to strengthen. We can look at other possibilities and maybe three-way deals. Something along those lines.”

    The Oilers may hang on Ryan Whitney. He’s more valuable now for a playoff push than for the draft picks.

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Canadiens are looking to add a gritty forward.
  • Aaron Portzline:  Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen:

    “We’re looking to add,” Kekalainen said last night. “We’ve put into play one of our first-round picks, the one we have from the Los Angeles Kings. We’ve offered that up to get some help for our team.

    “We’re not doing rentals (veteran players with expiring contracts). We’re not going to do something that helps us this spring and then that’s it. We’re only going to do things that help us today and long-term, and we’re going to stick to that plan.

    “If something good materializes with that philosophy, well then we’ve got a deal. If it doesn’t, this club has shown it can be very competitive. So let’s see where it goes.”

    Kekalainen won’t say who he’s targeting. The Blue Jackets could look at Sabres Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a $5.3 million cap hit through next season and Stafford is $4 million hit through 2014-15.

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NHL Rumors I: Bouwmeester, Giordano, Yandle, Miller, Regehr, Jaskin and the Ducks

From twitter unless noted otherwise

  • Roger Millions: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester admits that he’s talked with management about the possibility for a trade. As many as 6 teams are interested.
  • Helene Elliott: Elliott wonders if the Kings would be interested in Bouwmeester. Next season’s $6.8 million salary cap may scare them  off.
  • Roger Millions: There have also been inquiries about Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. Millions can’t see the Flames trading him.
  • Sarah McLellan: McLellan thinks GM Maloney would listen to offers for Keith Yandle, but it would take a lot for him to get trade.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hokey: Sabres Ryan Miller’s name is picking up steam. His list of 8 teams that he won’t accept a trade to was handed in at the beginning of the season. Miller might entertain a move out of Buffalo as he want to win. Are the Blackhawks that comfortable with their goaltending?The Kings and Blues have been tied to Sabres Robyn Regehr. Strickland isn’t sure on how interested the Blues are. Regehr’s skating is an issue. He might be the best veteran shutdown defenseman that is available though.Sources say that Sharks GM Doug Wilson will only trade Ryane Clowe if he gets exactly what he wants in return. Wilson may be looking for a roster player in return.

    The Blues will likely only trade draft picks and prospects, not roster players.

    Blues prospect Drimitrij Jaskin is working on a buyout with his Czech Republic team, opening the door to sign with the Blues.

  • The Fourth Period: The Ducks are still looking for a second line center. The OC Register is saying the will now give Peter Holland a try, but GM Bob Murray would like to bring in some more fire power. They have shown interest in Stars Derek Roy and Capitals Mike Ribeiro, but nothing is imminent. If the Capitals move him, they are believed to be looking for a high pick and top prospect. There are some reports that the Ducks and Flyers have talked about moving Bobby Ryan for a package including Sean Courturier. That may be more of a trade for the offseason and not for a team looking to make a run this year.

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NHL Rumors II: Alfredsson, Several Flames, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Luongo

  • Ian Mendes of Sportsnet: On Daniel Alfredsson trade rumors: “But I can tell you unequivocally, the captain isn’t going anywhere this season. In fact, you can make the argument that Alfredsson has been so good lately, that he should certainly come back for another season with the Senators in 2013-14. But that’s another blog for another day. Today’s piece is about officially putting an end to any trade talk that has surrounded Alfredsson — even though it was way too premature to begin with.”
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The latest rumors have Jarome Iginla being traded to any of the Penguins, Bruins, Kings, Canucks, Flyers or Red Wings. Trade rumors around Jay Bouwmeester involve the Red Wings, Flyers, Blues and Senators. Jarome Iginla on blocking the rumors out,

    “I don’t find it hard,” he insisted. “At the beginning, I said the reason (I didn’t want to talk about rumours) is because it doesn’t help the team.

    “Then, we start asking each other different questions. I’m going to stick to that and just focus on the games.”

    Also in the rumor mill are Miikka Kiprusoff, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Curtis Glencross, and Mark Giordano.

    “I don’t listen to the rumours or anything like that. I know it’s out there and people talk about it, but no one really knows anything,” said Bouwmeester, who has a no-trade clause and is signed for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free-agent.

  • George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: The Blackhawks and Maple Leafs are reportedly showing interest in Flames Miikka Kiprusoff. He has one year left on his deal with a salary of only $1.5 million.

    “I’ve been traded once in my life” — from San Jose to the Flames back in 2003 — “and it was probably the best thing that happened in my hockey life,” Kiprusoff mused. “But, like I say, I just try to do my job here. That’s it.”

  • Josh Rimer via twitter: Bill Watters on NiteCap said he still believes the Maple Leafs will trade for Roberto Luongo. Watters added that he can see either Mike Komisarek or John-Michael Liles and Tyler Bozak for Luongo.

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