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NHL Rumors: Spezza, Yandle, Del Zotto, Stastny, Richards and Belov

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will likely shop center Jason Spezza this offseason. If they don’t get the pieces they want for him, they won’t trade him for the sake of trading him. Spezza does have a no-trade clause. Source saying that in July of 2012, Spezza had to submit a list of 10 teams that he didn’t want to be traded too. Senators GM Bryan Murray.

    “He’s our captain, at this point, he has a year left on his contract. We’ll see where we go with him,” said Murray in his post-season availability last Tuesday.

    Spezza has one year left with a cap hit of $7 million but a salary of $4 million. The Sens don’t have any plans to sign him to a contract extension at this time. SportsNet’s Doug MacLean cautioned the Senators if they want to trade him.

    “There’s some things you have to look at before this deal,” said MacLean during a break in the Montreal-Tampa series last week. “No. 1 is somebody ready to replace the points. Like him or not, he’s still an 80-point scorer in the league.

    “That’s the challenge. Is (Mika) Zibanejad capable of stepping into that spot and picking up some of that slack? They like him a lot and they’d like to see him move up the lineup but is that taking a step back?

    “It’s fine to say we want to say goodbye to (Spezza) but you’ve got to have people who can replace him essentially.”

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Keith Yandle’s name has been in the rumor mill for past two years. He has two years left with a $5.25 million salary cap hit. Trade talk is likely to continue.

    “Like I’ve always said, it’s a good thing if teams are wanting you and I think it’s when teams don’t want you you’ve gotta be a little bit worried,” Yandle said. “For me, it’s been so long that I’ve gotten a little immune to it.”

    “Coming into July 1 and obviously the draft and stuff like that, you look at your team,” Yandle said. “You want us to get better, and you want to go out and get free agents and draft well, obviously. But you never know what’s going to happen, and that’s the nature of the business.”

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators pending RFA Michael Del Zotto.

    “I have no idea what’s going to happen,” he said this week. “Obviously I’m not too happy with how this year has gone for me. I have high expectations for myself, and being traded here I wanted to prove I could play to the best of my ability and how I had in the past. We’ll see what happens this summer and just take it one day at a time.”

    Del Zotto is coming off a two year, $5.1 million deal. It seems unlikely that the Predators wouldn’t bring him back.

  • Michael Kelly of the Star Tribune: Avs Paul Stastny was getting anxious at the trade deadline about the possibility that he would be traded.

    “To me it was kind of a sign of confidence that they want me and I’m an important piece,” Stastny said. “For a couple of days you think about it; it’s hard not to. We have such a good group of guys. They see that.”

    The Avs didn’t really have any plans to trade him.

    “Honestly, it was not even close for us to move Paulie,” Roy said. “We said all along we didn’t want rental players.”

    Coach Patrick Roy hopes the pending UFA will remain with the team.

    “We believe Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year and we think there’s a good chance he can sign with us,” Roy said. “How it happens, that will be up to [executive vice president] Joe [Sakic] and [Matt Keator, Stastny’s] agent to discuss. I think Paul has the Avs in his heart, he loves to be in this town and he loves these fans.”

  • Dennis Bernstein: Kings Mike Richards needs to have a good playoffs to remain with the team.
  • Igor Eronko: Anton Belov on why he left the Oilers for SKA of the KHL: “Didn’t want to play under that coach”

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Morning Hits: PHI-CBJ’s Carter Trade Was Almost Bigger, Steen, Rangers, Vey and Schneider

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Back in June of 2011, the Blue Jackets and Flyers were working on a trade to include either Jeff Carter or Mike Richards. The Blue Jackets eventually got Carter for Jake Voracek, a 1st round pick and a third round pick in a draft day trade. The deal almost became a massive one when a day before the 2011 NHL draft, GM Paul Holmgren called then GM Scott Howson …

    “You want ‘em both?” Holmgren asked Howson, meaning Carter and Richards.

    Howson said he couldn’t do the deal without seriously depleting their picks and prospects. Portzline thinks that type of deal would have had to include Ryan Johnansen (2010 draft) and their 2012 1st round pick, which ended up being Ryan Murray, to go along with the pieces they discussed in the for just Carter.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alex Steen’s deal.

    “We were always working under the timetable that when Alexander was ready to talk, we would be there,” Armstrong said. “The breakfast was more just a state of the union with Alexander’s part of our leadership group. I felt it was going to get into his situation.

    “As soon as he said he was interested, I called and talked to (Blues owner) Tom Stillman. He talked to his ownership group and gave us the go-ahead. We called, made one offer and (Steen’s new agent) made a counter. It happened in two days. I wish they could all go this way — they do all go this way when you have joint interest, and that’s ‘We want the player here and the player wants to be here.’”

    The Blues presented multiple offers with a variety of term. They didn’t offer any deal that was seven or eight years. Steen on signing for just three years.

    “As far as the term goes, we feel that three years is a long time,” Steen said. “After that, we’ll probably quietly start discussing things again.”

  • Dan Rosen: The Rangers recalled J.T. Miller and have returned Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.

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Kings Quotes: Kopitar wasn’t injured, Richard’s on his injury, does Scuderi or Voynov get a deal first

  • John Hoven of  Mayor’s Manor: Kings Anze Kopitar didn’t appear to be injured.

    “There is not going to be any surgery necessary. In fact, I just talked to Chris (Kingsley, Kings head trainer) and our doctor. I can actually get rid of the knee brace too. So, I’m getting back to no discomfort and good strength in my knee. I should be fine. And in regards to being injured during the playoffs, there was really no significant injuries that I suffered. It was normal, just banged up  a little bit, a few bumps and bruises. That’s about it.”

  • John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings Mike Richards on his injury in the Western Conference Final:

    “Like I said, they scored on their chances that they got. It is frustrating just sitting there, especially with a concussion because you never know – with the way you feel. You think you feel good. Then, I went out and tried to skate and you don’t feel well. I think that’s the most frustrating part of it. Because you think you can play and then you start doing activities and realize you’re not only putting the team at risk, but you’re putting yourself at risk too. So, what’s frustrating the most is that you can’t do anything about it to help the team.”

  • John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on whether it’s more important to sign UFA Rob Scuderi or RFA Slava Voynov first.

    “Kind of chicken and egg, isn’t it?  And part of that too, what you have to factor into that, there’s at least a difference between an unrestricted free agent and a restricted, right? So that enters into who you prioritize also. I don’t have a problem with that.  You can say, looking at it as a player, I do this, but there’s also the issue of a guy with seniority and he’s putting in more years, probably deserves consideration, not only morally because he has seniority, but also the agreement dictates that you probably have to move quicker because at least the other guys you have rights to.  So, it’s hard to answer your question, but trust me, these last two, three months when I saw what was happening here, and then losing Willie Mitchell, it’s – I’ve talked about having chemistry projects in the back room before, well we’ve taken this to a nuclear science now in terms of how you put these equations together.  I’m not disagreeing with what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s cut as black and white as that.  It’s really hard, unless you guys want another really long, hour long answer, we just better probably leave it at that.”

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Quick Hits: Stanley Cup final dates, Eakins, McDonald, Nichol, Klimchuk, Morrissey, Richards and Zherdev

  • Bob McKenzie:  With the Blackhawks win and if both the Blackhawks and Bruins clinch their series in 5 games or less, the Stanley Cup final would start on Wednesday. In other words, if both series are over by Sunday night, the Cup finals will start on Wednesday. If they go past Sunday, it will start next Saturday.
  • Darren Dreger: Dallas Eakins spotted at Pearson International (Toronto), appears to be on way to Vancouver for 2nd interview.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Andy McDonald retires from the NHL due to post-concussion concerns.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Scott Nichol retired from the NHL and will be the Predators director of player development.
  • Sam Carchidi: There have been talks with the Flyers, Penguins and NHL about an outdoor game at Penn State, but getting it done for next year may be tough.
  • Ryan Kennedy: Morgan Klimchuk and Josh Morrissey attended the Sabres combine.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Kings Mike Richards didn’t skate yesterday. (He skated on Wednesday with the extras)
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Nik Zherdev’s contract with Atlant will likely be terminated.

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Injury Notes: Campbell breaks leg, Richards skates and Glencross hopes for clearance

  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: A team source is saying that Bruins forward Gregory Campbell broke is right leg blocking a slap shot and is finished for the season.

    “The guy had a [shooting] lane and he sacrificed his body and it was a great thing,” said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. “It’s a bad thing he got hurt. He blocks a lot of shots and he took one for the team there and we really wanted to win this for him.”

  • Pierre LeBrun: Kings center Mike Richards skated with the extras yesterday.
  • Roger Millions: Flames winger Curtis Glencross will meet with doctors on Monday and hopes to have his knee injury cleared.

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Morning Hits: Roy and Radulov, Stoll, Jets injuries, Bobrosky’s contract, Fleury and other goaltending scenarios

  • Dan Rosen: If the Senators win Game 5 tonight, Game 6 will go on Sunday at 7:30 pm, moving the Kings-Sharks to 10 pm. If the Penguins win, the Kings-Sharks will be at 8 pm.
  • Josh Cooper: Cooper points out that Patrick Roy and Alexander Radulov had a good rapport when Radulov was in Quebec. The Predators have been unable to trade Radulov for the last year.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Jarret Stoll rode the stationary bike on Wednesday. He was at the area yesterday but not skating.
  • Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets Evander Kane won’t need surgery for his wrist problem and lower leg/foot nerve damage. Tobias Enstrom’s bad back only needs rest. Mark Stuart’s sports hernia doesn’t require surgery. Zach Bogosian missed the final three games of the season with a concussion.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky contract talks have stalled.

    “We’ve talked. We’ve exchanged ideas,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said this week. “But we haven’t made any progress, really. It’s been pretty quiet for a while now.”

    The RFA will be looking for a nice raise from this $1.7 million he made last year. The Blue Jackets will send him a qualifying offer, but he’ll reject it. Bobrovsky could get an offer sheet, with the Blue Jackets having seven days to match.

    “That’s something we can’t control,” Kekalainen said. “It’s obvious what we’re going to do if it goes that far. We have great ownership; committed ownership. We would match any offer there might be, but I’m optimistic we won’t get to that point.”

  • Aaron Portzline: Portzline wonders if the Bobrovsky talks drag into July, would the Flyers try to sign him to an offer sheet.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Custance wonders if Marc-Andre Fleury’s days in Pittsburgh could be numbered. GM Ray Shero could trade Fleury and his $5 million salary cap hit through 2014-15, and go with Tomas Vokoun and a young, cheaper goalie. It’s a move that may upset the balance in a close Penguins dressing room.

    “Guys will bleed for him. I wouldn’t hold your breath to think Pittsburgh is going to do something rash,” one NHL source said. “Marc-Andre Fleury has one thing in his corner — that’s called the Stanley Cup. Once accomplished, you know he can get it done.”

    The Blackhawks may have to consider putting Ray Emery to see if he can spark the Hawks. GM Stan Bowman may look at his goaltending situation in the summer if they lose to the Red Wings. Emery will be a UFA this summer. The Hawks are just over $2 million under the cap for next year with 21 players signed. Other UFA goalies this year: Mike Smith, Niklas Backstrom, Nikolai Khabibulin and Evgeni Nabokov. Emery could be a great fit with the Islanders or Coyotes if they don’t re-sign Smith, possibly the Sabres if they trade Ryan Miller or the Wild if they don’t keep Backstrom.

  • Katie Strang: The Cap Advantage Recapture Rule could really hurt the Rangers, as well as many other veterans. If Brad Richards were to retire in 2017, it would cost the Rangers $5.66 million in 2017, $8.5 million in 2018 and $17 million in 2019.

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The end for Selanne? Toews finally over concussion … Komarov going back to KHL … Lombardi talks Richards, Carter trades

  • Jonathan Davis via twitter: Teemu Selanne told Davis that if there is no NHL season this year, he’s likely played his last NHL game.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews wasn’t fully over his concussion when he played in the playoffs last year. It wasn’t until late last week that Toews felt he was completely over his concussion. He missed the final 2 months of the regular season, but came back for the Blackhawks playoff series against Coyotes. When he returned, he was symptom free and passed the NHL concussion protocols. He was still being bothered by balance and eyesight issues, but were discovered and solved by a chiropractic neurology facility.

    “Even if you don’t feel something and you think you’re symptom-free, there’s probably still something there that’s kind of hindering you and affecting the way your brain works,” Toews told the Tribune on Wednesday. “It was just a lot of eye-movement things. My eyes didn’t track very well. They didn’t look from one target to the next very well. My balance with my eyes closed and my head turned a certain way was terrible. (There were) little things that I would think were normal because I didn’t feel something in my head.

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Maple Leafs prospect Leo Komarov will be leaving the AHL Marlies and heading back to the KHL. Darren Dreger via twitter: Komarov wants to play for the Maple Leafs when the lockout ends. Jonas Siegel via twitter: The wheels are in motion of Komarov to join Moscow Dynamo. His 1 year contract did allow have a provision to return. Komarov and the Leafs are working to ensure he’s able to return to North America if the lockout ends.

    “One of the big things is I think Leo wants to make sure that if he does leave that he can come back if the lockout ends,” said Eakins, noting a similar sentiment from the organization’s perspective.

    “No matter what happens, this kid is a good prospect, he’s worked hard to get where he’s at for a shot at the NHL. And that’s his end-game. For Leo, this is about playing in the NHL, that’s what he wants to do and I think he’s going to push for a job if it ever does start back up.”

    Komarov was drawing a $62,500 AHL salary.

    “It’s maybe that whole thing about I want to try and see if I can make it,” Komarov explained back in early October. “If not, then I’m going to live with it. But if I will stay in KHL, yeah it’s good money, it’s nice to be there, but then when I’m 40, [my kids] are going to ask me ‘Why didn’t you play in the NHL?’”

  • Jonas Siegel via twitter: Matt Frattin hasn’t been cleared to play yet, waiting for medical clearance, and could return this weekend.
  • Sportsnet: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Carter and Richards trades.

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Kings Dustin Brown may be available now … Oilers make last push to re-sign Hemsky … Goalies Leafs may look at … Wings looking at F’s

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Kings forward Dustin Brown may now be available, which puts more heat on the Blue Jackets to make a decision on Nash. The Rangers, Maple Leafs, and Flyers are just a few teams that would be interested. Jim Matheson via twitter: If Brown is available, Matheson thinks Eastern Conference teams will be all over him even with the 2 remaining years. The Bruins and Capitals could be interested. Tim Panaccio via twitter: A source said that the Flyers can’t get serious on Brown because of salary cap issues. Andy Strickland via twitter: “In a salary cap world where every GM wants value for the $ why would LA trade Dustin Brown? Has maybe the best contract in the NHL.”
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Leafs GM Brian Burke confirmed on the radio that he’ll check out the goalie market to see what’s there. It was discussed for the first time on Wednesday. Goalie possibilities are: Evgeni Nabokov, Josh Harding, Anders Lindback, Curtis Sanford, J.S, Giguere, Antero Niittymaki, Scott Clemmensen and Ben Bishop.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Goalies that Burke will look into are, Evgeni Nabokov, Nikolai Khabibulin, Josh Harding, Anders Lindback and JS Giguere.
  • Bob Duff via twitter: 2 forwards that Duff is hearing most often linked to Red Wings are Mikael Samuelsson of the Panthers and Travis Moen of the Canadiens.
  • Toronto Sun: (from their NHL trade rumors ‘slideshow’) Players listed: Ales Hemsky, Zach Parise , Teemu Selanne, Shane Doan,  Ryan Suter, Ryan Miller, Ryan Malone, Rick Nash, Ray Whitney, Paul Gaustad, P.A. Parenteau, Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Knuble, Michal Rozsival, Luke Schenn, Kyle Wellwood, Jonathan Bernier, Jason Blake, Dustin Penner, Dennis Wideman, David Jones, Brian Rolston, Brad Boyes, Andrei Kostitsyn, Alex Semin.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets trade Jeff Carter to the LA Kings for Jack Johnson and a 1st

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and a 1st round pick. Bob McKenzie said on TSN that the deal is contingent on a Jeff Carter medical.

Jeff Carter carries a $5,272,727 cap through 2022. His salary this year is $6 million, $6.25 million next year, $6.5 million in 2013-14, $6.75 million in 2014-15, $7 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17, $6.5 million in 2017-18, $5 million in 2018-19, $3 million in 2019-20, and $2 million in the final 2 seasons.

Jack Johnson carries a $4,357,143 cap hit through 2018. His salary is $3.5 million this year, and 2 years following. It jumps to $5 million for the last 4 years.

Dennis Bernstein via twitter: It will be a 2012 1st round pick, but goes to a 2013 1st round pick if they miss the playoffs this year. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: If the Kings make the playoffs, the Blue Jackets choose if they want the pick this year or next. Before tonight’s games were finished, the Kings sat in 8th spot in the Western Conference. If the Blue Jackets took the Kings 2012 pick, they’d currently be drafting 17th overall according to

Aaron Portzline via twitter: “The Kings, meanwhile, are desperate for an offensive spark. They’re last in the NHL at 2.05 goals per game, and have been shutout eight tiems, most in the Western Conference. The Kings’ scoring has been especially paltry of late. They’ve scored one goal or less in seven of their last 10 games.”

Curtis Zupke via twitter:  Kings GM Dean Lombardi: “Jeff is a proven goal scorer in our league. He brings goal-scoring abilities, speed and at his age … he is entering the prime of his career. We also like his versatility as he can play both center and wing.”

Todd Cordell via twitter: The Blue Jackets are building a solid defensive core with “Johnson, Wisniewski, Savard & Moore to build around. Methot, Nikitin & Clitsome are good, too.” Also have Fedor Tyutin.

TSN tradecenter link: Bob McKenzie, Marc Crawford and Aaron Ward talk about the trade.

Chris Johnston via twitter: Jeff Carter after the trade: “I am obviously excited. … I looked at the Kings at the start of the year as being a club in a good position to win.”

Aaron Portzline via twitter: Jack Johnson: “I am excited by this, to go to a team that wants me and to play in a great sports city. I want to be a part … ”

Dustin Leed via twitter: originally noted in a @tpanotchCSN article, “Richards and Carter skated on the same line eight games last season; two games when they went to Cup”

Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Carter isn’t expected in LA until Saturday. Aaron Portzline via twitter: Johnson will arrive in Columbus on Friday but will not play. Expected to make his debut on Sunday against the Penguins.

Corey Pronman via twitter: “Most rebuilding teams dont take on big contracts for avg players & if they do, they dont also give up a #1 center and only get a mid 1st.” … “Rebuilding teams look for positive value. JJ is a likely negative value every year of the deal. A mid first worth 2.5M over pre-UFA years.”

Follow below link for Carter and Johnson stats.

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State of the Columbus Blue Jackets: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Austin Lutz

With only 23 games remaining in their season, the Columbus Blue Jackets sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, a place that’s been their home for the majority of the season. That being said, the Jackets are the biggest sellers this trade deadline, and the only thing Scott Howson has to look forward to this June is the possibility of adding top prospect Nail Yakupov.

Columbus seems set for another few years of rebuild and that’s not something that 27-year-old captain Rick Nash wants to wait for. He has not openly admitted to wanting a trade, but when asked about being traded, he said “Right now I’m a Blue Jacket.” The words “right now” tell it all and whether Nash is traded before the deadline or at the draft, he seems to be on his way out of Columbus

Many different teams have been linked to Nash, who brings a yearly cap hit of $7.8 million until 2018, but most often it has been the first place Rangers, the Maple Leafs, the Kings, and as always the Philadelphia Flyers.

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State of the Los Angeles Kings: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Here is the 2nd installment of our expanded NHL Trade Deadline coverage. We’ll be posting team outlooks leading up to trade deadline over the next couple weeks from a variety of contributing writers.

Written by Dennis Bernstein of and can be found on twitter at @DennisTFP

Needs: Nothing but a scorer will do. Although ranked last in offense, Los Angeles is in the top eight in the West due to the stellar work by goaltender Jonathan Quick, the team’s clear cut MVP. With 20 of the Kings final 32 games on the road, their margin for error is miniscule and they must deal for a top six finishing forward in order to qualify for the post season. With the heat on GM Dean Lombardi from ownership to win now, he will likely have to broker a blockbuster along the line of the Mike Richards trade to overcome the lack of production from Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll, a natural center shuttled to the wing on the second line but unproductive.

In order to bring back a player of that caliber, the Kings will have to deal from their strength, defense and goaltending with Jack Johnson and Jonathan Bernier the assets being offered to the market. While they’d take a producer on either wing, the gaping hole that exists on the left side has not been filled since the departure of Ryan Smyth over the summer. They have over $ 3 million of cap space availability, so to bring in a high priced player for half a season is doable even without a roster player departing. Injured Simon Gagne is not close to being ready and there is increasing talk that he will be landing on Long Term Injured Reserve prior to the deadline for further cap relief. There is some chatter  of interest in New Jersey’s Zach Parise given the Devils reported precarious financial standing but the cost of Dustin Brown and Bernier may only occur if Kings drop out of the top eight in the next month.


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Crosby update and rumors … Burke like January trades … Lightning, Ducks, Blackhawks rumors … Leafs injury updates … Starting goalies

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: On Sidney Crosby rumors that his season or career could be over.

    “Sidney is doing very well, he’s training, he’s going in the right direction,” agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports told Friday. “The idea of retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary. Far from that.”

    “Absolutely zero truth to these rumors,” added Penguins general manager Ray Shero to on Friday.

    Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke tries to make a trade splash in January, well in advance of the trade deadline.

    “We are listening to a lot right now and there is a good chance something will happen but I don’t think it’s going to happen today or tomorrow,” Burke said. “This is like hunting. Sometimes when you’re hunting, you get a feeling you’re going to stumble on something, or birds are coming in and you get a sixth sense something is about to happen. I don’t sense that here right now. We’re talking to a lot of teams about a number of things — mostly we’re listening because we like our group — but I can’t sense if something is imminent or not. Right now I’d say it’s not.”

    Burke would like to add some size upfront, and they are not talking to anyone right now about adding a goaltender.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may have to wait until the offseason to get a young starting goalie and a top 4 defenseman.

    “I think I look at both, short-term and big picture,” Yzerman said. “I’m not going to do something out of desperation that’s going to hurt us in the long run, by trading draft picks and a good prospect or something like that. Any deal has got to make sense for us long term. So that makes it tricky.”

    Ducks GM Bob Murray:

    “What I said is what I said, right now I’m listening to everything,” Murray told “It would be very difficult to make the type of deals I want, but I’m listening for sure. I still think we have a decent core here, but we’re maybe going to have to change a piece or two.”

    “But sometimes blockbusters happen at the trade deadline, you never know,” Murray said.

    Blackhawks GM Stean Bowman has been looking for a deal for awhile. He’d like to acquire a 4-5 defenseman and a center that could play in the top 6.

    “Ideally, I’d like to find a center man,” Bowman said. “It doesn’t have to be a top center man, but somebody that can play and complement top players.”

  • Nick Kypreos of Kypreos thinks that Sidney Crosby’s season is over based on his long-term health and the potential of a new contract. Crosby has one more year on his deal and can begin negotiations on July 1st. Crosby’s career could be in jeopardy with another concussion, and the next contract won’t come with an insurance policy that covers the Penguins from a career ending concussion. If Crosby is a “Penguin for Life,” the Penguins would be on the hook for the full amount, which could be as much as 10 years, $100 million.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: According to someone close to the Penguins, Sidney Crosby is doing better and is training. His goal is to back this season, though the timeline is still unclear.
  • Josh Yohe via twitter: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will be playing tonight. Paul Martin is in. Arron Asham is out. Zbynek Michalek and Richard Park are ‘iffy.’
  • Chris Botta talks with Darren Dreger about the current trade market.

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