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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: San Jose Sharks

Written by Joe Lami of the Sports Radio Service and can be followed on twitter at @joe_lami

USATSI_7774508_154224518_lowresAs the 2014 NHL trade deadline approaches, the San Jose Sharks are once again in the playoff hunt. They currently sit in second place in the west, just five points behind the Anaheim Ducks, the league leaders. With the Sharks getting ready for their tenth straight Stanley Cup playoff appearance, the trade speculation is just beginning.

San Jose tends to make a deal every deadline, whether its a minor or a major move. Last year for instance, they acquired Raffi Torres from the Coyotes, as well as, bringing defenseman Scott Hannan back. This was after dumping upcoming unrestricted free agents Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe for draft picks. At the 2011-2012 deadline, the Sharks once again made a big splash by acquiring Daniel Winnik, T.J. Galiardi, and a seventh round pick from Colorado in exchange for Jamie McGinn, Mike Connolly, and Michael Sgarbossa. With the Sharks having such a history of making deals at the deadline, one must ask them self what are the Sharks going to be do this time around?

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Morning Rumors II: St. Louis, Girardi, Boyle, Vanek, MacDonald, Sharks, Cammalleri, Avalanche and Flyers

  • Nick Kypreos: It is believed that Martin St. Louis asked for a trade when he was left off team Canada. Kypreos has been told that some teams are not sure if he feels the same now. St. Louis does have a no-movement clause through next season. As reported by Larry Brooks, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is not interested in a rental player.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers should get lots of interest in Dan Girardi, and some for Brian Boyle. Girardi is asking the Rangers for six years and about $5.75 million per season. GM Glen Sather is offering five years and lower than $5.75 million per. Sather has told teams he’ll move Girardi instead of losing him for nothing.
  • Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Thomas Vanek on some Austrians staying out late partying.

    “Some of the headlines, especially in Europe, that to me was sad and ridiculous,” Vanek told The Post after the Islanders’ Sunday practice in Syosset, his first since returning. “They’re making it sound like there was 25 guys. It was just a few guys stayed out later, and even that, it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but it wasn’t an issue.

    “We had a practice the next day, Monday night, I think everyone focused all day Monday,” said Vanek, who admitted to staying out until about 2 a.m., but not being affected by game time. “Can you say, ‘Was it a distraction?’ I don’t know, maybe. But we lost the game to a good [Slovenia] team, a team that we could have beat, and that makes it even more hard and tough. But the story made it bigger than it was.”

    GM Garth Snow is looking to get a first round pick, as well as a second round pick or high-level prospect for Vanek. Vanek has already turned down a seven-year, $50 million offer from the Islanders. Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has already turned down a four-year, $16 million deal. Snow is hoping to get a first round pick for MacDonald.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Don’t expect the Sharks to make any major moves leading up to the trade deadline. The Sharks will be getting Logan Couture and Raffi Torres back from injury.

    “On paper, when you add people that you don’t know, you hope that it works. But when you add people that have had playing time together, you know that it works,” Wilson said. “You just hope they’re healthy enough to do it.”

    The Sharks will have to clear some cap space when Couture and Torres return to the lineup as they will be about $1 million over. GM Doug Wilson doesn’t seem eager to trade prospects and/or picks for rental players.

    “We’re still in refresh/reset,” Wilson said, repeating a term he coined at last year’s deadline.

    “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. We think our team, when it’s all healthy, is as good as anybody. We haven’t had the luxury of seeing it all together, but you’ve got to project at some point.

    “Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset/refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but, unlikely.”

  • Adrian Dater: (answering twitter questions) Very unlikely that the Avalanche will do anything at the trade deadline. Doesn’t see the Avs trying to replace Alex Tanguay or at least picking up a replacement. Ryan O’Reilly is definitely not being traded.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs would still be interested in a Dmitri Kulikov type defenseman, but the Panthers are wanting too much for him.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avs want to remain a young team. They will not be looking to bring in older (30-years old) players.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland thinks it will be interesting a Tim Thomas market starts to develop.

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Injury Notes: Spezza, Torres, Skinner, Hornqvist, Atkinson, Schroeder, McLaren, Hossa, Bergenheim and Callahan

  • Ian Mendes: Senators Jason Spezza said that he has a mild strain, but wouldn’t say where the injury is. Added it’s not serious.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Raffi Torres had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee yesterday. Will be out for three to five months.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is expected to miss the last two preseason games.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Patric Hornqvist is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Chris Nichols: Sabres Joel Armia is out indefinitely with a broken hand.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets are being cautious with Cam Atkinson as he deals with a minor injury.
  • Elliott Pap: Canucks Jordan Schroeder is wearing a ‘moon boot’ on his left foot and is using crutches.
  • David Alter: Leafs Frazer McLaren may need another evaluation on his hand. He could become a candidate for the LTIR if it will keep him out longer.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa skated before practice yesterday and coach Quenneville hopes that he’s able to practice today. They are “shooting for” the season opener on Tuesday.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers Sean Bergenheim has made progress but won’t play any games until he practices with the team.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirms that Ryan Callahan has been cleared for contact. When asked if Callahan will be available for the season opener, Vigneault said “No, no, no.”

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Injury Notes: Stalberg, Tropp, Bolland, Red Wings, Jagr, Voracek, Brown, Torres, Handzus, Hornqvist and Horton

  • Josh Cooper: Predators Viktor Stalberg will be out three to four weeks with a AC sprain in his right shoulder.
  • Elliotte Friendman: Sabres Corey Tropp is out five to six weeks with a broken jaw from Sunday’s fight with Jamie DevaneMike Harrington: Tropp passed concussion testing.
  • Rob Longley: The Maple Leafs didn’t practice yesterday, but center Dave Bolland (leg) skated by himself. Mark Masters: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he expects Bolland to play on either Friday or Saturday.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson is out with a thigh contusion. Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) are still out. Ericsson said that his injury wasn’t serious and is expected to played Friday.
  • Rich Chere: Jaromir Jagr decided that he’d skate yesterday.
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Jakub Voracek is status quo with regards to his upper-body injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Dustin Brown took part in practice yesterday. Skated as an extra with the Clifford-Stoll-Lewis-Regehr-Doughty unit.
  • David Pollak: No update yesterday on Sharks Raffi Torres‘ ACL injury. Could find out today if surgery is required.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks second line center, Michal Handzus said he almost ready and should be ready for the opener.
  • Mike Vogl: Predators Patric Hornqvist left last nights game with a lower-body injury.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres coach Ron Rolston said that Joel Armia has a hand issue.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader received stitches to his left hand after being in a fight.
  • Aaron Portzline: Recovery is slow for Blue Jackets Nathan Horton. Shoulder surgery was bigger than first expected. His shoulder had been dislocated so many times that the bone around the socket had been chipped/worn away. Had bone taken from the front of shoulder and fused with the glenoid cavity to hopefully make the joint more stable.

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Injury Hits: Gagner, Torres, Brown, Giroux, Pateryn, Daley, Ritchie, Bolland, Stuart, Schroeder and Red Wings

  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Sam Gagner will have surgery today on his jaw. Expected to have at least one plate.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Raffi Torres could miss at least six weeks, possibly three to four month if surgery is required for an ACL injury to his right knee. They are still determining if surgery is needed and should know later this week. David Pollak: If Tomas Hertl has made the Sharks, could also mean now that a roster spot is open for Hamilton or Nieto.
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings Dustin Brown will skate on his own after practice. It will be the first time since his injury.
  • Jon Rosen: Sutter on Dustin Brown: ”He skated one day since the start of camp, and he’s not a guy that can just jump into a game. So if he doesn’t get any exhibition games, I’d say it’s highly unlikely that you’ve got a player that’s ready for the season.”
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Claude Giroux sounded a bit hesitant about playing tomorrow night.
  • Marc Antoine Godin: Canadiens Greg Pateryn isn’t skating today due to a lower-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Trevor Daley skated today but there is no timetable for his return from an upper-body injury.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Brett Ritchie has a lower-body contusion and is out a few days. He could get into one of the two final preseason games.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs David Bolland is out with a sore groin.
  • David Pollak: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is making progress but unlikely to play in the final three exhibition games.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks coach John Tortorella on Jordan Schroeder’s foot injury (blocked shot): ”They think they found something.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are currently $2.7 million over the salary cap, but their injuries could help them out. Players who could be put on the LTIR are: Darren Helm ($2.125 million cap hit), Patrick Eaves ($1.2 million), Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million) and Jonas Gustavsson ($1.5 million). A combination of two or three players on the LTIR would get them below. Only Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser can be sent to the AHL without clearing waivers, but both players deserve to remain with the team.

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Injury Notes: Lightning, Red Wings, Rangers, Avs, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Devils, Stars, Bruins, Flyers and Sharks

  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning Teddy Purcell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Johan Franzen (hip) practiced yesterday and will play today.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson (groin) practiced yesterday. Darren Helm (groin/back) practiced yesterday morning.
  • Helene St. James: Patrick Eaves is out two to four weeks with a slight ankle sprain and MCL sprain.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are doing everything in practice but contact. There is no timetable on when they will start contact. Callahan is able to shoot a little harder than Hagelin.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon won’t play this weekend due to a hip flexor. The Avs say it’s not serious.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin has a ‘dent’ on the right side of his foot. He’s limping a bit, but said “it’s really not bad.”
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier has irritation on his knee from his new equipment.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is out one to two weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • David Alter: Leafs Joffrey Lupul might play this weekend.
  • David Alter: Leafs Nazem Kadri said his hand is fine, just a bruise.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is ‘day-to-day’ and not concerned about it long-term.
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Scott Glennie is expected to miss four to six weeks with a knee injury.
  • Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe: Bruins Patrice Bergeron has missed the first three preseason games, but will get into the lineup on Saturday. He’s recovering from a punctured lung, a separated shoulder, a broken rib and torn rib cartilage that he suffered during the Stanley Cup final.
  • Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly: Flyers Claude Girouxcould be ready for Tuesday’s preseason game against the Devils.

    “I’d love to, that’s for sure,” Giroux said. “As long as my hand lets me be 100 percent Tuesday, I’d love to play. We’ll see how I feel then.”

  • Tim Sassone: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews said he was battling a hip flexor.
  • David Pollak: Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Raffi Torres’ injury: ”I have no idea right now. Don’t even want to speculate.” Torres was seen leaving the dressing room with his right knee bandaged and walking with a limp.

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Free Agent Hits: Torres, Enroth, Briere, Canadiens, Kostitsyn and Gagne

  • Pierre LeBrun: The Sabres re-sign Jhonas Enroth to a 2-year deal worth $1.25 million per season.
  • Kevin Kurz: Don’t expect the Sharks to pursue Daniel Briere. Belief is he wants to stay in the East.
  • TSN: Don’t look for the Canadiens to make any big moves through free agency.

    “History shows that free agency isn’t the best tool,” he said. “Free agency to me is a tool but it’s not a way to make your team a top team. It’s overplayed. You have to be careful.”

  • Josh Cooper: A report from izvestia.ru is saying that the Predators Sergei Kostitsyn is in talks with Avaangard Omsk of the KHL. The report is saying that the Predators would not object to this. He has a $3 million salary with the Predators for next season. The Predators could suspended him, therefore, not paying him or having this salary cap hit.

    “If player is suspended and not being paid, there is no cap charge,” Daly said.

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Simon Gagne is waiting to hear from the Flyers regarding a new contract.

    “I had two really good meetings, with both ‘Lavy’ [coach Peter Laviolette] and ‘Homer’ after the season ended,” Gagne said yesterday from Quebec City. “They thought that I did a lot of good things toward the end of the season and liked what I brought to the team.

    “Right now, they have some money issues, which would prevent us from doing anything. The salary cap is complicated and there are rules.

    “My agent has kept in touch with ‘Homer’ and he told us that he would call us before the draft.”

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Free Agent Notes and Draft Signings: Wings, Rangers, Red Wings, Senators, Leafs, Sharks, Islanders and Coyotes

  • Ansar Khan: Pavel Datsyuk said he wants to sign a contract extension with the Red Wings. He’s looking forward to playing with the Wings beyond next season.
  • Katie Strang: The Rangers haven’t started contract talks with Henrik Lundqvist. It’s not that surprising since it’s early and can’t officially sign before July.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will have Blackhawks Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg on their free agent radar. Bickell’s stock may be rising, but Stalberg’s may be falling a bit.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that the cost of acquiring a player like Bobby Ryan could cost the Senators Jared Cowen and maybe Mika Zibanejad. Ryan has two years left at $5.1 million. Brennan thinks that making a trade that doesn’t involving giving up their best assets may be the best route to go, or signing a lower-risk free agent. Bruins Nathan Horton will likely want $5 million, a little much for a someone who may be one concussion from retirement. Blackhawks Bryan Bickell would make a lot of sense for the Senators. Bickell shouldn’t cost any more than $2.5 million a season, maybe three-years and $8 million. Worst-case scenario for the Sens is that he signs with the Leafs.
  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs should look back on the Blackhawks salary cap situation and learn from it. The Blackhawks kept and overvalued Dave Bolland and traded/undersold Andrew Ladd. The Leafs need to figure out how much they want to spend on their centers. Mikhail Grabovksi is paid like a top center at $5.5 million and Tyler Bozak could demand that much. RFA Nazem Kadri will be looking for a big raise as well. The Leafs may not be able to afford both Grabovski and Bozak, so one may have to go. Compliance buyouts may lead to Brad Richards or Vincent Lecavalier becoming free agents and better bargains.
  • Jon Rowson: The Sharks have all but signed Tomas Hertl. Hertl has a contract with Slavia for next season, who want to keep their star.
  • New York Rangers: The Rangers signed their 2011 5th round pick, defenseman Samuel Noreau.
  • Sarah McLellan: Without new ownership, the Coyotes budget won’t increase, which doesn’t faze GM Don Maloney.

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Morning Hits: Spezza, Quick, Sharks fined, trade options for Miller and a look at the Canucks

  • Bruce Garrioch: With Jason Spezza returning to the Senators lineup today, would have to assume that Guillaume Latendresse will be sitting.
  • Helene Elliott: Kings Jonathan Quick received a game misconduct that the end of last night’s game. He receives an automatic $200 fine and “the case shall be reported to the commissioner, who shall have full power to impose such further penalties by way of suspension or fine.” Because it was for abuse of an official, if a player receives two of them, they can be suspended. It was Quick’s first abuse of an official.
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: The NHL didn’t like Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s comments regarding the Raffi Torres suspension and have fined the organization $100,000.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: It sounds like the Sabres would like to keep Tomas Vanek, but he may be looking to get out. The Sabres may be more interested in trading goalie Ryan Miller. The 33-year old Miller is set to make $6 million next year and may not be easy to move with the salary cap going down. Harrington thinks a team that is close to the winning the Cup may be interested in Miller. Could the Ducks be interested? Jonas Hiller has a year left on his deal and was only OK in their first round loss. The Blues might be interested. Brian Elliott lost four straight in the first round, and Jaroslav Halak may not be getting along with coach Ken Hitchcock. Sabres GM Darcy Regier is unlikely to move Miller to an Eastern Conference team, so that would eliminate the Capitals and perhaps the Penguins. If a non-Cup contending team is interest, maybe the Avalanche. Miller would be an improvement over Semyon Varlamov and JS Giguere.
  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks are already over next year’s salary cap with 17 players under contract. Trading Roberto Luongo and buying out Keith Ballard would free up $9.5 million. They would have to be cautious free agent spenders. They probably can’t afford Ryane Clowe, Nathan Horton or David Clarkson. They may have to look at cheaper options like Guillaume Latendresse, Raffi Torres, Eric Nystrom and Bryan Bickell. There isn’t much help from within the organization coming up. Six current Canucks have no-trade clauses, and another three kick in on July 1st: Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins and Alex Edler. Edler may be used as a trade chip. Would the Flyers deal Sean Couturier for Edler? Could the Canucks get a package including Justin Abdelkader from the Red Wings or Jamie McGinn is a deal with the Avalanche.

    “In order to get players to play for less than market value, you have to give them something they can rely upon,” Gillis explained. “I think if a player was unhappy here, he’d waive his no-trade. If we were unhappy with him, it would be obvious and he would waive his no-trade. But that’s not a path we’re looking to right now. I think we need to supplement our core group of players that are here as best we can, and then look at possibilities down the road.”

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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 V: Flames, Maple Leafs, Luongo, Kiprusoff and Torres

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • The Fourth Period: Source said that the Flames are close to trading defenseman Cory Sarich. The Flames are also getting interested in Anton Babchuk, Curtis Glencross, Alex Tanguay and Lee Stempniak. Some teams have looked at Mike Cammalleri, but the Flames aren’t close to moving him.
  • Darren Dreger: The Maple Leafs and Canucks had more talks today about Roberto Luongo. Sounding like the Canucks are looking for more than the Leafs are willing to give up. Leafs will decide tomorrow on whether to acquire either Luongo or Miikka Kiprusoff or do nothing.
  • Bob McKenzie: After the Canucks acquired Derek Roy, they let the Leafs know that the parameters on a Luongo deal have changed. They no longer require a center in a deal. The Canucks still think they need to get something tangible back for Luongo to help them into the playoffs. That may still be an issue for the Leafs.
  • John Shannon: IF the Maple Leafs are talking to Miikka Kiprusoff about an contract extension … IF … source says: ”They can certainly discuss it,but nothing is binding.”

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