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Morning Rumors VII: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players I

  • David Pagnotta: “Since yesterday evening, seems things have picked up with Habs. Again, no guarantees, but they’re exploring multiple options on trade front”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “Teams continue to phone Vancouver on Alex Edler… Wasn’t a chip Canucks really looking to move that much but if price is right…”
  • Dave Isaac: “Keep in mind, teams can now go above 23 on their rosters, but have to be cap compliant until playoffs. #Flyers roughly $2.45 M under.”
  • John Vogl: “One thing to note about the Sabres and trades: @capgeek says they have reached their limit on retaining salaries, so any deal is straight-up”
  • John Vogl: “Sabres looking at ‘couple names’ on waiver wire, getting calls on 25 percent of roster, GM tells team site “
  • Josh Yohe: “We know Pens are willing to deal Despres. Have to wonder where his value is right now. Physically gifted. Hasn’t put it all together yet.”
  • Louis Jean: “As I reported yesterday, #Ducks very interested in Kesler. Will a deal get done by 3pm Eastern or will it happen at the draft?”
  • Craig Custance: “If Canucks get the return they’re looking for, they do have the green light from ownership to make a Kesler deal today.”
  • Spector’s Hockey: “I don’t expect #Leafs to trade James Reimer at deadline. They need him in case Bernier burns out or gets hurt down the stretch.”
  • Darren Dreger: “When looking at Brodeur trade possibilities, important to note Marty doesn’t have to be number one. Just the right opportunity/change.”
  • Michael Russo: “BLOG: #mnwild talking to the Buffalo Sabres about Drew Stafford “
  • Louis Jean: “Told it seems unlikely OLli Jokinen will be traded by #Jets. To be continued.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “Getting a sense remaining Kesler options for VAN are PIT or ANA or not trading him at the deadline. Fluid process, tho. Still time.”
  • Nick Kypreos: “Hearing the Canadiens shopping Lars Eller today. Worst kept secret is Bergevin wants more size.”
  • Mark Spector: “Out of CGY, Hudler not out of play. Could help a lot of teams, esp CHI with Hossa hurt. Would love to move Wideman contract. Unlikely.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “B’s still looking for a D-man, maybe get 1 or 2 depending on price… Options include likes of N. Schultz, Meszaros, Tallinder, among others”
  • David Pagnotta: “I expect Columbus to do more than simply trade Gaborik… They want a defenseman and could add a scorer. They’ve inquired about Cammalleri.”
  • Dale Lamontagne: “The New York Rangers have received several inquires regarding Brian Boyle, according to the New York Post.”
  • Rob Rossi: ” #Pens not sure if Kesler is still in play.”
  • Mark Spector: “Per @reporterchris, D Sami Vatanen being available should intrigue a lot of GMs. Also a sign ANA is clearing room for something big.”
  • Jim Diamond: “My guess is that Poile works out a deal to trade Legwand today. Whether or not he accepts it or not is a different story.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Colorado looking for veteran defenseman with term. Guys like McGinn, Parenteau among available players for a ‘hockey trade’”
  • Bruce Garrioch: “My friend Denis Potvin says Anaheim Ducks have made multiple phone calls on Jason Spezza. Still doubt he moves today.”
  • Nick Kypreos: “#Devils will try and move Brodeur. He told his GM last nite he wants out. Lou told him not great market but he’d try his best to do it.”
  • Chris Botta: “As of late last night, the Ducks, Kings and Sharks want you to believe they’re out on Vanek. That could change, of course.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “As for any speculation about Kesler and Chicago, told by Hawks source that they are NOT in on that. Also not looking for a backup goalie”
  • Darren Dreger: “Nothing in the works, but if the Leafs do something today…it will be big or nothing. Let the Gardiner, Kadri rumours fly.”

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Morning Rumors III: St. Louis, Kings, Brodeur, Vanek, Sharks, Jets, Sabres and Canadiens

  • Bob McKenzie: Talks between the Rangers and Lighting continue regarding Martin St. Louis. Not a guarantee that a deal gets made. Darren Dreger: Multiple draft picks could be included, including a first round pick. Rangers getting creative.
  • Billy Jaffe: Hearing that the Kings may have made an offer to the Blue Jackets. Marian Gaborik? Waiting for a decision.
  • Darren Dreger: Martin Brodeur has submitted a list of eight or nine teams to GM Lou Lamoriello that he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause for. Brodeur is obviously interest in moving and will now wait to see if Lamoriello is able to make a move.
  • Rich Chere: Brodeur said that he spoke with Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr about a potential trade, but hasn’t told teammates about what was discussed during his talk with Lamoriello.
  • Pat Leonard: Brodeur would not rule out a trade or even a contract extension.
  • Kevin Kurz: There have bee some reports of Tomas Vanek to the Sharks. These are totally bogus. Devin Setoguchi to the Sharks is also unlikely. Sounding like they are not going to do much, if anything at all.
  • David Pollak: There is nothing going on with the Sharks and Vanek. It looks like Adam Burish will be sticking around.
  • David Pollak: Dan Boyle’s agent said that Boyle is not in play and no list of teams was asked for.
  • Gary Lawless: If Jets Mark Scheifele’s injury is extensive, they should be sellers today. He’s too important and valuable to the team.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Hearing that the price has dropped for Matt Moulson. Kings Tyler Toffoli is not in the conversation for just Moulson. Toffoli could be in a deal if Christian Ehrhoff.
  • Dennis Bernstein: Canadiens Rene Bourque could now be an option for the Kings if they lose out on Moulson.
  • Ken Campbell: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said they have “nothing going” on at the moment. (tweet posted 8:47 pm)

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Evening Rumors III: Sharks, Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Ducks and the Canucks

Recruited some help for a rumors post. Below was written by @Dale_Lamontagne

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The last thing the San Jose Sharks should do is make a reactionary deal if/when the Los Angeles Kings do anything. The Sharks are in a better place than the Kings, and look more viable threat to make a deep playoff run.
  • Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet: Columbus Blue Jackets’ Marian Gabroik name is picking up steam. He’s now becoming a cheaper alternative for a few teams looking for scoring like the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Chris Botta: The Anaheim Ducks view Thomas Vanek as distant buck up plans. The Ducks really want a center.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC:  There is serious doubt the Vancouver Canucks would keep Ryan Kesler in the Western Conference. Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman denied any interest via email.The preference is to deal Kesler to the Eastern Conference, although the Canucks won’t rush into anything they don’t like.One league executive said. “What they wanted for Alex Edler is unreasonable enough that you can tell they don’t want to move him.” Unless, of course, the return is massive.

    It appears Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is working around eventual extensions for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. All three players can sign new deals this summer.

    Nashville Predators GM David Poile:

    ‘’If we trade David Legwand for a draft pick or prospect that’s not going to come in and play here [immediately], you could argue quite convincingly that that’s not going to make us a better hockey club.’’

    During the Sochi Olympics, word was Ted Nolan, who coached team Latvia in Sochi, had a three-year extension waiting for him. John Vogl of The Buffalo News reported last week there was supposed to be an announcement last Tuesday.

    At least one NHL team was told the New Jersey Devils are not trading Jaromir Jagr.

    The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are in a bit of a holding pattern waiting for teams to look into other situations before circling back.

    The Oilers seem confident they will move Ales Hemsky and Nick Schultz.

    There’s also the question of Ryan Smyth. It sounds like Edmonton are sensitive about making sure he goes somewhere where the fit really makes sense.

    Friedman thinks the Oilers had interest in Michal Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals.

    It was denied by both the team and agent: Cam Ward wants the Carolina Hurricanes to trade him.

    Ottawa Senators Eugene Melnyk:

    “We’re definitely not sellers. We are definite buyers if the opportunity arises.”

    Kings GM Dean Lombardi doesn’t like rentals… If he thinks he can extend Marian Gaborik or Matt Moulson, he’ll be more inclined to pay.

    Lombardi wants a left-shooting defenceman like Andrew MacDonald. New York Islanders GM Garth Snow is asking a lot for both he and Vanek. If the Kings are willing to take the two of them, Friedman wonders if the price is reasonable in Lombardi’s eyes?

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press:  If Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t play Thursday, he is most certainly not playing Friday against the Devils, either.There is no interest for the Red Wings in adding a rental at the cost of a first-round draft pick.The Wings aren’t going to ante up at the current asking price for Kesler, as it would cost some combination of Gustav Nyquist/Tomas Tatar/Tomas Jurco/Riley Sheahan, along with the Wings’ first-rounder from last year, Anthony Mantha, plus the first-round pick in this year’s draft.

    All in all, the Wings would appear to be better off hanging on to their young talent.

  • The Fourth Period: The Montreal Canadiens are not expected to trade defenseman Andrei Markov or captain Brian Gionta before Wednesday’s trade deadline.Markov has attracted the interest of a few clubs, but the Canadiens want to sign him to an extension.The Canadiens offered Markov a one-year contract, but they are willing to go to two-years.

    Montreal is also planning on discussing a contract extension with Gionta.

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Evening Rumors I: Sabres, Canucks, Leafs, Islanders, Flyers, Wild, Kings, Jets, Sharks, Avs and Ducks

  • Craig Custance: Sounding like the Sabres may prefer prospects to draft picks in a Christian Ehrhoff deal.
  • Darren Dreger: A year ago the Maple Leafs offered Ben Scrivens and a draft pick for Roberto Luongo, with the Canucks retaining a $1 million per year.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Maple Leafs are making calls about Dave Bolland. He is still looking for a long-term deal at over $5 million.
  • Darren Dreger: A one point, the Panthers and Canucks had at least three different trade scenarios. Luongo may have knew yesterday.
  • Nick Kypreos: After the Flyers addition of Andrew MacDonald, look for them to trade someone, with Andrej Meszaros and Luke Schenn having their names out there.
  • Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher indicated that he was talking with other teams about goalies, but wasn’t willing to give up the young assets or draft picks to acquire them. James Mirtle: It was sounding like the Wild kicked tires on every goalie that could have been available. Mirtle wonders where Jaroslav Halak’s fit is now.
  • Chris Stevenson: Doesn’t sound like the Kings and Andre Markov are a possibility at this point.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Jets and Sharks have talked about Devin Setoguchi.
  • Adrian Dater: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s agent were expected to talk today.
  • Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that if Vanek is traded, it won’t be to the Ducks.

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Morning Rumors IV: Stars, Islanders, Senators, Canucks, Rangers, Sabres and Scouting Rangers-Bruins

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The Stars have about $2.7 million in salary cap space, which would allow the Stars to take on $13 million in players salaries (cap number). Sergei Gonchar has another year at $5 million and is likely untradeable. It’s unlikely they buy him out after the season or eat half is contract in a trade. The Stars could trade Stephane Robidas if they get a good offer for him. Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler are UFAs and could be moved. Heika doesn’t think Fiddler will be traded despite asking for a trade earlier in the season. It’s still unlikely that they re-sign Fiddler, but will use him to continue their push for a playofff spot.
  • The Fourth Period: The Stars are looking for a top-pair defenseman that has term left and not rental players. Two sources are saying they have interest in Christian Ehrhoff and Alex Edler. Both players have no-trade clauses. Source saying the Stars may not be in on Edler as the cost to acquire him may be too high. The Stars are also looking to trade Vern Fiddler and Ray Whitney. Stephane Robidas is getting interest from teams.
  • Darren Dreger: Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas is injured and expected back mid-March, but is still getting some trade interest.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald will almost certainly be traded by Wednesday’s deadline.

    “You try to block it out, but it’s hard not to,” said Vanek, who rejected a seven-year, $50-million offer from the Islanders in January.

    MacDonald rejected a four year deal worth $16 million in January.

    “I’ve only ever been here,” he said. “I don’t know anything different. You try not to think about it, but obviously it’s running through your mind. It’s a business and that’s just how it is right now, I guess.

    “This is obviously not how I’d like to go out.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Senators are discussing whether they should trade Milan Michalak or keep the pending UFA. Michalek has a full no-trade clause, but knows what is going on and may consider a trade. Sources saying they haven’t approached Michalek about waiving his NTC. The Senators could look at trading pending UFA Joe Corvo.
  • Jason Brough: “No need to wait til the summer and waste the value Kesler could give a team this postseason.”
  • John Shannon: Shannon wonders if the extent of Daniel Sedin’s injury (left game yesterday) will play a role in whether they can afford to trade Ryan Kesler now.
  • Mark Spector: A lot of teams are saying that any trades need to be money in, money out. Teams either don’t have the salary cap space or they are at their internal salary cap.
  • Mark Spector: The Rangers may be interested in Ales Hemsky, but some of their scouts are split on him. Other teams are split on him as well. A third round pick is probably what teams may want to pay, the Oilers will be asking for a second.
  • Don Brennan: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on the trade deadline: ”We’re easily considered a buyer….we’re definitely not sellers.”
  • Buffalo Sabres: “Tim Murray: We’re continuing to talk trades, continuing to get ready for the draft. Focused on hockey.”
  • Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers – Bruins yesterday: Flyers, Canucks, Sharks, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Penguins.

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Afternoon Hits III: Blues, Sabres, Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks, Kesler, MacDonald and Predators

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: After the Blues and Sabres trade, the Blues for sure will not have an interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald since they likely won’t have a first round pick in the next two drafts. Reports have the Kings and Sharks interested in MacDonald. A half dozen teams have inquired about Thomas Vanek. Islanders GM Garth Snow will be looking for a goaltender this summer.
  • David Pagnotta: The Islanders haven’t reached out Andrew MacDonald regarding a contract in a while. Asking price is high, but they are set on trading him.
  • Darren Dreger: Sounding like Chris Phillips wants a two year contract extension. The Senators prefer a one-year deal.
  • John Vogl: Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan on a contract extension: ”Right now I can’t even discuss that. It’s such an emotional roller coaster.”
  • The Fourth Period: Sources saying the Blackhawks are extremely interested in Ryan Kesler. The Penguins put an offer on the table and the Red Wings, Flyers and Blue Jackets are also interested. The Blackhawks are also interested Martin Brodeur.
  • Will DePaoli: The Canucks were scouting the Penguins AHL team on Thursday.
  • Mark Spector: Doubtful that Kesler would accept a trade to the Maple Leafs.
  • Rob Tychkowski: The Predators could send Devan Dubnyk to the AHL when Pekka Rinne returns this week. Interesting as Dubnyk is on a one-way deal and Carter Hutton is on a two-way. Hutton has started 10 of their last 11.

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Afternoon Rumors I: Sharks, Lightning, Rangers, Canucks, Penguins, Avalanche and Canadiens

  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Dan Boyle on the rumor mill.

    “No, just because your name’s not out there, that doesn’t mean you’re not going, and vise versa — just because it is doesn’t mean you are going,” said defenseman Dan Boyle. “You just deal with it. It does effect everybody to a certain degree, but you try to not let it.”

    Boyle has a limited no-trade clause and would like to stay in San Jose. Boyle is still looking for a multi-year deal, with the Sharks preferring a one-year deal. GM Doug Wilson said he’s not moving young guys like Tomas Hertl or Micro Mueller.

    “Are we moving our first-round pick? No,” Wilson said. “We’re in the phase where, yes, we’re trying to win. Are we going to use our young assets when we’re two-thirds of the way through a reset and refresh? Unlikely. I never say never, but unlikely.”

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: If the Lightning are considering sending to Martin St. Louis to the Rangers for Ryan Callahan, the Rangers are going to have to include more. Cristodero wonders what incentive that GM Steve Yzerman has to trade him right now though. Would St. Louis allow the Lightning to talk to more teams than just the Rangers?
  • Bob McKenzie: “I don’t believe for a moment this decision to start Lack is related to any imminent Luongo trade possibility. I also can’t imagine Luongo has any burning desire to remain in VAN any longer than he has to but we’ve been down that road before, eh?”
  • Jim Matheson: The Canucks may like Beau Bennett more in a Ryan Kesler deal than Brandon Sutter.
  • Farhan Lalji: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that he didn’t trade Alex Edler before his no-trade clause kicked in because he didn’t want future free agents not to trust the organization. Lalji does point out, “what does the Luongo situation do?”
  • Adrian Dater: Dater notes the Avalanche are not interested in Tyler Myers.
  • Dave Stubbs: Wouldn’t be surprised if Andrei Markov signs by Wednesday.

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Morning Rumors IV: Canucks, Oilers, Panthers, Wild, Stars, Canadiens, Islanders, Sharks, Preds and Many More

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s believed the Penguins, Blackhawks and Red Wings are interested in Ryan Kesler.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish may find a taker for Ales Hemsky by Wednesday.

    The Oilers made a pitch for Andrei Markov. They might be willing to give Markov a three-year extension. If the Canadiens trade him, they would want a prospect and a pick.

    The Panthers will talk with Tom Gilbert about an contract.

    The Wild may now look at Martin Brodeur and Tim Thomas.

    The Stars will likely trade Ray Whitney, possibly to the Coyotes. The Stars are also looking to trade Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas.

    Speculation is the Canadiens have offered P.K. Subban a seven-year, $49 million deal. Subban may be looking for something in the $8-$8.5 million per season deal.

    Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a first, second and prospect for Thomas Vanek. The Kings have been sniffing around.

    Several teams have inquired about Sharks Dan Boyle, but will likely wait until free agency if he hits the market.

    The Predators will likely trade David Legwand and are shopping Matt Cullen.

    Rangers Ryan Callahan is asking for seven-years and $6.75 million as he knows he can get it on the open market.

    Teams may look at Flames T.J. Galiardi.

    Hurricanes Ron Hainsey could be moved by Wednesday.

    There is limited interest in Capitals Martin Erat.

    If the Kings don’t land Thomas Vanek, they could move on to Mike Cammalleri. The Canucks have been sniffing around Cammalleri.

    The Bruins had talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi before he signed.

    Top 5 Sellers: Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames.

    Top 5 Buyers: Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings.

    Top 5 Targets: Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan.

  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers will be shopping and ditching expiring contracts.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Source saying the Panthers could trade Brad Boyes for the right price, then possibly re-sign him July 1st.
  • Harvey Fialkov: Panthers pending RFA Dmitri Kulikov has played better of late and could be in demand.
  • Jason Brough: The Panthers ownership have given GM Dale Tallon permission to spend to the cap.
  • Nick Kypreos: Brad Boyes could remain with the Panthers if they can get a deal in the $2.5 to $3 million range.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Brad Boyes and the Panthers are in talks about a new deal.

    “I would like to stay,” Boyes said. “There have been talks back and forth. We’ll see what happens.”

    Defenseman Mike Weaver, a pending UFA, could be traded by Wednesday.

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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 I: Scouting Five Games Last Night

  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Scouting the Devils – Blue Jackets game last night include: Blackhawks (2 - director of player personnel Pierre Gauthier and pro scout Dennis Bonvie) and the Wild’s assistant GM Jim Mill. Both the Blackhawks and Wild have reportedly had some interest in Martin Brodeur. Corey Schneider was in net for the Devils. Other scouts attending: Lightning, Flyers, Penguins, Stars, Sharks and Islanders.
  • David Pollak: The Canadiens scouted the Sharks – Flyers game last night. The Sharks had a scout watching the Canadiens last night.
  • Scott Cruickshank: Scouting the Flames – Kings game last night: Stars, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Panthers, Senators, Devils and Rangers. Randy Sportak: Devils No. 2 guy, David Conte, was at the game.
  • Patrick Kearns: Scouting the Rangers – Blackhawks game last night: Coyotes, Canucks, Predators, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Stars.
  • Rick Ralph: Among the scouts at the Jets – Coyotes game last night: Lightning (2), Maple Leafs and Canadiens.

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Injury Notes: Price, Rinne, Timonen, Bolland, Hertl and Marchenko

  • Renaud Lavoie: Canadiens Carey Price will miss the next two games after re-injuring himself during the Olympics. They have recalled Dustin Tokarski. L.A. Lariviere: Mike Babcock said that he was unaware of Price’s lower-body injury during the Olympics.
  • Jim Diamond: The Predators have assigned goalie Pekka Rinne to the AHL. Barring any setbacks, it’s possible that Rinne could play during their homestand.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers coach Craig Berube confirms that Kimmo Timonen won’t play tonight as he’s been given another day of rest.
  • Kevin McGran: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said that Dave Bolland is unlikely for today. He’s day-to-day.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks Tomas Hertl is in Philly with the team and he may skate with them.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that prospect Alexey Marchenko is out six to eight weeks with an ankle injury.

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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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